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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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Gracias Madre

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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.

Las Perlas

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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.

Lotería Grill

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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.

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.

Tortilla Republic

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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.

Petty Cash Taqueria

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Score Fortaleza for $5 a shot all night.

Velvet Margarita Cantina

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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.

El Compadre

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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.

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.

Mohawk Bend

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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).

Border Grill

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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.

East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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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.

Gracias Madre

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.

Las Perlas

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.

Lotería Grill

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.

Red O

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.

Tortilla Republic

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.

Petty Cash Taqueria

Score Fortaleza for $5 a shot all night.

Velvet Margarita Cantina

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.

El Compadre

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.

El Carmen

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.

Mohawk Bend

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).

Border Grill

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.

East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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.

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