Mexican ‘Taqueria’ restaurant MEZCAL opens in Glasgow's city centre

An exciting new Mexican taqueria and bar has officially opened its doors in Glasgow's city centre.

Published 23rd Sep 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The team behind MEZCAL say that the new venue is inspired by the "street food culture of Mexico City", and serves a varied selection of tacos alongside larger sharing dishes and cocktails.

As well as contemporary Mexican food, the restaurant and bar will serve up Tequila's smoky sibling, Mezcal - the inspiration behind the eatery's name - and will boast over 25 different types of the spirit behind the bar.

Located in a former insurance brokers office on Hope Street, the new concept comes from the teams behind Glasgow's Halloumi, bibimbap and Rioja.

Restaurateurs Kevin Campbell and Toni Carbajosa have teamed up with Publican Ryan Bowman to bring an "authentic taste of Mexico's party capital" to Glasgow City Centre.

Dishes on the menu feature a selection of Tacos including Veracruz (Fish Taco) - fresh Scottish salmon, gluten free mexican tempura, veracruz sauce, cabbage and Asada (Beef Taco) - Flat iron steak, guacamole, pickled veg, caramelized onion, adobo and rocket.

Tostadas also feature and include De Atun - Fresh tuna, macha salsa, guacamole, watercress and De Pollo - Chicken, mexi bean puree, sour cream and coriander.

Classico Nachos and a range of delicious Salads and Ceviche will also be on offer.

The drinks list is designed by MEZCAL co-founder Ryan Bowman featuring a range of frozen Margaritas, Craft Beers, Wines and a wide selection of classic cocktails with a MEZCAL twist.

The taqueria and cantina bar on Hope Street aims to become the city’s go-to for a Mexican nightlife experience and will introduce live DJ’s playing a selection of the finest funk, house and disco tracks every Thursday to Saturday.

Founder and Restaurateur Kevin Campbell said: “MEZCAL is a place you can stop in for a bite, or stay all night listening to DJs, eating small plates and drinking delicious cocktails with friends.

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"We’re very excited to welcome everyone from far and wide to MEZCAL to drink, eat, party, dance on the tables and more than anything, enjoy a taste of Mexico city in the heart of Glasgow."

Colours inspired by the Mexican city of Monterrey are used to decorate the interior of MEZCAL with each wall is painted in a shade of either green, yellow or pink and teamed with pale pine wood furniture, neon signage and ceramic brick screens.

The restaurant and bar will be open until 1am and operate on a first-come, first serve basis - so no need for advance bookings. It will from open this week (from Monday 23rd) for a week of soft launch events, celebrating its official launch party on Friday 27th September.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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