It’s been seven weeks since Saint Patrick’s DayAngelenos have had an excuse for an all-city bash and while there are Cinco de Mayo drink specials all over town, Ms. Go Go’s hand-picked “cinco for Cinco” list features events with that especial something that translates as fiesta.
Stay festive, my friends.
In addition to the year’s best Cinco de Mayo poster, Las Perlas, Downtown’s dedicated palace of mezcal and tequila is teaming up with Herradura for wallet-friendly Cinco de Mayo revelry: $5 Margaritas, $5 Herradura Silver shots and $4 Modello Especial cans.
Julio Arenas (voted best street taco in LA by…someone) will be selling his signature fare in flavors of chicken, chorizo, carne asada, and pastor on the patio for $1.50 a taco.
That’s going to be one crowded patio.
LAS PERLAS – Sat, May 5, noon-2am; Free/21+ — 107 E 6th St, DTLA 90014; http://213nightlife.com/lasperlas
The dilemma: You want to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over France but you’re damn well not doing it with a plastic margarita glass.
The solution: The ever-elegant Edison handles your Battle-of-Puebla-victory needs in the classiest way possible.
In addition to music by the Latin Jazz band Mambo Loco, the Edison is cracking open their own Private Label barrel of Casa Noble tequila, pouring $10 Margaritas and $5 Victoria beers, and serving $5 Short Rib Tacos all night.
Nothing says victorious-battle-celebration like mambo and a short rib taco.
THE EDISON – Sat, May 5th, 7pm-2am; 21+/$10 — 108 W. 2nd St, DTLA, 90012. Reservations: 213.613.0000; http://www.edisondowntown.com/
Weather update: Cinco Saturday promises to be “mostly sunny”. Sounds close enough to party weather to Ms. Go Go.
If you want to get a cheap, early, al fresco start to the day, Villains Tavern is a Cinco de Mayo grand slam. From noon to 6:00 p.m., the semi-patio’d drinkery offers $2 Milagro cocktails, $2 Tecates, hand crafted Milagro punches, three bands, and a selection of great taco trucks. Post 6pm, check out Chef Rosie’s Ceviche Tostada and VT’s killer tacos.
A word about the punches: Milagro means “miracle”. Just saying.
VILLAINS TAVERN – Sat, May 5th, noon-2am; free/21+ — 1356 Palmetto St, DTLA, 213.613.0766; www.villainstavern.com
The tequila bar in the courtyard of the historical Jane’s House has 100+ tequilas. An unspecified number will be used in festive Cinco cocktail specials.
So far, so good.
From 11am to 2am, Te’Kila will also have $3 Modelo Especial and draft Dos XX. And just to make sure you stay awake ’til closing, there’s a live Mariachi performance from 9-10 pm.
Just so you can set your watch.
There are also shot girls, free gifts, and, throughout the day, pinata smashes filled with surprises.
Which basically sounds like the best birthday party EVER!
TE’KILA – Sat, May 5th, 11am- 2am; Free/21+ — 6541 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028; 323. 960.2404; http://tekilahollywood.com/
FiveOFour may be more NOLA than Baja but the Big Easy outpost always throws a damn good party. And since you’re in the neighborhood (literally, the same courtyard), you might as well check out what may very well be the best Cinco de Mayo drink prices in the city: 99 cent Coronitas, $3 pints of Pacifico, $12 pitchers of Pacifico, and most exciting, $5 Herradura shots served out of the FiveOFour ICE LUGE.
They’ve also got some food specials in the works. Presumably not delivered by ice luge.
FIVEOFOUR — Sat, May 5th, 11am-2am; 21+/free (but RSVP) — 6541 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/404111569621374
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….