El Carmen

★★★★★
Black velvet paintings and over 300 types of tequila--but you don't need a passport to get into this bar.
  • 8138 W Third St

    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Cross street: Crescent Heights Boulevard

    Map & Directions
  • 323-852-1552

About El Carmen

Hours
Mon-Fri 5pm-2am Sat-Sun 7pm-2am

Food

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This place is one of my favorite spots in LA. El Carmen is an unassuming tequila bar/restaurant tucked away on 3rd st. in the Mid-City West area. The entrance is just a

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This place is one of my favorite spots in LA. El Carmen is an unassuming tequila bar/restaurant tucked away on 3rd st. in the Mid-City West area. The entrance is just a

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if you're looking for tequila, look no further. this place has got it. i like the red vibe in this place- it's kinda sexy. i've taken a lot of dates here cuz its easy to get romantic at the bar (if you can get a spot). actually the

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if you're looking for tequila, look no further. this place has got it. i like the red vibe in this place- it's kinda sexy. i've taken a lot of dates here cuz its easy to get romantic at the bar (if you can get a spot). actually the

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I love the place....the crowd is always great, the drinks are great....BUT the older blonde female bartender seems unhappy all the time and has the worst attitude, she kind of ruins the vibe which is terrible. I still go there often since

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I love the place....the crowd is always great, the drinks are great....BUT the older blonde female bartender seems unhappy all the time and has the worst attitude, she kind of ruins the vibe which is terrible. I still go there often since

Pros: Great crowd and atmosphere

Cons: The blonde female bartender/raw sewage

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Had a drink here on Friday night. $10 for a margarita on the rocks. It was mostly rocks with very little tequila. And it comes in a small glass. The bartender chick was pretty worthless when it came to service. Stick with the beer and

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Had a drink here on Friday night. $10 for a margarita on the rocks. It was mostly rocks with very little tequila. And it comes in a small glass. The bartender chick was pretty worthless when it came to service. Stick with the beer and

Pros: Location

Cons: Service with an attitude

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Dug this place for years, never fails to deliver on food, ambiance and of course, drinks. Great crowd too.\r
Happy hour has some nice offerings and attracted a good size crowd, even on a weekday. Bonus, a few blocks from The Grove, so

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Dug this place for years, never fails to deliver on food, ambiance and of course, drinks. Great crowd too.\r
Happy hour has some nice offerings and attracted a good size crowd, even on a weekday. Bonus, a few blocks from The Grove, so

Pros: Kinda loving all of it

Cons: Parking

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My co-workers and I went to El Carmen last night for Happy Hour, most of us for the first time. I really liked it, although it's a cozy place with no outdoor, you quickly warm up to the place because of its pros. Mexican theme, great

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My co-workers and I went to El Carmen last night for Happy Hour, most of us for the first time. I really liked it, although it's a cozy place with no outdoor, you quickly warm up to the place because of its pros. Mexican theme, great

Pros: Great Service, thanks to Idalia, our waitress

Cons: No Outdoor

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After work my co worker and I went for Happy Hour let just say we had a great time. Idalia the cool waitress told me to try a watermelon margarita it was grrrreat. Oh my the Tequila Shrimp were amazing but the Apple Fritter A la mode was

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After work my co worker and I went for Happy Hour let just say we had a great time. Idalia the cool waitress told me to try a watermelon margarita it was grrrreat. Oh my the Tequila Shrimp were amazing but the Apple Fritter A la mode was

Pros: watermelon margarita Tequila Shrimp

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So we went to this place for some coworkers. The place looks kinda small from the outsite, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Wrestlers are looking over you in this hot spot, with great ambience. The best part was the Cactus Fruit

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So we went to this place for some coworkers. The place looks kinda small from the outsite, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Wrestlers are looking over you in this hot spot, with great ambience. The best part was the Cactus Fruit

Pros: Great drinks, food, staff

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Went last night after work for happy hour and let me tell ya we had a blast. The drinks were very tasty "watermelon margarita" on the rocks my fave as recommended by our cool waitress Idalia. The Tequila Shrimp didn't even touch down on

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Went last night after work for happy hour and let me tell ya we had a blast. The drinks were very tasty "watermelon margarita" on the rocks my fave as recommended by our cool waitress Idalia. The Tequila Shrimp didn't even touch down on

Pros: Tequila Shrimp & Apple Fritter are CRACK-O-LICIOUS!

