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The Best Taco Tuesday (and Tequila) Spots in Los Angeles

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Few things shoot a more direct ray of sunshine into an otherwise dull day than the thought of Taco Tuesday. Crispy or soft, flour or corn, meat-filled or veggie-stuffed, the taco has wide appeal — especially in LA, where tacos reign as one of the city’s most loved foods. Of course, a Mexican restaurant doesn’t need a dedicated night to convince Angelenos to get out and eat, but a discounted taco or two doesn’t hurt. And if there are plenty of margaritas to wash it all down — well, all the more reason for a celebration.

And if you need another reason to make it a Taco Tuesday, we have even more incentive for you: exclusive Tequila Cazadores cocktails at some of your favorite local haunts. Keep reading to find which of your favorite bars and restaurants are serving up specials this summer to commemorate Taco Tuesday...or Wednesday or Thursday, in LA.

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1. Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

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39 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 374-4440
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A meal at this upscale Mexican eatery on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza starts not with chips but fresh tortillas, served with honey butter and salsa. As you munch your way through the seafood-leaning menu (lobster tacos are a favorite), do so with a margarita. The Palmilla is a hand-shaken mix of Tequila Cazadores Reposado and homemade agave-fueled sweet and sour mix, topped with orange liqueur. Sit inside the buzzing interior by LA-based Gulla Jonsdottir design group, or take a more relaxed patio seat and soak in the ocean breeze. Either way, it’s like going on a mini vacation without leaving home.

The Cazadores Tequila-exclusive cocktail to order: The Pepino Diablo

It may be the cucumber devil in name only — this variation of a jalapeño marg is balanced and just a tad sweet, thanks to the muddled cucumber and organic agave. We dare say you’ll want a second round of this fiery libation.

Noah Fecks

2. Pink Taco Sunset

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8225 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 380-7474
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You can’t miss the bright pink building on the Sunset Strip. This attention-getting Mexican restaurant cultivates a Day of the Dead vibe inside, while the outdoor patio is ace for warm weather. Brunch impresses with Mexican bread pudding French toast and chilaquiles verdes, while lunch and dinner bring crowd-pleasing guacamole, enchiladas, and tacos — the latter are the highlight of Taco Tuesday specials, which run from 4 p.m. to close. It’s not a party without a drink in hand, so strut your stuff well past nightfall with some Cock Fight margaritas, a tangy mix of Tequila Cazadores Blanco, tangerines, and cucumbers.

3. Mercado

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1416 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 526-7121
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A hopping happy hour at this downtown Santa Monica spot means that tamales, tacos, carnitas nachos, and even scallops come at a big discount — the better to splurge on a top-shelf margarita. The spicy cucumber margarita is a favorite: Centered around Cazadores Blanco tequila, the drink balances the heat of house jalapeño purée and a chipotle salt rim with cooling cucumber. At dinner, choices lean toward elevated classics such as a chile relleno with yellow mole and slow-cooked carnitas.

The Cazadores Tequila-exclusive cocktail to order: The Watermelon Basil Margarita

Craving a refreshing margarita to pair with your tacos? This is the drink to order: This marg combines watermelon juice with Tequila Cazadores Blanco, Aperol, and fresh basil.

Noah Fecks

4. El Compadre

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7408 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-7924
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Hollywood has been the home of family-owned El Compadre since 1975. Effused with Old World charm (red banquettes, clay roofing tiles, wrought-iron lamps, etc.), the dimly lit space seems like the perfect setup for just one more of its famous flaming margaritas. Dive into an enormous enchilada plate or go with the Padrino combo, which stuffs a bit of just about everything on the menu — grilled steak, a beef taco, cheese enchilada, guacamole, and rice and refried beans — onto a plate. And whichever margarita you choose, do make it a flaming one — because why not?

5. Tortilla Republic

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616 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-9888
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This West Hollywood Mexican spot has the recipe for an afternoon or evening out with friends down pat: nachos piled high, a selection of tacos to fit everyone’s taste (vegan and gluten-free included), and, of course, plenty of tequila. Bring everyone together with a house pitcher of margaritas. A well-rounded happy hour menu, including a carnitas taco and drink, runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m., with happy hour drinks available all day Monday.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Jalapeño Margarita

Sure, you could order a pitcher of the classic margs, but why not spice it up? This summer, Tortilla Republic will be serving its signature jalapeño margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado and fresh jalapeños.

Noah Fecks

6. Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

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21743 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 882-3080
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Expect a crowd, especially for dinner on weekends at this lively, family-run restaurant with plenty of deals, including daily happy hours and a popular Taco Tuesday with discounted tacos all day long. A longtime Chatsworth restaurant, this Mexican spot has kept the fiesta going since 1967 with its signature bean dip, combination plates, lots of a la carte options, and plenty of tequilas to sip alone or in a margarita, including multiple options from Cazadores — among them añejo, blanco, and reposado.

