With so many Cinco de Mayo events and tequila specials going on in LA this weekend, options seem endless. But if you’re in Venice, and looking to fiesta within biking - ideally walking - distance from home, the possibilities are infinitely more manageable. Here’s a short list of what we’re considering.
At the corner of Lincoln & Rose, La Cabana’s tacos, margaritas and house-made tortillas are standard routine. For Cinco de Mayo they’ll have a live mariachi band on the rooftop, drink specials starting with $4 half-margaritas at brunch, and then $5 Dos XX on tap, $7 house margaritas, and $10 double house margaritas. If you’re there between 5 to 7 p.m., heads up for KROQ’s Kat Corbett and party bus friends. La Cabana is pit stop No. 1 on their Cinco de Mayo pub crawl. // La Cabana 738 Rose Ave. Venice, CA 90291 // (310) 392-7973
One of the few places to get a good michelada around here, Oscar’s menu additions for the day include fresh strawberry margaritas and pork tacos from a whole roasted pig. // Oscar's Cerveteca 523 Rose Ave. Venice, CA 90291 // (310) 310-8937
It’s not called Cinco de Drinko for nothing. If you’re ready to cut to the chasers, then see you at Cabo. They’ll have a fence set up in the front lot for additional beachside boozing. Plus, there will be live bands in the courtyard at the end of Washington. // Cabo Cantina 30 Washington Boulevard Venice/Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 // (310) 306-2500
Mezcal or tequila? Pick your poison beachside at Townhouse and the downstairs Del Monte Speakeasy, open from noon to 2 a.m. on Cinco de Mayo. Townhouse will serve pitchers of mezcal or tequila margaritas, mezcal or tequila flights, and tequila shot and beer specials. They’ll also have agua fresca highballs, house-made Bloody Marias, and remember the pork tacos at Oscar’s? They’ll have those pork tacos here too, courtesy of Oscar’s, for $1 each. All-day entertainment includes burlesque dancers and live music. // Townhouse 52 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291 // (310) 392-4040
You had us at michelada in a can - Tecate, lime, hot sauce and chili salt rim - for $4. Right across from Townhouse and steps from the beach, Danny's will also serve up Avion tequila shots for $5, Corona and shot of Zarco tequila for $10, and house margs for $5. // Danny's Venice 23 Windward Ave. Venice, CA // (310) 566-5610
Definitely not walking distance, probably not biking distance after a day of tequila specials under the sun, but totally worth a quick cab ride to Santa Monica to see El Luchador live wrestling for a $5 cover. Doors open 9 p.m. More drink specials: $5 tequila shots, $3 Dos XX. // Zanzibar 1301 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 // (310) 451-2221
Mar Vista Farmers’ Market
For family fun on Cinco de Mayo, the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market will have a live salsa band, mariachis and pinatas for the kids on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.