Not sure how to top last year's Halloween? Celebrate the holiday like they do in Guadalajara, at one humdinger of an all-night party at Barrio Cellar in Martin Place. The Mexican-themed basement bar is throwing a huge October 31 shindig inspired by Dia de los Muertos. We're talking serious amounts of street food, free face painting, cheap tacos, DJs and live music. Also tequila. Lots and lots of tequila.
The sinister celebration begins at 5pm on Halloween. Partygoers can get feasting on $3 tacos before washing them down with mezcal or $10 Black Widow Margaritas. Don't have a costume? Stop by the free face painting area — but if you're gung-ho on taking out the best-dressed bar prize, a little more preparation may be required. The music roster, meanwhile, will feature a solid lineup of locals including Daniel Lupica, Michelle Owen, Marc Jarvin and Karim. It's free entry, and if you're feeling fancy you can book a table for the VIP treatment — shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Day of the Dead party is just one of several killer events Barrio Cellar have in the works this spring. Check out their Melbourne Cup Mexican Degustation — for just $65pp you can indulge in an huge Mexican canapé degustation ranging from poached lobster wraps to braised short rib croquettes and confit pork belly tacos. It's a top spot for the Cup, with large screens, prizes and cocktails, and a huge afterparty from 4pm with $10 margaritas and $3 tacos to celebrate your wins or forget your losses.