Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dia de los Muertos at El Carmen: Tequila drinking skeletons

On Tuesday November 2nd, El Carmen, the 3rd street Tequila specialist will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos with costumes, a mariachi band and food and drink specials. Once you have had a chance to recover from the Halloween revelry of the weekend, prepare yourself for Tuesday night as all the El Carmen employees will have their faces painted as skeletons, Dia de los Muertos style and if customers show up in Day of the Dead costumes or face paint, they will receive a free shirt.

If you aren't familiar with El Carmen, they have over 400 tequilas and mescals and are celebrating their 15th anniversary as well as Dia de los Muertos. To help los Muertos get into the proper festive spirit, their classic Margaritas will be priced at $4 and Tecates at $3. That's enough to get many a body to climb out of its grave and join in the fun.

The decor at El Carmen includes Mexican wrestler masks, velvet paintings and more agave than you can shake a bony finger at. El Carmen was the scene of an infamous birthday party of mine, so I can vouch for the tastiness and potency of their tequila and cocktails.

The festivities begin at 8 pm, so come prepared, even if your stomach has decomposed and all you have left are bones. Reservations are recommended if you want a table.

El Carmen: 8138 West 3rd Street (between La Jolla Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard). Phone: 323.852.1552

Photo courtesy of Learn NC

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