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El Carmen is one of those bars that just makes you happy. With the bold and funky decor of black velvet paintings, wrestler masks, Mexi-comic wallpaper, and illegal Vietnamese snake bottles, El Carmen gives so much in such a small

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El Carmen is one of those bars that just makes you happy. With the bold and funky decor of black velvet paintings, wrestler masks, Mexi-comic wallpaper, and illegal Vietnamese snake bottles, El Carmen gives so much in such a small

Pros: Infused Tequila, specialty drinks, simple yet amazing food.

Cons: seating is limited

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The cactus fruit margarita is amazing! The guava is yummy too. I always have my friends try a shot of the Fusion... it's tequila marinated in pineapple. Although it's frequented by the Hollywood-type, I like El Carmen for it's

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The cactus fruit margarita is amazing! The guava is yummy too. I always have my friends try a shot of the Fusion... it's tequila marinated in pineapple. Although it's frequented by the Hollywood-type, I like El Carmen for it's

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Indefinite list of tequila. All the drinks are great and strong. They offer a great appetizer menu?the potato flautas are good. Overall it's a great place to hang out and relax. Valet parking is available.

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Indefinite list of tequila. All the drinks are great and strong. They offer a great appetizer menu?the potato flautas are good. Overall it's a great place to hang out and relax. Valet parking is available.

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I went here two years ago for Cinco De Mayo and had the best time. The highlight of the night ,were the large Margaritas!\r
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However, I was a bit disappointed this year. They no longer have the large Margaritas. That was the main

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I went here two years ago for Cinco De Mayo and had the best time. The highlight of the night ,were the large Margaritas!\r
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However, I was a bit disappointed this year. They no longer have the large Margaritas. That was the main

Pros: Music, drinks, food and AMBIENCE

Cons: Girl Bartender had an attitude

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If you are in the mood for good tequila, then your looking around is over. They have a menu dedicated to tequila. Also serves tacos til the late night. Small venue but worth it.

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If you are in the mood for good tequila, then your looking around is over. They have a menu dedicated to tequila. Also serves tacos til the late night. Small venue but worth it.

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New to the neighborhood, and am definitely making this my place. Friendly, competent bartenders make a strong drink - all of which are very good. Some of the best margaritas in LA, and there's innumerable tequilas to sample. And whoever

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New to the neighborhood, and am definitely making this my place. Friendly, competent bartenders make a strong drink - all of which are very good. Some of the best margaritas in LA, and there's innumerable tequilas to sample. And whoever

Pros: Great drinks, atmosphere, food

Cons: Arrogant 3rd St. crowd

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Don't eat here, but definitely head over after dinner at dougboy's for the best margarita in LA and a perfect jukebox crowd.

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Don't eat here, but definitely head over after dinner at dougboy's for the best margarita in LA and a perfect jukebox crowd.

Pros: Margaritas, jukebox

Cons: food, parking

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I've been going to El Carmen consistently for about 2 years now, and have come to the conclusion that it is my favorite drinking spot in LA. Not only is the atmosphere and decor awesome (good music, slightly trendy but still laid-back

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I've been going to El Carmen consistently for about 2 years now, and have come to the conclusion that it is my favorite drinking spot in LA. Not only is the atmosphere and decor awesome (good music, slightly trendy but still laid-back

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If you like your margaritas blended/frozen, this is the place to go. Seriously. Very seriously. It's as if they use a smoothie machine. The perfect consistency, deeelicious flavor! Mmm, I want one now. Happy hour weekdays 5-7 is beyond

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If you like your margaritas blended/frozen, this is the place to go. Seriously. Very seriously. It's as if they use a smoothie machine. The perfect consistency, deeelicious flavor! Mmm, I want one now. Happy hour weekdays 5-7 is beyond

Pros: Best Margaritas!!

