The Deal: A street-side fiesta with margaritas, tacos, music—and donkeys.
The Draw: A photo booth will be on hand to capture your finest cinco-de-drinko moments and your look shock upon spying real donkeys on Hollywood Boulevard.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Deal: Get your foodie-fix with slow-cooked goat specials while discovering what the craft cocktail program mixes up at this new Westside watering hole.
The Draw: Satisfy south-of-the-border cravings with traditional Oaxacan eats while humming to the sounds of, you guessed it, mariachi.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; starting at 1 p.m.
The Deal: Lotería Grill’s special 5-5-5 Cinco de Mayo Menu.
The Draw: Because all you really want is a good taco and something to help wash it down – Chef Jimmy Shaw selects five of his favorite tacos, margaritas, and Mexican beers.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; 11:00 a.m. to close; all locations
The Deal: Take a more relaxed approach to this crazy holiday with civilized small plates at Santa Monica’s Mercado.
The Draw: Tasty specials, such as tamales and gringas, from one of Los Angeles magazine’s best new restaurants of 2012.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Deal: Feel like you’re in a hopping Mexican cantina at this Sunset Boulevard location.
The Draw: Salute Mexico with traditional dishes and mariachis to match. A lengthy tequila menu and photo booth spice up this fiesta.
The Details: Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5; Noon to 2 a.m.
The Deal: Pink Taco on Sunset celebrates its one-year anniversary with a Cinco de Mayo kick off party on Saturday. (Pink Taco in Century City will have a fifth annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Sunday with food and drink specials).
The Draw: Because carnival games, face painters, palm reading, and miniature luchadores—and tequila—sounds like an adult Mexican carnival that’s bound to be entertaining.
The Details: Cinco de Mayo kick-off party – Sunset Strip location, Saturday May 4; Noon to 10:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Century City location, Sunday May 5; 11:30 a.m. to close.
The Deal: Sawtelle may be an unconventional Cinco de Mayo destination, but the featured specials are worth it.
The Draw: Drool over the giant “cheeseburger machismo,” with tequila flights and margaritas to wash it down.
The Details: Sunday, May 5.
Public School 612
The Deal: Calling all tequila lovers! Channel your inner book worm at this tequila 101 class that includes cocktails paired with four Cinco de Mayo-inspired eats.
The Draw: Because you always wanted to drink in class.
The Details: Saturday, May 4; the class is $30 and begins at 2 p.m.; RSVP required.
The Deal: A festive brunch brought to you by modern-Mexican cuisine maestro, Rick Bayless.
The Draw: A bloody maria and michelada bar is just enough to keep you in a festive mood.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; starting at 10:30 a.m.
The Deal: A boozy Mexican brunch complete with mariachis, sombreros, and a special brunch menu.
The Draw: Start the day off right with Cinco de Mayo sips, such as the mezcal bloody mary and passion picante pitcher. Yes, we said pitcher.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; brunch at 12 p.m.; DJ starting at 2 p.m.
The Deal: Homemade tortillas, tacos, margaritas, and aguas frescas at L.A.’s global destination, STREET.
The Draw: Because who wouldn’t want to feast on Mexican street food from one of L.A.’s best chefs, Susan Feniger?
The Details: Sunday, May 5.
The Deal: It’s go big or go home in WeHo with Tortilla Republic’s first annual Grande Cinco de Mayo Block Party
The Draw: The usual tacos, margarita pitchers, mariachi, and DJs. But a piñata pit? Whatever that entails, we’re in.
The Details: Sunday, May 5; festivities begin at 2 p.m.