Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles: A guide to eating, drinking and more

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in LA with our guide to the best tacos, Mexican grub, cocktails, festivals and fiesta tunes.

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Cinco de Mayo on Olvera Street

Cinco de Mayo on Olvera Street


Think Cinco de Mayo is like any other holiday? Think again—in this town, the fifth of May is a citywide celebration. From East LA to Santa Monica, families and singles alike join the all-day fiesta (and yes, we're aware that it's not Mexican Independence Day, but we don't usually need an excuse to order margaritas). Here's your guide to things to do, where to eat and what to drink, and if you just can't handle the crowds at your favorite Mexican restaurants, might we suggest partying at an Irish pub instead? It can be just as fun and just as drunken, with fewer sombrero collisions. Salud!

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Enchiladas rojas with cotija cheese and tostaditas de tinga con chipotle at La Casita Mexicana

Enchiladas rojas with cotija cheese and tostaditas de tinga con chipotle at La Casita Mexicana

Best Mexican restaurants in LA

Our favorite places for Mexican food, from fancy to hole-in-the-wall musts.

Las Perlas

Las Perlas Photograph: Molly Cranna

Best tequila and mescal cocktails

Sip a taste of Mexico with LA's best tequila and mescal cocktails.

Duck confit tacos at Cacao Mexicatessen

Duck confit tacos at Cacao Mexicatessen Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Best tacos under $10

LA is, without a doubt, a taco town. Here, the city's best cheap eats tacos.

Photograph: Ryan Lane

Top 10 songs for your fiesta

We’ve put together a playlist to get you Cinco de Mayo ready.


Cinco de Mayo food, events and more

Lucha Vavoom

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Mayan 1038 S Hill St
  2. Wed Oct 29 - Thu Oct 30
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