The best places to drink mezcal in London
Celebrate Mexico’s perennial plant and giver of mezcal at a Covent Garden bar legendary for the hard stuff. Although they’re perhaps better known here for being at the centre of the tequila universe (tequila is a type of mezcal, FYI), they stock a solid range of mezcals too.
Either the best idea ever or a recipe for a resaca (that’s hangover in Spanish, hombre), Dalston party bar Del 74 offers pay-as-you-go pouring bottles of mezcal to its tables of taco-scoffing diners. A marker on the bottle will indicate how much you get through and best of all, there’s no such thing as shame in the fun-loving joint.
This basement is one of those Soho sweet spots – hidden away, a little bit naughty and packed to the rafters with mezcal. They list close to 50 varieties, from common espadín to rare and wonderful tepeztate.
Drink a variety of mezcals by the glass (there are 23 to try in total) or get the cocktails in at this Mexican restaurant near London Bridge. The piña al carbón is like a smoky piña colada.
Venue says A vibrant Mexican restaurant with an upstairs tequila and mezcal bar, serving authentic regional Mexican cuisine and cocktails.
One for the hardcore fans, this resident bar inside Haggerston’s Curio Cabal serves flights of the stuff with wedges of orange and sal de gusano (yep, that’s worm salt) on the side. Visiting here if like a trip to mezcal school – swot up on the Mexcian spirit.
You’ve probably heard about the meaty morsels dished up here, but they’re also proud of their mezcal offering at Neil Rankin’s restaurant. You’ll find staff talking knowledgeably about ‘terroir’ like they’re in a posh City wine bar.
Venue says Saturday Brunch; £20pp for sharing steaks, eggs and pastrami poutine. Plus half priced bottles of Champagne. Every Saturday 11am - 4pm
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