“Friendly neighbourhood bar” is the description of this upmarket watering hole, and those kind of places are becoming something of a rarity these days, especially round my way. Independent bars are feeling the squeeze, absorbed by identikit chain pubs run by name-tagged Kevins straight out of college, so the denizens of San Pedro, Mexico, can count themselves lucky to have a bar of the calibre of Gomez, named after the Mexican politician Gómez Morín.
Morín’s party leaned left and right depending on the needs of the country, so it’s safe to assume the barfly’s at the beautiful black-topped, multi-species wooden chequerboard bar will have plenty to debate as they enjoy their drinks. On the walls surrounding the main bar is a continuation of the stool arrangement with a thin mirror placed to reflect the action behind. Sandwiching the mirror is décor sporting an eclectic set of motifs – skateboards and bow-ties, flags and dinosaurs – which is the fine work of branding firm Savvy, who were also responsible for the other graphic elements and the interiors themselves – although I’m not sure about the recurring Rolling Stones/Kiss tongue, drooling at regular intervals, it’s otherwise a classy affair. The picket-fenced outside space can be dismantled in a trice, but the old school cool of the interior leaves a lasting impression.