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Puesto's newest concept, Roma Norte, will showcase a bar program designed by acclaimed bartender Beau du Bois
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With Mexico City’s abundance of top-notch restaurants and bar programs alongside its vibrant culture, it’s no wonder that skilled chefs and beverage directors are turning their eyes toward its capital city for inspiration. And more specifically, the neighborhood of Roma Norte.

Now, San Diegans can taste what Mexico City has to offer without hopping on a plane. This summer, the group behind Puesto is opening Roma Norte, a high-end cocktail bar inspired by the capital city next to their space at The Headquarters.

Behind the project will be Beau du Bois, current vice president of bar & spirits at Puesto and Marisi, who has been racking up accolades like one of America’s Top 25 Bartenders by The Daily Meal, Zagat’s 30 Under 30 in Los Angeles, Eater LA’s Bartender of the Year 2014 for the past 20 years. He was also responsible for the cocktail program at the three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood. 

At Roma Norte, he’ll have creative control to develop a program using his decades of experience traveling, bartending, and creating. By focusing on “Central and South American spices, aromatics and botanicals to capture the essence of the eclectic cocktail bars in Roma Norte,” du Bois’ menu will feature around 20 different cocktails, split between two categories: immersive and signature.

The first will be “cocktails that we put a lot of work into,” and the second will be “beautiful cocktails that represent our brand, represent what we’re inspired by that are anchored by ingredients from Central and South America.”

He says to expect ingredients like coconut, spirits like pisco and garnishes like eucalyptus for a dazzling array of aromas, flavors, and mouthfeels, but not to assume the menu will be strictly tequila and mezcal. “When you visit these bars in Mexico City, it’s a very balanced menu,” he says, with a wide variety of spirits incorporated throughout. He wants to provide a welcoming space—snobbery “just isn’t vogue anymore,” he laughs—bolstered by what he thinks could be the best cocktail program in the city. 

Everything will be pairable with chef Erik Aronow’s menu of small plates centered around seafood, but the cocktails themselves will be used as a jumping-off point rather than vice versa. The bar sprawls across 3,000-square-feet, including the patio, seating nearly 100 people. 

Roma Norte will be open five days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Du Bois says he saw late-night service as a massive void in the San Diego hospitality industry. “Even some of the most notable cocktail bars in San Diego are still shuttering at 10 p.m.,” he says. “Where do the people who work at those bars go for a drink?” 

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By Beth Demmon

Beth Demmon is an award-winning writer and podcaster whose work regularly appears in national outlets and San Diego Magazine. Her first book, The Beer Lover's Guide to Cider, is now available. Find out more on

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