Calling all ghouls: get ready for Day of the Dead and Halloween at El Camino Cantina and The Argyle

Image Credit: Michael Gribbin

Worship at the altar of El Camino Cantina during its 2020 Day of the Dead fiesta and celebrate delicious foods of the Días de los Muertos holiday, sinful margarita flavours, loud music, colourful costumes and elaborately face-painted staff. The colourful celebration runs from Tuesday, 20 October to Saturday, 7 November.

The late-night Tex-Mex diner and bar will drop some new flavours of its mind-blowing frozen margaritas: Devil Chilli (watermelon, chilli and chilli salt), Walking Dead (passionfruit), Ghost Drop (blueberry), and Poison Apple (sour apple).

The flagship El Camino Cantina in The Rocks, Sydney lands an additional six exclusive flavours: Skittle Bomb, Mad Scientist (grape), Sour Strap (strawberry), Snake Bite (raspberry), Whizz Fizz (orange), and Potion of Love (lychee).

All new flavours are served Cadillac-style, with a smooth rich float of Grand Marnier on top, and in two sizes 15oz, $20 and 24oz, $24. Margarita tasting paddles of four 220ml flavours of choice ($30) are also available at all El Camino Cantina venues. Dial up the daily Días de los Muertos rituals with:

• Terror Tuesdays: new Cadillac taco flavours, including chorizo, feta, mango salsa, jalapeños, feta and coriander; tempura prawn, habanero salsa, guacamole and coriander; and popcorn chicken, shredded iceberg, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli and chives

• Wicked Wednesdays: wing roulette – a basket of buffalo wings includes one that is laced in ‘Facemelter’ hot sauce. Also, available are limited-edition habanero and teriyaki sauces

• Troublesome Thursdays: $20 fajita and margarita combination

• Freaky Friday, Sinful Saturday and Spooky Sunday

DJs will entertain at flagship venues at The Rocks in Sydney, Sunshine Plaza on the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Hills in Brisbane every Sinful Saturday.

DJs and Halloween themes will be the backdrop at these three venues on Saturday, 31 October, when guests are encouraged to make their El Camino Cantina pilgrimage in costume, and staff will go all-out ghoulish with Day of the Dead face paint.

A two-hour Deluxe Day of the Dead fiesta package ($89 per person), available at all venues from Tuesday, 20 October to Saturday, 7 November, includes tortilla chips and salsa, buffalo wings with blue cheese mayo and guacamole for entrée; chargrilled chicken fajitas served with all the Tex-Mex trimmings; and churros with chocolate and caramel sauce. The package also includes two hours of Cadillac-style margaritas served frozen and on the rocks, house beer and wine, and soft drinks. Guests who indulge in the package receive a Trick or Treat gift bag.

El Camino is located at The Rocks, Manly, Miranda and Entertainment Quarter in NSW, and Bowen Hills, Westfield Chermside, Sunshine Coast and Robina on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Bookings HERE.

In The Rocks, which is renowned for its ghost trails and historic heritage, The Argyle is transforming its vintage digs – amongst the oldest in Sydney – into a Halloween-themed, four-day Spooktacular from Wednesday, 28 October to Saturday, 31 October.

Watch spoof-slasher Scary Movie from The Argyle’s open-air cinema in its iconic courtyard on the evening of Wednesday, 28 October. Entry is free, the film starts at 7pm, and two-for-one pizzas are $30. Happy hour is from 5pm to 7pm and everyone’s favourite movie treat, popcorn, has had an upgrade, with $15 Salted Caramel Popcorn Espresso Martinis on the menu.

On Thursday, 29 October, ‘horror looks you right between the eyes’ at the Michael Jackson Thriller night, with DJs, singers and Halloween-style performances. The performances and costumed cheap thrills continue on Friday, 30 October and Saturday, 31 October at The Argyle Asylum. Entry is free, costumes are encouraged and the cocktail specials will give you the chills, with The Black Widow Daiquiri ($15), El Diablo Margarita ($17.50), Zombie Got Ya Brainz shot ($11) and Witches Brew Cauldron Punchbowl ($35) available over the four days. Bookings HERE.

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