Best Cinco de Mayo specials in Los Angeles

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Border Grill

Border Grill’s amping up this year’s festivities, extending its Cinco party all day long. Stop by from 11am to 10pm for $3.50 tacos—we’re talking carnitas, fish, rajas, alambre and more—as well as $5 bites (hello, queso fundido), $5 beers and margaritas, all set to DJ sets.

Red O

Indulge in Rick Bayless’ modern Mexican fare alongside all-night specials at the bar, including $5 beers, $5 Modelo micheladas, $10 Cabo Wabo margaritas, and tequila shots. There’ll be music at all locations, including Santa Monica, which will kick things off with a DJ at 4pm followed by duo Michael Alvarado & Sylvia from 7pm to 10pm.

The Abbey Food & Bar

Leave it to the Abbey to go all-in with an all-day celebration including but not limited to: drag performances, dancing, drink specials and live music from Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the world’s first LGBTQ mariachi band. The fun runs from 9am to 2am, and we can just about guarantee it’ll be packed and magnificent the whole day and night.

Mercado

From 4pm until midnight, this trio of upscale Mexican eateries will be shaking up one-night-only $13 watermelon-basil margaritas, along with a $10 Tromba house margarita. There’ll also be $9 Tromba shots, $4 cans of Modelo, and $9 plates of guacamole and carnitas tacos. Look for deals at the affiliated Yxta Downtown and Maradentro in Brentwood and Studio City too.

Casa Vega

The Valley’s beloved Mexican staple is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, complete with a live mariachi band in the evening, $7 margaritas all day and night, plus the one-day-only Pink Señorits cocktail, made with Patrón Silver, fresh grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and mint. That’s enough to make us drive to Sherman Oaks.

La Cabana

The stalwart spot that was firmly planted on Rose Ave decades before it was hot will be doing $5 Dos Equis on tap, $8 house margaritas, $10 doubles, and $10 “Ultimate” margaritas concocted with Corralejo and Cointreau. Cinco de Mayo also happens to be the one day of the year this place puts its mariachi band on the roof. Get ready to Instagram the hell out of the whole thing.

Gracias Madre

Nothing screams “spring” like a garden party, and Gracias Madre’s got one comin’ right up for Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy that great patio from noon to 10pm while also enjoying $5 vegan street tacos—such as BBQ jackfruit and mole mushroom—plus $10 margaritas and $5 beers. The best part? No reservations necessary. Just roll through. Get thee to WeHo.

Shutters on the Beach

Keep it classy at this upscale beachfront hotel, which will be marking the occasion with an interactive chef’s table where executive chef Vittorio Lucariello will whip up fresh ceviche before your eyes (ranging from $16 to $22), and then pairing the plates with craft margaritas beginning at 5pm.

Las Perlas

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 11am, there will be a special Cinco de Mayo food menu running all day long (hello, tacos on the patio), and from noon to 4pm, Spaghetti Cumbia will keep the party going with live music. Sip on $11 draft cocktails featuring Sino tequila and El Silencio mezcal—or keep your eyes on the collection of nearly 600 other agave spirits.

Mi Corazon

Mi Corazon is celebrating its first Cinco de Mayo in Silver Lake with a bang, or, we should say, a blowout: Expect margarita bowls, $20 sangria pitchers, rumchata, $8 boilermakers, $8 Banderita shots (made with sangrita, lime and tequila—red, green and white, like the Mexican flag), plus margaritas, palomas and more specialty cocktails galore. And, oh yeah, there’s a live mariachi band.

The Morrison

Sure, it’s a Scottish-themed bar, but that doesn’t mean the Morrison can’t get in on the action. This pub’s food specials are going all Mexican with tacos, ceviches, flautas, fajitas and even tres leches cake, all between $8 and $15, and don’t forget the drinks: They’ve got Modelo and Corona on tap, plus Dos Equiis and Tecate all for $5 a pop, and then there’s the handful of tequila cocktail specials for around $9.

 Toca Madera

Toca Madera’s celebration runs all day long, which means you can find food specials, DJ sets, $20 tequila flights, $8 cocktails and more, all from noon to 2am.