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People outside El Loco in Surry Hills
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Where to spend Cinco de Mayo in Sydney

A celebration of a historic victory in Mexico

By Time Out editors

No, it's not Mexican Independence Day, but it is a national celebration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French forces in 1862. A bunch of Sydney venues are hosting Cinco de Mayo celebrations, but remember to leave the false mos and sombreros at home - no one likes the guy partying like an offensive cartoon from the 1940s.

Barrio Cellar

Bars Sydney

Down in the CBD's tequila bunker there will be a Cinco De Mayo party that kicks off at 4pm and will be offering buy-four-get-one-free on tacos and shots of El Jimador tequila. There will also be five-dollar Mexican beers and sangria on tap.

El Loco

Restaurants Surry Hills

Every year the El Locos go hard on Cinco de Mayo celebrations. You can expect a four day festival at both venues that will include DJs, pinatas, Mexican-inspired burgers, Margaritas and plenty of Olemca Altos Tequila.


El Loco at Slip Inn

Bars Darling Harbour

This colourful sunken garden bar is already our first stop when we're feeling like Mexican food and beers, but on Cinco de Mayo they pull out all the stops for four days of festivities with DJs, tequila specials, pinatas, burgers and Margaritas.

Mad Mex

Restaurants Darlinghurst

Got an appetite for competition? Consider food a potential conquest more than mere sustenance? Put that stomach to work with the Mad Mex Big Burrito Challenge. It runs from May 3rd for five weeks. If you finish your 1kg Big Burrito you can don your new Mexican wrestler mask in triumph.



Bars Neutral Bay

Up on the north side SoCal are hosting Cinco de Mayo celebrations with their annual taco roulette - one of your four tacos is very, very spicy - buckets of Coronas, ten buck Tommy's Margaritas and quesadillas for if it's hunger that tacos can't tackle.

The Two Wolves Community Cantina

Restaurants Glebe

Broadway's community canteen is getting into the spirit of the Mexican national holiday and  offering punters five dollar tequila shots, $15 beer and burrito specials and $10 Margaritas from 5pm. Head in at 4pm to take advantage of happy hour as well.

Want to eat more ace Mexican food?

A shot of the chilli fries in a paper take away box, covered in
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best Mexican restaurants in Sydney

Restaurants Mexican

There is nothing that helps cure a hangover quite like a cheese-laden burrito (apart from a Bloody Mary, obvs) but did you know that Mexican food can also be light and bright? Here’s our list of all that Mexico has to offer Sydney-side, from entire bowls of melted cheese (yep) to the chimichangas of your dreams.


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