Los Angeles' 'El Carmen,' The City's Premier Tequila Destination, Celebrates Mexican Independence Day with September 15th Event

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El Carmen's September 15th Event Features Food/Drink Specials and Mariachis

We are a neighborhood bar that has been here for 15 years. Mexican Independence Day is a time for celebration, and we wanted this day to be special for our friends and neighbors.

Los Angeles’ premier tequila destination, El Carmen, is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a Wednesday, September 15th event, from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM. This event will feature live Mariachis from 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM and food and drink specials all night long, including El Carmen’s famous Classic Margaritas ($4.00 each!).

The September 15th event precedes El Carmen’s quinceañera in November, which marks the third of Sean MacPherson’s Los Angeles venues celebrating a 15th birthday in the past year. In November, El Carmen will join its sister locations, Jones Hollywood and Good Luck Bar, who celebrated their 15th anniversaries in the fall of 2009.

When MacPherson opened El Carmen in 1995, the venue was a pioneer on Los Angeles’ agave front. El Carmen, which currently houses more than 400 tequilas and mezcals, was one of the first true, tequila joints in Los Angeles and would become a frontrunner to the spirit-specific bar scene that has since followed suit. In addition to its under-the-radar happy hour, officially called "Hora de Fiesta", El Carmen hosts quarterly tequila tastings led by some of the tequila world’s top authorities and mixologists.

MacPherson’s El Carmen, popular for its Mexican-wrestler themed decor and dark, romantic tone, was originally established in 1927 as a small, family-run Mexican restaurant. It wasn’t until MacPherson bought the restaurant and worked his nightlife-and hospitality-impresario-magic on the intimate space that it began to attract a mix of local Angelenos and tourists alike, making it a drinking and dining destination. The tiny Los Angeles cantina sits conveniently nestled between the city’s famous Farmers’ Market to the east and the Beverly Center mall and its neighboring mega-hotels to the west.

El Carmen’s cocktail and dining menus are ever-evolving. The bar has recently created new margaritas to rival their consistently-popular “Spicy Margarita,” including the “Cucumber Mint,” the “Cilantro Ginger” and the “Mariposa” (El Jimador Tequila, St. Germain, lime, cranberry and mint). The drinks are not the only entity that rules at El Carmen; the venue is also frequently noted as having some of the freshest-tasting Mexican fare in all of Los Angeles, including a recent win for “Best Nachos” from LA Weekly (http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/food-fight/nacho-battle-bar-carmen-south/).

Some of Los Angeles’ top chefs have spilled their secret spot for tasty Mexican food as well as for laid-back, late-night socializing. In a September 2009 article in Food & Wine magazine, titled “Chefs’ Top Cheap Eats,” Chef John Cuevas of the Montage Beverly Hills, dished that El Carmen was his pick for “…amazingly fresh and simple Mexican food.” And in a July 2008 Food & Wine article, celebrity chef and “Top Chef” head judge, Chef Tom Colicchio, lauded El Carmen’s nightlife atmosphere in an article appropriately titled “Tom Colicchio Judges L.A.’s Nightlife.”

“Sean wanted El Carmen to feel ‘as if you walked into some little bar in Tijuana that never existed,'” says Megan Graham, El Carmen’s General Manager. “We are a neighborhood bar that has been here for 15 years. Mexican Independence Day is a time for celebration, and we wanted this day to be special for our friends and neighbors.”

El Carmen is located at 8138 West 3rd Street (between La Jolla Avenue and Kilkea Drive), Los Angeles, CA 90048. Valet parking is available. El Carmen is open Monday through Friday, from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM; and Saturday and Sunday, from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM. El Carmen's "Hora de Fiesta" runs Monday through Friday, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For more information about the venue, the quarterly tequila tastings, or the September 15th event, please call El Carmen at 323.852.1552.

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