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Cinco de Mayo 2012 and Derby Day events

May 2, 2012 |  3:07 pm

Carne asada tacos

Saturday marks both Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day. Whether you're in the mood for tequila and tacos or maybe a fancy hat and a mint julep, we've got you covered. Here are some events happening around town that will help you get your drink on, grab a bite and enjoy the festivities:

Cinco de Mayo

Pink Taco Sunset Strip will have its grand opening on Cinco de Mayo with a drink special wheel (half off whatever drink is landed on for that hour), luchadors, mariachis, DJs and giveaways. Tickets will be sold at the door. The Century City location will also be having a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Guests can buy tickets at http://cincodemayocc.eventbrite.com or at the door.

The Churchill specials include $8 honeydew melon and chile-infused margaritas, $5 micheladas and homemade chips and guacamole for $6.

The Hudson will have $5 Peligroso tequila shots, $6 house margaritas and the short rib or chicken nachos served with jack and cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green onions and jalapenos for $12.

La Cuevita is having a grand re-opening on May 4 and 5 with $2 Tecate and free tacos starting at 9 p.m.

Derby Day

Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen is having a Derby Day celebration with $8 mint juleps, fried chicken sandwiches ($15) and "best hat" and "best dressed" awards. From noon to 4 p.m. the bar will show the Kentucky Derby and offer three different kinds of mint juleps (classic, blackberry and maple).

Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar and the Grilled Cheese Truck are teaming up for a three-hour event on the Blue Cow downtown patio with grilled cheese sandwiches, craft drafts and cocktails. The restaurant will be showing the Kentucky Derby.

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Photo: Carne asada tacos made by the Los Angeles Times test kitchen. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times