Cinco de Mayo

This Cinco de Mayo the gourmet gastropub is hosting a fundraiser! Bring all of your amigos and amigas to enjoy fiery specials and support Girls On The Run, a Los Angeles County program dedicated to helping pre-teen girls realize how incredible they are through the power of running. 20% of all proceeds from Rascal will be donated to this meaningful cause! Executive Chef Andy Lee is serving up share plates like Red Wine & Tomato Braised Short Ribs with tater tots, rocket arugula salad, queso fresco, pickled onion and jalapeño and craft cocktails include the Oaxacan Flower made with Alipus mescal, Bols Triple Sec, Bertina elderflower, fresh grapefruit juice and a twist of orange, as well as the Rascal Margarita made with Zapopan tequila, Bols Triple Sec, and lemon and lime juice. Remember, happy hour is 5-7 pm. May, 5-11 pm; 801 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.933.3229

The Upper West Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser
Not only will you get your Cinco de Mayo eating and drinking on, along with piñata raffles, but you’ll do so knowing that 30% of proceeds benefit Healing Arts Reaching Kids! May 5, 5-10 pm; 3321 Pico Blvd.; 310.586.1111

Cinco De Mayo At The Bungalow
Enjoy a live band playing Mexican polka and corrido music. Plus, a special menu and tons of margaritas will make your holiday even better. May 5, 5 pm-2 am; 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA; 310.899.8530

They are celebrating with drink specials all night long. Sip $7 Tequila Ocho or Ilegal Mezcal margaritas,  $3 Pacifico on draft, and $10 Ilegal Mezcal shots with Pacifico beers. May 5; 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403; 310.828.2115

Ceremony Bar
Enjoy bottomless sangria & miCmosas from 11:30 am -5 pm for only $10! Plus, happy hour is from 3-6 pm, where you’ll snag 25% off your entire bill! Then, enjoy the live Mariachi Band from 6 -8 pm and a taco bus inside the restaurant will be serving tacos all day. May 5; 11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604; 818.985.9222

Public School
Public School 310, 818 and 805 will be celebrating May 5th with a course in Festive Foods 101, including specials like: Chicken Adobo Nachos, Dos Veces cocktail made with Correlajo Blanco tequila, watermelon juice, house made vanilla bitters, lavender bitters, paprika & pepper rim, and The Bruery’s Or Xata, a spiced blonde ale made to pair perfectly with a fiesta, on tap.

SHOREbar’s newest weekly event “Taco & Tequila Tuesdays”is starting with Cinco De Mayo! They added 3 brand new Spring/Summer influenced drinks including: The Cooler made with Oxley Gin, St. Germain, basil, cucumber, lime; The Members Only made with Silencio Mezcal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, agave syrup, orange and angostura bitters; and SHOREbar 4 What! made with Bacardi 8 Rum, passion fruit, mint, yellow bell pepper, lime juice, orgeat. 12 W Channel Rd., Santa Monica, CA 90402; 310.429.1851

Alley Lounge
This stylish hidden speakeasy is a kick back bar, where you can relax and sip on spicy cocktails from Barman Russell Thomas. Enjoy the El Viejo cocktail, which is made of Casamigos reposada tequila, agave, bitters and an orange twist, the La Mujer, made with Casamigos blanco tequila, lime juice, cucumbers and jalapeños. Snack on toasty artisanal sandwiches like the Turkey & Cheese Baguette with peppered turkey, Muenster cheese and chipotle aioli for just. May 56-11 pm; 12223 W Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066; 310.398.8611 

Magnolia House
Executive Chef Kyu Yi is cooking up spicy snacks like Blackened Mahi Tacos with ancho tomato sauce, avocado crema, cabbage herb slaw and cotija cheese! Swing by for neighborhood hour from 4-6:30 pm and snack on Crunchy Ahi Tacos with spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber crema and radish or the Drunken Nachos doused in beer cheese sauce and traditional toppings. Pair these tasty tacos and nachos with handcrafted cocktails from Bar Manager Colin Shearn. The brazen Barracuda is made from tequila, grenadine, lime and celery and the Phantom Engineer made with mescal, rye, grapefruit, lime and aperitif wine! May 5, 4 pm-Midnight; 492 S Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.584.1126

solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia
Kick-off the Cinco de Mayo festivities with tasty tacos from the Street Side Taco Stand, which will be grilling up Carne Asada, Pork Carnitas and Grilled Chicken Tacos for just $5 a pair. Move inside for more specials, including an icy bucket of 5 Bottled Beers for $15, a freshly baked quintet of 5 Churros for $5, and even a 5 Pack of Tacos for $15. Order up dishes from Executive Chef Deborah Schneider like the Spicy Maria Shrimp Cocktail with cooked shrimp, tossed in a house-made “bloody” mix with tequila, chipotle, salsa fresca, lime and avocado; and the Queso Al Forno, a hot iron cazuela (Spanish for “cooking pot”), with baked Mexican cheeses, green onions, Serrano chiles and a side of corn and flour tortillas. For cocktails, order up the Bulldog, an extra-large goblet filled with Agavales blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, Jarritos grapefruit and an upturned Coronita; the Watermelon Margarita blended with Agavales blanco tequila, crushed watermelon and lime juices; solita’s Grande Casa Noble Margarita made with solita’s private label single barrel reposada shaken tableside with the signature solita house or skinny margarita mix; or the Cinco Margarita, a mixture of Karma tequila, solita signature sweet and sour mix and Triple Sec. May 5, 11 am-10 pm, with the bar open until Midnight; 24201 Valencia Blvd., Suite #3470, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.291.1399

