Events | Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In Los Angeles

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In Los Angeles

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Cinco de Mayo cocktails at Plan Check.

Cinco de Mayo 2014 heats up on Monday in Los Angeles, but Tequila starts flowing through the weekend, while mariachi music takes L.A. revelers late into the night. Check out our roundup of the best Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo events. If you’re looking for something to do in LA that’s not lame, this is definitely your salvation!

Edited By Christina Xenos

Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 3. Los Lobos, the genre-bending band from East L.A. that meshes Latin sounds with traditional Spanish, blues and R&B, heads up their 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Greek Theatre. Grammy winners Ozomatli, and Mariachi El Bronx open. 2700 North Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.665.5857. greektheatrela.com

Lucha Vavoom
May 1-2. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a ridiculously fun performance featuring masked Mexican wrestlers, comedy, and burlesque acts all rolled into one wacky and entertaining evening. The show also features feature the U.S. debut of Guadalajara electro cumbia combo, Los Masters Plus. Also expect Aztec and folkloric dancers, tequila, tamales and a dance party. Mayan Theatre, 1038 S Hill St., downtown. luchavavoom.com

Tortilla Republic “Viva La Fiesta” Block Party
May 4. West Hollywood’s modern Mexican restaurant transforms the lot behind the West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park into a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Stop by for DJ tunes, multiple outdoor bars, a dance floor, a live mariachi band, $6 margaritas, Mexican small plates, a 50/50 raffle, and a VIP suite with bottle service. 2-10 p.m. 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888. tortillarepublic.com

Loteria Grill
May 2-5. Celebrate the holiday over Loteria Grill’s festive Cinco+ Cinco + Cinco menu where you can sip the restaurants top five margaritas, favorite Mexican beers and five puebla tacos, including a new taco, the Chile de Nogada (Chile Poblano with a plantain and cheese filling, creamy walnut sauce and topped with pomegranate seeds). Margaritas and beer range from $6-$14; tacos $3.25-$3.75 each. Available at Loteria Grills in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City, Downtown Los Angeles, Farmer’s Market (alcohol excluded) and Westlake Village. loteriagrill.com

Gracias Madre
May 5. Get festive at West Hollywood’s new outpost for plant-based Mexican cuisine with all-day $5 drink and food specials on offerings like the Purista (tequila reposado, agave, lime, orange bitters, sweet orange salt rim), jalapeño basil ice, chips and guacamole, Totopos con chile (tortilla chips, salsa de arbol, cashew crema and lime) and more. A mariachi band will be on tap from 5-7 p.m., with live music continuing until 9 p.m. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170. gracias-madre.com

Pink Taco
May 2-5. Celebrate the holiday all weekend long at both LA Pink Taco locations. In West Hollywood festivities kick off on May 2, with happy hour starting at 4 p.m. On Saturday, enjoy brunch and a Mexican fiesta on the patio including a taco stand, pitchers of margaritas and pitchers of Moscow mules, music, along with VIP Lounge service. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with a Sunday Funday and end on Cinco de Mayo with a special happy hour starting at 4 p.m. In Century City, stop by for Friday happy hour, starting at 3 p.m., Saturday brunch and a Sunday Quatro de Mayo celebration from 2-11 p.m. with tacos, beer, margaritas and music by Kerry Wheeler, DJ Digital and DJ Vice; the party officially kicks off at 2 p.m., doors will be open at 11 a.m. with Bloody Marias and Micheladas. The Cinco de Mayo celebration will end on Monday with happy hour from 3 p.m.-close. Find tickets to Quatro de Mayo HEREpinktaco.com

STK
May 5. At the stylish steakhouse on La Cienega, you can fete the holiday by ordering up a “Mexican Ferris Wheel”, a circular shot holder and 10 tequila shots and a holder for lime and salt ($65/per wheel). Also find Coronaritas, buckets of beer, tacos or order them all in the “FieSTK Grande Package”  (20 tacos, 1 bucket of beer, and a shot wheel for $100). 755 N La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.659.3535. togrp.com/togrp-stk

The Bungalow
May 5. Stop by the Baja-style Bungalow to celebrate with the club’s signature Bungalow Margarita and Bitchin’ Sangria in addition chef Ray Garcia’s menu of bites like tacos, quesadillas, flatbreads, guacamole and more. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530. thebungalowSM.com

The Abbey
May 5. Celebrate with drink specials and a performance by LA’s first and only gay Mariachi band, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles. Drink specials include shot of Avion tequila and a Dos Equis for $12 and a bucket of 4 Dos Equis bottles for $20. 692 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood,310.289.8410. sbe.com

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
May 5. Celebrate at both LA locations with $5 El Picante margaritas, Mezcal Honey Sours, alongside menu specials (think taco truck fries, Machismo burger, Mexican hot chocolate cruller donut) from Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura. plancheck.com

Drinko de Mayo at Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub
May 3. Celebrate the holiday with an Irish twist. Find a leprechaun mariachi band and serve up its famous Irish Nachos for only five dollars (photo attached). Other specials for the day include $5 margaritas, $5 Mother’s Milk whiskey, and $2 tacos.  8911 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 310.360.1400. rnrpub.com

Red O Restaurant
May 2-5. Sip Mexican-inspired cocktail specials designed to reflect the colors of the Mexican flag; in addition to $5 Model Especial and Negra Modelo beers by the bottle. 8155 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.5009. RedORestaurant.com

41 Ocean
Celebrate beach-side in Santa Monica over a menu of Latin-inspired dishes like shrimp and oyster ceviche, jumbo baked crab tamale, chorizo mussels and more, including cocktails by mixologist Rob Floyd, 41 Ocean’s new National Director of Mixology. 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. 41ocean.com

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