Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Bangkok
While Thailand might not be the first country you think of when you think of Cinco de Mayo, you’d be surprised how many Cinco de Mayo events are happening in Bangkok on May 5th and 6th.
Before we get into the list of events for the big day, let’s clear out a few things. Cinco de Mayo is do not Mexico’s Independence Day, nor the infamous Day of the Dead. It is also do not a carnival festival, nor the day of independence from Spain. Cinco de Mayo, which is actually a smaller event in Mexico, is mostly popular in the United States, and is a marker of a celebration of Mexican-American culture and customs (yes, that includes tequila, beer and the food) . The annual celebration commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s triumph over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, although it later became a popular date for celebrating all things Mexico and Mexican-American culture.
Here in Bangkok, we love all excuses for tacos, really, and we’re thrilled to see several venues across the city celebrating Cinco de Mayo with special events. While some take place on May 5, others extend the party to May 6 and into the weekend. From big parties to big parties, here are the Cinco de Mayo events you can’t miss this week.
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Everyone’s favorite Latin bar celebrates Cinco de Mayo in style this May 5 from 6 p.m. With specialty tequila cocktails, salsa dance performances and Latin beats from DJ Pepe, except for a fun night of drinking and dancing. Particularly good for the ladies, this year’s Cinco de Mayo falls on Havana Social’s Viva Las Chicas Ladies Night, which means the ladies will have mojitos and Cuba libre all night at 200 THB nett.
A great pre-game for the nearby Havana Social event, head to Above Eleven for dinner on May 5 from 6 p.m. and enjoy a special selection of fusion tacos, quesadillas and tostadas, plus Margarita and Paloma cocktails. The Asoke Latino group will also be in the house, and a special raffle for a 10,000 THB dining voucher will also be available.
Bar.Yard continues “viviendo la vida loca” with a Mexican Fiesta weekend. From 6 p.m. to late, Kimpton Maa-Lai’s summit bar hosts a Cinco de Mayo night with a live mariachi band and self-serve tacos (plus a glass of Margarita) at THB780++ per person.
Although you probably know JUA as Charoenkrung’s most beloved izakaya and sake drinking spot, this Cinco de Mayo, they celebrate with a very interesting lineup and a very interesting menu. JUA’s own chef Chet Adkins will be joined by Dustin Joseph, Megan Leon and Jason Licker, and will cook everything from assorted entrees to tacos, “yakitori de Mexico”, desserts and specialty drinks (we’re already snooping horchata and micheladas). Except a culinary treat for the taste buds, and great company too.
This Cinco de Mayo, La Monita Taqueria is teaming up with Billy’s Smokehouse for a mashup of sorts. Combining Mexican cuisine and barbecue, they are hosting a “Mexicue” event this May 5, 2022. Celebrate with a special menu and a fabulous flavor collaboration.
From 7 p.m. until late, the Rembrandt Hotel celebrates Cinco de Mayo in its ballroom with a live mariachi band, raffle, and dance performances. Food and drink here starts at 150 THB net for the whole night. The entrance fee is THB 200 net and includes an ATK test and a welcome drink.
Prefer to do something more low-key for Cinco de Mayo? The Mesa is having a movie night. Head to the Sukhumvit 68 venue and dig into some cheesy nachos while watching Nacho Libre to celebrate the occasion. Tickets are priced at THB 300 and include nachos, craft sodas, and popcorn.