Rio GrandeThree Denver and Boulder locations
While self-isolation has hit some of us hard (resulting in eating, drinking, smoking, sexting and Netflix benders), for others it's brought back the glory days of college (which included eating, drinking, smoking, sexting and Netflix benders). Complete the circle by ordering takeout from any of the Rio's locations, which are offering happy-hour pricing on all single and double margaritas ($7 for a single Classic cocktail and $8 for the Big Tex version; $14 and $16, respectively, for doubles), as well as six-packs for $42 or $48. You can also get fajitas for four for $75 and enchilada dinners for $54. Visit the Rio's website to see its entire takeout menu and order online; alternately, call your closest location to order by phone. The best part of this deal? No pesky bartenders to cut you off after that three-marg limit.
The Stanley Marketplace2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
The Aurora shopping center and a number of its tenants have a full slate of events planned for May 5, with music and dance rounding out the food and drink offerings and lending a bit of much-needed normalcy to the festivities. Visit Stanley's Facebook page at 4 p.m. to see traditional dance performances by children's dance troupe Raíces de Mi Tierra. Comida has taco packs that feed two to three people, micheladas and five different margs on the menu, and will have Tito Malaga performing Spanish guitar on the patio (and streaming on its Instagram page) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; pre-order on its website. Latin-owned Cheluna Brewing Co. is offering $5 off any order of four or more Crowlers or bombers (or combo) ordered on its website, and Create Cooking School will be teaching a 5:30 p.m. class on mixing margaritas and cooking up crispy shrimp tacos with salsa. Complete details are up on Facebook now.
State 38 Distilling400 Corporate Circle, Golden
Just a few of the boozy beverages that hail from Mexico include raicilla, tepache, pulque, sotol, mezcal and, of course, tequila. State 38 is highlighting its homegrown version of the last (which it calls "agave spirits," since the word tequila can only legally be used in Mexico) during its 4:30 p.m. Facebook Live stream, pairing it with something not at all Mexican (bacon) and renaming the commemorative day of a historic Mexican battle "Baco de Mayo" — which at least is better than showing up in a bar chugging Corona and sporting a fake Pancho Villa ’stache. Tune in for a thirty-minute lesson on how to make three cocktails with the liquor-that-must-not-be-named that you can make and savor any time of year: a Bloody Maria, an añejo Old Fashioned and a margarita. Each will be garnished with bacon, which will also make a starring appearance in bites created to accompany the drinks. And if you want your pesos to go further, order two bottles of any brown spirit for pick-up from the distillery between 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (including its reposado or añejo agave spirits) and get a free bottle of vodka.
Steuben's523 East 17th Avenue
It doesn't get much more comforting than tacos and tequila, and that's what Steuben's is serving up for May 5. The day's specials include chips and salsa or guac ($5), carnitas tacos with rice and beans ($10), smothered breakfast burritos ($10) and green chile ($4). Wash it all down with $5 margs (regular or pineapple-jalapeño), Tequila Sunrise milkshakes, or a margarita kit that includes a full liter of Espolón tequila, a 750-milliliter bottle of the house marg mix, some rimming salt and (bonus!) a pair of branded Espolón hats (helpful as we're heading into the summer months). Call to order takeout, or text "Steubens" to 33733 for the restaurant's app that includes its daily menu and delivery options.