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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!

Day Of The Dead 2015

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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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.

FIESTAS:

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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!

Day of the Dead Weekend Round Up

So, our Halloween and Day of the Dead weekender is over and we have just about recovered! It is always our busiest party weekend of the year and El Camion fans never fail to make it a blow out bash.

Of course, our favourite party of all is Day of the Dead, and all of Saturday was spent preparing decorations and painting sugar skull faces on our staff. By 6:30pm everybody was in high spirits (never gets old) and ready to get the party started!

After winning the staff cocktail competition, Roman proudly poured his party punch and it was available by the bucketload (literally) for this special occasion. Garnished with chillies, it could have been made in the fiery depths of the underworld and was not for the faint-hearted. The tequila was flowing and guests were loving the classic party tunes mixed with fresh Latino beats.

Later on, the Cash Cows came to town and played their funky mix of rock, jazz and swing and everyone danced into the early hours of the morn and had enough fun to wake the dead! Well, that was kind of the point.

If you missed our Day of the Dead party, you will have to wait a full year to the next one. But in the meantime, come down for a cocktail on a Saturday night and you’ll get a taste of El Camion’s party spirit – you won’t want to miss it next time.

El Camion Halloween and Day of the Dead Weekender

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It’s Thursday, which probably means the weekend wriggles have started – the office suddenly feels even more of a cage than usual, and our minds drift away from spreadsheets and towards all of the fun we’ll be having as soon as the clock hand ticks round to Friday sign-off.

And today there’s a chance you’ll be even more excitable than usual, because this weekend brings all the ghoulish delight and spooky spectacle of Halloween with it. And, to paraphrase Mean Girls, it’s the one time a year where you can dress up and no one else can say anything about it…

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So, are you one of the clued up people that already have plans with us here at El Camion, or are you still racking your brains as to what the best festivities might be? We can tell you that – it’s a no-brainer on the scale of someone that’s just had their cranium sucked dry by a zombie. The only party to attend is the El Camion Weekender – two days of cracking, creepy cocktails, face-paint fandangos and more thriller dance moves than a Michael Jackson convention.

Beginning on Friday 31st from 6.00pm, we open our doors to all of those wanting to celebrate Halloween in style. Fling on your most hair-raising attire, mount your broomstick and come join us for one spooky Halloween party, where our expert bartenders have created some creepy and creative cocktails for you to enjoy. Our resident DJs will be spinning some spooky tunes to get your spirit in the mood for dancing, and there will no doubt be shots galore to ward off any evil souls. Then on Saturday night we bring in Day of the Dead in true Mexican fashion, with tequila galore and the necessary face paints – join us in getting your skull-face on for a Dia de Muertos spectacular.

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Both events are completely free, with no charge on the door, and continue into the early witching hours of 3am at our awesome late license Pink Chihuahua bar. There really is no where better to take your body this weekend.

Take a look at our Facebook event here, and we hope to see you dressed up to the max for some spirited fun!

Our Day of the Dead Party Punch Competition

Our infamous Day of the Dead party is fast approaching on the 1st November and we are working hard to make sure that it is a party to remember! (Or not, as the case may be…)

There is one thing that is certain to kick any party off to a great start – and that is one tasty, juicy, fruity punch. We’ll be serving a punch so special at our Day if the Dead party that our bartenders actually fought over who would be creating it.

Everyone thinks that their punch is the best – that they have a “secret ingredient” that will blow all other punches out of the water. But, to make it a fair fight, we decided to hold an in-house cocktail-making competition – and the winner’s concoction would be the featured punch at Day of the Dead.

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There were many entries from our talented bar team. We had a pink coconut shake garnished with a chilli-salt pineapple slice; we had a creme de cassis fan’s dream, which was fruitier than Carmen Miranda’s headwear. A hot contender was a peach iced tea cocktail, made up with our favourite spirit of all, tequila, mixed with peach liqueur and black tea.

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However, a decision had to be made. Which punch was to be served by the gallon in sharing fish bowls at our Day of the Dead party? We needed something fresh, something spicy, something with a kick, something that would scare the spirits away back to the other world – or something to make them stay and party with us into the night.

Roman’s creation, served up in a cactus-stemmed margarita glass, was crowned the winner. Made with Chartreuse, vanilla and chilli, it was fruity enough for a punch bowl but demonic enough for Halloween weekend. Party-goers you are in for a treat!

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We look forward to seeing you, punch in hand, at Day of the Dead!

Day of the Dead at El Camion!

We are pretty renowned for our awesome Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) parties and can’t wait for this year’s one on Saturday 2nd November! Never celebrated Day of the Dead before? Let us tell you what you’ve been missing.

Day of the Dead is like Halloween – but way cooler. It is a Mexican holiday that takes place from 31st October to 2nd November and it is a time for people to get together and remember friends and family who have died. During this period the spirits of the deceased come down to party with their loved ones, and festivals and parades take place and graves are decorated with colourful flowers, traditional foods and gifts.

Shrine on!

Shrine on!

The Skull Thing

The sugar skull is a famous symbol of Mexican culture and its link to the Day of the Dead began thousands of years ago when people used to keep skulls as trophies to symbolise death and rebirth. Then, later on, when sugar became big business in Mexico, people started making sugar skulls as part of their Day of the Dead festivities.

Over the years the patterns and designs have got crazy and now loads of people display them all year round because they look wicked. People even have them tattooed on their bodies.

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Hey you, I like the look of your skull

Party!

Our Day of the Dead party, historically, is the best outside of Mexico. Everyone dresses up, there’s free face-painting and we party like its our last day on earth with music from our resident DJs, the Cash Cows, and bucket-loads of tequila.

Come down and join us on 1st November and celebrate Day of the Dead with El Camion!

Party on!

Party on!