Cindo de Drinko 2016

Possibly our favorite drinking holiday of the year, because who doesn’t love an excuse to ditch work early to drink copious amounts of margaritas and stuff yourself full of tacos? While any Mexican restaurant would be a great place to celebrate, we’re focusing this list on spots with special booze and/or food deals, so you don’t go broke while you’re getting borracho.

Tacos on special at RedO for Cinco

 

Atwater Village Tavern (Atwater Village)An all-day-long fiesta featuring $2 Tacos, $5 Margs, and $3 Dos Equis & Model Especials. 

Border Grill (Downtown): This party is all about our motto of #DrunkFatHappy as they are featuring a $30 All You Can Eat Feast with whole roast pork, al pastor tacos, cauliflower tacos, pork chicarones, fried brussels sprouts, a churro station and a complimentary margarita. Plus $5 Mexican Drafts, $6 Angel City Lagers, $6 Border Margs, and $6 Corralejo in the bar and dining room.

Cerveteca (Downtown): Featuring $4 “Keep Your Pint” Negra Modela specials all day. Which we assume means you get to keep the glass?

City Tavern (Downtown): $5 Deals ALL DAY LONG. Weeeee! Items included in the blanket pricing: Tequila shots, Cheeseburger Tacos, Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, Coronas, and Corona Micheladas.

Hop Scotch Tavern (Fullerton): The OC seems to be gaining some steam in the foodie realm, so we thought we’d include this spot in Fullerton. Their fiesta will include $2 Tacos, Cadillac Margaritas by Casamigos,  and Mexican beer.

Little Easy (Downtown LA): Adding some New Orleans’ flair to our favorite Mexican holiday, this downtown spot will feature Cajun-style Chicken or Beef Tacos for $6 a pop as well as Little Easy Nachos with Crawfish + $6 Micheladas and Half Off Tequila shots. Open 12pm – 2am.

Los Tres Hermanos (Van Nuys): We admit we’re still a bit peeved at this place for a really crappy experience ordering delivery. BUT every time we’ve eaten-in, it’s been great. And CHEAP. For Cinco they’ll be offering $2.89 Draft Beers from 3-7pm + the Modelo girls (ninas?) will be there.

Paloma Crawl in Downtown LA: Five different bars each serving their own spin on the Paloma cocktail + food specials. Crawl starts at 5pm at Library Bar with a Tamarindo Paloma; 6pm at Sixth Street Tavern with the Jamaica Paolma; 7pm at Spring St Bar with the Mango Paloma; 8pm at Beelman’s Pub with the Strawberry Paloma; 9pm at King Eddy’s with the Guava Paloma.

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Cinco De Mayo Guide 2012

We’re a bit torn about Cinco de Drinko and The Kentucky Derby falling on the same day. On one hand, how can one turn down a day of gluttony with margaritas and tacos. On the other hand, it sounds like a refreshing change to dress up all classy and sip on mint juleps.

But in the end, both holidays encourage day drinking and some form of costume (faux staches, sombreros on one side, bow ties, pastels and big floppy hats on the other). So, while this is technically a cinco post, you might see a few derby deals sneak their way in because, ultimately, our goal is to get your drunk+fat, regardless of which event you chose to celebrate.

The wonderfully uplifting artistic representation of Cinco De Mayo via Wikipedia…. we prefer to just associate it with booze+tacos.

Las Perlas (Downtown): Teaming up this year with Herradura Tequila, Las Perlas will be offering $5 Margs, $5 Tequila Shots, and $4 Modelos. There will also be tacos available for purchase on the patio from Julio Arenas (a well regarded street food vendor in those parts). Party starts at noon. Note to those unfamiliar with this part of town: do not walk east post drinking.

Los Angeles Athletic Club (Downtown): $35 Kentucky Derby Party this Saturday, 12:30pm – 4pm. Admission includes a buffet lunch, one mint julep, live bluegrass, games and prizes. For details on the food and booze, check out ThirstyInLA’s post here.

