Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in DTLA

We all know that Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. But did you know the date actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza? Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is held on September 16. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. From traditional festivals and round-the- clock parties, to authentic restaurants and bars, we can’t think of a better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than DTLA!

Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

125 Paseo de la Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the birthplace of Los Angeles – El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Founded in 1781, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels) is now a historical monument, home to free museums, exhibits, and the world famous Olvera Street marketplace. Festivities will take place at North Alameda Street at Olvera Street from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6, featuring live music and dancing, traditional mariachis, Folklorico dancers, piñatas, carnival rides, beer garden, delicious food, and more.

Hecho in LA: Taco Madness at LA Plaza

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 N Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA’s longest running Taco Festival returns for the 10th edition of L.A. Taco’s Taco Madness on May 4 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Hecho in LA: Taco Madness is a hybrid food and drink festival brought to you by L.A. Taco x I LOVE MICHELADAS produced by SUAVICREMA. The event is proud to celebrate the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles, featuring the best micheladas and tacos from carts, stands and trucks, to award winning chefs and restaurants.

Cinco de Mayo at The Coliseum

LA Memorial Coliseum

3911 S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90037

The Coliseum invites you, your friends, and family to come on down to historic Olympic Plaza to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5. This fun, free event features traditional live music, dancing, games (win free stuff!), celebrity radio and TV personalities, speciality cocktails in the beer garden, food trucks and other dining options, and even a pepper eating contest!

Cinco de Mayo at LA Biergarten

Los Angeles Biergarten

750 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Biergarten is serving up a Day/Night Party for Cinco De Mayo. This free event will be held Sunday May 5 from 3PM to midnight. Dance to the sounds of DJ Swift and friends, play epic party games, and more. Free shots with every drink purchase, as long as supplies last. The Los Angeles Biergarten is a family owned restaurant offering a large selection of draft beers, cocktails, and fare with a unique Bavarian feel.

Cinco De Mayo Day N Night Party

Treehouse Rooftop Lounge

686 North Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Treehouse Rooftop, one of DTLA’s premier indoor/outdoor venues, is celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a Day N’ Night Party on Sunday May 5 from 3PM – 2AM. Bottle Service is available for $350 all in (includes tax & tip) for Grey Goose, Ciroc, Jameson, and more. RSVP for free entrance before 5PM. Text ‘Treehouse May5th’ to 818-216-1594

Broken Spanish

1050 S Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

If your idea of Cinco de Mayo is more gastronomical than festival, then Broken Spanish is the place for you. Following the evolution of its chef, Ray Garcia, a classically trained chef born and raised in Los Angeles, Broken Spanish offers an amalgamation of new ideas and the powerful influence of his Latin upbringing. Drawing inspiration and flavors from a diverse community, Broken Spanish presents a distinct culinary perspective expressed in bold yet refined flavors, demonstrating elements of long-established traditions. The bar offers an aromatic selection of tequilas, mezcals, and intriguing craft cocktails.

Veranda

Hotel Figueroa

939 S Figueroa St #500

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chef Adrian Garcia is serving an authentic Mexican popup menu, befitting the tropical vibe at Veranda, DTLA’s urban oasis at Hotel Figueroa. Cocktelier Dushan Zaric has created an agave program that spotlights some of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal distillers and their unique takes on the craft. Mixed with house-made ingredients, such as grapefruit and hibiscus cordials, and mango sangrita, the cocktails complement Chef Garcia’s cuisine. Kick back poolside and toast this season with a fresh fruit margarita or snifter of Tequila. Salud y buen provecho!

Mezcalero

510 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The name that says it all! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Mezcalero, a small, laid-back joint in the heart of DTLA. These homey digs present a dizzying selection of mezcal. tequila and other agave spirits, along with craft beer and Mexican street food. The down to earth staff, lead by mixologist Nathan McCullough, loves sharing and shaking up cocktails while generating a welcoming environment for all. Mezcalero offers daily happy hour specials, Taco Tuesday parties, and Sunday brunch. So come on by any day of the week and experience the local love and dedication. Salud!

Las Perlas

107 E 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Las Perlas, the nation’s first mezcal bar, opened in March 2010 in the historic Sante Fe building at Sixth & Main in DTLA. This Oaxacan style cantina exists as a living tribute to Mexico’s native spirit, mezcal, with the finest selection of more than 400 premium agave spirits in the United States. Las Perlas cocktails arrive garnished with everything from wild hibiscus flowers to the Oaxacan delicacy of spicy, roasted chapulinas, while also offering ice cold Mexican cerveza.

Bar Amá

118 W 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

This Tex Mex hot spot will tingle your tummy with specialities like fideo and borracho beans with cilantro and pork belly, slowly simmered on the stove. Chef Josef Centeno created Bar Amá as his interpretation of the food he was nurtured on by the women who raised him, and the menu reflects that comfortable sense of home. The bar offers a great selection of tequilas and mezcals, along with absinthe, whiskey, gin, beer, wine and more.