Start the weekend early since  it’s Cinco de Mayo on Thursday!  It’s an all out festive party at Baja cantina starting at 11 until close.  There’s a  large outdoor patio (with heatlamps) and lots of cerveza and margaritas! They have happy hour drink and food specials from 4-6/7; check with your server for details… 311 Washington Blvd. ( steps from the canals)

Speaking of Happy Hour, check out these  fabulous Venice hangouts for specials on food and drinks:

Figtree’s Cafe –  right on the boardwalk, 2 blocks south of Rose Ave., known for their delish and healthy cuisine; from 4pm til close Happy Hour starts here! $4 sangria and wine and $3 beers plus food specials. The sangria is tasty and refreshing! This is also a  great place for  live music and art on the 3rd Thursday of the month for the Venice art Crawl from  approximately 7-11pm. PS – now you can also order their food online with free delivery!

Danny’s Venice – steps from the boardwalk on Windward Ave. Happy Hour drink specials from 4-7 on beer and wine, plus appetizers while you enjoy  a Laker’s game on the flat screen tv’s or enjoy the live music on weed, fri and sat. nights absolutely free! You will be treated to the sultry sounds of songstress Suzy Williams on the 2nd Wednesday each month, with up and coming Suzy protege, Miss Jessica and the Sugar Shack Attack on the first Wednesday!

Canal Club –  a longtime Venice fave known for their sushi happy hour from 4-7 featuring  sushi and Japanese/Mexican fusion dishes for $4 on the average; i  like the spicy tuna!  $5 drink specials on the mini mojito (be careful, they pack a punch!) and house margaritas right on Venice Blvd., the block at the beach.

First Friday / 1st Friday continues this wave of festivity!  The fpocus for this month is at the south end of  Abbot Kinney, just west of Venice Blvd. (See previous posts for addresses and other spots to check out.) Zingara and Robin’s Sculpture Garden are  2  spots where locals go to  for thisf ree monthly event. Robin’s really is a wonderful garden featuring the sculptures of local artist, Robin Murez, while Zingara has women’s and kids clothing, jewelry and accessories.

Check out the back patio for some ‘mores  and good company; it’s a family friendly place. Secret- sale on Saturday! Stop to eat healthy and delicious  food at Lemonade, at the corner of Venice. The seared ahi is amazing; you can order that with one of their many fresh salads and of course, a lemonade. They even have a watermelon lemonade. yummy and reasonably priced!

Saturday brings an art opening at new art gallery, Marine Contemporary on 1733 Abbot Kinney, just south of Venice Blvd. from 6-9pm with an art collective from Glasgow, Scotland.

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