An absolutely stonking addition to the Newcastle drinking scene which I'd no idea existed but had been recommended when drinking in the Toon the day before.
Once informed of the MEC's existence, I'd locked on target via the medium of Google maps and had noted that the licence currently only runs to 22:30. I arrived on this lovely mid June Friday night at just after 22:00 and although the sky was still sunlit, I didn't have too long to get involved.
Centrally sited at Haymarket in an unorthodox former newsagents, which on one side has NHS signage for the North East Foot Centre and the other side signage proclaiming MEAN EYED CAT, it's apparent that if you're partial to the principle of killing two birds with one stone, and a fan of great beer but also suffer from bunions, corns or the dreaded verruca, you've seemingly appropriately landed on your proverbial plates and just about hit the jackpot in these two fields.
All are welcome at the MEC, including those not receiving the local services of a practising podiatrist and it was certainly busy on this night but I managed to find a vacant berth and was soon sampling a number of the amazing cask and keg beers.
And what's this? Empanadas. Blimey, I had a veg chilli one which was great and looked around at some of the great Mexican artefacts.
With such authentic Mexican leanings, I asked if they had any mezcal and they did, plus a brilliant verdita (little green) to accompany it in alternate sips, similar to a sangrita.
It was soon time to go although I enjoyed the whole place so much I came back the following night and picked-up from where I left off.
A great team operate the cat controls and I spoke to Julie on the first night I visited, partnered by David, saying how super the whole operation was.
There's some great Newcastle drinking spots, including the nearby Town Mouse, but none quite like the MEC so do yourself a big favour and seek it out.
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