America’s 11 best tequila and mezcal bars, Agave Runs Wild is in these establishments


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The agave plant is native to hot and arid regions of the Americas and is surprising to most people, especially for the delicious elixir that the plant produces, it requires very little extra water to survive besides producing edible flowers, the sap of the aloe vera plant is famous for producing pulp, which is an alcoholic drink. , Which can be distilled to produce mezcal (a derivative of tequila) as well as other lesser-known varieties (including: sottole, raicilla and bacanora). Agave plants are known locally as maguey, reaching a height of ten feet before maturity and living between eight to 20 years, with skilled gimadores removing the plant from the ground and pruning the plant so that only the core or albena remains. From albina, the juice is extracted and distilled to create a wide variety of taste notes to create beautiful aloe vera spirits. These bars and hotels across the United States have shown through their collections that they are among the highest in the world for agave spirit groups.

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Ámbar Restaurant (El Paso, Texas)

Newly restored, Plaza Pioneer Park Hotel It is a historic boutique property located in the heart of the city center Las Plazas arts district in El Paso. The iconic building has hosted everyone from locals to politicians to Hollywood stars since 1930 and now houses 130 luxurious suites, guest rooms, rooftop bar, lounge, and more. After the restoration was completed in 2020, a new lobby bar appeared in Ambar Restaurant Offers one of the largest selection of agave spirits in the country with over 800 bottles. The hotel is also home to one bottle Lalec Patron All over Texas ($ 1,750 per shot), sip tequila and mezcal, as well as Cummel, Black, and other rare Mexican spirits.

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Mama Rabbit Bar (Las Vegas, Nevada)

With a nod to mezcals and tequilas, Mama Rabbit Bar At Park MGM is the true Oaxacan experience featuring modern Mexican cocktails, entertainment, Okuda San Miguel’s surreal pop art installation and more. Taken from the name “Mayahuel”, the goddess of cactus and fertility, the brightly decorated 4,400 square feet of space is divided into three distinct spaces – a double-sided bar, a lounge and a bar. Mama Rabbit boasts the largest collection of spirits in Las Vegas, with more than 500 labels of mezcal and tequila, offering mezcal in traditional Oaxaca veladoras, and each molding includes a unique pairing to amplify its flavor, like the Oaxacan chocolate truffle. The bar also has tasting trips; A gourmet salt program used to make signature cocktails; And exclusive spirits, including rare finds like the world’s first barreled blanco tequila, a Centennial blend featuring 10 ancient tequila in one bottle that adds up to 100 years of age and the first mezcal in a luxurious Mendocino bowl of still brandy barrels.

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Madhuri! Restaurant and Mecaleria (West Hollywood, California)

the mother! Restaurant and mzcalleria, The mezcal bar and raised concept of Oaxacan, opened in West Hollywood in November 2020. A major departure from the two former locations of owner Evan Vasquez (with their prime location in Torrance and a smaller destination in the palms), this new dining concept focuses deeply on and embodies Oaxaca in all of its forms. In Madre! , Vasquez continues to buy mezcal from small mezcaleros, and gets all of his products directly from Oaxaca. The restaurant offers a large selection of over 400 rare Mezcal bottles, most of which are available in any restaurant or bar in the United States. Exclusive Payments for Madre! Includes: Real Minero-Largo, Espadin, and Cuishe; Chacolo Linho La Locura Pechuga-Raining Season. Last but not least, their most expensive offering is Real Minero Pechuga (Special Edition).

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La Contenta Restaurants (New York City, NY)

With two locations in New York City, one in the Lower East Side and the other in Greenwich Village, La Continenta Restaurants Have an agave-focused beverage program that serves one of the largest tequila and meskal selections in NYC. Supervised by beverage manager Alex Valencia – who hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Tequila’s birthplace – each La Continenta restaurant features more than 350 bottles of fine tequila and mescal. Boasting a wide range of regional mezcals and agave varieties, La Contenta was also the first restaurant in New York City to serve lesser-known spirits such as Sotul, Riscella, and Pacanura, served elegantly or in handcrafted cocktails as well as the Pulque (fermented succulent from the aloe vera plant) feature prominently In their lists.

