The best mezcal bars in London

Tequila's smoky and sexy sibling is going up in the world. Here are the best places to drink mezcal in London
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For those wanting to take their taste for tequila to the next level, it’s time to meet its smoky, sexy and sumptuous sibling: mezcal. 

Unlike tequila, which is made only from blue agave in select regions in Mexico, mezcal is made from the heart (or piña) from up to over 30 species of the agave plant. The piñas are cooked in underground pit ovens, which gives the spirit its distinctive smoky flavour, before being mashed and left to ferment. The liquid produced is then distilled in clay or copper pots, again altering the flavour. 

Of course, the best way to get to grips with mezcal is to try a whole bunch of it. Which is why we’ve traveled the length and width of London to find the best bars to drink mezcal. 

The best places to drink mezcal in London

Restaurants, Mexican

Café Pacifico

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

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.

 

Restaurants, Mexican

Del 74 Dalston

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

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.  

 

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Bars and pubs, Mezcalerias

The Pink Chihuahua

icon-location-pin London

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.

Restaurants, Mexican

Santo Remedio

icon-location-pin London Bridge

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.

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Bars and pubs, Mezcalerias

Sin Gusano

icon-location-pin De Beauvoir Town

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.

 

Restaurants

Temper City

icon-location-pin Bank

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

Time Out says

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