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Resident DJ: Bamboo

Along with the cocktails, the bar team and the general legendary-ness of our basement bar, it’s the music that makes The Pink Chihuahua so goddamn awesome. Our resident DJs play a huge hand in creating the atmosphere and, because of their unearthly, near-psychic skills, they always know exactly what we’re going to want to hear on any night of the week.

 

For those who regularly come down to see us on a Friday night, you’ll be familiar with our long-time Friday resident, Bamboo.

 

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Flying the banner for the best in disco, funk, hip hop and house classics, she’ll often take you on a bit of a time travel in the time it takes you to drink your Tommy’s Margarita. From 60s ska to 90s R&B – and everything in between – you’ll get old school house and garage weaved between new age psychedelic dance. When there’s a contagious groove pulsing through the Pink Chihuahua, you’ll know that its Bamboo at the helm.

 

Check out her Soundcloud here – and we’ll see you on Friday!

 

 

 

Festive Memories!

January can be a weird month for some of us: we all feel poor, we all feel fat and we are all on a month-long hangover from December partying. And some of us, God forbid, are having a SOBER month (Dry January – ick) and the December debauchery is a distant memory.

 

As we use January as a time to ‘take stock’ and think about what the hell we’re going to do with a brand new year, we thought we’d look back at some pics of party season. Ah, there it is. Now we remember!

 

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Now, we hope you feel suitably inspired again to fall off the wagon. See you shortly!

 

 

Take an El Camion Selfie!

Our aim is to give you guys a good time – whether you’re cramming your face with a burrito upstairs in our Baja Californian Cantina, or sipping on Espresso Martini Cocktails in our basement bar, The Pink Chihuahua. So it gives us no better pleasure than seeing you all enjoying yourself. Which is why we LOVE a selfie – especially when you tag us @Elcamionsoho on Instagram. And, what’s more, our favourite each week will win two free Pink Chihuahua cocktails! Here’s a selection of the ones we’ve collected recently…

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Friend love from @thenewhenrik – either they’re excited to go in or they’ve just had a wonderful time with us!

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@danielcshalom bringing the style with some margaritas – and of course the wall of ladies behind!

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We’re all about the birthday fun – and were thrilled at @beth_beatrice501 posting this candle-glowing piccie

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A great place for the gang – @jessiceeee13 shows how she celebrates Mexican Fridays with friends

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Standing out from the crowd – vibrant food and even brighter clothing from @saflow and friends

So What’s All This About Sugar Skulls?

As you (should) know, Day of the Dead is approaching – the celebration in Mexico where people believe that souls return to earth. It’s said that at midnight on October 31st, the gates of heaven open and the spirits of the dead children are allowed to reunite with families. Then on the 2nd November the adult sprits return to earth, and partake in the festivities laid on for them.

One part of the celebration are the appearance of sugar skulls – those bright and colourful decorations that are now seen tattooed over many an arm. But what do they actually represent?

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Well, people use sugar skulls to decorate the graves of their dead friends and relatives, but, unlike the Western interpretation of skulls being macabre, the Mexican approach is that they are joyous and celebratory. Authentic sugar skulls are indeed made out of sugar, and are further decorated with beads, fabrics, feathers and icing. The deceased’s name might be written on the forehead and then placed on the alter. Other accompaniments could be candles, marigolds (the flower of the dead) and food and drink, in order to tempt and guide the soul back to earth.

So there you have it – the reason Sugar Skulls are so important during Dia de los Muertos. Will you be painting your face and joining us for an El Camion party? We hope so!

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It’s almost that time of year again: the time where faces are painted as sugar skulls; where ghouls dance among us; where tequila rules the land of the living and the land of the dead… It’s almost time for DAY OF THE DEAD!

If you don’t know much about Day Of The Dead, read about it here. Basically, it’s a party-hard Mexican festival from 31st October to 2nd November that celebrates the time of the year when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and so the spirits of friends and relatives who have passed come and say hi and we all have a big blow out!

What you will need for Day Of The Dead

Colourful flowers for the hair, the clothes, the teeth, wherever

Face paint to decorate your face in the style of a sugar skull

A costume. Something that looks as though you were wearing it when you died in the 1800s.

Lots of Mexican food (we got you covered)

Muchos tequila (we’ve got that, too). How else are we going to celebrate with the ghouls?

Just so you know what to expect, here are a few photos from our past Day Of The Dead parties. Get ready!!!

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CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS – here’s a cocktail for London Fashion Week

Cocktails and fashion go hand in hand – they’re both stylish, glamorous, and more often than not try to outdo each other on the crazy presentation.

So it only makes sense that we have some sort of offer available for all those in the Fash Pack who will be trotting around Soho in their high heels and crazy headwear – after all, this year London Fashion Week 15 is being held in the Brewer Street car park no less – a mere stone’s throw from our door!

We thought about it, and decided there really could be no better cocktail than the classic Espresso Martini. After all, it was invented by El Camion bartender Dick Bradsell when, some time ago, a model came in and asked for a drink that was going to ‘wake me up, and then f**k me up’. Since then, this boozy, caffeinated libation has been keeping drinkers alert (and then getting them sozzled), and is a firm favourite.

