Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, at Mexican bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia, tonight through the weekend. (Photos courtesy Distrito)
Halloween landing on a Wednesday this year was a little unluckily; but happily, its Mexican cousin Day of the Dead therefore lands on a Thursday night.
We’ve got a few fun, festive things you can add to your to-do list tonight and the rest of the weekend, in honor of the Mexican celebration of those who have passed. They all involve Mexican food and booze — two great weekend ingredients.
Locally legendary modern Mexican food outpost, Jose Garces’ Distrito, invites you out for an evening of conjuring the spirits of the dead with wicked cheap, spirited concoctions on Friday, November 2 at 5 p.m.
Happy hour will run all night long and include fabulous deals on 1800 tequila including $7 Tequila Flights and also $3 Corona cans. On the bite side of things, you can try out Chef Garces’ brand new Tamales con Mole Poblano, Gambas a la Mexican, Adobo-Rubbed Chicken or Herb-Marinated Hanger Steak Alambres.
Starting November 1 through the rest of the month, Chef Nick Farina from Bryn Mawr’s Verdad is unleashing the nuclear “family” of dad, mom, sister and brother al pastor tacos. Sound bizarre? Just wait till you hear the toppings on these pork and pineapple $2.50 tacos and you’ll understand. They’ve also got some pretty fabulous new cocktails to pair with all of that featuring Herradura and Espolon tequila.
• El Camino Real:
A sweet partnership between El Camino and Patron tequila has created a special Day of the Dead $45 prix-fixe Tequila dinner on Thursday, November 1. Each course is paired with a different tequila cocktail, but you’ll be downing plenty of delicious digs to soak it all up.
• La Calaca Feliz :
In honor of the morbidly fun Mexican holiday, Chef Tim Spinner and La Calaca Feliz owner Brian Sirhal will be offering a three-course menu for $27 with optional beverage pairings for $12 from October 29-November 4.
• Grey Lodge Pub:
Ever the creative event hosts, Grey Lodge Pub is celebration The Day of the Dogfish on The Day of the Dead this Friday, November 8 with “eight crazy sixtels” from Dogfish Head on tap. They’ll also have halves of two from Dogfish Head’s regular lineup, making for a full-scale tap takeover.
• El Rey:
Through November 4, Stephen Starr’s El Rey is offering a special Dia De Muertos menu, which features several very unique dishes in celebration of the holiday.
Bonus: don’t forget the Penn Museum is hosting a Day of the Dead Celebration this Saturday, November 3, 1-4 p.m., with crafts, art, music and more.
Double bonus: The Mexican merchants of Philadelphia’s Italian Market have joined forces to celebrate and promote the rich Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead with a gorgeous authentic altar on display at El Detalle Florist through November 3. Be sure to check it out.