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7. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

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155 S Rosemead Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 449-4193
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This Pasadena staple since 1977 hits all the Mexican high notes — with everything from fajitas to seafood enchiladas to molcajete on the menu — and that suits its loyal customer base just fine. For the buffet, come at lunch or for Sunday brunch, or stop by the weekday happy hour. Of course, you won’t want to fill up at Margaritas without getting one to sip on. Frozen, on the rocks, rimmed with salt, dusted with spice, you can have a margarita here many ways. For Taco Tuesday or any day, there’s the Fresca, a refreshing combination of Tequila Cazadores Blanco, orange liqueur, agave, and lime juice.

This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

1. Palmilla Cocina y Tequila

39 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Noah Fecks

A meal at this upscale Mexican eatery on Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza starts not with chips but fresh tortillas, served with honey butter and salsa. As you munch your way through the seafood-leaning menu (lobster tacos are a favorite), do so with a margarita. The Palmilla is a hand-shaken mix of Tequila Cazadores Reposado and homemade agave-fueled sweet and sour mix, topped with orange liqueur. Sit inside the buzzing interior by LA-based Gulla Jonsdottir design group, or take a more relaxed patio seat and soak in the ocean breeze. Either way, it’s like going on a mini vacation without leaving home.

The Cazadores Tequila-exclusive cocktail to order: The Pepino Diablo

It may be the cucumber devil in name only — this variation of a jalapeño marg is balanced and just a tad sweet, thanks to the muddled cucumber and organic agave. We dare say you’ll want a second round of this fiery libation.

39 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

2. Pink Taco Sunset

8225 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

You can’t miss the bright pink building on the Sunset Strip. This attention-getting Mexican restaurant cultivates a Day of the Dead vibe inside, while the outdoor patio is ace for warm weather. Brunch impresses with Mexican bread pudding French toast and chilaquiles verdes, while lunch and dinner bring crowd-pleasing guacamole, enchiladas, and tacos — the latter are the highlight of Taco Tuesday specials, which run from 4 p.m. to close. It’s not a party without a drink in hand, so strut your stuff well past nightfall with some Cock Fight margaritas, a tangy mix of Tequila Cazadores Blanco, tangerines, and cucumbers.

8225 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

3. Mercado

1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Noah Fecks

A hopping happy hour at this downtown Santa Monica spot means that tamales, tacos, carnitas nachos, and even scallops come at a big discount — the better to splurge on a top-shelf margarita. The spicy cucumber margarita is a favorite: Centered around Cazadores Blanco tequila, the drink balances the heat of house jalapeño purée and a chipotle salt rim with cooling cucumber. At dinner, choices lean toward elevated classics such as a chile relleno with yellow mole and slow-cooked carnitas.

The Cazadores Tequila-exclusive cocktail to order: The Watermelon Basil Margarita

Craving a refreshing margarita to pair with your tacos? This is the drink to order: This marg combines watermelon juice with Tequila Cazadores Blanco, Aperol, and fresh basil.

1416 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

4. El Compadre

7408 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Hollywood has been the home of family-owned El Compadre since 1975. Effused with Old World charm (red banquettes, clay roofing tiles, wrought-iron lamps, etc.), the dimly lit space seems like the perfect setup for just one more of its famous flaming margaritas. Dive into an enormous enchilada plate or go with the Padrino combo, which stuffs a bit of just about everything on the menu — grilled steak, a beef taco, cheese enchilada, guacamole, and rice and refried beans — onto a plate. And whichever margarita you choose, do make it a flaming one — because why not?

7408 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. Tortilla Republic

616 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Noah Fecks

This West Hollywood Mexican spot has the recipe for an afternoon or evening out with friends down pat: nachos piled high, a selection of tacos to fit everyone’s taste (vegan and gluten-free included), and, of course, plenty of tequila. Bring everyone together with a house pitcher of margaritas. A well-rounded happy hour menu, including a carnitas taco and drink, runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m., with happy hour drinks available all day Monday.

The Tequila Cazadores-exclusive cocktail to order: The Jalapeño Margarita

Sure, you could order a pitcher of the classic margs, but why not spice it up? This summer, Tortilla Republic will be serving its signature jalapeño margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado and fresh jalapeños.

616 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

21743 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Expect a crowd, especially for dinner on weekends at this lively, family-run restaurant with plenty of deals, including daily happy hours and a popular Taco Tuesday with discounted tacos all day long. A longtime Chatsworth restaurant, this Mexican spot has kept the fiesta going since 1967 with its signature bean dip, combination plates, lots of a la carte options, and plenty of tequilas to sip alone or in a margarita, including multiple options from Cazadores — among them añejo, blanco, and reposado.

21743 Devonshire St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

7. Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

155 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

This Pasadena staple since 1977 hits all the Mexican high notes — with everything from fajitas to seafood enchiladas to molcajete on the menu — and that suits its loyal customer base just fine. For the buffet, come at lunch or for Sunday brunch, or stop by the weekday happy hour. Of course, you won’t want to fill up at Margaritas without getting one to sip on. Frozen, on the rocks, rimmed with salt, dusted with spice, you can have a margarita here many ways. For Taco Tuesday or any day, there’s the Fresca, a refreshing combination of Tequila Cazadores Blanco, orange liqueur, agave, and lime juice.

155 S Rosemead Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

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