By Erin Branstner

While most of us may not know the real reason behind celebrating Cinco de Mayo (note: it's surprisingly not Mexican Independance Day), the fact remains, who really needs a reason to consume massive amounts of tequila on a Tuesday. So put on your poncho and select a destination for what promises to be a Cinco celebration to remember!

Gator Jake's Bar & Grill - 36863 Van Dyke - Sterling Heights
May 5 : 9 p.m.
Sterling Heights may never be the same after today. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Gator girls while you throw down on $2 Coronas and $2 margaritas. Enjoy live entertainment and shake what your momma gave ya.

Cactus Jack's - 7636 Auburn - Utica
May 5 : 1 p.m.
This Utica mainstay is kicking off Cinco de Mayo early this year. The party sets off at 1 p.m. featuring two big tents holding one giant celebration. Music will be provided by DJ Godfather on the 1's and 2's along with live entertainment by the Strangers. Drink specials include $1 one o'clock specials, $2 two o'clock specials and $3 three o'clock specials, so be prepared to drink all day.

17th Street Bar & Grill - 3905 17 Mile - Sterling Heights
May 5 : 1 p.m.
Prepare to party all day at this festive Sterling Heights hangout thanks to great drink specials like $1 1 o'clock specials, $2 2 o'clock specials and you guessed in $3 3 o'clock specials. $100 goes to the best dressed festive female in the house. This celebration is free all day and features the sounds of DJ Simon in the booth.
The Post Bar - 42875 Grand River - Novi
May 5 : 3 p.m.
Join the fun this year as Craig Jelinek and Kevin Cermak bring you this special Cinco celebration titled, "Corona & Margarita Madness". Complete information is available at or call 248-543-1000. Live band Collision 6 will be performing in the greenhouse while DJs Tom Keeling and Victor V get things moving on the patio.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina - 21091 Haggerty - Novi
May 5 : 4 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Mexico's victory over the French than at On the Border in Novi. Don't miss this huge all day tent party featuring great live entertainment by the Killer Flamingos. Get in on $4 drafts and margaritas while you chow down on authentic Mexican cuisine. Tequila, anyone.

Main Street Billiards - 215 S. Main - Downtown Rochester
May 5 : 4 p.m.
With warmer weather on the way, what better way to celebrate this festive day than outside in one of Main Street's comfy cabanas. Take advantage of great drink specials all day like $2 Coronas and $5 margaritas, along with a complimentary taco bar for those late night cravings. Early arrival is suggested cause this party promises to be packed with sexy singles partying hard - Mexican style.

Orleans Billiards Cafe - 100 Macomb Place - Downtown Mount Clemens
May 5 : 5 p.m.
This local watering hole may be named after a city in Louisiana, but think a little more South for this special celebration. Enjoy authentic (meaning strong) margaritas and a tasty Mexican buffet from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. while you take in the sounds of the season.

The Box Sports Bar & Grill - 41570 Garfield - Clinton Twp.
May 5 : 5 p.m.
Red Bull is sponsoring this special Cinco celebration at one of Clinton Township's favorite sports bars. Get there early and take advantage of the free taco bar from 5-8 p.m. DJs Pannos and Thomas Etchenburg will be joined by percussionist Jared Sykes as they deliver all the best booty shaking grooves to move ya.

Tijuanas Mexican Kitchen - 1679 Dix Hwy - Lincoln Park
May 5 : 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Moyocoyani Izel Dancers. The colorfully costumed dancers ranging in age from eight to thirty years old, will perform traditional regional Mexican dances outside the restaurant. Food and beverage service will continue all day.

Dooley's - 32500 Gratiot - Roseville
May 5 : 9 p.m.
Take a crack at the pinata and get your chance to take home some very exclusive prizes. Enjoy free roving Mexican hors d'oeuvres while you toss back a few cervesas including $2.50 Coronas and $2 Labatt's. So don your sombrero and prepare to party Cinco style at both Dooley's locations.


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