The Corner Door
Bar Manager Beau du Bois is shaking up a Sal & Pepper Margarita with reposada tequila, mandarin-infused mezcal, Cointreau, lime, yuzu, Serrano pepper tincture and Sal de Gusano; the Taco Truck made with mezcal, pineapple, sweet vermouth and cinnamon-infused Campari; the Mezcallin made of mezcal, lemon and ginger and garnished with a pineapple gomme. Small plates from Executive Chef Brendan Collins and Chef de Cuisine Ali Kahn include Hamachi Tartare with olive oil, lime, papaya and Serrano peppers. Tuesday, 5 pm-Midnight; 12477 W Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066; 310.313.5810

Venice Whaler
Executive Chef Nick Liberato is heating up the Crab Shell Bar with intriguing specials like Huevos Rancheros topped with cilantro, queso fresco, chorizo and tomatillo salsa; the May 5 Burger, loaded with roasted Pablano chiles, chorizo, queso fresco and cilantro; and the trio of tacos from the “Taco Bar,”offering Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shrimp, Grilled or Crispy Cod. Bar Director Anthony Settecase can help tame the spicy tingling in your taste buds with the smoky Albehinna made from El Silencio mezcal, yellow Chartreuse and honey syrup; the Siciliano cocktail crafted with El Tesoro Añejo tequila, Averna Amaro, agave, lime, egg white and bitters; or theWhaler Margarita made with fresh lime juice and a little bit of love. May 5, 11 am-2 am; 10 W Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737

Longitude Bar + Restaurant will get the party started with Don Julio Tequila Tasting Flight ($39) + Complimentary Tacos. You will have a chance to taste the entire line of Don Julio options, including Don Julio Blanco, Don Julio Añejo, Don Julio Reposado, and Don Julio 1942 and will receive a complimentary taco board of your choice (choice of grilled fish tacos, beef tacos, fried chicken tacos or blackened fish tacos). You can also order up the Ghost Pepper Margarita made with Don Julio Añejo, Grand Marnier, orange juice, and one whole ghost pepper (you are required to sign a waiver to purchase and consume the beverage). May 5; 530 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310.399.9344

They are celebrating the holiday at all three locations with a special appetizer and drink menu that’s running all day long! You can grab the 5 de mayo Featured Cocktail for only $12, or get a shot of Reposado for only $7! Then, order their infamous Carnitas Tacos for $8, or grab a plate of Nachos for the table for only $10! May 5, 4-11 pm; Mercado Santa Monica, 1416 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; Mercado Los Angeles, 7910 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048; Mercado Hollywood, 3413 Cahuenga Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90068

Gracias Madre
Their all-day menu includes $5 appetizer specials from Chef Chandra Gilbert, including Guacamole & tortilla chips; Empanada a la carta; Flauta a la carta; and Tamal a la carta. Cocktail Specials from Beverage Director Jason Eisner include Snow Cone Machine (Available on the patio from 5 – 11 pm); and the Tequila Mule Snow Cone made with tequila blanco, house made ginger beer, lime ($10); Popstar made with mezcal, green chartreuse, watermelon, jalapeño, clarified lime juice, sea salt, house made pop rocks ($15); Michelada de la madre made with Cabotella Mexican ale, habanero bitters, house made worcestershire, lemon jalapeño basil ice ($10). Plus, listen to the live Mariachi Band! May 5, 5 – 11 pm; Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069; 323.978.2170

Día de Campo
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with festivities include a Casamigos tequila tasting, $1 dish specials, and live music from Machismo. The Baja surf lodge-inspired eatery will serve reimagined Mexican specialties from Executive Chef Tin Vuong and Chef Ken Johnson including: $1 Build-Your-Own Tacos; $1 Street Corn with chipotle mayo, parmesan, and Chef’s “magic dust”; and $1 Oysters. The restaurant will also offer an extended version of its “Bandito” Happy Hour (3-7 pm) including select $5 draft and bottled beers; $6 red and white wine; and $8 cocktails. Monday, 3 – 9 pm; 1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254; 310.379.1829

Rock & Brews El Segundo
The rock themed restaurant co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with $5 special. The day-long rockin’ fiesta will offer something for guests of all ages. $5 Cinco de Mayo specials will be available from open till close and will include select Mexican draft beers, a house margarita, red or white sangria and chicken quesadillas. May 5; 143 Main St., El Segundo, CA; 310.615.9890

Photo: Oaxacan Flower, Rascal Margarita, Rascal Exterior

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rascal




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