12 Special Events Around Town
Think Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles is like any other holiday? Think again—in this town, the fifth of May is a citywide celebration. From East L.A. to Santa Monica, families and singles alike join the all-day fiesta (and yes, we’re aware that it’s not Mexican Independence Day, and no, we don’t usually need an excuse to order margaritas). Here’s your guide to Cinco de Mayo events, 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!
What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates an against-the-odds and victorious battle the Mexican army won over the French, who invaded the east coast of Mexico near Veracruz in 1861 and pushed toward Mexico City, the capitol. The battle took place on May 5, 1862 near the town of Puebla.
Mariposa at Neiman Marcus – Beverly Hills
$5 NM Margaritas All Day on May 5th. NM MARGARITAS include Herradura Reposado Tequila, tamarind nectar, fresh lime and citrus sour, agave nectar, tajin lime rim. Yum!
9700 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Petty Cash Taqueria – Mid-City
Petty Cash will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an all-day party that will go beyond 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 
7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Mercado – Santa Monica
Mercado in Santa Monica is an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, reflecting the heart & soul of New Mexican dining. The main dining room is an eclectic fusion of modern design, accented with classic touches, that create the ultimate in intimate upscale dining while remaining accessible and comfortable. The menu, created by Chef Jose Acevedo, exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of he and co-owner Jesse Gomez’s deep Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo’s signature Carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, flavorful sauces, carefully crafted ceviches, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmers’ market, and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted cuisine, artful design, warm atmosphere and service that is both friendly and informed to guide each guest through the dining experience.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Mercado! They will have food and drink specials all night.
1416 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Casa Sanchez – Del Rey
At Los Angeles’ Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant patrons will enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine, amazing cocktails as well as a live mariachi band. At this LA Mexican restaurant you can sit back on Thursday- Sunday and listen to the live music or enjoy dinner and drinks under the stars on the outdoor patio. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening, out with a group, or just grabbing a quick bite you will enjoy the very diverse Mexican menu. The friendly and knowledgeable wait staff at Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant will assist you with anything you may need.
Favorite menu items include scallop & shrimp ceviche, tacos dorados de pollo and Chamorro de Puerco. Pair these delicious dishes with a classic margarita. For your convenience, this Mexican restaurant is open every day, including most holidays. (open table)
Casa Sanchez will be open as early as 4PM. All reservations run for one show only. Show times are at 7pm | 9PM | 11PM. There is a minimum of one entree per person.
4500 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Zane’s Restaurant – Hermosa Beach
Zane”s offers fresh, simple dishes inspired by world flavors, innovative design and a vibrant full bar.
On the corner of Pier and Hermosa Avenues in the heart of downtown Hermosa Beach, Zane’s dishes range from $11 to $49 and include such signature items as an Ahi Tuna Tartar over crispy wontons and avocado; serving steaks cooked to perfection in an 1800 degree broiler and served with a choice of two sides; Zane’s offers the freshest seafood available prepared to order; and a cioppino served in a zesty tomato broth with a combination of the freshest seafood and shellfish available.
Zane’s dessert menu boasts a warm cinnamon sugar churro, topped with vanilla bean gelato. Zane’s is open daily for dinner.
OLE! Come to Zane’s for Taco’s, Margarita’s and of course Warm Cinnamon Sugared Churro’s! Tell us how you like your margarita… spicey, sweet, skinny.. it is up to you!
1150 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
The Independence – Santa Monica
The Independence is an American neighborhood restaurant and bar located in downtown Santa Monica. Start your dining experience with a cocktail from the ‘Godfather of Cocktails’ Vincenzo Marianella (Jonathan Gold’s favorite bartender), then dive into our delicious farmers market inspired menu by Executive Chef Max DiMare. Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo @ the Independence with $7 Lynda’s Margarita & $7 Carne Asada Nachos all day long!
Terrazza – Santa Monica
Terrazza is an oceanfront café and lounge featuring Mediterranean inspired small plates, pizza, seafood and cocktails. Join Terrazza for fresh guacamole and handcrafted margaritas!
Gracias Madre – West Hollywood
Gracias Madre offers 100% organic, plant based Mexican cuisine. They serve cuisine inspired by the kitchens of Mexico sourced from locally grown organic ingredients. Welcome to a seat at love’s table. Un lugar en la mesa del amor.
For Cinco de Mayo, Trio Los Brillantes will be serenading diners from 4pm – 8pm and they will be serving a Cazuela Cocktail for Two served in a casserole dish for $20. Need we say more?
The Bungalow – Santa Monica
From hospitality visionary Brent Bolthouse comes The Bungalow; is a paradigm in romantic socializing and creative meeting space for the Westside of Los Angeles The Bungalow is a space that evokes a breezy, beachside Baja lifestyle. The place feels more like a home than a bar, with mismatched tables, chairs and couches. In addition to the front deck with its fire pits, lush foliage and twinkling tree lanterns, the Bungalow also has a laid-back game room with a pool table, a private dining room, a back garden and a large main bar with high raftered ceilings. Moroccan tile work, Mexican blankets, multiple fireplaces, whitewashed walls, French doors and custom brickwork complete the scene.
This Friday they celebrate Cinco De Mayo with mariachi music, micheladas + fish tacos. 5pm – 2am.
Taco + Beer Festival – Hollywood
The LA Taco & Beer Festival is coming to Hollywood, CA Cinco De Mayo Weekend! Guests will experience unlimited pours of craft beer from local and regional breweries as well as unlimited taco tastings from some of the top restaurants & food trucks in Southern California.
In addition to the free unlimited taco tastings, restaurants & food trucks will be selling additional food and beverage items.
While sampling beer and tacos, make sure to stop by our boutique vendors where you can purchase orginal art. There will also be DJ’s, games, hand rolled cigars, and more! *
VIP ticket holders will get to experience tequila & mezcal tastings along with exclusive vendors only offered in the VIP lounge. (Limited to 200 guests)
5300 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tickets $25 – $70