One Eyed Gypsy (Downtown): If you’re just lookin for cheap drinks and snacks, this is your place to go. $5 Micheladas (our reader PL loves these), $8 tequila voodoo punch, $6 boiler makers and $5 fresh guac and chips platter. All sound yummy, boozy and wallet friendly. (Thanks for the tip on this one LAWonders!)

The Conga Room (Downtown): Inside LA Live, this spot will feature live mariachis and drink specials from 9-11pm. The booze story is $3 Coronas and $5 Margs.

The Crocker Club (Downtown): We’re not really familiar with this place (seems to be a cloob) but when we saw $1 burritos we jumped. There will also be $3 Coronas, $5 margaritas, and $200 bottles of patron (I can get that at Ralphs and enjoy it on my sofa for $35, thank you very much.) The deals run all week, Wednesday through Saturday during normal business hours.

The Edison (Downtown): This party, starting at 9pm on Saturday, is a little less south of the border, a little more 20s swank, but nonetheless marg & taco laden. Live performances by the Latin jazz band Mambo Loco, specialty pricing on margs, mexi food like short-rib tacos, and tequila from their very own barrel. Party starts at 9pm & Entry is $10.

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Lola’s Martini Bar (WeHo East): Why don’t you start out your big Mexican themed day of boozin with a nice hearty breakfast complimented by lots and lots of margaritas. Bottomless Margaritas. Just $16 for the endless tequila cocktail with any breakfast entree purchase.

Pitfire Pizza (WeHo East, Westwood, NoHo, Culver & Downtown): Offering up $10 draft beer pitchers, $2 bottles of Sol, and a $11 ‘puerco de mayo’ pizza (holy crap just the name alone sounds good!) Deals are available from 11am – 5pm at all locations (we think, their post isn’t super specific so make sure to call ahead.)

Red O (WeHo): We never thought we’d see the day where this Melrose/Rick Bayless afiliated spot had ‘deals’, but here we are, happy as clams to be reporting on just that very thing at that very place. Now we say ‘deals’ with the slightest hesitation, because even during their specialty Cinco happy hour, the cocktails are still $8. But they sound oh so amazing! Specialty $8 beverages include: the Topolo Margarita, Alacran Margarita, Market Margarita, Beso del Diablo Mojito (sounds awesome), and the Vodka Gimlet. There will also be $5 craft beers, $7 wines, and a stellar sounding menu of discounted plates ($2 oysters, $10 ceviche, $6 guac+chips+salsa, $12-$15 taco & tostada trios.) Cinco food and drink specials run Saturday, 3-6pm.

Tortilla Republic (WeHo Proper): This new spot in the old Fat Fish location will be featuring a Cinco party from 12-5pm. There will be a live DJ, a specialty ‘cinco de mayo’ themed menu, $12 Corona Familiar (that better mean a box of Coronas…), and special pricing on Margs. And if you choose to stay and sober up over dinner, service starts at 6pm and features tequila tastings and delicious greasy (modern) Mexican food to sop up all those margs.

El Carmen (Mid City): Our favorite spot in town for tacos and strong margaritas will be featuring a fun but intimate fiesta this saturday noon – 2am (its a small joint, first come first serve). What could be better than a party in a cool joint, with already well priced margs, an extensive tequila list, and FREAKIN AMAZING tacos? This: there will be happy hour pricing from noon -3pm.

Planet Dailies/Mixology 101 (Mid City): Still have to find a mother’s day gift but don’t want to sacrifice a day of culturally approved day-drinking? Why not combine the two and head to Planet Dailies at The Farmers Market. You can enjoy $5 booze (beers, margs, and other cocktails) as well as $5 guac, chips+salsa, and tacos. After a few dranks you’ll definitely have the inspiration for that perfect gift for mom, and you’ll be in the perfect venue to find it.

The Churchill (Mid City): V might have to hold up hanging out at her Friday night haunt until Saturday this week so she can save up some stamina for the Churchill’s day-long cinco de mayo fest. There will be $5 tequila shots, $5 micheladas, $6 margs, and $8 specialty fruity cocktails as well as some dips and tacos for $6. Or maybe she’ll just have to go both days.

