Slammers, shots and crippling hangovers have given tequila a bad wrap that it doesn't deserve; but to be honest, if you're knocking back the cheap stuff from a plastic shot glass, your head deserves that two-day pounding. However if you're prepared to enjoy Tequila the BarChick way, and by that, we mean sipped gently, or in epic cocktails served by those in the know, then this sweet spot in Dalston is where it's at.
Deano Moncrieffe is the man behind it all. We thought our job was goals but he has the enviable job of "luxury tequila Ambassador for Diageo Reserve" and he's picked up a fair bit of tequila knowledge over the years. And it doesn't stop at tequila. He's opened this full-blown "agaveria" off the back of it, which features all types of agave spirits, so it's heavy on the mezcal, too. It's called Hacha, but it's pronounced "Acha"... As in, he's got a whole loada epic drinks and authentic Mexican dishes comin' right Acha! Golden hour bathes the 40 seater venue in plenty of light each evening, so either take a seat in the window alongside the cacti, and watch the sun cover your table, or perch at the bar where you can pick Deano's brain on the best serves to order.
The signature serve may look like like a glass of water, but on reflection, you'll find one helluva Mirror Margarita -- a whole other kinda thirst quencher. It’s all about delicate vibes & a super fresh taste served on tap from a giant glass pina. It's made with malic acid rather than lime juice, so you can keep drinking it without that acrid, cheek decaying feeling on the mouth after one too many (if there is such a thing) Then there's their epic, rotating "Agave List" which sits on one long shelf behind the bar. It's got 25 bottles; industry faves, a few newcomers and a couple of rare bottles that even the most seasoned agave drinker might not recognise. They weave their way in and out of the cocktail menu or are paired with flavour enhancers to compliment the notes of the spirits. It's a full agave education and the learning never stops. Easy to justify a return visit. F*ck yeah.