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Queenstown’s first dedicated Agaveria opens

Little Mez manager Stu Campbell, with co-owners James Ace and Future Hospitality Group’s Bert Haines.

Queenstown’s first dedicated Tequila and mezcal-inspired cocktail bar opens its doors this week.

Little Mez is the latest creation from the team at Future Hospitality Group, which owns and operates many of the resort town’s hospitality venues.

The Agaveria will be known as the ‘Mexican Liquor Merchants’ with more than 80 Tequilas and mezcals, direct from Mexico.

Situated below its Mexican-inspired sister restaurant, Margo’s, in an out-of-the-way basement off Queenstown Mall, Little Mez will feature a range of liquors exclusively, with bottle prices ranging from $60 to $850 or bespoke bottles up to $3,000.

“Some are the only ones in New Zealand, which means when it’s gone, it’s gone,” says co-owner, James Ace. “Most of them though, if you can find them you’ll only find them in one or two other venues in the country.

“Little Mez is Queenstown’s first dedicated Agaveria introducing you to Tequila or mezcal-based cocktails, top shelf agave-based spirits, organic wines, and Mexican beers.

“If margaritas aren’t your thing, visitors can settle in at the bar and sip neat from a locally hand-made clay cup. The team’s also been working hard on delivering a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail menu!”

Future Hospitality Group has opened two new venues – Margo’s and the Queenstown Ice Bar – in the past two years. It also operates lakeside outlets Little Blackwood and Minus 5º ICE BAR.

It currently is a finalist in four categories in the Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2022.

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