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Beverly Hills Hotel
On May 4, Bar NINETEEN12 at The Beverly Hills Hotel will honor the tradition and pageantry surrounding the Kentucky Derby with a viewing party at 2 p.m. Complimentary whiskey tastings courtesy of Heaven Hill Distilleries, themed-appetizers and classic Derby cocktails will be served. Guests are encouraged to enter a “Best Hat” contest and the lucky winner will receive brunch for four in the Polo Lounge. The fun will continue after the horses cross the finish line with live music by crooner Eddie Wakes from 4 to 7 p.m. Latin-soul singer Quetzal Guerrero performs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 9641 Sunset Blvd. (310)273-1912.
On Saturday, May 4 at Tom Bergin’s, pastry chef Ann Kirk is serving her Bulleit Bourbon pecan pie for $4.50 a slice. Enjoy an Irish Trifecta of three 7-ounce beers and soft pretzels for $9. The guest who picks the “Trifecta of Horses” or the first, second, and third place winners will take home a prize. 840 S Fairfax Ave. (323)936-7151.
George Abou-Daoud’s is hosting a Kentucky Derby party from 12 to 5 p.m. Enter the “Best Hat contest” and enjoy their special Derby Day menu that includes Blackberry Mint Juleps, and an Arnold Palmer with Bourbon and Orange. Both go nicely with a “Hot Brown” open-faced hot turkey sandwich or traditional Kentucky Derby pie served warm with vanilla ice cream. 6612 Sunset Blvd. (323)464-5700.
The Mission Cantina
Join the Cuatro & Cinco de Mayo party, back-to-back on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from noon to 2 a.m. There will be mariachis, a photo booth, drink and food specials, and giveaways. 5946 Sunset Blvd. (323)469-3130.
Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
On Saturday, May 4, the fourth annual foodie festival offers unlimited pours by various brewers around California and beyond. Nibble on vegan dishes from STREET, Seabirds, Chicago Vegan Foods, Mandoline Grill and Mohawk Bend. Live music by Janks, Branches, and Vegan Boss. All the proceeds from the event are donated to K9 Connection. Advance tickets are $40. Walk-ins on May 4 pay $50 per person. Limited VIP tickets are $50 in advance. Non-drinkers or designated drivers are $15 in advance of $20 the day of the event. 8950 Sunset Blvd. Purchase tickets at http://lavbf.tumblr.com/.
Plan Check is offering tequila flights all week leading up to Cinco de Mayo. Celebrate with a cheeseburger Machismo with Habanero cheese, bacon, spicy mayo, batter-fried onions, and jalapeno Escabeche. Liquid provisions will include $5 Margaritas and a $12 Herradura Flight. Or try the $20 Siete Leguas Flight. Each includes an anejo, a blanco, and a reposado. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd. (310)288-6500.
On May 4 and 5, at the Four Season Los Angeles is a fun, festive Cinco de Mayo celebration with an a la carte bar menu. Order three Dos Equis beers with guacamole, pico de gallo and corn chips for $25. The Dungeness crab tostada has chipotle and avocado. 300 S Doheny Dr. (310)273-2222.
Margarita Month at Islands
Beginning May 1 through June 2, Islands will offer $1 off all of their margaritas. Sip on some tequila-induced favorites, including Island’s famous margarita, Sunset margarita and a mango-flavored Mangorita. 3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310)546-4456 and 10948 West Pico Blvd. (310) 474-1144.
Cinco de Mayo at Red O
All weekend long revelers can celebrate the restaurant’s Street Food Social Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Try the new Red O Trio, which includes a Niman Ranch pork belly sope, slow-cooked Sonoma duck taquito, and fresh corn and goat cheese tamale. Dinner service until midnight includes live entertainment and new specialty spring cocktails from Mixologist Steve Calabro, such as the Casablanco Margarita, made with premium Casamigos Blanco and clarified lime juice. Cinco de Mayo brunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323)655-5009.
Tinhorn Flats Hollywood
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, one of Hollywood’s newest restaurants is serving a variety of quesadillas and $1 street tacos with south-of-the-border drink specials under $4. Served all day on May 5. 1724 N. Highland Ave. Suite 100, (323)462-2210.
Susan Feniger is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Taco Night, featuring homemade tortillas by Border Grill. Tacos include land, sea and veggie options. Guests can further their celebrations with aguas frescas and margaritas. Flavors include coconut horchata, melon, cucumber mint, strawberry guava, and hot chile lime. 742 N Highland Ave. (323)203-0500.
Shutters on the Beach
Come unwind and celebrate the culinary traditions of Spain down at the beach. Alto-Cinco is every Tuesday until June 25 in the hotel’s lobby lounge, Bites and wine specials are offered alongside Spanish House music by DJ Harmony. This weekly fiesta starts at 5 p.m. 1 Pico Blvd. (310)458-0030.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Premium Patrón margaritas are on the menu in all U.S. restaurants. The new margarita is hand-made for each customer using Patrón Silver tequila, triple sec, a blend of fresh lime and lemon juices, and organic agave nectar. Served on the rocks with a wedge of lime. They also serve Sauza margaritas and beers. 7660 Sunset Blvd. (323)952-5160, 110 S. Fairfax Ave. (323)857-0608 and 7101 Melrose Ave. (323)297-0334
Loteria Grill 5-5-5
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special 5-5-5 menu available throughout the day on May 5. Chef/Owner Jimmy Shaw’s offers five tacos alongside five house-favorite margaritas and five Mexican beers. Choose a classic, jalapeno, tamarindo, mango or Loteria margarita to go with one the best tacos in town and a Pacifico, Dos Equis, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial or Sol cervezas. 6333 W Third St. (323)930-2211, 6627 Hollywood Blvd. (323)465-2500, 1251 Third St. (310)292-2700.
Cinco de Mayo Burger
LA’s “first gastropub” The Bowery is serving an 8 oz. grilled sirloin Bowery Burger on a toasted English Muffin with a choice of toppings that include fried jalapenos, onion rings, sautéed mushrooms and red onion confit. 6268 Sunset Blvd. (323)465-3400.
Cinco de Mayo After Party
On May 5 the Cochon 555 US Tour, a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event starts at the House of Blues Los Angeles at 5 p.m. The pork-centric tour gathers together five chefs, five pigs and five wineries. Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast alongside samples from the various wineries. Twenty judges and 400 guests help decide the winning chef, who is crowned the Prince of Pork. Tickets are $125 for general admission or $200 for VIP guests. After party tickets for Cochom’s five-year birthday are $55.50. 8430 Sunset Blvd. Buy tickets at www.cochon555.com
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with two festive cocktails, the El Diablo and Picante de la Casa. Creative Bar Director Chris Ojeda prepares both these with Cazadores Blanco and fresh lime. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310)432-2000.
Bartender Serrena Herrick is making a special Smoking Gun cocktail for Cinco de Mayo. It’s made with Vida Mezcal, Cynar and Calisaya. 1320 Echo Park Ave. (213) 935-8787
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Mohawk Bend will offer revelers a shot of Greenbar tequila shot and pint of Golden Road Citrus Bend for $7. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. (213)483-2337.
The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort has opened Coastal Grill. The beachfront setting will serve American fare and locally brewed craft beers.
Executive Chef Tim Hulbert has had 25 years of culinary experience at Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Hard Rock Café. Guests can opt to dine poolside or beachfront from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd. (805)984-2500.
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