El Carmen LA
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El Carmen

Los Angeles
Mexican Restaurant
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Mon5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tues5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wed5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thu5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Fri5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sat5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sun5:00 PM - 2:00 AM

El Carmen is a colorful, tunnel-like cantina in Beverly Grove with luchador-lined walls, lit by strings of Christmas lights (year round). The Mexican cuisine is simply an afterthought, given the nearly 10 page list of over 400 tequilas on offer -- blanco, reposed, anejo, and the lesser-known muy anejo. Taste your way through the agave with a flight or in a classic cocktail, and soak it all up with authentic Mexican dishes like a three cheese quesadilla, a heaping bowl of nachos or chilaquiles with mole. Weekday happy hour features the best of the menu and cocktails at a portion of the price, and it’s called Hora de Fiesta -- that means party hour, and that’s when you should go.