What is it?
Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for ‘the fifth of May’ and it marks the victory of the Mexican army against the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is significant because it not only marks the unlikely victory against the better-equipped French army but ever since the Battle of Puebla, no other country in the Americas has been invaded by another European military force. As well as the day being celebrated in Mexico, it is seen as a celebration of the Mexican culture in the USA and now around the world. These celebrations can include parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and of course, food and cocktails.
Where can I celebrate it?
Birmingham may not be holding a parade but we sure do have some great bars that do Mexican themed cocktails within the Jewellery Quarter that will allow you to celebrate the day in the Mexican manner that it deserves.
Here are our top picks:-
40 St Pauls
A newcomer to the Jewellery Quarter that has been going leaps and bounds with its specially crafted drinks that focus on gin. But today it is all about the tequila! So head over for a cocktail or two.
Located on Constitution Hill is this hidden gem that boasts good food and even better cocktails. We have our eye on El Diablo!
The Rose Villa Tavern
Part of the Bitter and Twisted venues, The Rose Villa Tavern has a laid back vibe but they know how to deliver a killer drink. Today from 4pm – 7pm they are offering cocktails at £4.50 each so get moving!
If you are looking for something with a more British feel then grab a margarita at this friendly and classic-looking pub that has prime location on St Pauls Square, even before it was a prime location.
The Jam House
It may not be Mexican but get a side of funk and soul when you visit The Jam House tonight, just grab two margaritas to make up for it.