Get your liver ready because Cinco De Mayo falls on a Saturday this year! May 5 is commonly referred to as Mexican Independence Day and commemorates the Mexican victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s also a day of drinkers all over the world to indulge in tacos, tequila and all things fun.
Let’s celebrate our neighbor to the south and get your fiesta on at one of these L.A. spots!
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo all day with Las Perlas, the Nation’s first Mezcal Bar. There will be a special Cinco De Mayo menu, served from 11 a.m. until the bar closes. Sip on draft cocktails featuring Sino Tequila and El Silencio Mezcal for only $11, or take a shot and get a can of Tecate for a similar price. Beyond the spirits, guests can enjoy live music performed by Spaghetti Cumbia from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and take the opportunity to buy an event t-shirt for $20.
107 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, 213hospitality.com/lasperlas, @lasperlasla
Celebrity hotspot Toca Madera is doing an exclusive all-day celebration starting at noon until 2 a.m. with food and drink menu specials and $20 Azuñia tequila flights. There will also be DJ sets, musical guests and live performances, including stilt walkers, fire breathers and more throughout the day.
8450 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, tocamadera.com, @tocamaderala
One of L.A.’s only dedicated Southwestern restaurants, Panxa Cocina has a killer tequila and mezcal program to rival the best in the city. From April 27 to May 5, Panxa is actually celebrating Casa Noble Tequila Week. Brand ambassadors will be at Panxa handing out tasters and specialty cocktails in the bar, alongside festive music and party vibes.
Panxa Cocina, 3937 E. Broadway, Long Beach, Panxacocina.com, @panxacocina
This is Tallula’s first Cinco De Mayo, so they’re opening two hours early at 2 p.m. to get the party started. Spend a day at the beach, then walk across the street to celebrate over rounds of blood orange margaritas and palomas, signature snacks like organic chicken wings, nachos sencillo and a special Cinco De Mayo XL taco.
118 Entrada Dr., Santa Monica, Tallulasrestaurant.com, @tallulasrestaurant
Hollywood’s exclusive rooftop bar and lounge Filifera is hosting a Cinco De Mayo soirée beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Street tacos, a mezcal tasting with Amaras Mezcal, margarita and beer specials until 12 a.m. and live music will round out the festivities. Tickets can be purchased in advance here and includes a plate of tacos and Filifera’s “Call It How You Want It” margarita.
Hollywood Proper Residences, 1550 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles, Filiferahollywood.com, @properhotelsandresidences
Brack Shop Tavern
DTLA’s beloved bar and restaurant Brack Shop Tavern, is partnering with El Silencio Mezcal for Cinco De Mayo this year. Festivities include Brack Shop’s staff armed with mezcal squirt guns, an adult piñata raffle (filled with booze, candy, gift certificates & more), drink specials, and a special food menu including queso, street corn and $2 tacos.
525 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, Brackshoptavern.com, @brackshoptavern
Torrance’s Oaxacan eatery Madre celebrates Cinco De Mayo with live music, $22 cazuela cocktails (cocktails in a traditional clay bowl – meant for sharing), and a shot of mezcal, Pacifico, and sangrita for $10 all day. Madre’s expansive bar and patio makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the celebration all day.
261 Cabrillo Ave. #100, Torrance, Madrerestaurants.com, @madre_torrance
Silver Lake’s neo-traditional Mexican restaurant Mi Corazon, will offer a special $8 Banderita shot trio (tequila, lime, and housemade sangrita – red, green, and white shots as an ode to the Mexican flag), mix and match margaritas and palomas- made with $9 Maestro Dobel Silver Tequila or $10 Mestizo Joven Mezcal, as well as $10 Housemade Rumchata, $20 Sangria Pitchers and $8 boilermakers with Tecate and tequila or mezcal. Be sure to stay for the live mariachi band.
2609 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, mi-corazon.net, @micorazon_silverlake
The h.wood Group’s John Terzian and Brian Tol’s newest concept Petite Taqueria is a modern Mexican restaurant with taqueria-style dishes. In perfect timing, Petite has started offering brunch from 11 a.m. from 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday with Mexican coffee, bottomless mimosas and dishes such as corn pancakes, Mexican crepes and Hamachi tostados. For Cinco De Mayo, they are offering 1/2 off margaritas all day. Try its famous Skinny Margarita made with Avion Silver, cucumber, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera water and agave.
755 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles, hwoodgroup.com, @petitetaqueria
Hold on to your sombreros, Mama Shelter is hosting Cinco De Mayo bash in partnership with Milagro. Take in the the breathtaking rooftop views while you get your fiesta on with their margarita bar and music by DJ Ethos till late night.
6500 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, mamashelter.com, @mamashelterla
If you can’t make it across the border for Cinco De Mayo, head to the next best thing, Border Grill in DTLA. The urban outpost boasts festive murals splashed throughout the spacious main dining room along with the lively cantina bar that literally makes you feel like you are in Mexico. Their Saturday event is sponsored by VIVA XXXIII and is offering $10 margaritas and $5 shots.
Union Bank Plaza, 445 S. Figueroa St., #100, Los Angeles, Bordergrill.com, @bordergrill
Mariachi bands? Margaritas? Say no more! Cinco De Mayo at The Bungalow is going to be lit! Join the home of west side hotties for live music from Mariachi mi Jalisco + DJ MaxV during the day and salsa the night away with DJ JPJ.
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, thebungalow.com, @thebungalowsm
Formerly the home of Cocina Condesa in Studio City, is the area’s newest fiesta is Jalapeno Pete’s. Try celebrate the new kid on the block this Cinco De Mayo, try their Jalapeno Pete’s House Margarita made with Maestro Dobel Tequila, lime agave and Damiana liqueur. The hotspot also has a BOGO free happy hour on drinks from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
11618 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, jalapenopetesla.com, @jalapenopetesla
Arts District Brewing Co.
After two huge cocktail-centered holidays, Cinco De Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, wind down afterwards at Arts District Brewing Co. in DTLA. On Sunday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., the 213 bar will be hosting a “Hangover Brunch,” featuring guest beers from The Bruery and food pairings from Chef Eloy and Chef Miguel. Brunch specials include Fruity Pebble French Toast paired with The Collective Brewing Project “Coconut Brettshake” IPA, Chilaquiles paired with Lord Hobo Brewing Co “Angelica” New England Wheat and Avocado Toast with lemon, microgreens, pink pickled onions, sea salt, and fried egg, paired with Arts District Brewing Co. “Aurora Lutea” Sour. There will also be a Bloody Mary bar and endless pitchers of “Mateo” Golden Ale and “Hermano” Hefeweizen.
828 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, 213hospitality.com/ artsdistrictbrewing, @artsdistrictbrewing
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