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Where to drink agave spirits in Hong Kong

Shrug off your daily blues with a sip of tequila and then some

Tatum Ancheta
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Tatum Ancheta
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Time Out editors
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Tequila and its smoky cousin mezcal are one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented spirits in the bar. It usually gets its bad rep from people downing shots like there’s no tomorrow. Thanks to Mexican restaurants and bars in the city now offering various approaches to using and drinking agave spirits, Hongkongers are gaining a newfound love for this distilled spirit. So, if you’re looking to explore agave spirits – even beyond tequila – in the city, here’s a list of places you should hit up in town.

RECOMMENDED: Tequila not your thing? Whether you’re looking to drink whisky, rum, gin, or sake, here’s our guide to the best bars in the city to visit right now.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Sheung Wan

If you need more proof that Hong Kong has embraced the luxurious side of agave, just check out Coa, hailed as the top bar in Asia and seventh in the World’s 50 Best Bars. Excellent Oaxaca-inspired cocktails sit comfortably alongside a formidably thorough menu of tequila, mezcal, sotol, and other agave spirits. Thankfully, the staff are exceptionally well informed and will be happy to extol the virtues of anything that catches your eye. If you’d like to learn about agave spirits, catch Coa’s agave spirits tastings entitled Mezcal Mission, where you’ll not only learn about these Mexican drinks but also do so for a cause as classes are geared at raising funds for various charities. 

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Sheung Wan

Housed within Ovolo's The Sheung Wan hotel, Te Quiero Mucho welcomes guests with modern Mexican fare and plenty of tequilas, mezcals, and craft cocktails. After undergoing renovations, it reopened in the latter part of 2021 with a new look, a new set of dishes, and a new chef. Look out for mouthwatering takes on classic Mexican street food served in hand-picked artisanal crockery made in ancient mesquite wood ovens in Tonalá Jalisco, Mexico. On July 24, celebrate World Tequila Day by trying one (or all) of the new cocktails available at Te Quiero Mucho, including three new margaritas (cinnamon, hibiscus, and ginger) and new sangria flavours like mango, pineapple, and raspberry twists.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Kennedy Town
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Aside from a selection of crispy tacos and other mouthwatering dishes, Chino – a Mexican style restaurant inspired by Japanese ingredients – the restaurant serves an extensive selection of mezcal, tequila, sotol, and raicilla in 45ml pours that can be served neat, on the rocks, or as a highball. Head here for the laid-back K-Town vibes, good food, and an equally great selection of drinks.   

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Kennedy Town

Although a restaurant first and foremost, the cocktails at 11 Westside are well worth heading to Kennedy Town for. The stunning exposed concrete walls, leather banquettes, chic chandelier, and other quirky design touches only serve to punctuate the quality of the tipples. Hit up their list of tequila and mezcal menu, or enjoy it in Palomas or Margaritas. Head to its adjacent bar, The Wilshire, if you're looking for some serious craft tipples.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Tsim Sha Tsui East

Named after Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, this Tsim Sha Tsui East restaurant serves its signature takes on classic Mexican cuisine with Southeast Asian touches. Come here for laid-back meals and refreshing cocktails. Their drink menu serves up a selection of known tequila brands and various kinds of Margaritas, including beetroot and kale flavours. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Kennedy Town

This comfortable spot fits in nicely in Kennedy Town. It sits next to the ocean and has a wonderfully laid-back vibe as well as a robust selection of tequila and Mexican gastronomic delights. It’s a more casual option than 11 Westside up the road, so see which fits your mood best.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

On the Kowloon side, head over to Tequila Jack’s, and authentic Mexican Cantina serving classic Mexican fare and libations. Their drink menu features many brands of tequila that you can order per shot or in a cocktail. For refreshing drinks sip on any of their frozen Margarita variations. They also stock some interesting Mexican beers available nowhere else in the city. 

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