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.
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.
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