Above the popular cocktail bar Whisler's sits Mezcalería Tobalá, a small, speakeasy-style one-room bar with a large selection of mescal. It can be intimidating to walk in here without a base knowledge of the spirit, but the bartenders are happy to guide you (through a flight, perhaps?). Varieties include Mexicano, Arroqueño, Tobalá and others, and you can opt for a half pour in a clay copita or a full pour in a veladora glass once you've found a favorite.
Shots, shots, shots! Or, you know, a margarita. However you imbibe your tequila, the best tequila and mescal bars in Austin are helping you get your fix. Some can be found within Austin's best Mexican restaurants, while others are more intimate watering holes worth a stop after you've wolfed down a fantastic taco. Check out our favorite tequila and mescal bars in Austin for quality agave liquor (and no, your bottle should not have a worm in it).