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Pink Taco (Century City & Sunset Strip): Starting at 11:30am and running until 2am, Pink Taco’s two LA locations will be celebrating Cinco with a big ‘ol bash. Tickets will be $20 (sold at the door, and online) and will include access to the festivities, complete with luchadors, mariachis, DJs and some giveaways. There will also be drink specials every hour. Both spots afford the perfect location to booze, and then head off to shop and awkwardly gaze at sober tourists.

The Six (Rancho Park & Studio City): Teaming up with Thrillist to offer a freakin amazing deal for brunch this Saturday. For just $25 you get one brunch entree, three tacos, and BOTTOMLESS MARGARITAS or Estrella beers. JUST $25!@3&!@$#*. Love it. Buy it fast.

Mercado (Santa Monica): This newly opened SaMo spot, from the people who brought you Yxta, will be open 4pm – 1am and serving up $6 margs, $3 beers, and very delicious food.

Sonoma Wine Garden (Santa Monica): What a perfect place to spend the day boozing away with $5 drinks in the sunshine, overlooking the ocean, while people watching. The menu of $5 cocktails includes martinis, mojitos, and margaritas and is available ALL WEEK (4/30-5/4) from 3:30-6:3pm. There will also be some $5 Mexican themed plates like ceviche, tacos, and churros. While you’re there, sign up to win a free trip to Cabo!

The Yard (Santa Monica): Though we cannot help but be sad that our pseudo-buddy (who never remembers us) CJ is no longer here, we can be comforted in the fact that this Saturday The Yard will be featuring drink & food specials all day long in honor of Cinco De Mayo. $7 plates include: fish tacos, steak tacos, shrimp tacos, and lamb empanadas. All of which can be washed down with $6 Herradura margs and $3 Coronas.

Gasser Lounge (Redondo Beach): Drink-o de Cinco at Gasser will feature $2 Tecates, $5 Patron shots, and $9 28-oz Margs. No, you did not read that wrong, the prices are really that cheap and amazing. Their flyer for the event, as always, is also amazing. Not sure what time this party starts, but we’re just going to assume at their standard opening hour. ‘Eat the Worm’ challenge at midnight (not sure what it entails, but sounds slimy and slippery.)

The Rockefeller (Hermosa Beach): $1 Tacos. $3 Beers. 2-5pm on the Patio. Enough Said.

The Slide Bar (Fullerton): Would we go all the way to Fullerton for cheap food+booze at an all day party? Maybe…. if we had a solid DD… but still probably not. But for those that live down south and want a supremely cheap spot to head this Saturday, The Slide Bar is a great choice. Open at 6am with a $20 all-you-can-eat brunch until noon, $1 margs & bloodies 6-7am, $1.50 margs & bloodies 7-8am, $2 from 8-9am, and $2.50 9 -10am. As well as $3 DosEquis pints and $5 Margaritas 10-5pm. AND a live mariachi band. Way to go Fullerton. Way to go.

Michael’s Bar & Grill (Burbank): A two day fiesta, both Friday and Saturday, featuring 4 shots of tequila for $20 + a special menu of Mexican style fare. Menu includes $6 Jalepeno Caps, $12 Baja Clams, $12 Fish Tacos and $12 Pork Tostadas. Oh, and did we mention the theme is ‘Fiesta Karaoke’? Better start brushing up on your Shakira…

The Brickyard Pub (NoHo): Opening early at 1pm on Saturday for an all day fiesta. Enjoy $3 “fun shots”, $3 Tecates, and $4 margaritas as well as a menu of burgers, hot dogs, and nachos from their grill.


Cinco De Mayo – Part Dos

Welcome back for PART TWO of our ultimate Cinco de Mayo guide (added the ‘ultimate’ to make it sound more extreme.)

Photo from Mahalo.com

Since the Mexican bars will be PACKED tomorrow we’ve decided to give you some non-traditional venues for the holiday. These spots are all taking part in the spirit of the holiday and offering special Mexican inspired dishes and drink specials for the evening. So now no matter what mood, or neighborhood, you’re in there is a Cinco De Mayo event for you!

