Espita Mezcaleria is Washington DC’s premier southern Mexican restaurant and Mezcal bar. All of our dishes and drinks begin with respect for the past before we transform them into something special and innovative.
At Espita, we wanted to create a sense of place inside the restaurant, to transport our guests to Oaxaca the moment they step through our doors. We are an art-focused restaurant because we believe that you eat with your eyes first, and the art on the walls should be as engaging as the food on the plate.
We worked with designer Rachel Aikens of Reid & Taylor Studio in New York City to create an environment that has a warm industrial interior that comes together with authentic Oaxacan art. From the overall design down to the finer details, we view Espita Mezcaleria as a place where you can experience the culture, food, and spirits of Southern Mexico in a relaxed, visually interesting, and fun setting in the vibrant neighborhood of Shaw in Washington, D.C.
The backdrop of Espita features interior murals that were created by Yescka, an internationally renowned Oaxacan street artist and founder of the political art collection ASARO (Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca), Cesar Chavez, also of ASARO, and Kate DeCiccio, a stencil artist and arts educator based in D.C.
Our bathroom walls were painted by Sandra Phillips, a Philadelphia-based artist who also designed our logo. The rabbits are inspired by images of the Centzon Totochtin, the children of the Aztec Goddess Mayahuel and her god husband Petecatl.
The reclaimed wood drop ceiling, etched exterior sign, rolled steel bar surfaces, wood benches, bar stools, and host stands were all custom designed for Espita by Rachel at Reid & Taylor and fabricated by BLKWD Inc. of Brooklyn, NY.