This modern bar in Oaxaca is named Expendio Tradición, meaning “dispensing tradition,” a concept designer Ezequiel Farca utilized to create a space that’s seeped in the Chagoya family’s 140-year-old tradition, producing mezcal. Materials such as recycled mezcal barrels, traditional black clay tiles, and handmade cement floor tiles, which generated local work and economic sustainability, are featured throughout the space.
The mezcal bar occupies a former house in Oaxaca. Out of respect for the original structure, the home's façade was left intact.
A wall of mezcal plants greets visitors upon arrival.
Wood paneling covers the walls, bottles of mezcal decorate soft-lit shelves, and red cords dangle vintage-style bulbs overhead. Baby mezcal plants are placed as centerpieces at each table.
Black and white tiles add dramatic flair to the hallway that leads to the restrooms. The textural wood paneling found in the bar area wraps around one wall for continuity.
A renowned local artist, Francisco Toledo, created the original metalwork, adding yet another regional touch to the interior design.
The bar is the focal point of the space, which accommodates a range of activities, including mezcal presentations and tastings.