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DOWNTOWN
Trader Vics: Cinco specials all day at the bar & lounge include $5 Mexican specialty food items, $4 cervezas and $5 margs+tequila shots.

Bottle Rock: This wine spot downtown will be mixing up the menu tomorrow & offering a few Mexican food items (Tacos Al Pastor & Empanadas) as well as Mexican Beers. (Their Culver City location will also be celebrating Cinco by offering Mexican Brown Ale Beer.)

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HOLLYWOOD
Henry’s Hat: Use codeword “Puebla” for 50% off your food order. Also offering Mexican drink specials and a menu of Mexican favorites.

Essex Public House: From 12pm-2am Essex will be offering $3 Tecate, Tecate Light, Dos-XX and Dos-XX Amber, as well as $3 Tequila shots! Ole!

The Waffle: 25% off food + BOTTOMLESS Margs for just $12!

Kitchen 24: Specials going on all day til 2am include $3 Beers, $5 Shots, & $6 House Margs (flavors include Blueberry, Jalepeno, Strawberry, Pomegranate & OG – not sure what OG is….).

The Hudson: The Cinco party goes on all day at this WeHo spot! Specials include $3 beers, $5 margs, $5 shots of Patron, and some great Mexican style food items on the menu!

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CULVER CITY
Rush Street: No matter the holiday we can always count on Rush Street to have an event. This Wednesday, Rush will be offering $1 tacos (5-7pm, on 2nd floor) and a tequila+Mexican beer Happy hour from 4-7pm (on both floors). Plus a live mariachi band from 5:30-8pm, a ‘break the pinata contest’, and the usual drinking games (slurball???, flip cup, and Mexican beer pong).

Big Foot West: From 5pm – close this cabin-like spot will be offering $4 margarita’s as well as $5 happy hour specials from 5pm-9pm.

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WESTSIDE
Copa d’Oro: Offering $5 hand-crafted margaritas all night long.

SonnyMcLeans: Another all-night-long deal that features $3 Coronas & Pacificos. And for those who like to balance out their booze with some food: Sonny’s is also offering taco & burrito specials!

World Cafe: hit this FinerThings fav spot ALL day tomorrow (11:30am – Midnight) for $3 bottles of Cornoa, $3 Margaritas, and $3 tequila shots at the bar. The bar will also be offering $4 food items like beef tacos, chicken quesadillas, and other Mexican snack faves. If you’d rather class it up and have a ‘sit-down’ dinner in the restaurant they will be offering $7 dinner specials (chef’s choice) from 5pm – midnight.

Liquid Kitty: Huge fiesta goin on Wednesday featuring $3 Coronas, $3 El Jimador shots, $4 Tecate+Tequila Shots (yum?), and $5 Margs. No cover – plus there will be a pinata at midnight & the Grilled Cheese Truck will be stationed out front from 10pm – 2am.

TRANSPORTATION:

There are going to be DUI check points all over the city tomorrow so plan on cabbing it after you get borracho. OR if you prefer to arrive to your fiesta in style: Booze Croozer limo is offering $5 off CincoDeMayo reservations. Just enter CINCODEMAYO when making your ressy online to get the discount. (Coolest part of this transport service is they have BOTTOMLESS BOOZE for while you make your journey from point A to point B – so you don’t have to worry about sobering up in between!)

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NOTE: There seems to be a lot of pissy people when it comes to the topic of Cinco de Mayo. We may be boozers but we’re not stupid – we know it’s not Mexican Independence Day, and we know American’s have basically turned the holiday into another excuse to drink. However – the spirit of the holiday is still about freedom and liberty (it celebrates the Mexicans defeating the French in battle back in 1862) and that seems like a pretty damned good reason to celebrate to us!
I mean common – some of us work tough/boring jobs and want a great cheap drink after work – we’re HAPPY there is another excuse for restaurants to offer great drink specials! So calm the F down and stop being all high and mighty about this holiday – let us enjoy our cocktails while we try to enjoy life!