Cons: Parking can be tricky around 3rd ... Get a cab if you're drinking more than 1

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Not only do they have the best margaritas, but the food is AWESOME!! The food to me is authentic.. unlike the person below me stated. Tacos are a la carte and not served with tons of fillers like non-authentic places serve them. Their

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Not only do they have the best margaritas, but the food is AWESOME!! The food to me is authentic.. unlike the person below me stated. Tacos are a la carte and not served with tons of fillers like non-authentic places serve them. Their

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They have the best drinks! The cactus fruit margarita is one of the best margaritas I've ever had. You should definitely try it. The food is horrible and it is NOT authentic like the person below me stated, but after a couple of drinks you

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They have the best drinks! The cactus fruit margarita is one of the best margaritas I've ever had. You should definitely try it. The food is horrible and it is NOT authentic like the person below me stated, but after a couple of drinks you

Pros: Margaritas are great and they have over 300 types of tequilas.

Cons: The food is horrible and overpriced

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This is my favorite place to go with the girls, or on dates. The decor is awesome and it's very dark and sultry. Their margaritas don't give me headache the next day, the staff is genuinely friendly and the food is authentic Mexican at a

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This is my favorite place to go with the girls, or on dates. The decor is awesome and it's very dark and sultry. Their margaritas don't give me headache the next day, the staff is genuinely friendly and the food is authentic Mexican at a

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Very solid margaritas...huge tequila selection, other than that it is nothing special but I guess it's a fun spot if you are kicking it on third street.

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Very solid margaritas...huge tequila selection, other than that it is nothing special but I guess it's a fun spot if you are kicking it on third street.

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about every second or third time i come in the bartendars buy me a shot!! recommend eating a taco if your drinking they are strong...the whole place has a better feel, I have been coming to El Carmen for 10 yrs and about a year ago i

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about every second or third time i come in the bartendars buy me a shot!! recommend eating a taco if your drinking they are strong...the whole place has a better feel, I have been coming to El Carmen for 10 yrs and about a year ago i

Pros: you get a free shot just about everytime u come, food is great, strong drinks

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Like I said, when i dipped into the gaucamole with my homemade-style tortilla chips, it was like that moment my chip was created for.. a kitchy little Tequila Bar, (that does'nt mind if you order a shot of Jack), with "Mexican Pulp Film"

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Like I said, when i dipped into the gaucamole with my homemade-style tortilla chips, it was like that moment my chip was created for.. a kitchy little Tequila Bar, (that does'nt mind if you order a shot of Jack), with "Mexican Pulp Film"

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I'm out and about a lot in L.A. Stopped by after a hiatus for a cocktail. not what it used to be. stragglers pre or post little door may enjoy, but this once-hot tequila stop is not so much anymore...

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I'm out and about a lot in L.A. Stopped by after a hiatus for a cocktail. not what it used to be. stragglers pre or post little door may enjoy, but this once-hot tequila stop is not so much anymore...

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The decor is very cool but the service is absolute crap. I heard all this "this is where the beautiful people go" stuff and found that there were two beautiful people in the bar...me and the girl I was with. I tried the pineapple infused

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The decor is very cool but the service is absolute crap. I heard all this "this is where the beautiful people go" stuff and found that there were two beautiful people in the bar...me and the girl I was with. I tried the pineapple infused

Pros: Decor, Variety

Cons: Service, Price

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If you want a margarita, you probably should stop wasting your time at chain Mexican restaurants or bars filled with "well"tequila. Instead, come here, where there are zillions of tequilas and mezcals for your sampling pleasure. Prices vary a great deal, of course, but their "house" margarita made with Patron Plata will only set you back about ten bucks and it's pretty large. Their menu is limited, since the focus is all on the tequila, but it's affordable and pretty good.

