Looking for a fun place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles? Check out these muy bueno hot-spots:
Menu Features short rib tacos and shrimp ceviche along with all new small plates, specialty margaritas (yes, skinny too) and tequila + Tecate shots. The legendary restaurant and live entertainment lounge kicks off “Tuesdays at Spags” on Cinco De Mayo with a DJ set and live performance by Flowtet, along with Kelley James and may other talented musicians. New small plates made with fresh locally sourced seasonal ingredients include Maine Scallops with fennel pollen, yuzu and evoo; Duck Rillete with pickled ramps, mushrooms and grain mustard; Crispy Artichokes with meyer lemon aioli; Spaghetti & Meatballs with san marzano tomatoes and parmesan; Crispy Squash Blossoms with ricotta, nicoise olives and tomato jam, and much more. Doors open at 6p.m., no cover. 184 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (310)424-4600 or click on OpenTable.
2. Rock & Brews Cinco de Mayo
Rock & Brews, a rock-themed restaurant co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, May 5 with a rockin’ fiesta that includes $5 Cinco de Mayo Mexican draft beers, house margaritas, red and white sangria and gourmet chicken quesadillas. 143 Main St., El Segundo. (310) 615-9890.
3. Día de Campo Cinco del Mayo
Diners can celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, May 5 at Día de Campo in Hermosa Beach with a Casamigos tequila tasting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Executive chef Tin Vuong and chef Ken Johnson will offer $1 dish specials, and Machismo will perform 3 to 9 p.m. The Baja surf lodge-inspired eatery will also serve re-imagined Mexican specialties including $1 build-your-own chicken, pork and beef tacos, and $1 street corn with chipotle mayo, parmesan and chef’s “magic dust”. Oysters are also available for $1 each, and the restaurant will offer an extended version of its “Bandito” happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., with $5 beer, $6 wine and $8 cocktail specials. 1238 Hermosa Ave. (310)379-1829 of click on OpenTable.
4. Cinco de Mayo at Mercado
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Mercado on Tuesday, May 5 with special appetizers and an enticing cocktail menu. Guests can enjoy featured cocktails for $12, and shots of reposado for $7. Mercado’s carnitas tacos are priced at $8 and nachos are $10. The specials are available from 4 to 11 p.m. 1416 4th St., Santa Monica. (310)526-7121; 7910 W. 3rd St., (323)944-0947. OpenTable.
Diners can get in the Cinco de Mayo spirit with $5 appetizers and special cocktails by beverage director Jason Eisner that include pop rocks. A snow cone machine will pour boozy snow cones from 5 to 11 p.m., and a mariachi band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Chef Chandra Gilbert will serve guacamole and tortilla chips, empanadas with roasted root vegetables, pineapple habañero salsa, cumin lentils, cashew crema and flautas a la carta, made with a rolled tortillas with sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, pico de gallo, guacamole and cashew nacho cheese. Gilbert also makes tamales a la carte with sautéed squash, poblano peppers and onions. Patio seating will be first come, first serve. Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave. (323)978-2170 or click on OpenTable.
Doors open at noon. Come listen to tunes by DJ Fernie and entertainment by adult balloon man. Festivities include specialty cocktails, and a secret Instagram menu can be found on May 5 @PettyCashLA.7360 Beverly Blvd. (323)933-5300 or click on OpenTable.
7. Ceremony Bar
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo At Ceremony Bar is launching a NEW Brunch & Lunch Menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bottomless Sangria & Mimosas from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $10.Happy Hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. with 25% off your entire bill. Listen to a live Mariachi Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the Taco Bus inside the restaurant serving tacos all day. 11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818)985-9222.
Created by Bar Manager Colin Shearn delivers bite with the Barracuda cocktail crafted for Cinco de Mayo. Sip this and savor this enlivened elixir of tequila, grenadine, lime and celery. Another creative cocktail is the Phantom Engineer sure to spark a fire at any fiesta, while mixed with mescal, rye, grapefruit, lime and aperitif wine. Magnolia House will be open for Cinco de Mayo Tuesday, May 5th, from 4 pm to Midnight; 492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena (626)584-1126.
The fiesta is in full bloom at Rascal this Cinco de Mayo, where they will be serving up a colorfully tasty cocktail called the Oaxacan Flower. Stop by to join in the festivities while sipping Alipus mescal, Bols Triple Sec, Bertina elderflower, fresh grapefruit juice and an orange twist for $10. The classic Margarita is crafted with Zapopan tequila, Bols Triple Sec, fresh lemon and lime juice for $6 during Rascal Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Rascal is open for Cinco de Mayo from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. 801 South La Brea Ave. (323)933-3229.
10. Tipple & Brine
Forget about lining up the tequila shots this Cinco de Mayo. Instead come line up for the Mexican Firing Squad, a delicious drink crafted with Olmeca Altos tequila, lime, house-made grenadine and bitters. Tipple & Brine will be open for Cinco de Mayo from 4:30 pm to 11 p.m. with the bar remaining open until 1 a.m. 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, (818)528-2550 or click on OpenTable.