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Tempe Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo isn’t necessarily observed throughout the world or even that much in Mexico, but here in Arizona, we like to celebrate any occasion if it means enjoying good food and good company. Lucky for us, Tempe has everything you need to commemorate the Battle of Puebla this Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, 2021. Honor Hispanic heritage and history by indulging in authentic dishes, drinks, delicacies and great specials. Check out our list and support Tempe restaurants during Cinco de Mayo.

Downtown Tempe

Loco Patron Mexican Grill
222 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 699- 0922
Eat. Drink. Be Loco. at Loco Patron all week long starting Friday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 5th. Loco Patron celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a live DJ, craft Mexican brews, and freshly squeezed margaritas. Check their Instagram and website for additional details. 

Illegal Pete’s Mill
525 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (623) 233-4311
Illegal Pete’s were feeling so friendly, they decided to offer Happy Hour all day long! Check out their Instagram page for specials. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cheers!

Alter Ego at Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 612-7871
Alter Ego, named 2020 Best Hotel Restaurant by Phoenix New Times, presents a Cinco de Mayo combo that includes two tacos, a specialty margarita (featuring Patron and Patron Citronage) and a scoop of ice cream! 

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen
26 S. Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ | (480) 967-0578
This Tempe neighborhood favorite is serving up their famous house-made margaritas for $1 off this Cinco de Mayo! Choose from a variety of flavors and pair it with famous entrees like the Sasquatch Burger or Triple D Burger both featured on the Food Network! The spacious outdoor patio and woodsy decor of this local gem make for a fun time this Cinco de Mayo.

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337
Pedal Haus Brewery will be offering $5 Mexican Stand-Off Micheladas, $5 tequila shots and $6 margaritas for Cinco de Mayo.

Strawberry Margarita from Pedal Haus
Strawberry Margarita from Pedal Haus

Tempe Marketplace

Barrio Queen
31 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 912-4052
This Cinco de Mayo enjoy Lucha En El Barrio from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. at Barrio Queen.

  • Tap out with their exclusive one-day-only drink, The Barrio Smack Down, which is made with Watermelon Redbull, jalapeño infused tequila, lime juice and nectar.
  • Cinco Cerveza Buckets will also be available. Mix and match any five(5) Modelo Especial or Model Negra 12 oz bottles for $20.
  • Want to celebrate at home? Barrio Queen has you covered. Taste victory when you order the knockout “Cinco TKO Box”. With five times the feast, each box brings the heat with 5x tacos, 5x enchiladas, 5x authentic quesadillas, 5x churros and 5x sides.
Barrio Queen Tempe Marketplace
Barrio Queen

Thirsty Lion Gastropub
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281  | (480) 968-2920
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Thirsty Lion Gastropub and enjoy the Sauza House Margarita available for social hour pricing all day! Pair this fresh margarita with an appetizer or entree from their scratch kitchen and enjoy the view from the large patio.

South Tempe

Someburros 
101 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 839-8226
314 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 446-8226
Get ready for five days of Cinco de Mayo at Someburros! The celebration kicks off on Saturday, May 1st and goes through Wednesday, May 5th!

Saturday, May 1 | $5 of fiesta platters
Sunday, May 2 | $3 Margaritas
Monday, May 3 | $6 Pollo Fundido
Tuesday, May 4 | $2 Taco Tuesday
Wednesday, May 5 | Cinco De Mayo!

Check their Instagram page for additional details.

Someburros Tempe

Kettle Heroes Artisan Popcorn
1705 W. Ruby Dr. #107, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (855) 538-4376
Kettle Heroes Artisan Popcorn offers every type of popcorn from classic to Southwestern selections that are true to the Arizona region, such as prickly pear, Hatch green chile, and cinnamon-sugar churro flavors. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Kettle Heroes Artisan Popcorn will be releasing a limited-time-only flavor, Elote, inspired by Mexican Street Corn.

Kettle Heroes Tempe
Kettle Heroes

The Peppermill: Steakhouse and Cocktail
7660 S. McClintock Dr., #104, Tempe, Arizona 85284 | (480) 590-6755
The Peppermill is more than just your typical steakhouse. It has a full-service bar with specialty cocktails. This May 5th, The Peppermill is hosting a five-course Cinco de Mayo Tequila dinner with Ocho Tequila’s limited release tequila! $85/person. Check their Instagram for additional details.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza 
1120 E. Baseline Rd. Ste. 105, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 590-5830
Hailing from the streets of New York, Artichoke Basille’s Pizza is offering $5 Micheladas and margaritas all day on May 5th. Pair with one of their delicious pizzas like the artichoke or crab pizza.

Ghost Ranch: Modern Southwest Cuisine
1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 474-4328
Ghost Ranch Modern Southwestern Cuisine is excited to announce delicious specials for guests looking to commemorate the Battle of Puebla on Wednesday, May 5th.

Guests can enjoy: A la carte tacos for just $2 – Choose from: Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Chicken or Park; Drink specials will last all day include: $5 Ghost Ranch Margarita, $5 Frosé, $4 Modelo Especial Pints.

Pier 54
5394 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 820-0660
Join Pier 54 for a Fiesta at 3 p.m. this Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy $2.5 Fish and Shrimp tacos, $4 Cervezas, and $5 Margaritas. Plus, live music from 6-8 p.m. with The Griffins.

Photo credit: Ghost Ranch

Off the Beaten Path

Macayo’s Mexican Food
650 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-2552
Macayo’s Depot Cantina celebrates #CincoDeMacayo starting May 1st with various drink and food specials:

Drink Specials:⁠
$3 Dos XX Lager⁠
$4 Fireball Shots⁠
$6 Beer & Shot Special, Dos XX Lager & Choice of Fireball or 1800 Reposado ⁠
$7.50 1800 Margaritas⁠

Food Special⁠
$7.50 Chimi, A La Carte – Choice of Shredded Beef or Shredded Chicken⁠

*Dine-In Service 11AM to 10PM⁠ | Takeout 11AM to 10PM ⁠
Check their Instagram for daily food specials.

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
2350 E. Southern Ave. #1, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 897-0025
Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina celebrates May 5th with $3.25 Modelo Especial Cans, Happy Hour Entertainment (at select locations) and FREE meals for kids (with the purchase of each adult entree over $7).

GuacStar Kitchen & Cantina
920 E. University Dr. #204, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 219-9272
Tempe’s plant-based Mexican food dining destination, GuacStar, is celebrating with $5 margaritas and an extended GuacTail hour from 2 to 6 p.m., offering $6 signature cocktails and appetizers at the bar. There will also be a DJ performing from 3 p.m. to close.

Drinks at GuacStar in Tempe, AZ
Photo courtesy of GuacStar

For Delivery

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with delicious wood-fired Mexican takeout from A Su Salud, a new ghost kitchen by Pita Jungle in Tempe. Receive a free three-cheese quesadilla with any $15 order through the third-party delivery app DoorDash. Customers can also take advantage of a BOGO special on Uber Eats starting May 2 through May 12. Both specials are available for delivery or pickup.

Looking for even more options? We invite you to check out our Favorite Mexican Restaurants and Margarita blog for additional places to celebrate on Cinco de Mayo!

Written Alicia Griffith

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!