Tacos, margaritas and tequila shots. Yep, this Thursday is Cinco de Mayo and to celebrate, these Sydney’s favourite Mexican restaurants are blowing your average Thursday afternoon right out of the water. Taco Tuesday, eat your heart out!
CBD and Miranda
Opening their doors at 12pm, Mejico CBD and Miranda is kicking off their Cinco de Mayo celebrations early this year. Serving up $5 tacos and $10 classic margaritas for lunch, there will also be sombreros and maracas available to get you in the Mexican mood. This isn’t the place for quiet lunchtime meeting, but instead it’s the perfect spot for a long-lunch-turned-dinner kind of afternoon. All of Mejico’s tacos are made in house and with only the freshest ingredients so you won’t suffer from that processed carb induced haze. They also go perfectly with Mejico's special Cinco de Mayo Cocktail– a Cadillac Margarita (in house aged Herradura Plata and Grand Marnier in a herradura sherry cask with lemon, lime and ruby grapefruit).
A chilli eating competition is happening at El Topo this Thursday from 7.30pm and the rules are simple. Each and every chilli must be eaten down to the stalk. Each chilli eating round will be 30 seconds long and if you spit, regurgitate or take a sip of the handy glass of milk sitting beside you, you’re out. Wait, what’s the point of this thing again? Oh yeah, bragging rights and a $250 voucher for The Eastern. But, for those of us who aren’t crazy, the bars will be open, all of your favourite menu items will be available and a Mexican mariachi band will set the Cinco de Mayo theme quite nicely. Signing up for the chilli-fest ahead of time is necessary, so head to their website for all of those details.
Prepare your stomachs for this Thursday people. The crazy kids over at Mad Mex think it’s a fab idea to see you poor, sweet souls tackle a 1kg burrito in exchange for an authentic Mexican wrestling mask. Available from 2nd May until 5th June, we recommend that you mentally prepare yourself for this double-sized burrito. There are four masks up for grabs, so if you’re feeling super keen, why not shoot for all of the masks? Just maybe not on the same day, mmmkay?
In true Cinco de Mayo fashion, SoCal are marking the date this year with buckets of four Coronas ($25) and Tommy’s Margaritas ($10) along with their legendary game of Taco Roulette. The rules of Taco Roulette are as follows—round up your amigos, order a plate of four tacos ($16) and run the risk of landing the super-duper-blow-your-head-off-hot taco. If you aren’t much of a gambler you can stick with the baja fish tacos ($4) or Sriracha chicken and pork al pastor quesadillas ($12).
El Loco Slip Inn & Excelsior
Sibling venues El Loco Slip Inn and El Loco Excelsior are celebrating Cinco de Mayo over three fiesta filled days, from Thursday 5th May until Saturday 7th May. It’s nacho average fiesta with DJs on hand to help you dance the night away and a menu makeover featuring specialty Mexican burgers and matching margaritas. And because El Loco Excelsior just can’t help themselves, they have decided to keep the party going right through to Sunday.
There are all kinds of Cinco de Mayo specials happening at Barrio Cellar this Thursday from 4pm. Live DJs will be lighting up the dance floor, but if you need a little bit of persuasion to get down, El Jimador Reposado tequila shots are free (when you order four – gotcha!). For a gentler introduction in to the evening, there’ll be $5 Sangria and Mexican beer on tap available all night. When you think of Mexican food, what comes to mind? Tacos! And paying homage to the motherland, tacos are the main culinary event at Barrio Cellar (buy four get one free). And since five is always better than four, it would be rude not to order a round (or two) for you and your mates.
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