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Tastes of Cinco de Mayo

Although Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but rather a small win for the Mexican army in Puebla against the French in the Franco-Mexican War, the holiday is recognized in the United States as a day of awareness and celebration of Mexican culture. Many restaurants provide special menus with Mexican-inspired cocktails and appetizers as well as mariachi music, folk dancing and parties. Hopefully there will be enough limes to support all those margaritas and guacamole!

This weekend, starting with Saturday, May 3, through Monday, May 5, provides a multitude of Cinco de Mayo options such as:

Mexican Food

  • America’s Taco Shop: If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, you have to visit America’s Taco Shop. They will be serving a traditional Mexican dish – Al Pastor – a slow-cooked, thinly sliced pork, marinated in a mild spiced citrus and pasilla adobo and served with minced cabbage, cilantro, tomato sauce, guacamole and thin strips of grilled pineapple.


  • SOL Mexican Cocina: Looking for the perfect margarita? SOL Mexican Cocina’s Corralejo Watermelon Basil Margarita is simply fruity perfection. Combine that with guacamole and Baja cuisine and you are ready for a great Cinco de Mayo.
  • The Herb Box: Drink without the calories? Try the $5 Skinny Superfruit Margarita at The Herb Box. The drink includes Herradura Blanco, Chambord, fresh lime juice and club soda. The Herb Box will also release its new Drinx menu with all day happy hour pricing. Try 10 new cocktails for $8 such as the Vanilla Lemon Drop or Nutty Angel. They will also be serving wine and craft beer.

Parties and New Experiences

  • Sandbar: If you are looking for a full-weekend experience, then Sandbar is your place. The three-day party will include live music and DJs, the Mayweather vs. Maidana fight and, of course, drink specials. Music includes Rockhard and Whiskey’s Quicker on Saturday, The Crown Kings and Pyrosteria on Sunday and Jay Allen and The Uncommon Good and Redneck Rockstars on Monday. You can get your drink on with $3 beers and $5 margaritas all weekend long.
  • Uptown Alley: Try an entirely new Cinco de Mayo experience with the entertainment venue of Uptown Alley. You can eat and drink Mexican-inspired items like $3 tecates, $5 tacos and $5 margaritas while you go bowling, play video games or dominate at laser tag.
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes: If you are really looking to try something new this weekend, you have to try the margarita cupcake from Sprinkles Cantina. This inspired cupcake is composed of a tequila-key lime cake, topped with key lime frosting, a rim of fleur de sel and a festive green and red modern dot. This item is sure to make your Cinco de Mayo party unique.


New Year Girl

Toast 2014 at these bubbly, luxe and fabulous NYE parties

Did you wait until the last minute to make plans for toasting the New Year? It’s not too late to add planning to your resolution list! In the meantime, we collected a list of loud, elegant and fabulous NYE parties perfect for finding someone to smooch at midnight — or to just dance away the final minutes of 2013.


Party Like It’s 1925 @ Sandbar

Grab your pearls and throw on that risqué ankle-bearing dress because the Sandbar is hosting a chic 1920s-themed New Year Eve party. Guests are invited to get all gussied up in their finest flapper dresses, suits and top hats, or other classic Roaring Twenties garb and kick off the New Year in classic style. Of course, this being the Sandbar, the party will still have a distinctively casual beach vibe, including a Coronitas toast at midnight, as well as $5 glasses of Champagne and live music all night long.  It’s sure to be the party of the decade, or any decade. 7200 W. Ray Rd., Chandler//21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix @

Bottles and Bow Ties @ The Mint

Break the bank this New Years Eve, or at least look like you did, at The Mint’s “Bottles & Bow Ties” party on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Scottsdale’s finest ultra-lounge invites you to don your finest duds and go all out at this exclusive New Year’s Eve bash with live music spinning all night long and a midnight champagne toast to ring in the New Year right. 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale @ 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

El Hefe Grand Opening

Riot Hospitality Group (RHG) will celebrate the grand opening of the contemporary Mexican restaurant-bar El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Tempe on NYE. The celebration will take place in the courtyard behind El Hefe and RHG’s newest venue, Public House on Sixth. 640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe @ 5 p.m.

“Luxe Life” New Years Eve w/ Audien @ Maya Day + Nightclub
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year in luxury with bubbles and beats. The nightclub will be decked out in gold and silver decor as we celebrate the first-ever New Years Eve at Māyā Day + Nightclub for a one-of-a-kind experience. DJ Audien will be returning to Māyā on December 31 after his performance at Sound Wave music festival in September to ring in the New Year. The DJ/producer has been producing tracks and remixes for a number of labels making a big mark on the Beatport trance charts. 7333 E. Indian Plaza @ 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @ Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Join Whiskey Row to ring in the New Year! Enjoy live music by Ryan Bexley and delicious drinks all night. No cover and no dress code. 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail @ 11 a.m., DJ set @ 10 p.m.

One Night in Bangkok New Years Eve @ W Scottsdale
Guests will make their way up to the WET deck where paper lanterns will be strung from the balconies and palm trees along with a Buddhist shrine where the walls will be draped in red and gold. The evening will include live entertainment acts, gambling tables and the annual W ball drop that will help ring in the new year. Guests will also have the chance to win a trip to the W Bangkok with airfare included. 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale @ 5 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort encourages guests to relive the ’80s on Dec. 31 when it hosts “Studio TSR Strikes Back.” The property will kick off the festive celebration with a dinner followed by the sounds of Buster Poindexter and Las Vegas tribute band Loveshack. Fans will feel as though they traveled back in time as Poindexter belts out his popular renditions of “Hot Hot Hot,” “Bad Boy” and “House of the Rising Sun.” But the thrilling extravaganza will not end there. Loveshack is slated to command the stage, performing ’80s classics such as Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” and The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat.”  Come out and relish in the decade that made leg warmers and shoulder pads must-have accessories.  A large snow and bubble shower will fill the room at the stroke of midnight. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale @ 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the show. Concert @ 9 p.m.

