5 Dog-Friendly Mexican Restaurants & Bars in LA

There are very, very few downsides to having a dog in your life. One of them, however, can be having to leave your best friend at home when heading out for a meal or drink with friends. Why should you have to choose between a night out and a night with your pup? We certainly don’t want to. Thankfully, more and more restaurants are becoming dog-friendly, so you don’t have to make that choice.

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Dog-Friendly Mexican Restaurants & Bars in LA

The city of angels is one of the best cities in the country for pups, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of dog-friendly bars and restaurants in Los Angeles. It’s also home to some of the best Mexican food and culture in the US. For a dog friendly Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles, you’re going to want to bookmark these spots: 

1. Yxta Cocina (Downtown)

Yxta Cocina is one of the premiere Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, with award-winning food and incredible cocktails. This is a great place to grab dinner and a drink on Cinco de Mayo, but you’ll probably want to get there early as it’s popular and doesn’t stay open too late. But trust us: the food won’t let you down, and your pup will have a great time joining you and your friends.

2. Idle Hour (North Hollywood)

As soon as you arrive at Idle Hour you’ll know you’re in a place meant for dogs: the bar has an enormous statue of a bulldog out front. But that’s only the start of why we recommend it: Idle Hour has an extensive and glorious beer and cocktail menu, as well as some tremendous food options. Idle Hour has a 1940s feel, great live music, and a wonderful patio out back, where you’re likely to find a few other people who brought their pooch. Good times are to be had by all!

3. Loteria Grill (The Farmer’s Market, Beverly Grove)

The Farmer’s Market is one of the most popular places in Los Angeles. The open market features countless vendors and purveyors of fine and fun food, as well as numerous restaurants. Fun shopping and window-shopping is right next door at The Grove, making the spot a perfect place to spend a free day. Because everything at The Farmer’s Market is outdoors, dogs are always welcome, and always present. Your dog will have a fabulous time meeting other dogs, taking in the many wafting scents of cooking food, and people watching with the best of them. If you’re there to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles, make sure to grab some of the divine tacos at Loteria Grill.

4. Te’Kila (Hollywood)

Te’Kila is exactly what it sounds like: a bar with more tequila than you can imagine. And that’s a wonderful thing, especially on Cinco de Mayo. Thankfully, Te’Kila is also one of the most dog-friendly bars in Los Angeles, so it’s the perfect Cinco de Mayo treat. Enjoy their extensive tequila menu, varied dishes, and let your pup partake in all of it.

5. Guisados (Echo Park)

Guisados is a staple of Mexican cuisine in LA, making it one of the best places to spend a Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles. Their tacos are nothing short of legendary in Southern California, and the absolutely perfect meal on a hot spring day. Guisados has locations in Downtown, West Hollywood, Burbank, and Boyle Heights, and they’re all dog friendly! However, Echo Park is their best spot for a pup, as you can follow up your tacos with a lovely walk around the lake.

However you and your pup choose to spend the day, those tacos and Coronas will taste a whole lot better with your best friend right by your side. Which dog-friendly bar or restaurant in Los Angeles are you heading to today?


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Author: bradyklopfer

Brady Klopfer is a freelance writer, editor, and dog lover. He was born and raised in Mendocino, attended Whitman College, and now soaks in the sun in Los Angeles, where he does film acting and screenwriting, and spends time at Runyon Canyon petting strangers’ dogs and having his face licked.

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