If you're looking for an excuse to drink tequila, you're in luck: Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. Here's a list of restaurants and bars with $5 margaritas, taco specials and even a place with a tequila snow cone machine. Cheers!
Border Grill: The downtown and Santa Monica locations will both be celebrating with $5 sangria. The downtown L.A. location will also have $5 margaritas and a pig roast on the patio with taco specials and an oyster and ceviche bar. The Santa Monica location will have specialty cocktails and craft beer as well as $4 tacos with pork belly, crispy squash blossom, seared calamari or lamb barbacoa. www.bordergrill.com.
The Bungalow Santa Monica: The party starts at 5 p.m. and includes tacos, chips and guacamole, nachos, churros and drink specials. The California Feetwarmers will perform. 101 Wilshire Blvd. at Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, (310) 899-8530, www.thebungalowsm.com.
Cascabel: The Toluca Lake restaurant will have $8 signature margaritas, $4 shots of Arette blanco tequila, $10 Tecate/Arette blanco shot combos and $5 micheladas. There will also be signature cocktails, $2 off taco plates and more. 10717 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, (818) 927-4210, www.cascabelrestaurant.com/.
Ceremony Bar: The new Studio City restaurant will have $10 bottomless sangria and mimosas from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 3 to 6 p.m., receive 25% off your entire bill, and a live mariachi band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. 11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 985-9222, www.ceremonybar.com.
Chipotle: The make-your-own burrito chain will serve margaritas for $6.95, made with Patron silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice and organic agave nectar. Multiple locations at www.chipotle.com/home.
Dia de Campo: The restaurant will open early at 3 p.m. and will have live music until 9 p.m. Specials include $1 build-your-own tacos, $1 street corn with chipotle mayo and Parmesan, and $1 oysters. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., there will be a complimentary tasting of Casamigos tequila, and from 3 to 7 p.m. an extended version of the Bandito happy hour with $5 draft and bottled beers, $6 red and white wine and $8 cocktails. 1238 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach, (310) 379-1829, www.diadecampohb.com/.
Fuego: The restaurant at Hotel Maya will have a waterfront taco cart, complimentary samples of Muerto tequila, drink specials, chocolate-dipped churros and live music. The party starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. with $2 street tacos until 8 p.m. and the free tequila samples from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Drink specials will be available until closing. 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, (562) 435-7676, www.hotelmayalongbeach.com.
Gracias Madre: There will be $5 guacamole and chips, empanadas, flautas and tamales all day. A snow cone machine will be available on the patio from 5 to 11 p.m. with a tequila mule snow cone made with tequila blanco, house-made ginger beer and lime ($10). And a mariachi band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 978-2170, www.graciasmadreweho.com/.
Las Perlas: From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., there will be no cover, $5 margaritas, $5 Palomas and music by the all-female mariachi band La Victoria. 107 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 988-8355, www.213nightlife.com/lasperlas.
Harvard & Stone: Monday to Sunday, the back bar will be transformed into Bar Ilegal. Guests will be able to order late-night food by Guelaguetza and sip Ilegal mezcal, Mexicali beer and more, all priced at $5 to $10. There will also be live music. 5221 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 466-6063, www.harvardandstone.com.
Mercado: All three locations are celebrating with a special appetizer and drink menu all day long. A featured cocktail will be available for $12, along with shots of Reposado for $7, carnitas tacos for $8 and a plate of nachos for $10. Multiple locations at www.mercadorestaurant.com/.
Public School 310, 818 and 805: All three locations will be celebrating with chicken adobo nachos ($8), a Dos Veces cocktial made with Correlajo Blanco tequila, watermelon juice, house-made vanilla bitters, lavendar bitters and a paprika-and-pepper rim ($8), and the Bruery's Or Xata, a spiced blond ale ($11). All locations at www.psontap.com/.
Rock & Brews: The rock-themed restaurant in El Segundo will have a variety of $5 specials, including select Mexican draft beers, a house margarita, red or white sangria and a chicken quesadilla. 143 Main St., El Segundo, (310) 615-9890, www.rockandbrews.com/ElSegund.
Shorebar: The bar is launching a series called Taco & Tequila Tuesdays, featuring Don Julio shot flights and drink specials, with live music. 112 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, (310) 429-1851, www.shorebarsm.com/.
Solita Tacos & Margaritas: The Valencia restaurant will have a street-side taco stand with two tacos for $5, an icy bucket of five bottled beers for $5 and five churros for $5. There will also be $10 watermelon margaritas and more. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the bar will stay open until midnight. 24201 Valencia Blvd., Suite 3470, Valencia, (661) 291-1399, www.solitatacos.com.