El Capri

El Capri is a bit removed from the nightclubs of downtown Phoenix's Latin circuit, both in its location and its selection of music. You don't hear much in the way of Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony, and other overplayed artists in either of the two dance halls inside this long-running Central Phoenix discoteca. The emphasis at El Capri is on dancing to regional styles of traditional Mexican music, including sinaloense, duranguense, tejano, and grupero, as well as popular norteño and ranchera. All of it comes courtesy of DJs and such live bands as Patrulla 81, Conjunto Primavera, and La Maquinaria Norteña, which get novios y novias stepping lively across the dance floor. Gringos and monolinguists be warned, however; pretty much everything's en español here, including most of the clientele, but if you're fluent in body language and eye contact, you might be lucky enough to land a dance.

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

La Santisima isn't just about giant, delicious tacos or a salsa bar with more varieties than you can dream of; it's also about the tequila and the aguas frescas. If you're having trouble deciding on which of the two should accompany your spicy meal, why not marry the two into a tamarind margarita? The boozy concoction blends tart, tangy, and pulpy housemade tamarindo aguas and Casadores tequila for a $9 drink you'll be hooked on after your first sip. Just don't get too hooked, because the drink is made only on weekends. You'll just have to wait until then to get your fix. Sorry.

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