Cinco de Mayo (literally 5th May), is a celebration held annually to mark the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla against the French on 5 May 1862. These days, the celebrations have spread all over the world, with plenty of places using it as an excuse to don sombreros and let the tequila loose. Here are the best Cinco de Mayo 2019 events in London.
Special Cinco de Mayo cocktail at TT Liquor, Shoreditch (1-6 May)
The intimate Cellar Bar at TT Liquor adds a limited edition Cinco de Mayo cocktail to its menu. The Eighth Battalion is a blend of small batch, traditionally made Tequila Ocho, cacao infused triple sec, lime, ancho chilli, and hibiscus infused pomegranate. It’ll set you back £6 a glass, and is only available 1-6 May 2019.
Cinco de Mayo at MNKY HSE, Mayfair (3 May)
Upmarket Latin American restaurant MNKY HSE hosts a special Cinco de Mayo dinner, albeit a couple of days early. A live mariachi band serenades diners as they tuck into five specially created courses, including MNKY fajitas, decadent nachos and a piñata dessert. Three different margaritas are available and piñatas are dotted around the restaurant to get stuck into after the meal. Book a table in advance
Trump piñata party at Queen of Hoxton (5 May)
East London part venue Queen of Hoxton opens its Mexican themed summer rooftop on 2 May, and christens it with a Cinco de Mayo party this weekend. Sure there are Mexican wrestlers, a mariachi band, tacos, cocktails and Mexican burgers, but there are also Donald Trump piñatas. Help out with making them in a piñata workshop, before smashing them up at the end of the evening.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Barts, Chelsea (5 May)
Speakeasy bar Barts teams up with booze brand Patron Tequila for a fiesta with plenty of kick, and three limited edition cocktails. Rummage around in the venue’s dressing up box for a sombrero, before downing a shot of Sangria and taking to the dance floor for a spot of salsa. A piñata also makes an appearance. How smashing.
Cinco de Mayo bank holiday brunch at Gaucho Piccadilly (5 May)
Argentinian restaurant Gaucho Piccadilly hosts a bank holiday brunch, headed up by tequila and mezcal brand Casamigos (that’s the one co-founded by George Clooney, FYI). Tuck into Latin American inspired dishes including steak and eggs and the choripan sandwich (chorizo chimichurri mayo, and crispy onion). Bottomless dishes and drinks are available for 90 minutes.
Copita Club at Oriole, Farringdon
The Casamigos brand also makes a special appearance at Oriole, a well-hidden bar by the team behind Nightjar. Sample the mezcal in margaritas, sangritas and traditional copitas, and choose between table service in the lounge area, or opt for a standing ticket and spend your night on the dancefloor. Music comes courtesy of the Voodoo Love Orchestra, who evoke 1960s Latin America, and DJ Dom Servini.
Cinco de Mayo at Pop Brixton (5 May)
Shipping container village Pop Brixton celebrates with a Mexican themed party. All-female mariachi band Las Guadalupes make an appearance, along with folklore band Candeleros, a London-based Mexican folklore dance group and other traditional entertainers. Even the DJs are Mexican, and of course, there’s Mexican food, drink and decor.
Bottomless cocktails at the Margarita Rumble (5 May)
The Margarita Rumble is a cocktail festival where bars and mixologists go head to head in an attempt to make the best margarita. Your ticket gets you two hours of unlimited margaritas, so you can sample them all thoroughly before voting for your favourite. It’s not strictly a Cinco de Mayo event, but it does take place on 5 May and there’s plenty of tequila involved…