Ask anyone in the industry what one of their favourite bars in Mexico is and La Capilla will be up there at the top. From the outside (and even inside) it might not look all that, with huge football trophies, odd frames and random bits donning the walls, but swanky interiors and impressive pours ain’t what this place is about. The legend lies in the owner. Don Javier is 92 years old and lives at the back of the bar (and when we say the back of the bar we mean through those tiny saloon doors you’re probably sitting in front of, no, that isn’t the toilet).
With a man and his guitar serenading the whole bar with Spanish songs, the best guacamole in town in the LARGEST bowl you can imagine and their signature drink created in the 1950s, the Batanga (coke, tequila and lime) stirred with Don Javier’s knife – we we’re in heaven, and boy did they flow.
If you try to recreate the Batanga at home and you’re not sure why it tastes different, it’s probably because the Coca Cola in Mexico uses cane sugar instead of the corn syrup sugary sh*t in the UK. That and because you aren’t using his infamous knife which no doubt holds all sorts of powers.