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SiliconBeachClearly: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Weekend

It’s been said that Cinco de Mayo is L.A.’s version of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a difficult statement to contradict; the fact is, Angelenos naturally gravitate to tequila shots and ‘ritas, rather than whiskey and green beer. In effect, May 5 is usually one of the biggest parties of the year. Since the holiday falls on a Monday, count on four days of decadence to usher in the month of Mayo.

Three-Day, Triple Play Fiesta at Fuego
The flagship restaurant and lounge at Long Beach’s boutique-style Hotel Maya is going all out for Cinco de Mayo, starting Saturday with food and drink specials offered from 11 a.m.-closing. Some of the drink deals on offer over the weekend will include $5 cocktails such as cinnamon-flavored shots and fancy margaritas made with Corralego tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, and fresh limes.

The party picks up again in the morning at Fuego for Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m, and Mexican-inspired dishes and more drinks. The cost is $37 per adult; for $10 extra, take advantage of unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas.

The culmination will come on Monday, with a festive celebration of the holiday, including live salsa music and dancing, courtesy of F. Reyes Salsa. Expect more beverage deals and grilled tacos for noshing, while soaking up the ambiance on the waterfront patio that looks out onto the Queen Mary.

700 Queensway Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 481-3910

Petty Cash Turns Uno
The holiday just so happens to coincide with this trendy Beverly Boulevard’s first birthday. Early birds, aka day drinkers, are welcome to join in the afternoon tequila tasting with Guillermo Sauza of Fortaleza tequila, which will be held from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. For only $5, you’ll learn about all the technical things that go into the distillation process; more importantly, you’ll get to sample a recent batch of the artisanal spirit.

Afterward, there will be $5 Fortaleza shots and a Petty Cash party soundtrack by DJ Jeremy Sole. Regulars, take note: the usual Margaritas Mondays won’t be in affect for the special occasion, but will resume the following week.

7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

Viva La Fiesta at Tortilla Republic
The second-annual WeHo block party is taking place at this hip Mexican eatery near the heart of Boys’ Town. In honor of Cuatro de Mayo (May 4), the celebration will overflow into the parking lot behind the library and the nearby park. Throughout the event, Tortilla Republic will pass out sombreros to its patrons, in an effort to break the world record for the most sombreros per party. It’s not drinking, people, it’s for a chance to go down in history!

From 2 p.m.-10 p.m., also expect a lively soundtrack by DJs Corey Craig, Aaron Elvis, and Dan Knapp, in addition to a traditional mariachi band. Look for $6 specials on margaritas, plus tasty eats like Mexican street corn, flautas, and street tacos. Sister restaurant TASTE will be mixing up the menu with more American fare like chicken tarragon sliders and fries.

Tickets are $15 for general admission pre-sale, $25 for VIP pre-sale, $25 for general admission at the door, and $45 for VIP at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alive Music Project and Project Angel Food.

616 N Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-9888

Drinko de Mayo at Rock and Reilly’s
Leave it to an Irish pub on the Sunset Strip to offer a sensible alternative to Cinco de Mayo binge. The tagline here is “get your drink on Saturday (May 3) so you can function Monday.” How grown-up. Well, let’s see how you feel Sunday morning after indulging in $5 Casamigos shots and $5 house margaritas at Rock and Reilly’s. Be sure to fuel up first on Irish nachos and pork belly tacos. The rest of the flyers emphasizes pinatas, mustaches, and a leprechaun mariachi band. We’re sure it will all make sense in the morning — or not.

8911 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-1400

Guacamole Festival at La Sandia
One of the original eateries to open at Santa Monica Place, La Sandia encourages everyone to stop by all weekend for an early Cinco de Mayo toast; if you wait till Monday, there will be a live mariachi band, but don’t expect over-the-top shenanigans. Instead, there’s a Guacamole Festival going on all month. It started May 1 and continues for six weeks, until June 15.

The theory is that all it takes to make a good guac are avocado, lime, and chile. But you can also get creative with the recipe, too. In that spirit, there will be five different version on offer during the festival, each derived from regional-inspired recipes. These include the Yucatan, with shrimp ceviche, habanero salsa, salsa fresca, orange, lime, and sea salt; the Sur, with grasshoppers, tomatillo, cotija cheese, onion, chile, cascabel, cilantro, lime, and sea salt; the Baja, with kiwi, jicama, strawberry, mango, chile arbol, lime, and sea salt; the Norteno, with chicharron, pickled onion, salsa fresca, lime, and sea salt; and the Pacifico, with grilled beet, roasted walnut, queso fresco, diced orange, house-brand citrus-chipotle salt, and lime.

395 Santa Monica Pl #305
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-3300

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