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A good-time Latina cantina, El Patrón has a decor of peeling painted woods and a smattering of Mexican tourist tat leaves you with few doubts about the theme. So too the food: nicely char-grilled chicken or flank steak, well-packed quesadillas, burritos, tacos and tortillas, traditional sides and salads, plus weekend brunch specials are among the keenly priced dishes served in the casual ground-floor dining room. Downstairs, party animals camp it up – with free stick-on moustaches and fiesta props – to DJ sets and live music. There’s a handy range of Tequilas behind the bar; Cleo Rocos’ AquaRiva, the house pour, informs various fruity Margaritas, Mules, Sours and Tiki-style serves from £7. Our recommendation? Try Escobar’s Secret (mezcal, crème de mûre, vanilla, lime, apple and ginger ale) or go OTT on El Patrón’s party bowls (from £35).