From a dimly lit corner of Mercado San Cosme comes a glow which as one draws nearer reveals itself to be a shrine, erected in worship of the hard-hitting plant brew mezcal. Probably not the healthiest kind of worship, but who goes to a bar to be healthy?
The former butcher’s shop in Berlin’s Mitte district is still a bit of an animal. Serving up the alcoholic equivalent of red meat, the Mexican bar and crafts gallery is as head-spinning as six shots in a row. Previously featured Mexican designers SAVVY delivered the knockout interior blows – with Spaniards Pablo Limón and Nano4814 in their corner – beginning with two intimidating steel doors which swing open to reveal the exhibition space, still partially obscured by a lattice screen in the style of the Mexican-German artist Mathias Goeritz.
To venture further in is to be sucked into a world of modernism, the rooms a tribute to another notable Mexican design inspiration, Luis Barragán. A wall of thorns serves as a coat hanger, while throughout his signature segments of colour catch the eye. Boxy furniture sits on a geometric tiled floor that’s reflected in the the zig-zagged bar, which looks like it’s about to bite. Don’t say you weren’t warned.