Bars , Lounges East Village
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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
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Barkeep Phil Ward focuses on tequila and its cousin, mescal, at this East Village haute cantina. His wonderful menu features a cool-as-marble Cinquenta Cinquenta—a pairing of chamomile-infused reposado tequila and white vermouth that goes down like iced tea. The Slynx cocktail is a liquid campfire of aged tequila, applejack, bitters and a smoky rinse of mescal. The craftsmanship in the drinks is equaled in the bar menu, featuring shareable snacks like crispy plantain tostones and popcorn dolled up with cotija cheese, ancho chili and lime. Despite its many strengths, Mayahuel wears its ambitions lightly. With so many of today’s top-tier cocktail bars lousy with vanity, that humility is a welcome departure.

Venue name: Mayahuel
Address: 304 E 6th St
New York
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: 6pm–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average drink: $13. AmEx, MC, V
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Kristen R

Dark and sexy! Great place for a first date. The space is overall pretty small with the downstairs comprised of intimate booths and tables and the upstairs dripped with beautiful chandeliers and tiled tables. The cocktail list is primarily tequilas and mezcal drinks, but EXTENSIVE- I've had the Spicy Paloma and the El Pichon (both delish). The food is good, but the main show is the cocktail list!  

lily r

The cocktail menu at this speakeasy type bar is very extensive and incredible. I've also never seen so many tequilas in my life. There is a high end cocktail den appeal without coming off as pretentious. This is definitely a great place to catch an after work drink with a friend. 

Amy Cavanaugh

Explore the world of tequila at Mayahuel, which has a massive list of tequila and other agave spirits, like sotol. These aren't your standard cheap, giant margs—instead the cocktails are refined and spirits are available by the pour. Order tacos to pad your stomach.