Cinco de Mayo Freebies in L.A.

Cinco de Mayo (translated into the ‘5th of May’), is a day commemorating the Mexican army’s dubious defeat over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  Or, as American’s know it, the day in May dedicated to tacos, tequila and a strong possibility of sombreros and/or ridiculous adhesive mustaches.  Regardless of how you choose to recognize the day, one thing is for sure, there are some awesome perks around Los Angeles that won’t disappoint.  

 


 

 

Shore Bar – Santa Monica

Thirsty? In the mood for an ocean breeze?  Download the Roo app, show it at the door and receive a free frosty margarita!  Use the Roo app to discover other local bars, nightclubs and their current conditions in real-time, like the Waze of the social scene.

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Photo courtesy of Haute Living

Revolutionario – (Just west of DTLA)

You may not have heard of North African/Mexican inspired tacos but Revolutionario will offer up a free vegetarian taco to its first 500 guests on Cinco de Mayo.  I know what you’re thinking…”no meat?!”, but fear not, with flavorful spices and a salsa bar boasting unusual toppings like kimchi, they’re likely not going to disappoint.  Plus, owner and chef Farid Zadi, has promised to donate a portion of the sales on May 5th to assist undocumented workers with financial support. “We want to express solidarity with undocumented Hispanic immigrants, because 84% of agricultural workers in America are Hispanic and 75% were born in Mexico,” Zadi says.

Photo courtesy of Farley Elliot

 

El Chavo Restaurant – Silverlake

This spot is going hard for Cinco de Mayo thanks to Mescal el Silencio!  They’ll be hosting a handful of parties but El Chavo will act as the main event.  Enjoy free entry here with live music, tacos and other yummy treats like frozen palomas, margaritas and street corn.

Photo courtesy of Marc Gabor

 

Gracias Madre – West Hollywood

Stop by Gracias Madre for all day drink and vegan appetizer specials, organic seasonal margaritas, mariachi bands on their famous open air patio and booze filled sno-cones.  Sooth your sweet tooth with their complimentary cotton candy!  Get there as early as 11am to begin the debauchery.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Daniels

Block Party – Highland Park

Complimentary tacos starting at 5pm, slushy margaritas and Mexican craft beers…They had me at free tacos but closed the deal with a giant shuffle board on their patio and their refreshing take on the michelada.

Photo courtesy of Sue O.

 

Fig at 7th – Downtown LA

Free to the public from 3-9pm at Taste Hall Courtyard.  Celebrate at their pop-up margarita bar with live music and an adult piñata crafting station!

Photo courtesy of The Odd Market

LA Plaza Celebrates Cinco de Mayo – Downtown LA

Learn more about California’s involvement in the Battle of Puebla with live performances and workshops in culinary, art and garden.  It won’t cost you a dime and goes from noon until 4pm.  There will also be a free screening of  “Texas Before the Alamo.” A film about the foundation of Texas & the Spanish who established missions, presidios and trails. 

Photo courtesy of Jeanette  G.

Casa Vega – Sherman Oaks

Technically there are no freebies here asides from their homemade tortilla chips and salsa but, this happens to be my favorite mexican restaurant in L.A.    The ambiance is sultry and authentic and the food is out of this world delicious.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Casa Vega will be hosting a “Tacos & Tequila Throwback Thursday” party with a Photo Booth, specialty cocktails and $0.60 tacos with the purchase of their “Boss Margarita”.

Photo courtesy of Casa Vega

 

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