As a time to commemorate the Mexican army's victorious battle over the French in 1862, Cinco de Mayo spurs Mexican restaurants and mezcal bars around the city to celebrate with food and drink specials throughout the day. Translation? Tacos, margaritas and mariachi bands are about to dominate your Thursday afternoon. Tap into your Mexican pride—or, you know, your love of tequila—with these Cinco de Mayo specials.
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Best Cinco de Mayo specials
Petty Cash will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an all-day party that will go beyong their normal hours. The party will start at 11am and will continue until 1am with a DJ, balloon artist and drink specials. If you're interested in attending during the day, you'll have to make a reservation as walk-in's are only welcome after 5pm.
Exactly how big do you think the largest margarita in Los Feliz (possibly Los Angeles) is? Come noon on Cinco de Mayo, Big Bar will answer this burning question. Now in its fifth year, the massive cocktail made with Mestizo Mezcal Blanco will make its annual appearance, quenching the thirst of those who dare dip into its vat of glory. There will also be a special sangrita available—and, in true Big Bar style, probably a killer soundtrack as well.
Las Perlas fans already know that the Downtown drinking den has one of L.A.'s best mezcal and tequila selections. But for those who have yet to step foot inside the bar, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to pay a visit. Starting at noon, there will be tacos on the patio, and from noon to 4pm, Las Perlas will host a $5 happy hour with pitchers of margaritas and buckets of beer also available. Live music from Tres Souls will provide the entertainment—you just focus on enjoying the nearly 600 agave spirits.
"Just like how mama used to make it" is the sentiment behind the restaurant at this Hollywood hotel's restaurant, and it's a theme that runs throughout the building. And on Cinco de Mayo, mama goes big with food specials including carne asada nachos and shrimp tacos. Drink specials will include $10 Mexican Mules, $5 Chelada beer and $6 well tequilla shots.
When is a night at the Bungalow not a party? This Cinco de Mayo, the Santa Monica hot spot is throwing a massive shindig, including a special performance by Mariachi Mi Jalisco, a festive menu (tacos and nachos) and plenty of drink specials, including a Michelada. The party is from 5pm to 2am, though you'll want to show up early to avoid waiting in line.
Gracias Madre will host it's happy hour as normal, but in addition to that they will have the Cazuela Cocktail for Two—with El Charo Blanco, mandrine, lime, lemon, yuzu bitters and grapefruit—for $20. Fuel up with the Pinches Nachos Gordos, nachos loaded with black beans, pineapple salsa, guacamole, coconut bacon and more, for $20 as well. For entertainment, Trio Los Brillantes will be performing from 4 to 8pm.