A Mexico City-inspired cocktail bar downtown.
Inspired by the sophistication, style and sensibilities of Mexico City, Adios (located in The Dagny building on 2218 1st Ave N.) serves great cocktails built from the flavors of Mexico. Opened back in November by José Medina Camacho and Jesús Méndez, two of Birmingham’s hospitality industry veterans, Adios has been a popular addition to the city’s nightlife.
“Adiós is something that José and I have been wanting to do for a long time,” states Jesús Méndez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner. Our goal is to introduce new ingredients and flavors to guests, while welcoming them into a place that immediately feels like home. Hospitality and caring for others is at the root of everything we do, so we want this to be a space for people to celebrate, grieve, meet new friends, or just sit at the bar and tell us about their day.”
Both born in Mexico, Camacho and Méndez immigrated with their families to northern Alabama in the early 90s and began working in the food & beverage industry at an early age. Adios combines their professional expertise with passion for sharing their Latino heritage and culture with the larger Alabama community.
Méndez has worked at several restaurants that have made a mark on his career, most notably Highlands Bar & Grill, and now owns many thriving establishments including Unos Tacos and The Louis in The Pizitz Food Hall. Camacho, who has overseen the beverage programs of some of the city’s most well-known spots including Little Donkey, Octane, The Marble Ring and most recently Automatic Seafood & Oysters, is passionate about introducing and expanding the repertoire of Mexican inspired cocktails.
The space, designed by Morgan Sowards, will transport guests to Mexico City from the moment they step foot through the door. Inside, large tropical plants are abundant and the walls graced with art such as antique stained glass from a chapel in Mexico and prints from Oaxacan artist, @arch.oax, as well as a Día de los Muertos ofrenda to offer patrons an opportunity to celebrate the life of lost loved ones year-round. Bringing pieces of their culture and family into the bar is important for the team, and they are thrilled to share with all who enter Adiós.
For more information, follow along on Instagram @adiosbar or visit www.adiosbham.com.