The best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Sydney based on your vibe

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Cinco de Mayo, AKA 5th of May, is an annual celebration that’s all about tacos and tequila… or is it? The date actually commemorates the 1862 anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, led by the famous General, General Ignacio Zaragoza. The events of that battle became an important stepping stone for Mexican Independence (although worth noting it is not Mexico’s Independence Day). Now the occasion is celebrated in a more American-Mexican fashion and yes, tequila and tacos are part of it as people across the globe enjoy what makes Mexican culture so colourful, flavoursome and fiesta-worthy. If you’re looking to taste the spice and all things nice, here are the best spots to dine in Sydney depending on your vibe.

Also generally, dinner out makes for a great gift idea.

Budget – Guzman Y Gomez

Fast food has never been more clean, Guzman Y Gomez (GYG) pride themselves on serving quick Mexican inspired food that is free from preservatives and artificial colours and flavours. Perhaps not super traditional, but very easy on your wallet! Located all over Sydney!

Group Dining – El Camino Cantina

This legendary Tex-Mex group dining establishment will bring big energy to your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. With a few locations across Sydney, including The Rocks, and their GIANT margaritas, we suggest leaving the car at home ;).

Highest Rated – Mejico

Mejico is the top rated Mexican restaurant in Sydney for a reason. Fresh, modern and authentic, the team have nailed every dish and every tipple. 100% get their signature guacamole, it’s smashed table side and comes with to-die-for plantain chips! They have an extensive tequila and mezcal selection and will happily design your perfect margarita.

Just Drinks – Bar Patrón

As the name suggests, this Mexican bar is run by iconic tequila brand Patrón. While they do serve food and have quite a good long lunch, it’s made the list because it’s such a good spot to duck into after work. Located right in Circular Quay, it’s a little tequila filled oasis just waiting for you.

Good Vibes – El Loco

This popular spot has not one, but TWO locations! One in Surry Hills, and one in Sydney CBD. Both are bustling, busy, casual spots that serve ice cold Mexican beers and aren’t afraid of a taco Tuesday. You’ll always feel at home here.

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Image source: @ellocosydney

Quick Drink – Cantina OK!

Boasting Sydney’s best margarita (and in the top 50 bars world wide!), Cantina OK! is a hardworking hole in the wall that often only has standing room. Their margaritas are delicious, inventive and noteworthy. Be sure to go early, and not overstay your welcome. Making room for the next person and leaving with wonderful memories is the Cantina OK! way.

NEW NEW NEW – El Primo Sanchez

The new kid on the block in Sydney for cool Mexican bars, El Primo Sanchez comes from the same group behind Maybe Sammy, so there’s a reason everyone has been buzzing about it. Located on Oxford St in an old pub, this is a spot you can drink and eat at until late. There’s even a karaoke room with a “push for tequila” button!

Authentic – Maíz Mexican Street Food

Hailing from Newtown is the humble doors of Maíz Mexican Street Food. Don’t be fooled by it’s rustic charm though, this is traditional Mexican food at its finest. They have mole brownies (not pronounced like the animal), fresh tamales and paletas in Summer (Mexican ice pops). You’ll find Mexican dishes here you can’t find anywhere else in Sydney!

Vegan – Bad Hombres

Mexican food is shockingly easy and tasty to make vegan and Bad Hombres have more than nailed it with their Mexican-inspired dishes and epic cocktails. A staple in Surry Hills for years, this spot can be tricky to get into so make a booking for this plant-based eatery.

Fancy – Esteban

Mexican may not be synonymous with fine dining, but Esteban has taken notes and raised one intimate, fancy experience that you’ll want to visit for every special occasion. Romantic, dark and moody, the menu reflects this vibe with rich dishes like Tasmanian salmon ceviche, lamb shoulder birra and coffee roasted pumpkin.

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Image source: @estebansydney