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Tacos! Mint juleps! Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby

If you’ve got the stamina to make it to the finish line, this weekend is a partying daily double.

Cinco de Mayo is Friday, May 5. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 6.

Remember, it’s OK to come out of the gate fast, but pace yourself, amigo. You don’t want to fade during the home stretch.

Here are some of the ways Boise-area bars and restaurants will celebrate.

Cinco de Mayo

▪ Tequila bar and restaurant The Matador, 215 N. 8th St., will dish up a fried beef or chicken taco for $2, or three for $5. Wash them down with a Cinco-rita made with Sauza Blue silver tequila for $7 (regular $9), an Avion silver tequila shot for $8 (regular $11), or a bottle of Corona beer for $5. Order a combo of an Avion shot and a Corona for $12 (regular $16).

Sister restaurant Casa Del Matador at The Village at Meridian will offer the same deals.

▪ El Tenampa restaurants in the Treasure Valley will make $2.99 house lime margaritas all day. Same price for draft beer. (Beer nerds, this means you also could grab something like a Joe or Stone IPA at that price — at least at the Boise location, which has the most taps.) 7802 W. Spectrum St., Boise; 248 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa; 906 N. Main St., Meridian.

▪ Check out the view from the Rooftop Luna Bar at Barbacoa, 276 W. Bobwhite Court. The party goes from 4 to 10 p.m. with appetizers and drink specials. All Patron silver, reposado and anejo shots are $7. Or try a paloma ($8, Patron silver and pink grapefruit juice with a float of Patron Citronge orange liqueur) or classic marg ($8, Patron silver, Patron Citronge, fresh lime sour). Mariachi de mi Tierra will crank mariachi music and DJ Devin James will spin tunes.

▪ Jalapeno’s Bar & Grill in Boise (8799 W. Franklin Road) and Nampa (1921 Caldwell Blvd.) will welcome the balmy weather with outdoor margarita/beer gardens, street tacos, live music, and traditional Mexican dance from Norma Pintar. There will be free tequila tastings, giveaways and food and drink specials. Stay late and dance to DJs.

▪ Enrique’s, 482 W. Main St. in Kuna, will have an outside bar, drink specials, Enrique’s taco truck and a live mariachi band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

▪ The Big Al’s patio opens for the season at 1900 N. Eagle Road in Meridian with a private bar, fire pits and oversized Jenga. You can get 32-ounce margaritas — in mini-buckets — for $9 made with Azunia tequila.

▪ Whiskey Bar, 509 W. Main St., Boise, will sell a Caza de Sour (tequila/egg white sour) for $8, a Cazadores shot for $6, or a $3 Corona. There’s also a Roca Patron flight special: $25 for the blanco, reposado and anejo.

▪ The price is right at Tom Grainey’s, 109 S. 6th St., and its underground brother, Grainey’s Basement. The Old Boise bars will offer $3 well tequila shots and $3 Corona bottles. Their $4 margaritas will be made with Jameson Irish Whiskey.

▪ Down the street at The Silly Birch, 507 W. Main St., you’ll find $3 margaritas, $4 shots of Lunazul and Olmeca Altos silver tequila, and $3.50 Coronas.

▪ After a series of gut-busting weekly battles, qualifiers will assemble at Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill, 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive, for the Taco Eating Finals at 8 p.m. That should be a sight — especially while you’re attempting to sip a 32-ounce margarita ($12).

▪ With roots in New Mexico, the folks running Capitol Bar, 6100 W. State St., just had to celebrate. They’re doing $5 Lunazul tequila shots (keep the glass while supplies last), $5 Lunazul margaritas, and $5 for any two Mexican beers (Corona, Bohemia, Modelo) or micheladas.

▪ DJ Complex will rock China Blue, 100 S. 6th St. Cash, shot vouchers and other prizes will be flung onto the dance floor around midnight for a “Make It Rain Drop” promotion. What does this have to do with Cinco? Nada. But I suspect gallons of tequila will be consumed.

Kentucky Derby

▪ Now that Les Bois Park is history, where do we go on Derby day? Your best bet for fun is Whiskey Bar, 509 W. Main St. Gentlemen, wear those blazers. Ladies, grab the titanic hats. Whiskey Bar makes a mean mint julep ($7). Other drink specials will include $4 Stella Artois beer and $5 Maker’s Mark whiskey. The Derby will be shown on a huge projector screen and two flat screens. Post time is 4:34 p.m., but Whiskey Bar doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The first 30 people receive door prizes, which range from Stella Artois glassware kits to a whiskey barrel from Maker’s Mark. (More swag will be distributed throughout the day.) Free finger food will be catered by The Shed, and Maker’s Mark will wax-dip custom glasses and brand commemorative wood pieces for guests.

▪ With more than 20 TVs, you won’t miss the action at Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill, 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive. (Unless you spend the wrong 2 minutes visiting the restroom, of course.) They’re encouraging Derby attire if you want to enter a costume contest for the most outrageous hat and outfit. (Prizes to be determined.) Also on the agenda: Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark swag giveaways and Kentucky-themed food (Kentucky fried chicken) and drink (mint juleps).

▪ Big Al’s, 1900 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, will have drink deals during the Derby including $5 Kentucky Derbys, $5 mint juleps and $5 Old Fashioneds.

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