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This Is Not a Drill! Cinco De Mayo Falls on a Friday and We Have Your Plans at the Ready!

Written By: Charlotte Farrell Cinco De Mayo Los Angeles

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, fortunately for the margarita-lovers out there, April also brings tequila, tacos, and guac! And the cherry on top? This year’s Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday, and those working for the weekend can rejoice! We have gathered a few options to make sure your Cinco de Drinko—I mean, Mayo—is one for the books. Olé!  

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El Cholo Santa Monica

Since the 1920s, El Cholo has been serving up delicious Mexican grub to eager patrons and celebrities alike. The Santa Monica location will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with this Cinco celebration. Look out for their new 20th anniversary Margarita “The Bells of Passion” that they are unveiling this week. A new version of a margarita to try? Count us in!

1025 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.899.1106

 

Red O Taste of Mexico

Flavor, fun and your favorite Latin cocktails! What more could you ask for? This Cinco de Mayo at Red O, celebrate with live music and food and drink specials all night including $5 beers, $5 Modelo Micheladas, $10 Cabo Wabo Margaritas and complimentary Cabo Wabo shot girls. Talk about a great Friday night!

1541 Ocean Ave, Ste 120
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.458.1600

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Manuela

Located inside the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles arts complex, Manuela uses artisanal techniques of in-house smoking, fermenting, preserving and pickling with homegrown ingredients. They will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo party from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. At $35 a person, guests will be able to enjoy tacos, a complimentary welcome cocktail, beer, a live mariachi band and more.

907 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
323.849.0480

Gracias Madre

It’s a favorite among Instagram stars and celebrities—can you say, Beyoncé? On Friday, listen to Trio Los Brillantes sing as you sip on specialty cocktails like the “Cazuela,” made with El Charo Blanco, mandarines, lime, lemon, yuzu bitters and grapefruit. Hungry? Try the Pinches Nachos Gordos loaded with black beans, BBQ jackfruit, pineapple salsa, Pico de gallo, guac, nacho cheese sauce, chorizo, coconut bacon and cilantro. Now that’s a mouthful!

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323.978.2170

 

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

Enjoy sweeping waterfront views this Cinco de Mayo at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge at the Shade Hotel Redondo Beach. Starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, dine al fresco on Mexican delicacies like white fish ceviche with Leche de Tigre, ají Amarillo chili, fresh cilantro and plantain chips and fresh roasted guajillo salsa. There will also be tequila flights and margarita specials all night long!

655 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310.921.8940

 

Mama Shelter Los Angeles

Let Mama take care of you! Grab $10 Mezcal or Tequila Mules, $6 tequila shots, $5 Micheladas or all 3—we won’t judge—and sip your weekly woes into oblivion. Once you’ve given those a try, and we strongly suggest you do, make sure to head up to the rooftop for an unbelievable view of the city and its legendary Hollywood sign!

6500 Selma Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.785.6666

 

Casa Vega

The day after Cinco de Mayo, 61-year-old beloved spot Casa Vega invites guests to ease their hangovers with a “Seis de Mayo” special. Dive into the signature Breakfast Burrito and the choice of the Rehab Margarita or Michelada for $19.99. The Rehab Margarita features electrolyte-replenishing coconut water, pineapple and lime juice and agave. The restaurant’s new Michelada mixes Modelo Especial, pressed cucumber juice and housemade spice blend.

13301 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818.788.4868
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