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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 05/ 4/2006

Viva Mexico

By Erin

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, there are two schools of thought. First, there are those who use the holiday as a reason to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. On the other hand, some folks just want an excuse to get blind drunk on cheap cerveza and tequila. With these two extremes in mind, we're running the rule over a variety of Cinco de Mayo events and rating them on a sliding scale that compares potential culture to potential drunkenness.

Tonight
Free Jose Cuervo at Tapatinis. Do you even have to ask?
Culture: 0. Drunkenness: 100.

Tonight and Tomorrow
Ceiba's celebrating with four courses for $35 and a specialty pomegranate and lime margarita.
Culture: 70. Drunkenness: 30. (increase level of inebriation if you can afford multiple margaritas).

Friday
At the Cultural Institute of Mexico, a free concert by Na'rimbo explores the fusion of the traditional marimba with Latin jazz and Afro-Caribbean music.
Culture: 85 Drunkenness: 15 (Hey, there's a cash bar!)

Things to Do DC presents local salsa band Sin Miedo at Cecilia's. Also included: A salsa lesson and salsa competition on the club's large dance floor.
Culture: 80. Drunkenness: 20.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana always has Friday Mariachis and a festive menu, but the restaurant toasts Cinco de Mayo with margarita specials.
Culture: 68. Drunkenness: 32.

The Latin Jazz All-Stars perform at Bethesda's Juste Lounge, beginning at 8. From 5 until showtime, all martinis and beers are half-price.
Culture: 60. Drunkenness: 40.

Zapata's offers Latino music and dancing, not to mention food and drink specials.
Culture: 50. Drunkenness: 50.

Partake in Andale's huge selection of tequilas and margarita specials, such as the margaritas in the red, green and white colors of the Mexican flag.
Culture: 12. Drunkenness: 82.

Cover band extraordinaire Gonzo's Nose is playing at Bailey's, a cavernous Ballston sports bar.
Culture: 10 (if they play "Mexican Radio," as "La Isla Bonita" doesn't really count). Drunkenness: 90-100.

At Cafe Citron, imitate Speedy Gonzalez for free food, wear a "Mexican costume" to win a bottle of Jose Cuervo, yell "Viva Mexico!" for a free shot. The expected margarita and beer discounts last until 10.
Culture: 1. Drunkenness: 99

McFadden's has discounted Corona and ... oh, never mind.
Culture: 0. Drunkenness: 100.

Cinco de Midtown offers discounted bottles of that well-known Mexican lager Budweiser on a five-bar crawl that includes Rumors, the Front Page and the Madhatter.
Culture: 0. Drunkenness: 100.

If it's the food you're after, Taqueria Poblano, Guajillo, Samantha's, Tacos Pepitos Bakery II, Taqueria Distrito Federal are all prime places to get quality food. Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe also offers popular quality Tex-Mex. The Reston location will sell tamales outside.

--Erin and Fritz

By Erin  | May 4, 2006; 12:11 PM ET
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