Tequila bars in London
The Wardour Street branch of Wahaca may be heaving with Mexican food fans, but in the basement is where it’s really at. The Azulito Bar (which translates as Little Blue Bar, aw), has around 80 types of tequila in stock. Try añejo at ambient temperature or one of the many blancos served with Wahaca’s home-made sangrita – a little shot of tomato, grenadine, orange and spices on the side. Or warm up to the harder stuff at the margarita bar.
Surprisingly enough, Covent Garden gives good tequila. Check it out at the bar in Café Pacifico, where they have a dedicated list of tequila cocktails, including your more standard palomita (tequila, grapefruit, lime and agave syrup) and bold creations like the Morenita with tequila, vermouth, mint, cherry and elderflower. The venue was founded by Tomas Estes, the man behind Tequila Ocho, so try it in all shades and vintages here.
This laidback joint is packed to the rafters at weekends with hip young things looking for a vertical feed. They’ll need to knock back the tacos at Del 74 as the tequila policy is liberal. Margaritas fly from the bar with reckless abandon. Make friends with the bar staff and you may end up doing shots all night long. Pray for a free pass in the morning, my friend. It was fun though, wasn’t it?
A 30-strong list of blancos, reposados and añejos won’t be the only thing to raise your pulse at La Bodega Negra, a Soho Mexican joint with a façade like a sex shop. Order it by the shot, carafe or bottle and let the good times roll. Cocktails are another reason for fiesta, with four variations on the margarita as well as new concoctions. For something out of the ordinary, the pepino combines tequila with cucumber.
Descend to the basement at El Camion. It’s one of those places a little off the radar, and we love it all the more for it. Day of the Dead masks embellish the walls and old creaky cupboards display what seems like hundreds of bottles of tequila. Choose from margaritas, batidas and classic tequila cocktails or stick with shots served with house-made sangrita. Best of all? This dirty dog is open until 3am for members.
This little shack of a bar in Dalston has more than a holiday feel about it and is already famous for its Ginger Mojito (at just £5 a pop!). But next time you stop by for a wild one in east London, try the tequila and watermelon or the tequila and grapefruit instead. Both hella refreshing, simple and served long with heaps of ice. Nab a seat outside and pretend you’re in Acapulco.
What’s better than a row of tequila shots racked up at the bar? A bloody train full of them, that’s what. If you head to this Mexican hangout in Chelsea, you better round up your pals for the Jose Cuervo Express, which brings six or ten shots to your table for £55 or £100 respectively (and it’s always on time). Stick with the cosy vibes on the menu of sharing drinks, or move on over to a range of six frozen margaritas at this slick party bar.
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