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5 Cinco De Mayo Activities in L.A.

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We're well-aware that Cinco de Mayo (aka Cinco de Drinko) is an Americanized excuse to party, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time. We're all about excuses to make Monday more bearable. Here are some of our favorite goings-on around town today.

Guelaguetza: Guelageutza will be having their house band perform a special set from 7-11 p.m. with dancing in the back room. In case the idea of dancing is intimidating, Bricia and the gang will be doing drink special sand Michelada giveaways all night. There'll also be live mariachi from 8-9 p.m. You can find out more info here.

Las Perlas: Las Perlas, home to the city's largest collection of tequilas and mescals, will kick off their boozy celebrations early at 4 p.m. They'll be offering $5 margaritas, $5 palomas, $5 tequila shots, $3 Tecates, and Heradura tequila specials all night until 2 a.m. You can find out more info on their site here.

Casa Vega: This Sherman Oaks mainstay has one of our favorite margaritas in town. They've been family-run since 1956, with Ray Vega recently passing the mantle to daughter Christy, and getting a revamp from "Flipping Out." Their guac and chips are to die for, as are the combo plates. Come prepared to wait for a table, but know that it's worth it. You can find out more info here.

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Los Balcones del Peru: Get down Peruvian style this Cinco de Mayo at Los Balcones in Hollywood with cocktails made by Marcos Tello, including $5.00 margaritas or the Medicina Latina made with El Silencio Mezcal, ginger syrup, honey syrup, fresh lime juice and candied ginger for $7.00. They'll also be doing snack specials, including $7.00 lamb shoulder tacos and Peruvian tacos. They'llbe open from 4:00-11:00 pm. You can find their vitals here.

The Bungalow Santa Monica: Chef Ray Garcia will be making gourmet eats from Fig for the party at the ultra-swank, Baja-inspired beach club, The Bungalow, this evening. The party goes from 5 p.m.-2 a.m., and is within stumbling distence of all the other beachside bars in case you're planning on a party hop. He'll be serving up tacos, quesadillas, flatbreads, chimichangas, chips and huac along with sangria and margaritas. You can find out more info here.