Raven’s 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala

If you’re in the mood for an upscale New Year’s Eve soiree, try Talking Stick Resort’s Raven’s 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Attendees will be treated to a musical night of bliss in the showroom as Scottsdale-based band, SMASHT performs popular tunes from a variety of genres including Top 40, rock, pop, hip hop, disco and funk. DJ KILO is sure to keep the party going as he plays his mix of dance singles during the band’s intermission. In addition to an appetizer buffet, the evening will include a spacious dance floor, complimentary parking, drink specials and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guest must wear semi-formal to black tie attire. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale @ 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Degree 270

Head up to the 14th floor at Talking Stick Resort and join the party in nightclub Degree 270. Guests are in store for a night of nonstop fun as a live DJ is plays the latest top radio hits. The festive celebration will include dancing on the club’s large dance floor, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale @ 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Casino Arizona

Casino Arizona also is recapturing the essence of the ’80s and everyone is welcome to attend! Come celebrate the New Year with a festive dance party in the Showroom featuring famed tribute act, The Whip-Its. Characters, Dieter and Ivanka Hump, a European dominatrix who dons a whip and leather get-up, will have audiences laughing hysterically as they tell jokes in between musical numbers. Audiences will groove and sway as the performers sing classic ’80s anthems like Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” and so many more. A dinner buffet, balloon drop, champagne toast and two complimentary drinks are included in the package. 524 N. 92nd St., Phoenix @ 6:30 p.m. Dinner @ 7 p.m. Concert @ 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @ Arizona Room Patio Grill

End the year in the best way possible with live entertainment and delicious delights in the Arizona Room Patio Grill. Guests can prepare to dance the night away as the four-member live band, Sapphire Sky performs a number of festive tunes. The New Year’s Eve bash will include a dinner buffet, complimentary appetizers, champagne toast at midnight and one drink ticket. 524 N. 92nd St., Phoenix @ 6:30 p.m.

Salted Caramel Martini, WEB

Thirsty Thursday: Salted Caramel Martini

Happy Thanksgiving, Scottsdale Living readers! I hope you are enjoying this precious time spent with family and friends. This Thirsty Thursday is being brought to you by the friendly faces at Sandbar. So Friday night, when you’ve had too much family togetherness and you need to get away, you can head to one of their three Valley locations to try Sandbar’s new Salted Caramel Martini for $9.

Salted caramel anything has been my thing since last winter when I was first introduced to it, so I cannot wait to mix this drink up for the holidays. If you can’t wait ’til the weekend to try the Salted Caramel Martini at Sandbar, then attempt to make it on your own with the directions below. Share photos of your creation or enjoying this tasty drink this weekend on Instagram at @ScottsdaleLiving and make sure you #ThirstyThursday!


  • 1.5 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

  • 1 oz. Rumchata

  • 3 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps

  • Dash of whipped cream

  • Rim ½ martini glass with caramel


  1. Dip caramel soaked rim in salt

  2. Drizzle caramel in crazy zigzag design on martini glass

  3. Shake and strain drink into martini glass

  4. Dot of whipped cream garnish near edge of glass

Dance Club

Where to Shake Your Tailfeathers Thanksgiving Eve

Did you know Thanksgiving Eve is one of the most popular nights of the year for the bar scene? It makes sense, since everyone is off work and have got nothing to do but eat, watch a parade from their couch and maybe participate in a game of Turkey Day football.

The only question is which bars are going to have the best party this year? Here are three of the best places in Scottsdale to get down before Thanksgiving.

Talk Turkey to Me

The Crudo crew is offering a night of bird-related food and spirits. Beverages will be whipped up by Micah Olson and his guest bartenders, Jason Asher and Clint Spotleson, and will include Wild Turkey Whiskey, Black Grouse Scotch, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and more. The bird talk doesn’t end there. Chef Cullen Campbell will whip up dishes like Pastrami-style chicken wings with Mustard Vin.

Crudo is located at 3603 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, 85018. 602-358-8666. Open 9 p.m. to close.

Twerky” Day

Take note from Miley Cyrus and “twerk” your way to any of the three Sandbar locations for some pre-Thanksgiving celebrating. Sandbar is offering some sweet deals on holiday drinks and food, including $4 Wild Turkey 101’s and $5 cranberry margaritas. Don’t forget to wash down the turkey tacos with $4 pumpkin beer.

Sandbar has three valley locations:  

Sandbar Peoria                     Sandbar Chandler                  Sandbar Desert Ridge
9868 W. Northern Ave.       7200 W. Ray Rd.                      21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
Peoria, AZ 85345                   Chandler, AZ 85226                Phoenix, AZ 85050
623877-6444                         480961-1700                          480585-5900

Party like a Pilgrim

If you’re one of the lucky people who gets to leave the office a little early today, then head over to Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails for its Harvest Hoedown block party that starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t end until 2 a.m. Ole Smokey Moonshine is sponsoring this event, which will feature moonshine cocktails, happy hour and live music all day and night. Shake a tail feather on the two-story dance floor that will also extend into the street and turn the block into one big pre-Thanksgiving party. You can’t go wrong with $4 Old Smokey cocktails and shots.

Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails is located at 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #110. 480.970.5000.