If you’re athletic enough to make it up the infamous Curtin House stairs, we think you’ve earned something substantial from the tasty dinner and bar snack menu at Mesa Verde. The daunting tequila list is not to be taken lightly (or on an empty stomach) and the Margaritas even come with a choice of eight salts.
That said, a healthy smattering of playful touches ensures that the thoughtful, quality fare isn’t served with a side of a pretension. Between a snack-size cheeseburger (conjured up as an ode to America’s White Castle fast food chain) and the bartender’s vibrantly coloured T-shirts, designed by local label PAM, it’s difficult not to feel relaxed here. As if that weren't reason enough to check it out, duck up on a Tuesday evening to grab a couple of tacos and a beer, all for $15.
Although the bar might aim for a casual air, no detail has been overlooked. Take the cutlery for example, which takes the form of repurposed wares courtesy of local jeweller Marcos Davidson, ensuring the journey from plate to mouth is both aesthetically and gastronomically beautiful.
The sixth floor of Curtin House has been overlooked too long, but we think the right tenants have finally come along and they've definitely made the climb worthwhile.