So our London Fashion Week cocktail is going to be an Espresso Martini made with Absolut vodka. We’re going to be selling them for £7 during the week and then we’ll be having a party on Friday, where we’ll be selling them for merely £5 to anyone with a London Fashion Week pass. To tempt you a little more, here’s a picture of our very own Matt modelling the Absolut Espresso…
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So, whether you need waking up, f***ing up, or both – bring your London Fashion Week pass and we’ll see you for drinkies!

IT’S NEARLY MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Next Wednesday – September 16th – signals a very important date in the Mexican calendar. It is, after all, MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Now, there will no doubt be a few people thinking ‘hang on, wasn’t that back in May?’, but as we explained in a previous post, Cinco de Mayo is a very different thing.

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th as, on this date back in 1810, the ‘Cry of Dolores’ (Grito de Dolores) was sounded from the small town of Dolores in Mexico.  This event marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, where a priest named Hidalgo revolted against the Spanish Colonial Government.  Despite this, Mexico’s independence would not be effectively declared from Spain until September 28, 1821 – a decade later. This would become the Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire.

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In foodie terms, the world also recognises this day as National Guacamole Day (well, why not?) So if you’re in Soho, then do pop in for a dose of the green stuff – and we’ll keep you updated on what offers we plan.

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Celebrate World Gin Day with the famous Bramble!

Now, booze lovers all over the globe are getting rather excited about the coming Saturday. Why might that be? Because it is World Gin Day!

Okay, so we can usually be found extolling the virtues of mezcal and tequila, but gin is also very close to our hearts. Thanks, in large part, to that wonderful King of the Cocktail, Dick Bradsell.

Not only did this creative genius invent the Espresso Martini and our beloved Pink Chihuahua cocktail, but he is also responsible for one of the most famous gin based libations ever to grace bar menus… The Bramble!

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Most cocktail aficionados will have tried this fruity yet sophisticated drink. A gorgeous purpley-scarlett colour, topped with a fresh blackberry and slice of lemon, it is a firm favourite. Dick created it at Fred’s bar in the 80’s and it was based on his childhood spent picking blackberries in bramble bushes on the Isle of Wight. Now his daughter Bea is mixing them up for us at El Camion and the Pink Chihuahua – a lovely little cycle!

If you fancy creating Dick’s masterpiece at home, then here’s the recipe for The Bramble:

It is built in a glass over crushed ice.
Fill a glass with crushed ice
Add:
10mls Sugar Syrup
25mls Fresh lemon juice
50mls London Dry Gin (We use beefeater)
You then churn the liquid and ice and then add more crushed ice.
You then drizzle 15mls of Creme de Mure over the drink to give a bleeding effect.
Garnish: 2 blackberries and a lemon slice
Glass: Double old fashioned
Happy World Gin Day!

So how did YOU celebrate Cinco De Mayo?

Well, this time last week we were holding our heads and groaning slightly, ready to indulge in our of our Mexican Hangover cures. Yep, it was the morning after Cinco De Mayo – a time when all of El Camion and The Pink Chihuahua get their party sombreros on.

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There was a great atmosphere in the bar for Cinco De Mayo, with people dropping in for margaritas, nachos, and general good cheer. So how did other places celebrate the victory over France at the Battle of Puebla? We take a little look…

FOOD:

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San Francisco loves a good bit of food – and so whether to celebrate the rich cultural history of Mexico, or simply another good reason to get tiddled on Margaritas on a week night, then the Bay Area threw a good party. These homemade tacos and corn chips represent some of the tastiest cuisine of the area, and there were several authentic menus, street fairs, and chances to immerse oneself in the Mexican culture.

FIREWORKS:

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It wouldn’t be a good party without a firework or two (Mexico has a whole festival dedicated to gunpowder, don’t you know!). Fireworks lit up the sky from California to the Southern tip of Mexico, marking the victory of the battle over a hundred years ago.

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From street fairs, floats, dancing and stalls celebrating traditional Mexican customs and costumes, the streets of Mexico City were a riot of colour and excitement!

And some good old patriotism..

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This image shows two caballeros in traditional riding outfits proudly lead the Cinco de Mayo parade displaying the flag of Mexico.

 

But remember – Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day! This occurs on Wednesday, September 16th. Just enough time for us to start planning another big bash…

 

It’s nearly Cinco De Mayo!

It’s celebrated both in the US and in Mexico… people get dressed up, there’s folk dancing, maricahi music, parades… but it’s NOT MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Do you know the history of Cinco De Mayo, which will be celebrated next Tuesday? Well, the 5th of May1862 is a pretty big deal in Mexico, since it commemorates the victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Despite being outnumbered two to one, a rag-tag group of soldiers defeated the french imperialists. And, although it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

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We’ve found this awesome video for you, which pretty much explains the whole shebang.

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo/videos/ask-history-cinco-de-mayo

Now make sure you pop down to El Camion to celebrate Cinco De Mayo and the Battle of Puebla – with a margarita or two!