Just keep on repressing those teenage memories of the bottle with the red plastic sombrero on it, because crap tequila is the equivalent of Fruity Lexia cask wine – you only drink it when you’re young and dumb. At Tio’s, they’ve got around 120 different spirits on their books and some of them are exceptionally difficult to get in this country, but after 10 years in the game, this team knows what they're doing. So well, in fact, that over the last decade, they have served over 100,000 Margaritas.
Play your cards right and in a quiet moment the bartenders will walk you through some of the extra special stuff, like the Los Dazantes mezcal that burns like a grass fire and extinguishes as quickly with a mineral, citrus, salty herbal flavour. Or maybe you just want a Parallel cocktail made with mezcal, green mango, lemongrass and lime leaf that lets salty sweet and sour spiral around your tongue. Or just order a Paloma and let the hours fly by to the sound of Mexican surf-rock and the rustle of paper bags that the free spiced popcorn comes in.
If you're keen on something more substantial to soak up all those after-work bevvies, grab yourself a plate of roast pork, chorizo and frijoles nachos (vegan and gluten free options available for those with dietary requirements).
While the party never seems to stop here, if you want to take home a slice of the action, the Tio's family are responsible for the insanely popular and equally delicious OK! Margarita seltzer, the favourite child of sister venue Cantina OK.