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    Mexican fare with a sport-bar vibe at Scorpion Bar

    Barry Chin/Globe Staff

    Where to Scorpion Bar Patriot Place, a new Mexican-themed restaurant from Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire, Red Lantern, GEM).

    What for A sexy-tequila-meets-sports-bar experience.

    The scene Classic rock is thumping, and the place is full on a Friday night. Walls are covered in wood planks and adorned with skulls, red light shining between the cracks. Wrought iron antique chandeliers hang from mirrored ceilings. A TV screen takes up the better part of one wall. Women in date-night outfits sprawl on divans; dates sip from scorpion bowls and gaze into each other’s eyes. Young dudes in backward ball caps cluster at the bar, and groups take selfies at round tables. A bachelorette party arrives, everyone wearing “Bride’s Friend” T-shirts. At the bar, a group of diners descend on a caddy of hot sauce with glee. They finish their margaritas. “Would you like another?” asks one of the sweet bartenders, well coached to never let anyone get parched.

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    What you’re eating An assortment of Mexican-inspired fare — from guacamole, tacos, and enchiladas to carne asada “Philly” rolls, cheeseburger burritos, and “screaming” Scorpion chalupas.

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    Care for a drink? Margaritas are here in many flavors, along with a host of other cocktails, scorpion bowls, and a long roster of tequilas. Wine and cerveza too.

    Overheard Talk about the Red Sox, tequila, and suburban disputes over driveways. “She had my sister when she was 19. She was a grandmother at 38. Can you imagine,” one woman asks another. “I feel like the worst cougar,” says another with a giggle. A new song comes on. “Where’s the dance floor?,” a man asks his friends. “There’s all ages of people here!,” someone observes. “I know! That’s what’s really funny,” her friend replies. “I feel like I’m at Disney right now,” a man tells his wife. A group of bros order tequila shots. The bartender smiles as she serves them. “That’s so pure you won’t have a hangover,” she says.

    253 Patriot Place, Foxborough, 617-274-1745 (or 617-274-1744 if you’re a VIP), www.scorpionpatriotplace.com

    Devra First can be reached at dfirst@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @devrafirst.