Where to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in L.A.
Celebrate the festive holiday at these top celebrity-loved haunts.
It's tacos and tequila time. Besides the weekly go-to Tacos Tuesday hotspots around town, Angelenos are gearing up to get their party on for Cinco de Mayo (read: Cinco de Drinko for millennials). It will be a day full of nachos paired with micheladas, mezcal, mariachi bands and more.
To help you on your day of celebrating the originally Mexican holiday, here's a full guide of what's going down in Los Angeles on May 5.
The Alcove-adjacent bar is bringing party guests (Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm are known to frequent the Eastside mainstay )to what they claim to be the "Largest Margarita in Los Feliz." Order up their pina coladas and Jack Daniels coconut drink they call Pandas on the Boulevard. Cue Desiigner's Panda song.
"Meet me at the Bungalow." That's the hashtag for the Santa Monica hotspot (helmed by Brent Bolthouse), and it's what you'll sure to be telling your friends on Friday. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., they'll be serving tacos and nachos along with their very own version of The Michelada. There will also be a special performance by mariachi band Mariachi Mi Jalisco. And if you're making the trip down to the South Bay for the day, The Bungalow's Huntington Beach outpost will also be celebrating.
Along with their usual mini golf, darts, arcade and pool games, guests will be treated to three DJs, no cover charge and specials all night long. Doors open at 7 p.m. for what's dubbed as their annual "Epic Block Party."
The vegan favorite (Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts and Lea Michele are regulars) touts: "When Happy Hour and Cinco de Mayo fall on the same day, you all go out." They'll have their fully loaded pinches nachos for $20 along with other specials throughout the day, including coconut bacon and BBQ jackfruit. The plant-based Mexican restaurant is particularly known for its superb bar program helmed by beverage director Jason Eisner, who helms from Drago Centro.
Feast on carne asada nachos along with $6 tequila shots and $10 Mexican Mules rooftop at this Hollywood newcomer across from the newly minted Dream Hollywood.
The Sunset Boulevard favorite bro-y bar will have their full menu on hand and then some. There will be a food truck in the parking lot along with a satellite bar. Walk over to the different food stations throughout the sprawling venue for various festive Mexican eats.
There is no better time for a tequila tasting than Cinco de Mayo. Order up the $25 tasting and sip on various pours to the background music of a live mariachi band. Both locations will also have food specials and exclusive giveaways throughout the day.