How to celebrate your Cinco de Mayo weekend like a jefe

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How to celebrate your Cinco de Mayo weekend like a jefe
How to celebrate your Cinco de Mayo weekend like a jefe

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Los Angeles The only truly appropriate way to celebrate the crushing, 300-style victory of the Mexican Army over the much larger French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862? Devouring roasted pigs, gulping frosty ‘ritas, and gawking at burlesque dancers. Yes, yes, and yes.

Lucha Va Voom

Lucha VaVoom at The Mayan: What says historical commemoration more than acrobatic, masked wrestlers and “Sexy-Mexy” burlesque stripteases? Ha! We were gonna say "nothing", too! Lucha VaVoom’s Cinco de Mayan extravaganza on May 1st & 2nd will be about as nuts as your niece’s quinceañera party... only with even more men in chicken costumes. And, oh yes, there will be tequila. More info here
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Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre: If you find yourself in WeHo with wads of $5 bills, head to the Mexican cousin of Café Gratitude, where from 11am-11pm on Monday, they’ll be serving up $5 food and drink specials. This includes their Purista margarita, Micheladas, tostadas, and more. Stick around for live music from 5-9pm, including a sweet, sweet mariachi band.

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Petty Cash Taqueria: Because the French would've made lousy tacos, Petty Cash will be celebrating Mexico’s victory (and their own first anniversary) on May 5th with tacos, $5 Fortaleza Tequila shots, prize-packed piñatas, DJ Jermey Sole on the wheels of steel, and of course, their pig-ear nachos. Arrive early/ditch work for a special tequila tasting from 2:30-3:30pm, and learn distillation methods, philosophies, and how to request an Uber ride in Spanish.


Tortilla Republic’s Viva La Fiesta Block Party: Don your finest sombrero for this second annual maracas-to-the-wall block party on Cuatro de Mayo, featuring massive outdoor bars, a dance floor, DJs, and wait for it… a mariachi band! Help reach the world record for most sombreros at an event (seriously) and throw down for $6 margs, taco specials, and mas. More info here

Border Grill

Border Grill: Because you think you can handle one day of Aztec dancers, a pig roast, and extended happy hours, Border Grill Downtown tests your cojones with an entire weekend of awesomeness leading up to the big day on Monday. The Santa Monica location will also celebrate with late-night happy hours on Fri & Sat, and all-day deals on Sunday, including margarita specials, tequila flights, soft-shell crab tacos, and the oozy-goodness of queso fundido.

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1. The Mayan 1038 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

This Downtown LA club and live events venue features great drinks and entertaining shows in a festive nightclub-meets-Mayan-temple space.

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2. Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.

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3. Petty Cash Taqueria 7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Petty Cash is an upscale taqueria on Beverly.

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4. Tortilla Republic 616 N Robertson, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This 125-seat Mextaurant-cum-margarita bar in WeHo's doing south-of-the-border deliciousness (carnitas w/ caramelized orange, sour cherry salsita'd duck confit tacos) inside a steely mod-Mex interior equipped with a white onyx bar pouring 48 sippable tequilas (including two Extra Anejos), and margs ranging from the extra spicy "Jalapeno" to the reposado, Cointreau, lime, and Grand Marnier-floated "Perfect", even though you'll be anything but after a couple of each.

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5. Border Grill 445 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Downtown)

This Downtown LA spot serves upscale modern Mexican food in a vibrant setting, with food expertly crafted by Executive Chef Alex Moreno.

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6. Border Grill 1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Executive Chef Alex Moreno's Border Grill serves up quality Mexican food in a lively setting. Hit Border Grill's weekend-only brunch, where $30 gets you all-you-can-eat Yucatan-roasted pork eggs Benedict, short-rib hash, and bacon-and-jalapeno-topped PB&Js.