While it might not be an obvious destination to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Bangkok does offer a number of great places to find a Corona or a shot of tequila. See our list of the best Mexican restaurants in Bangkok — always a good place to start. But here are a few specials on the horizon, amigos.
A favorite among many, La Monita is firing up some special menu items for the day. Go try some El Pollo Loco-style chicken (popular in Southern Calilfornia). Their carne asada with chipotle mushroom sauce already has us salivating. And a couple of special taco selections: grilled lamb and a mix of tender lamb with crunchy chicharrones. Ever had cojonudo? Chorizo with quail eggs and yet another item not always on the menu. Drink specials can also be expected, naturally, and you’ll find the most potent margaritas in Bangkok here.
Los Cabos may be the king of special event buffets. (Thanksgiving was pretty awesome.) From 6 to 9:30 pm on Cinco de Mayo, pay 350 baht and get all you can eat from a spread that includes turkey mole, duck carnitas, mesquite smoked ribs, carne asada, and much more. Live music will be provided by Latin Beat Band with Joe Cummings and Pascual Conteras from 7:30 to 10 pm. Reservations may be a good idea.
Tacos & Salsa will feature a DJ: France’s DJ Mikus. (Is that a stretch for Cinco de Mayo? Nope. The French were the ones lamenting the day when the Mexican army opened that May 5 can of whoop-ass on them in 1862. So we can partly thank them for the holiday.) Head for “The 2nd floor” at Tacos & Salsa starting at 9 p.m. Also enjoy Mexican food with French wine, a set menu dinner for 350 baht, 6-9 p.m. There is a cover charge of 200 baht for the party which includes 1 drink (or just purchase the dinner). Jarritos cocktails in Mexican clay buckets for 190 baht, 110-baht margaritas, Coronas for 165 baht, Tequila shots for 95 baht. Suggested dress code: sexy Mexican or French outfit. A prize will be awarded for the sexiest male and female costumes. But register before 11 p.m.
It’s not just all the Mexi joints celebrating. Check out the Tequila Supper at Bed Supperclub. Chef Dan Ivarie is whipping out a fiesta dinner that runs four courses, each of which is to be paired with a fine tequila. Reservations are required so give them a call soon at 02-651-3537 or 088-525-0101 or shoot them an e-mail at email@example.com
Wine Pub of the Pullman Bangkok King Power is jumping on the bandwagon as well, offering all you can drink sangria and all you can eat nachos, guacamole, tacos, burritos, chili con carne and churros. Throw in a DJ with all that. Cost is 505 baht net per person from 6.00 pm. — 10.00 pm.
Just looking to bury yourself in some tequila? Though they aren’t doing something special for Cinco de Mayo this year like that have in the past, Q Bar is still the best selection of fine tequilas in Bangkok.