Tempe Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Now that the end of April is here and May is on the horizon, there are a few things that will once again become prevalent on your social media feeds. First will come the pool photos or some other indication that summer is upon us (#summerbod2019), followed by the Justin Timberlake “It’s gonna be May” memes, that are for some reason still topical. But there is nothing, and I mean nothing, that compares to the amount of Cinco de Mayo photos that will start to come at you at full force. Before the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) sets in, we have selected a few of our favorite bars and restaurants that will insure that you too will have an Instagrammable time.

After enjoying all that Tempe has to offer, we encourage you to continue your celebration by taking the Valley Metro Rail from Mill Avenue and 3rd Street to Washington and Central Avenue for the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival on May 5th.

Downtown Tempe

El Hefe Tempe
640 S. Mill Ave., #110, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 257-2797
Tequila, beer, margaritas…oh my! Serving both as a yummy taco joint and as a hopping nightlife spot, El Hefe has everything you need to party all weekend long. Try the guacamole and queso to get your appetite going, and of course the street tacos are a must here. El Hefe takes standard ground beef tacos and amps them up to a new level. Try the Duck Carnitas, Beef Cheek, Chicken Tinga and all the rest.  When the DJ arrives later in the evening, the party really gets started. Bottle service is available upon request!

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
640 S. Mill Ave., #120, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 794-1477
Don’t let this modern country bar fool you, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row is the second installment in Arizona and they sure know how to throw a fiesta. With more than 50 craft beers on tap and of course whiskey, there is no way you won’t have anything short of a good time.

Loco Patrõn
222 S. Mill Ave., #115, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 699-0922
Located on the north end of Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe, Loco Patrõn is the perfect spot for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy their fantastic outdoor patio and delicious food with their shot and beer specials all weekend long. Order a fresh squeezed margarita (choose from 11 cool options) to go with your street cart tacos. Go later in the evening for a DJ spinning music and some nightlife fun.

C.A.S.A. Tempe
5 E. 6th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 557-8226
Known for buckets, block parties and burritos, C.A.S.A. Tempe is all about having a great time whether it is Cinco de Mayo or not! Enjoy your food and drinks on their cooled patio that regularly features live music. They also offer over 30 beers on tap.

Macayo’s Depot Cantina
300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-6677
Macayo’s Depot Cantina celebrates #CincoDeMacayo, May 1st through the 5th with various drink and food specials:
Drink Specials:
$3 Dos XX Lager | $4 Fireball Shots | $5 Margarita de Macayo, 16 oz. Grande Size | $6 Beer & Shot Special | Dos XX Lager & Choice of Fireball or 1800 Reposado | $8 1800 Margaritas
Food Special: $6.99 A La Carte, Choice of Shredded Beef or Shredded Chicken

Illegal Pete’s Mill 
525 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(623) 233-4311
Illegal Pete’s celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a live set by DJ Marvel and samples from Tequila me CAMPO from 4-7 p.m. Also enjoy one of Mill Avenue’s best patios while downing one (or three…) of Illegal Pete’s famous House Margs for just $4.50 during Happy Hour, 3-8 p.m. every day.

Normal Restaurant and Bar
225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-9431
Gather at The Normal Restaurant and Bar for Cinco de Mayo and enjoy Chihuahua-style tacos and quesadillas made with tortillas from local favorite, Roland’s Cafe Market Bar. To celebrate, The Normal Restaurant and Bar is offering $1.00 off taco’s all day!

Shady Park 
26 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 474-4222
Step into a cosmic wonderland at Cinco de Squabi at Shady Park. Described as an “Electronic Hydro Funk Expereince”, SunSquabi will kick of your Cinco de Mayo festivities with their ever-evolving sound at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

Devil’s Advocate
955 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 921-2585
Devil’s Advocate is a cool sports bar offering quality food along with a bundle of amazing drinks specials. On Cinco de Mayo, enjoy $3 Estrella Jalisco Bottles, $4 Dos Lager and Ambar, $5 Cruz Tequila Margaritas and $7 Friends with Benefits (Dos Pint and shot of Hornitos Combo). Also, enjoy $1 tacos until 11 p.m.!

Tempe Marketplace

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-2920
Thirsty Lion is well versed in Cinco de Mayo fun. Try their scratch made margaritas or one of their many South of the Border plates like the Pork Carnitas or Baja Fish Tacos. Dine and drink indoors or enjoy the large patio that faces The District shops inside Tempe Marketplace.

Bar Louie
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 658-1600
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Bar Louie — Cabo style! Also located inside Tempe Marketplace, Bar Louie will feature Sammy Hagar’s Santo Mezquila specials, May 3rd-5th. Check their website for additional details.

South Tempe

Ghost Ranch: Modern Southwest Cuisine
1006 E. Warner Rd., #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 474-4328
Ghost Ranch offers an assortment of modern southwestern cuisine, so of course they would have a killer Cinco de Mayo offer! All day, the restaurant is offering its signature Prickly Pear Frose ‘Rita for just $5. The frozen cocktail is made with Blanco Tequila, Rose, prickly pear and lime. The cool and refreshing adult beverage will keep the holiday spirit alive all day long!

TRES Tempe
7192 S. Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
(480) 897-5300
Blending flavors and traditions in a space that expresses the freshness, simplicity and sincerity found in  Mediterranean and Southwest cuisine, TRES Tempe has all the flavor to satisfy your Cinco de Mayo cravings. On May 5th, enjoy a taste of Mexico for a super deal with the following special in honor of Cinco de Mayo: The Daily Taco — featuring pork pastor, grilled pineapple, Cholula aioli, citrus slaw, Cotija cheese, and pickled red onion and radish — served with Tres’ specialty La Flaca Margarita, all for just $12.00. In addition, house margaritas will be available for just $6.00 all day.

Don’t let the fun stop there, visit our website for additional information on other great Mexican restaurants and where to find the best Margaritas in Tempe!

Alicia Kentz
Written Alicia Kentz

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!