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If you want a margarita, you probably should stop wasting your time at chain Mexican restaurants or bars filled with "well"tequila. Instead, come here, where there are zillions of tequilas and mezcals for your sampling pleasure. Prices vary a great deal, of course, but their "house" margarita made with Patron Plata will only set you back about ten bucks and it's pretty large. Their menu is limited, since the focus is all on the tequila, but it's affordable and pretty good.

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Very unique, very fun. First timer, talked finer points of tequila with the very knowledgable and personable bartender. They know what their doin here!!! After wading thru the colossal tequila menu, had the 'tender suggest some new brands

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Very unique, very fun. First timer, talked finer points of tequila with the very knowledgable and personable bartender. They know what their doin here!!! After wading thru the colossal tequila menu, had the 'tender suggest some new brands

Pros: margaritas, service, food

Cons: Parking, can be crowded

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Great bar, with a small but tasty taco menu. They have hundreds of tequilas, a fantastic "mexito" (mojito with tequila) and of course, great margaritas. The decor is awesome -- old latin b movie posters, paintings of mexican wrestlers, big fans, etc.

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Great bar, with a small but tasty taco menu. They have hundreds of tequilas, a fantastic "mexito" (mojito with tequila) and of course, great margaritas. The decor is awesome -- old latin b movie posters, paintings of mexican wrestlers, big fans, etc.

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This place is worth checking out... I like the decor and feel of the room. I thought the prices and food were decent. They had a DJ on Sunday spinning a good mix of 80's dance tunes. Bartenders seemed pretty cool...no attitude and helpful.

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This place is worth checking out... I like the decor and feel of the room. I thought the prices and food were decent. They had a DJ on Sunday spinning a good mix of 80's dance tunes. Bartenders seemed pretty cool...no attitude and helpful.

Pros: cool room, good tunes

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I must say that El Carmen is one of the strangest experiences I've ever had on the Westside. Ordered a margarita, which was weak, but also tasted watered down (literally). I switched it out for a mexijita which was refreshing. We ordered

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I must say that El Carmen is one of the strangest experiences I've ever had on the Westside. Ordered a margarita, which was weak, but also tasted watered down (literally). I switched it out for a mexijita which was refreshing. We ordered

Pros: Atmosphere, Tequila Menu, Location

Cons: , Service, Price

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Great drinks, wonderful food and a cool crowd. Hurry before it gets played out!

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Great drinks, wonderful food and a cool crowd. Hurry before it gets played out!

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I haven't been to El Carmen for a couple of years, but I stopped in last Friday and had a blast! The fresh fruit margaritas were great. The juke box is rocking, the staff is a lot of fun and the croud is pretty sexy. I saw another review

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I haven't been to El Carmen for a couple of years, but I stopped in last Friday and had a blast! The fresh fruit margaritas were great. The juke box is rocking, the staff is a lot of fun and the croud is pretty sexy. I saw another review

Pros: fun, good drinks, great music

Cons: a little crouded

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you've heard it here - you can easily drink your way deep past your pockets at el carmen if you don't watch it. i'd almost say it's worth it though - kick-butt margaritas. tho i don't know much about tequila, there are plenty to make the

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you've heard it here - you can easily drink your way deep past your pockets at el carmen if you don't watch it. i'd almost say it's worth it though - kick-butt margaritas. tho i don't know much about tequila, there are plenty to make the

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This is where my and my girlfriends go for a real margarita. This place is also great for social interaction if you know what I mean.

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This is where my and my girlfriends go for a real margarita. This place is also great for social interaction if you know what I mean.

