Fred's Mexican Café
1165 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach
also at 535 Fifth Avenue, Downtown
By the fifth, if the rent is paid and you've still got a little cash left over to party, your best bet is Cinco de Fred's, an all-day, once-a-month Cinco de Mayo-inspired happy-hour party. Drink specials include $2 grande margaritas and $1 shots. With 50 different tequilas, you may never run out of choices, but if you make it to the 25th shot, your name will be added to the Tequila Club wall of fame. As an incentive, Fred's offers a free trip to Cabo San Lucas for those who consume all 50 within a year.