Mesa Verde

Offering a wide selection of tequila to relieve you after that climb at Curtin House.
Amy Collins and Gary Brun
Published on June 01, 2023
Updated on July 25, 2023


There is always one of two things that stick with you after a visit to Curtin House on Swanston Street — those stairs, or the inevitable hangover the next morning. By the time you get up a few flights — even before Rooftop — the drinks are well deserved. Found on level six, Mesa Verde is an open, wood-clad room filled with personality.

A Mexican influence is heavy on the food and drinks front. A seriously curated wall of tequila is what you'll find behind the bar as you peruse the menu where you'll find that cocktails rely heavily on the Mexican spirit. For those in the mood for a cocktail try the margarita de la casa a classic mix of tequila, lime and agave or one of the concoctions inspired by Mexican figures like Frida Kahlo, El Santo and even El Chupacabra.

If you're a group in the mood to party, go for a cocktail to share like the house sangria, with red wine, curacao, orange and jalapeno, or the lager-ita with tequila, grapefruit, lime, agave and Coronas. 

Cocktails at Mesa Verde aren't the only ones invited to the party. The taps pour a rotating roster of independent brews, while the wine list features a list of predominantly Australian wines, bar the Champagne and sparkling lists.

To accompany the liquids, there is a pretty extensive food menu to sit alongside the drinks list. Keeping in theme, snack on things like Victoria-grown corn tortilla chips with guac or the hiramasa ceviche with lemongrass and salsa macha. For something more substantial, try the tacos with fillings like barbecued goat with salsa, onion and coriander or the braised ox tongue with fermented morita BBQ and grilled mustard greens.

Sweet tooths will be happy to know there is a banging dessert menu. You can top off the evening with horchata ice cream with corn meringue, dulce de leche and soft chocolate, churros and mezcal hot chocolate sauce.

Mesa Verde is adding something a little different to the already full Curtin House. It earns its place as a stopover to one of the many other venues, or as a destination in itself.

Chip Mooney


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