I always say, leave St. Patrick’s Day for the people on the east coast cause I live for Cinco De Mayo. In Los Angeles, the mecca of Hispanic culture in the U.S., you can always find some delicious piece of the Mexican culture anywhere you turn. Cinco De Mayo has become the West Coast’s answer to St. Patrick’s Day and rightfully so! So put on your best sombrero and wear your most comfortable pair of shoes cause you might end up walking home tonight!
El Conquistador – The atmosphere at this Silverlake eatery really sets the pace for Cinco de Mayo festivities. Their Mexican food is great – definitely try the mole. If you really want your evening to end with a bang try their margaritas, they’re lethal but in a yummy way!
- Velvet Margarita – It might not be your traditional Mexican restaurant, but let’s just say people don’t bother going there for the food. I suppose the best way to describe it is to say if Elvis was Mexican he’d have decorated his home exactly like Velvet Margarita. The vibe is fun and the drinks are strong. Plus, how can you go wrong with their $5 recession special on premium margaritas?
El Coyote is a no fuss Mexican restaurant that’s been frequented by the likes of Brad Pitt himself! However, I wouldn’t be surprised if your regular Joe started to look just like Brad after a couple of their margaritas! Pair that with a couple of their tacos and you’ll have yourself a bang out evening.
- Mexicali Cocina Cantina If Americanized Mexican food is your thing, then look no further than this Studio City eatery! Even though they stray from traditional Mexican food, Mexicali holds nothing back when it comes to their epic margaritas. Even more awesomely, Mexicali makes a low sugar, low calorie version of the margarita called, get this, the Jessica Simpson Margarita! So go ahead and celebrate Cinco de Mayo without crashing your diet.
- La Cabana Restaurant La Cabana is a traditional Mexican restaurant in the heart of Venice. Really, the best part about LA Cabana is the fact that they stay open until 3 am. Especially on a night like Cinco de Mayo when you’ll totally need to recharge after indulging in a few of their killer margaritas.
- Not the biggest margarita fan? Then click here for a few more drink ideas for Cinco de Mayo!