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.

Bodega Underground

A late-night shrine to tacos and mezcal.

55 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Hotel Jesus

Venue number two from the Mamasita crew.

174 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.

Level 6, Curtin House 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

Trippy Taco

Authentic? No. Delicious? Yes.

234 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065