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Don the sombrero for Cinco de Mayo

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Mayo my, Brisbane!

In a serendipitous turn of events, the Labour Day long weekend has synced up with this year’s Cinco de Mayo, meaning you can fiesta all Sunday long in celebration of Mexico’s annual holiday without calling mayday on Monday morning.

For all those señors and señoritas hitting the streets this May 5, see below for where to Mexi-go.

El Camino Cantina | Bowen Hills

Come a come a come a to El Camino Cantina for all kinds of red, gold, and green Tex-Mex cocktails! Prepare to cinco Bloody Mary-ritas and zesty tequila all night long, alongside complimentary bottomless baskets of salsa and chips.

Guests will also find salsa on the dancefloor as the venue’s in-house DJ spins the discs from 6pm, starting off an evening filled with chilli eating competitions, giant piñatas, and crispy tacos.

Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley

No need for a Mexican standoff Brissie–get friendly with margaritas and Mexican eats combined thanks to the Osbourne Hotel’s bottomless fiesta package!

Enjoy two hours of flowing margs, Latin beats from DJ Andrés Hernández, and limited edition snacks from their exclusive Cinco de Mayo menu for just $40pp. Gun it to their ticketing page to book today.

Riverlife | Kangaroo Point

March to the beat of salsa, sangria, and a live mariachi band at this year’s Riverlife Cinco de Mayo celebration! Hips don’t lie when faced with the Mad Mariachi Band, Azucar Latin Dance Show, and most especially the festival’s delicious quesadillas, available from a number of vendors on the day.

Score a ticket for just $17.50 when booking ahead on their website.

Pepe’s Mexican | Newmarket

There’s muchos to love at Pepe’s Mexican this national holiday! Head in from 4pm and say hola to delicious food and drink specials, including a feisty taco and tasty cocktail, as well as their live mariachi band.

One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

Fish, but make it Mexi! This Kanga Point seafood fave is serving up dishes of crunchy, salty, sweet Cajun fish nachos heaped with blue corn chips, Persian feta, tomato, mango, and avocado salsa and your choice of pineapple or watermelon margarita for just $25! We Mexi-can handle another margarita, hun.

Riverland | Brisbane City

It takes two to tequila, so grab a mate and andale your way into Riverland for the ultimate Cinco Sunday sesh.

Alongside Corona buckets, the requisite margaritas, a mean fruit-infused Tromba tequila, and Mexican treats between 11 am–9 pm, Eagle Street Pier will also come alive with this restaurant’s mariachi band and candy skull face painting from 5 pm!

Story Bridge Hotel | Kangaroo Point

Arriba arriba! Starting on May 4, make like tequila and call the shots at this weekend-long mini Mexican festival, where all can pop in for a margarita from the pop-up bar, endless tacos, and live mariachi band.

Burrito Bar | Various Locations

This Cinco de Mayo, don’t forget the Juan who’s always there (especially after too many tequilas at 2am)–the humble burrito. Grab your fix on Sunday at any of Brisbane’s Burrito Bars, which are chock-a-block full of every filling and flavour under the sun, from slow-cooked pulled pork with chipotle mayo to spicy chilli beef, topped with chipotle salsa.

The Wickham | Fortitude Valley

The Wickham Hotel’s been breaking down walls since 1885, so what better place to hold an all-Mexico fiesta? Head in for their Cinco de Mayo Queer Dance Party, where one can shimmy, taco in hand, with performers Thicc Shake and Thalia Novella from 4pm until late!

May the cinco be with you.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmand whose blood runs sangria every Mexican festival.