Remember when Mexican food was a box of hard-shelled tacos, a block of cheddar and a packet of spice mix? Thankfully, we've moved on from those days. Not only are Melbourne's next-generation cantinas importing the obscure chillies, types of corn and other ingredients required to make authentic Mexican food, they have the drinks to match. So do it like the Mexicans do: order a few rounds of tacos or tostadas, and match with a michelada, tequila or mezcal.

Hotel Jesus

Venue number two from the Mamasita crew.

176 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

Little Hop

Los Hermanos is in permanent residency.

277 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Mesa Verde

Where drinks and food are paid equal attention.

6 252 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Hello José

Inspired by a trip to Tulum.

85 Peel Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

El Chino

Where authentic and experimental ideas are combined.

214 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North VIC 3068

The Black Toro

Cocktail jugs add to the fun.

79 Kingsway
Glen Waverley VIC 3150

Trippy Taco

Authentic? No. Delicious? Yes.

234 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Cantina

The party vibe is strong with this one.

2 Acland Street
St Kilda VIC 3182