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12 Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmapsramenmapasdf.jpgAmerica's favorite way to celebrate Mexico's delicious culture approaches. While many of LA's best Mexican restaurants will be offering specials all weekend long, some are opting to pull out all the stops on Monday only. Consider taking a three-day weekend to take advantage of the $3-$5 bottles of beer, tequila and mezcal flights, and fantastic tacos. Endless bowls of chips, salsa and guacamole will keep you cool on one of this country's favorite alcoholidays. Here below, a handy map of Cinco de Mayo specials around town.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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This newer West Hollywood vegan hot spot celebrates on Monday with $5 Puristas, Micheladas, and sangria. Hungry? There will also be $5 totopos, tostadas, and guacamole and chips.

2. Las Perlas

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107 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 988-8355

Starting at 4 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo, snag $5 margaritas, palomas, and tequila shots. Beers start at $3. Find Danny’s Tacos truck on the patio from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.

3. Lotería Grill

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6627 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-2500
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This year, all of chef/owner Jimmy Shaw's Loteria locations will be offering a Cinco+Cinco+Cinco menu: five margaritas, five beers and five tacos. Drinks like the Sandia (a watermelon margarita) range from $6 to $14; Tacos go for $3.25 to $3.75 a piece.

4. Red O

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8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-5009
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Rick Bayless' haute Mexican is celebrating the holiday weekend with a trio of tequila cocktails: El Bueno is a mix of coconut and citrus; El Malo contains hibiscus and lemonade; El Feo combines the tequila with cucumber, epazote and fresh lime. $5 bottles of beer are also available all weekend long.

5. Tortilla Republic

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616 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-9888
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This West Hollywood bar and restaurant is bringing back its popular “Viva La Fiesta” block party on Sunday May 4. From 2 until 10 p.m., Tortilla Republic will host a Mexican fiesta, featuring DJs Corey Craig, Aaron Elvis, and Dan Knapp, multiple outdoor bars, a dance floor, a live mariachi band, and — the best part — $6 margaritas and small plates.

6. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300
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Score Fortaleza for $5 a shot all night.

7. Velvet Margarita Cantina

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1612 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 469-2000
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This outrageous Hollywood bar has been mixing kitsch with Mexican flavors for 10 years. They're hosting a charity benefit on Cinco de Mayo with DJs, food specials, and more. RSVP required.

8. El Compadre

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7408 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-7924

This dimly lit restaurant is famous for their flaming margaritas -- get those and bottled beers, specialty drinks and more for happy hour prices on Cinco de Mayo.

9. El Carmen

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El Carmen opens to the West Third Street crowd at noon, and offers happy hour prices on all drinks from noon until 3 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo.

10. Mohawk Bend

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2141 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337
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Just for Cinco de Mayo this Echo Park stop will feature organic and locally distilled tequila from Greenbar Distillery in drinks like the Técito (IXÁ Organic Tequila, Jamaica Tea, g​inger, lime juice).

11. Border Grill

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1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1655
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Celebrate at all Border Grill locations all weekend long. There will be specials on tequila flights. Menu offerings will include Queso Fundido as well as soft shell crab tacos.

12. East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 596-8266

This new wave Vietnamese cafe is offering some unique specials for Cinco de Mayo. Think: Wonton Nachos with shredded grilled pork, laughing cow/Oaxaca cheese, cilantro, refried fermented black beans, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, and wok charred sesame scallions. There's also a fried chicken torta with banh mi flare.

1. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This newer West Hollywood vegan hot spot celebrates on Monday with $5 Puristas, Micheladas, and sangria. Hungry? There will also be $5 totopos, tostadas, and guacamole and chips.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

2. Las Perlas

107 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Starting at 4 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo, snag $5 margaritas, palomas, and tequila shots. Beers start at $3. Find Danny’s Tacos truck on the patio from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.

107 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

3. Lotería Grill

6627 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This year, all of chef/owner Jimmy Shaw's Loteria locations will be offering a Cinco+Cinco+Cinco menu: five margaritas, five beers and five tacos. Drinks like the Sandia (a watermelon margarita) range from $6 to $14; Tacos go for $3.25 to $3.75 a piece.

6627 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Red O

8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Rick Bayless' haute Mexican is celebrating the holiday weekend with a trio of tequila cocktails: El Bueno is a mix of coconut and citrus; El Malo contains hibiscus and lemonade; El Feo combines the tequila with cucumber, epazote and fresh lime. $5 bottles of beer are also available all weekend long.

8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. Tortilla Republic

616 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This West Hollywood bar and restaurant is bringing back its popular “Viva La Fiesta” block party on Sunday May 4. From 2 until 10 p.m., Tortilla Republic will host a Mexican fiesta, featuring DJs Corey Craig, Aaron Elvis, and Dan Knapp, multiple outdoor bars, a dance floor, a live mariachi band, and — the best part — $6 margaritas and small plates.

616 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Score Fortaleza for $5 a shot all night.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Velvet Margarita Cantina

1612 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

This outrageous Hollywood bar has been mixing kitsch with Mexican flavors for 10 years. They're hosting a charity benefit on Cinco de Mayo with DJs, food specials, and more. RSVP required.

1612 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

8. El Compadre

7408 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This dimly lit restaurant is famous for their flaming margaritas -- get those and bottled beers, specialty drinks and more for happy hour prices on Cinco de Mayo.

7408 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

9. El Carmen

Los Angeles, CA

El Carmen opens to the West Third Street crowd at noon, and offers happy hour prices on all drinks from noon until 3 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo.

10. Mohawk Bend

2141 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Just for Cinco de Mayo this Echo Park stop will feature organic and locally distilled tequila from Greenbar Distillery in drinks like the Técito (IXÁ Organic Tequila, Jamaica Tea, g​inger, lime juice).

2141 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Border Grill

1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Celebrate at all Border Grill locations all weekend long. There will be specials on tequila flights. Menu offerings will include Queso Fundido as well as soft shell crab tacos.

1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

12. East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

9810 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

This new wave Vietnamese cafe is offering some unique specials for Cinco de Mayo. Think: Wonton Nachos with shredded grilled pork, laughing cow/Oaxaca cheese, cilantro, refried fermented black beans, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, and wok charred sesame scallions. There's also a fried chicken torta with banh mi flare.

9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

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