by Kathleen St. John on May 6, 2010
There’s only one thing to say when Cinco de Mayo falls on a weekday. “Es muy triste.” Many working folks were very sad that they couldn’t indulge their Cinco party ideas to the fullest Wednesday. Sure, there was a margarita here, a Tecate there, but when a drinking holiday is in the middle of the week, it’s hard to muster a lot of enthusiasm.
Those who did work up the courage on Wednesday likely found themselves very sad as well — this morning. All is not lost, however. The heartiest Cinco de Mayo partyers are going strong through the weekend. Here are a couple tabernas to consider on a weekend quest to salute the Mexican army’s defeat of the French at Puebla in 1862.
Mezcal (3230 E. Colfax Ave.), always a popular choice for Cinco de Mayo revelers, started rockin’ on Monday. The party continues this weekend, with happy hour prices all day, every day through Sunday.
Mezcal’s walls are covered in colorful murals and Mexican wrestlers, making it a fine place to knock back a couple coin-style margaritas on the cheap and let the Cinco buzz soak in.
In the Highlands, popular watering hole El Camino Community Tavern (3628 W. 32nd Ave.) started their Cinco fiesta on Wednesday with specials on food and drink. It’s all been leading up to Saturday’s “Cinco de Camino” bash. The fun starts at noon, featuring an outdoor margarita pavilion, DJs and live music. Snack on Mexican barbecue, or take a gander at El Camino’s menu of Mexican classics.
El Camino is always hard to miss — the building is painted bright pink — but with the margarita tent and the good times being had, it’ll be a beacon of Cinco celebration on Saturday.
– HUNKS TAKE OVER –
Ever wonder what happened to Zen (940 Lincoln St.)? Opened in October 2008, the hours of the “ultralounge” became unpredictable and spotty over the last year. The weekday hours went first, and then one weekend it was open, another it wasn’t. A banner announcing the club as available for event rental flapped in the breeze. Zen’s MySpace page sat dormant since January.
Wherever it went, Zen is already long gone. The space is being taken over by Hunks, “The Ultimate Show for Women.”
Yep, it’s turning into a haven for beefcake and the women who love it, a “high-energy, audience-participation, male Broadway-style theatrical entertainment show,” according to the club’s website. Hunks started casting guys as sexy waiters and dancers in April. The club makes its debut on May 15 — just in time for all the June brides to schedule a raucous bachelorette party.
Tickets are $25 to $65 for the May 15 performance. Get tickets and learn more at denverhunkstheshow.com.
– MOVE! –
As usual, there’s plenty of music to keep the club crowds moving this weekend. Swedish DJ and producer Basshunter pays a visit to The Church (1160 Lincoln St.) tonight. He’s out supporting his 2009 album “Bass Generation,” a followup to “Now You’re Gone,” a top-20 hit on Billboard’s electronic albums chart in 2008. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show is open to guests age 18 and up.
At Beta (1909 Blake St.), Miami house hero Cedric Gervais spins on Saturday. He just played superclub Pacha in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 2, and now he’s gracing Denver with his presence. Advance tickets are $10 at fla.vor.us/groovetickets.