If you have a problem with it – you don’t have to celebrate. But we certainly will be!

Cinco de Mayo Guide – Part I

Cinco de Mayo – another holiday that exists almost purely to give us an excuse to drink in excess.  Unfortunately this year the holiday falls mid-week so be prepared to call in sick on Thursday.  We are going to break down events around town in 2 parts, today we will give you some festive options at local Mexican restaurants in each area. And tomorrow, we will follow up with Cinco de Mayo events and drink specials at non-Mexican venues, since we know that going to a Mexican place on Cinco de Mayo is just as crazy as going to an Irish pub on St Patty’s.

There are of course the regulars that come to mind, El Cholo, El Compadre, El Coyote, El Carmen etc. and although those places will all probably be packed on Wednesday, they don’t really have any extra drink specials for the holiday.  So here are our picks for a boozy Mexican celebration in each part of town:

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Spanish Kitchen: The Spanish Kitchen kicked off their Cinco de Mayo celebration early, and have had drink specials running for the holiday since last Friday.  They have $5 drink specials all night, with a different drink featured every hour that will be selected from their Drink Wheel. On Wednesday, they will have $5 margaritas, $3 Tecates, and specials on shots of tequila.  They will also have prizes and giveaways and free mustache airbrushing.  Call in advance to reserve a table for any night this week and especially for Wednesday. 826 N La Cienega. (310) 659.4794.

Borracho Cantina: Huge Cinco de Mayo party starting at 5pm on Wednesday featuring Mariachi bands, a DJ, Dos Equis tribal dancers, shot girls and a beer garden. $5 margarita special until 6pm and again from 10pm-1am. Must call ahead to reserve wristbands. 8570 Sunset Blvd. (310) 289.8809.

Mexico Restaurant & Bar: This spot on SM Blvd will have $15 pitchers of Dos Equis and Tecate, $8 margs, $5 tamales and taquitos and live mariachi music. Their FB page also says that Star 98.7 will be present all day. Specials will run from noon to 2am. 8512 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 289.0088


DOWNTOWN

Casa: This Mexican spot in Bunker Hill area will have a DJ all day as well as Mariachi performers.  Herradura premium tequila drinks specials + beer garden with Negro Modela and Pacifico (my favorite Mexican beer!) on draft. Reservations recommended. 350 S Grand Ave. (213) 621.2249

Provecho: Provecho will have $5 margaritas, $2 Tecates, and $1 (!!) tacos, also will have other select bites for $5. They will have live music all day and the specials will be available starting at lunch hour and onwards! 800 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 489.1406.

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EASTSIDE

Malo Cantina: This hipsterville spot on Sunset blvd is throwing a pretty rad fiesta on Wednesday. The Cinco menu includes $4 Margs (with pitchers going for $25), $4-$5 Tequila Shots, and $3 cans of Modela. Party is going on from 5pm – 11pm.

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WESTSIDE

Pink Taco: Not quite the Westside but still West of us, Pink Taco will have $5 Margaritas, $5 shots, and $5 beers (Dos Equis and Tecate).  They will have a DJ spinning all night as well as bikini shot girls and midgets (not PC but that’s what’s listed on their website).  Will also have prizes and giveaways.  10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 789.1000.

Border Grill: My personal favorite Westside pick will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day long from 11:30am to 10pm.  They will have $5 drinks (margaritas, mojitos, sangria, draft beer, select wines by the class), $3 tacos (carnitas, fish, carne asada, potato, carne asada, roasted lamb, black bean and cheese), $5 bites (tamales, taquitos, queso fundido, calamari, enchiladas, chile poppers), and $5 desserts (churros and sorbet). Sounds like the best menu ever, yum. 1445 4th Street. (310) 451.1655.

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If there are any others you have heard of, feel free to leave comments below! And as always, be safe! If you are heading out for Cinco de Mayo and plan on drinking, definitely make it a Ydrive night or call a cab, there are bound to be DUI checkpoints allover town.