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i am yet to go there for the food, but the ambiance is wonderful. just what you'd want from a sit and gurgle. it's loud for the ears, for the eyes, and for the belly. the plethora of tequila is exciting, but for those who do not know where

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i am yet to go there for the food, but the ambiance is wonderful. just what you'd want from a sit and gurgle. it's loud for the ears, for the eyes, and for the belly. the plethora of tequila is exciting, but for those who do not know where

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This place was cool. Didnt get to eat, just showed up for some cocktails...which were AWESOME. You have to try the Mango Margarita.

Cool crowd, fun atmosphere. Definately will go back.

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This place was cool. Didnt get to eat, just showed up for some cocktails...which were AWESOME. You have to try the Mango Margarita.

Cool crowd, fun atmosphere. Definately will go back.

Pros: Great Drinks, Fun Crows, Cool Atmosphere

Cons: Service a little slow

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Good vegetarian stuff..like..potato or portobello mushroom tacos..but I really go there for the wrestling Ed Pashke like decor and the Margaritas. the big jar of pickled eggs is a nice touch.

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Good vegetarian stuff..like..potato or portobello mushroom tacos..but I really go there for the wrestling Ed Pashke like decor and the Margaritas. the big jar of pickled eggs is a nice touch.

Pros: good veggie stuff, great margaritas

Cons: so crowded on Sat.

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My margarita was $14. That's all I've got to say. The place looks nice and my tacos was fantastic, but you can really run up a tab fast in this place. Good for special occassions or a drink after work but you don't want to be a regular

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My margarita was $14. That's all I've got to say. The place looks nice and my tacos was fantastic, but you can really run up a tab fast in this place. Good for special occassions or a drink after work but you don't want to be a regular

Pros: Decor, Variety

Cons: Prices, Customers

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Great place to hang out with a large group. Consider this your warning that the bill can go up pretty quickly and if you don't eat, be prepared to spend the night standing. They have many different types of tequilas and friendly service.

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Great place to hang out with a large group. Consider this your warning that the bill can go up pretty quickly and if you don't eat, be prepared to spend the night standing. They have many different types of tequilas and friendly service.

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This place serves up some good tequilas and margaritas. This place can get crowded (it's a small place), but at least the people here are good looking and without the attitude. The color, decor, and the atmosphere throws off a warm

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This place serves up some good tequilas and margaritas. This place can get crowded (it's a small place), but at least the people here are good looking and without the attitude. The color, decor, and the atmosphere throws off a warm

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Great atmosphere and a fine selection of tequilas (300 or so). Food is good and affordable and just a little attitude served on the side from the servers. The bartender is wonderfully surly and more than happy to make you a great

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Great atmosphere and a fine selection of tequilas (300 or so). Food is good and affordable and just a little attitude served on the side from the servers. The bartender is wonderfully surly and more than happy to make you a great

Pros: Cool atmosphere, Tasty Margaritas

Cons: So So Service, Pricey

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El Carmen is a great place to start an evening, presuming you get there early. The hotspot tends to fill up quickly and seating can easily bring about a mild case of claustrophobia. Be sure to order a margarita and I highly recommend

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El Carmen is a great place to start an evening, presuming you get there early. The hotspot tends to fill up quickly and seating can easily bring about a mild case of claustrophobia. Be sure to order a margarita and I highly recommend

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el carmen has a great atmosphere, great margaritas, but very expensive. but it's a great place to start or end an evening w/ friends

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el carmen has a great atmosphere, great margaritas, but very expensive. but it's a great place to start or end an evening w/ friends

Pros: great drinks, great atmosphere

Cons: too expensive

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This Tijuana tequila and taco bar is a longtime favorite among the L.A. hip. Decorated with deep red walls, dark woods, colorful (though dim) lanterns and traditional Mexican wrestling masks, the atmosphere is definitely unique, oddly…

 

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