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Mezcalería Tobalá (Austin, Texas)

On bustling 6th Street in Austin, Tobalá Mezcalería It is the modern Mezcal Hotel located in Whisler’s Mezcal on the second floor. The intimate space provides a hands-on experience with knowledgeable bartenders who share their passions and experiences, and it is only open on weekends from 7 pm-2am. Designed in traditional Oaxacan mezcal style, Mezcalaria Tobala features over 200 Mezcal selections, both from Espadin and wild and rare varieties. All the mezcal shows, some others Sotol, Bacanora and Racillia, are presented in traditional ships – copitas or veladoras, and they also offer Sal de Gusano-mezcal cruises for a completely immersive experience.

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Gracia (Seattle, Washington)

Founded on the deep admiration and reverence for Mexican culture and cuisine with GRACIA being the Spanish translation of the word grace, Funny Preserves and honors the history and techniques of traditional Mexican cuisine. Along with the chef / owner, there is a spiritual menu of 111 Mezcals, 93 different Tequilas, and 20 different types of Agave or Sottole that have their own classification that separates them from Mezcal and Tequila. List their agave (which can be found HereIt features unique aloe vera droppers – like Balancan Tuxca Artesanal that ferment the pulp into a bull’s skin and then drips spirit into tree trunks – along with some truly top notch pours into one or two ounces. Top mezcals, each at $ 100 / cast, include the Linda Montana, Del Maguey 1995 Stagg’s Leap Cask, While you get a whopping $ 140 Anejo Tequila blue class.

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Mad Dog & Beans (New York, New York)

Mad dog and beans It is an upscale informal Mexican cantina located in two locations in the city, one in the financial district and the other in the city center. It serves classic Mexican cuisine, margaritas, and a large selection of tequila. Besides serving a whopping 100-ounce margarita tower with four people required to finish it, they currently serve 145 different varieties of tequila and mezcal from 60 different brands. The most expensive bottle on their list is Tequila Clase Azul Añejo and right behind it is Tequila Gran Patrón Piedra Extra Añejo. In regards to the mescals on the list, the most recognizable one is the Scorpion 7 Years (a discontinued type that has a real scorpion in it!) At $ 64 apiece.

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Presfighter (Emeryville, California)

Near the Berkeley-Emeryville border, Presfighter It is a community cocktail bar that embodies the industrial feel of the neighborhood. Whether on the patio outside or indoors, it features a large cocktail menu, 122 Mezcals, and 26 Tequilas. The Mezcal issue includes a ‘Rare and Custom’ section that houses all Del Maguey Vinos de Mezcal bottles including special packaging and other rare examples from Neta, Vago and Wahaka Mezcals.

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Pony room (San Diego, California)

at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, A Spanish-inspired enclave in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and guests are served with fresh and seasonal dining experiences. Equestrian theme Pony room The bar and restaurant (which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner) offers an extensive tequila program led by mixologist, Ted Gibson. The bar and restaurant are located on the ground floor, and they serve over 100 different varieties of tequila, which are available for tasting and used in handcrafted cocktails – especially on the restaurant’s margarita menu. The Pony Room offers live music during dinner service from Wednesday to Sunday, and is a favorite with locals and resort guests alike.

Mezcalista (Miami, Florida)

Newly opened Moxy South Beach A hotel that brings a blend of elegance, luxury and elevated comfort to the region will open the Mezcalista this spring, an intimate mezcal-focused lounge offering over 100 varieties of mezcal and tequila. Designed by Saladino Design Studios and run by the team behind Miami-based famous Coyo Taco, the new hotspot will offer a selection of flights as well as specialty mezcal-focused cocktails created by award-winning mixologist Christian Rubio, known for the masterful combination of herbs, fruits and spirits Mexican.

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Electra Cocktail Club (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Located on the casino floor of The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Electra Cocktail Club Currently open from Friday – Sunday from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., the back bar at Electra offers an innovative clash of energy and elegance, and features a variety of spirits with an emphasis on rum, agricoles, and mezcals. With a total of 35 different tequila and 71 different mezcal options, barman Sam Ross uses these spirits to showcase cocktails that feature imagination and fun while leaning toward the tropics. Standout features include an elegant molding from the rare Clase Azul Día de Muertos 2020 Edition (only 2,000 bottles have been created worldwide) to Puntagave’s Bacanora or Raicilla, or the Age of Aquarius signature cocktail (Mezcal, passionfruit, lemon, honey, and Campari).


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