Cinco de Mayo!

by Maren Swanson


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Cinco de Maren, I mean, Cinco de Mayo, is one of my favorite days of the year. Ok yes, the date happens to fall on my birthday, and yes, thousands of people come out to celebrate and drinks margaritas with yours truly. Seriously though, the traditional “holiday,” has a lot of significance. Many believe Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, however the 5th day of May is actually the commemorative date when the Spanish defeated the French in the Battle of Pueblo in 1862. Either way, I embrace both, so in the spirit of celebration I have found some of my favorite local Mexican hot spots that will no doubt deliver a great time and an even better crowd, and did I mention a sprinkle of Happy Hour?



El Toro – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4 –7pm. $4 Draft Beer and Well Drinks $1-2 Tacos. 5370 Wilshire Blvd. Mid Wilshire, CA 90036

Adoro Mexican Grill
– Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4–7pm. $4 Beer, Wine, Wells and Margaritas. 735 S Figueroa St. Downtown LA, 90017

Marix – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4-7pm. $3 Beers, $4 Marix Grande Margaritas, $1.50-4.50 Appetizers. 8512 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, 90069

Malo– Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 5-7pm $4 Well Drinks and $5 Margaritas. $2 Burritos, Tacos and Sliders. 4326 W Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake, 90029

Cantina Ixtapa
– Happy Hour: Everyday, 4-7pm. $2.75 Draft, $5 Margaritas and Sangria, $2-6 Appetizers. 119 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, 91105

Frida– Happy Hour: Everyday, 3-6pm. Discounted Cocktails. $2.50 Tacos, $6 Taquito Platter, Wings; $10 Taco Tasting. 236 S Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills, 90212


Rosa Mexicana at LA LIVE – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4-7pm. ½ Off Select Cocktails and Appetizers. 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Downtown LA, 90015. (213) 746-0001


Cozymel’s Mexican Grill – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4-7:15pm. $2.25 Domestic Draft Beer, $3.25 Specialty Draft Beer & Classic Margarita. $3.25-8.25 Appetizers. 2171 Rosecrans Ave. Playa Del Rey, 90245

Don Marco’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina –Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4-7pm. $2.50 Drafts, $3 Margaritas, $4 Wells, 50% Off Appetizers. 10276 Foothill Blvd. Rancho Cucamonga, 91730

Casa Cocina & Cantina – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 4:30 – 6:30pm. $3-4 Beers, $5 Wells, $6 Wines and Margaritas, Appetizer Specials. 350 S Grand Ave. Downtown, 90071

Pink Taco – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 3-7pm. ½ Off Well Drinks and $6 Appetizers. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste 220 Century City, 90067

El Compadre – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 4 – 7pm. $3.50 Beer, $7.50 Margaritas and Well Drinks. No Happy Hour Food Specials. 1449 W. Sunset Blvd, Echo Park, 90029

Barragan’s Mexican Restaurant – Happy Hour: Monday – Friday: 3:30 -7pm $6.50 Margaritas, $7.50 Pitchers of Beer, Free Nachos in the Bar on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. 1538 W. Sunset Blvd. Echo Park, 90026


Tekila – Happy Hour: Everyday, 4 – 8pm. $4 Draft Beer, $5 Bottled Beer, Margaritas, Patron Shots and Well Drinks. $2 Tacos, $3 Dirty Dogs, $5 Nachos and Quesadillas, $6 Carne Asada Fries. 6541 Hollywood Blvd. #108 Hollywood, 90028