Just because Tuesdays tend to be an off-night for going out doesn’t mean that they have to be! I know, I know - working all day can really take it out of you, and for some, staying in, having dinner delivered, and watching HBO sounds perfect. But for the rest of us, a fun happy hour can really help take the edge off. For that reason, Taco Tuesdays proves to be an ideal way to spend a Tuesday evening.
Many Mexican restaurants in the L.A. area have a Taco Tuesday special—cheap tacos, discounted drinks, and an upbeat atmosphere. Because of the extremely reasonable prices, these deals are primarily offered during the typical happy hour time, but the exact times depend on the venue. These early hours are convenient for those who work full-time and embrace both a few hours out on the town to unwind after a long day as well as a good night’s sleep. On the other hand, because the places that offer Taco Tuesday specials tend to be part restaurant and part bar, it’s easy to stay out and keep the night going if you wish to do so.
Here is a little bit about my favorite Taco Tuesdays around L.A. Those lazy weeknights-in can now become a thing of your past!
21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Located in the beautiful city of Malibu, Duke’s offers a simple and low-key Taco Tuesday special. From 4-9:30pm, customers can order their famous fish tacos for only $2.50, in addition to the beer of the week discounted for $3.
If you’re looking for a breathtaking location to enjoy dinner with some friends, Duke’s is the place to go. However, Tuesday evenings tend to be very busy—the restaurant/bar is bustling with Malibu locals of all ages—so I recommend you arrive early to avoid missing out.
If you’re looking to continue your night out after dinner, head further down the PCH to Moonshadows, a more mellow lounge in the area. For a little more excitement, head to Main Street in Santa Monica, which is packed with bars and pubs, one of which is sure to be to your liking.
El Guapo Cantina
7250 Melrose Ave
There’s a bit more going on at El Guapo Cantina: loud top 40 music, sporting events airing on several TVs, a younger crowd, and beer pong. However, enjoying a one-on-one or small group dinner isn’t out of the question. What’s really great about El Guapo is their prices; For only $1, you have your choice of hard or soft shell chicken, beef, or carnitas tacos. And, either for your table or for a game of pong, Natty Light is sold by the pint for $4 or by the pitcher for $12.
The atmosphere is lively and edgy, making it a great place to go with a group of friends. There is enough going on at this cantina to make spending your entire night here a definite option. If you get antsy though, the Sunset Strip isn’t far and we all know there’s always fun to be found there.
8301 W Sunset Blvd
I personally believe that Cabo Cantina’s Taco Tuesday takes the cake. Their locations, prices, and vibe make it the ideal place to spend your Tuesday evening. Chicken, ground beef, carne asada, and veggie tacos are all-you-can-eat for $4.95, and are served with a side of rice and beans. As if that wasn’t good enough, drinks are 2 for 1 between 4 and 8pm.
Cabo Cantina is always packed. It caters to a younger crowd, primarily those in their 20s, and it’s a great place to spend a night with friends or meet new people. It’s casual, loud, and spunky atmosphere really make this place what it is. If you’re looking to combine dinner and partying in one package, Cabo Cantina is your best bet!
With locations on the Sunset Strip, 3rd Street Promenade, and in Venice and Brentwood, there are tons of places to head out to afterwards – that is if you want to leave!