Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles with the Rascal Margarita.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles over an array of margaritas, live music and delicious eats.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Fiesta at Fig
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo downtown at FIGat7th. The event marks the debut of the center’s outdoor cocktail service in their courtyard with DJs, margaritas and micheladas, Mexican-style craft beer and a make-your-own pinata adult arts and crafts workshop. 3-9 p.m.; stop by earlier in the day to enjoy La Victoria, a strolling, three-piece, female mariachi band, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

El Chavo
Always a hot spot for Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles, head to the Silver Lake restaurant for a fiesta that features street corn, tacos, live music and plenty of options to wash it all down. El Chavo is partnering with Mezcal El Silencio, Jarritos and Tecate for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo drinks.

Casa Vega
The 60-year-old Studio City institution celebrates the holiday with a photo booth, specialty cocktail or shot by Maestro Dobel; and “Tacos & Tequila” Throwback Thursday promotion (.60 cent taco with purchase of The Boss Margarita) throughout the night.

Sol Cocina
Playa Vista’s new destination for Mexican fare offers specials like draft beer and a Casa Noble shot for $10; the SOL Grande Casa Noble House Margarita, which is shaken tableside with a choice of housemade sweet and sour mix or as a skinny margarita with fresh lime juice, agave and a splash of soda for only $8; and a host of other signature margaritas that come in flavors like mango con chile, cucumber jalapeno—that all can be ordered on the restaurant’s margarita luge. The party continues with souvenir glasses, party favors, sombreros, top food and more.

Heat in the Street Salsa Tasting & Competition
May 7. Does your salsa send taste buds through the stratosphere? Now is your chance to compete for glory (and prizes) in this fiery, fun, mouth-watering event that benefits Friends of Micheltorena. Entries are open to the public, just bring a homemade salsa labeled with all ingredients by 3 p.m. The Cinco de Mayo party also includes food, kids activities, raffle tickets for great prizes, music, dancing and live performances. Free for Micheltorena families, $5 suggested donation from community. 3-6 p.m. Micheltorena Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St., L.A.

Mas Malo
The downtown dining destination offers a Mexican fiesta featuring DJs and mariachis starting at 6 p.m.

The Raymond 1886
Head to Pasadena to celebrate Cinco de Mayo over specialty tacos: al pastor made “The Raymond Way,” Yucatan grilled carrot with argan mole, roasted duck taco and more—including $5 micheladas.

Hey 19 Public House
Tequila enthusiasts looking to beat the crowds at Ortega 120 can head over to Hey 19 Public House, where renowned mixologist/cocktail maven Demi Stevens (and owner of both establishments) will offer her famous (and award-winning) 120 Margarita for one day only.

El Segundo’s Nuevo Rancho restaurant celebrates the holiday with special margarita snow cones ($8) and Chef Anne Conness’ Mexican hot dogs wrapped in bacon and topped with spicy mayo, guacamole and fancy pico ($8), both available as specials for the day. The restaurant also offers Calle 23 tequila flights for $15.

Gracias Madre
The organic and plant-based Mexican restaurant will be serving up new artisanal “blended” margaritas and sangrita, as well as chimichangas and complimentary cotton candy. Come dusk, a mariachi band will serenade revelers adjourned on the patio from 5-9 p.m.

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Celebrate the holiday over $3 tacos, house-made salsas, cocktails and more on the roof deck of the The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. This kicks off seasonal dining on the poolside deck. Reserve by calling 213.743.8824.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
The burger mecca with locations in Playa Vista, El Segundo and Newport beach offers their 7-Layer Cinco de Mayo Burger (beef patty, refried black beans, fried tortilla strips, guacamole, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, shredded red leaf lettuce, sour cream on an egg bun) for the entire month of May.

The low-key Hollywood bar gets festive with their Chavito 2 Margarita with reposado tequila, lemon, lime, orange juice and a cinnamon-sugar rim. They are also offering $6 margaritas all night long.

118 Degrees
Celebrate over a vegan fiesta that includes empanadas, fried avocado toastadas, tacos and more.

Especially for the holiday, Bruxie goes Mexican with a Carnitas “Torta” Bruxie with slow roasted pork, black beans, guacamole, shredded romaine, chipotle mayo, cotija and salsa fresca.

Hache LA
Get in the Cinco de Mayo spirit with the Silver Lake burger spot’s Habanero Burger, featuring a spicy four-chili mix of red bell pepper, habanero, jalapeño and Anaheim peppers with garlic mayo and queso fresco—perfectly paired with housemade guacamole and chips.

Celebrate over craft cocktails like the Oaxacan Flower with Alipus mescal, Bols triple sec, Bertina elderflower, fresh grapefruit juice and a twist of orange as well as the rambunctious Rascal Margarita with Zapopan tequila, Bols triple sec, and lemon and lime juice.

The Morrison Pub
Celebrate with specials on food and drinks for on the actual holiday and the week preceding it. On Cinco de Mayo they are bringing in a mariachi band.

Boneyard Bistro 
The Sherman Oaks BBQ spot serves of rock shrimp tacos and BBQ nachos with pulled pork, brisket and sausage especially for the holiday.

Estate Restaurant + Bar
Head to Santa Monica to dine on crispy wonton tacos with ahi tuna tartare and grilled chicken mole tacos.

The Lobster
Celebrate over top views with dungeness crab enchiladas and Jefe Jack’s Margarita with Chinaco anejo tequila, fresh lime and a salt rim.

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