This Friday is Cinco de Mayo, and in today’s roundup we got you fully covered on where to drink, eat, and play in Los Angeles to celebrate the special day.
Also on the radar: a Tacos + Beer Fest and Westbound’s kiddie themed adult party, both of which you can read more about below.
Oh, and If you don’t have plans this Sunday head on over to the Rose Bowl for what we think is one of the best food festivals of the year: Masters Of Taste (We Like L.A. happens to be an official sponsor!).
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Where to go for Cinco de Mayo
Big Bar is bringing back the “Largest Margarita in Los Feliz” this time it’s made with Mestizo Mezcal Blanco
Petty Cash is throwing an all-day party for the big day starting at 11 a.m. and will stay open late, until 1 a.m. with a DJ, balloon artist, and drink specials.
Gracias Madre will offer all day and night specials including Cazuela Cocktail for Two ($20) made with El Charo Blanco, Mandrine, Lime, Lemon, Yuzu Bitters, Grapefruit.Trio Los Brillantes will perfrom at 4pm for guests.
Umami Burger will offer a special drink created exclusively for Umami Burger called Rande’s Spicy Margarita. The margarita is made with Casamigos Blanco, muddled serrano peppers, fresh lime juice, orange juice, house-made simple syrup and a PAMA infusion topped with Xicaru Mezcal, Cointreau foam and thinly sliced serrano pepper.
Available until May 12 for $11. One dollar of each sale will go to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar special is The Skinny Dip a 7 oz Coronita Beer dunked into a goblet of frozen margarita, made with gold tequila, fresh citrus juices & house-made triple sec. Only $5 during happy hour, which is Monday – Friday from 3 – 6:30 p.m. at both the El Segundo and Playa Vista locations.
The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE celebrates with $4 tacos all night long, live music and a DJ to spin you into the night. Taco options include a Lechon Taco from a whole roasted pig and a Shrimp Taco with roasted poblano and black garlic, accompanied by house-made salsas. Cocktails for the night include a Mexican Mule, a Tequila Sunrise mimosa, and if you’re tequila-out the bar also has a nice selection of beers.
neat. on the Westside houses an extensive tequila and mezcal collection. Their special for the night is the Mexican Firing Squad ($8) made with tequila, lime, agave syrup and grenadine.
Food Bowl Kicks Off a Month Long Festival in L.A.
Clear your schedule for the entire month of May, a massive 31-day food festival showcasing the diversity and flavors of L.A. is here. The much anticipated L.A. Times Food Bowl is the first of its kind and will include citywide dining events, a Night Market held at Grand Park in Downtown and a number of rare international pop-up’s curated by the team at the L.A. Times.
Tacos + Beer = Your Weekend Plans
The L.A. Taco & Beer Festival heads to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on Saturday May 6 to bring Angelenos unlimited pours of craft beer, unlimited taco tastings, original art for sale, DJ’s, games, hand rolled cigars and more. General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $70. VIP tickets get you early entrance at 1 p.m., access to a VIP-only lounge, specialty beer tastings and tequila and mezcal tastings.
Everything You Should Be Eating During The San Gabriel Valley Asian Restaurant Dining Week
Our friend Kristie Hang rounded up the best spots to hit up during San Gabriel Valley Asian Restaurant Dining Week. Check it out on LAist here.
Kentucky Derby in L.A.
Ocean Avenue’s Day at the Races hits Santa Monica on Saturday May 6 for a taste of some of the best food and drinks the street has to offer. This culinary walking tour of SoCal’s premier beachfront street celebrates the Kentucky Derby and raises funds for the Surfrider Foundation to protect the world’s oceans and beaches. So dress up in your Derby best and enjoy complimentary munchies from Herringbone, Del Frisco’s Grille, Red O, Chez Jay, Shore Hotel, Loews Santa Monica and more. Expect additional food and drink specials, contests, photos, and the screening of the game! Tickets are $40 per person, or early bird is $30.
Masters of Taste Returns for a Day of Eating for a Good Cause
Masters of Taste Food Festival returns to the beautiful Pasadena Rose Bowl this Sunday on May 7. The massive one-day festival includes live music and entertainment, as well as sampling from the sweets masters, culinary masters, and beverage masters of our city. 100% of the festival proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) organization that assists homeless individuals and families throughout the San Gabriel Valley. General admission and VIP tickets are currently available at $105 and $185. VIP tickets allow guests to have early access to the event and access to VIP lounges and seating. Be sure to check for discounted tickets on Goldstar. ALSO: We have an exclusive promo code you can use to get 20% off purchase. Just use code WELIKELA at checkout from the official website.
Drink Some of the Best Cocktails for FREE
The 5th Annual Bartending Competition returns to the JW Marriott Los Angeles every Wednesday from May 10 to 24. Watch some of LA’s best bartenders compete during the May Mix-off at the Mixing Room. Attendees will enjoy complimentary, beautifully crafted samples of signature cocktails during the free event.
Westbound Celebrates First Year Anniversary with a Kids Themed Party
Westbound’s first year anniversary party will be a blowout to remember. The celebration takes place at the Arts District bar and eatery on Thursday, May 4. Expect a cotton candy maker, bouncy house, boozy slushy machine, summer boozy milkshakes, cupcakes, balloon animals, a greatest hits menu and more! Complimentary popcorn, cotton candy, birthday cake, an amuse-bouche for guests upon arrival, and access to the bouncy house. Congrats Westbound! 😎
Mama Lion Debuts
Mama Lion is officially open for business. Chef Michael Hung is at the helm for this one (Faith & Flower and Viviane.) The supper club is located in Koreatown and draws its flavors from California with a Korean twist. For now the restaurant is open for dinner only.
Best thing we ate this week….
Lawry’s The Prime Rib is as classic as it gets and I love it. From the service, the famous spinning salad bowl to the meat being carved right in front of your table. It’s something you have to experience at least once. As for me I will be back!