On the Drive, the locus for discerning people in search of good food and a great cocktail, look for the neon pink sign that simply states: “Mezcal”. It’s fresh and unfussy with a touch of kitsch, a bit like a side-of-the-road taco stand with Mexican folk music in the background and Mexican folk working behind the bar.
With the finest selection of small-batch mezcal and tequila this side of Mexico, it’s always busy. Come in, put your name down, go have a drink somewhere else, and they’ll call you when they have room. Try to sit at the bar; once you see the mezcal list, you’ll want access to the experts. We started with a Paloma (grapefruit, tequila, soda, lime and salt), a Mexico City favourite.
The bar is born of La Taqueria restaurant, so the food is fresh, organic, local and made for sharing - tacos all round. BarChick chased them with mezcal, the Sin Piedad Repoasado (translation “without mercy”) and left with a smile so big it could be seen from Central America. As the saying goes: Para todo mal mezcal, para todo bien tambien (that’s "for everything bad, mezcal; for everything good, the same”).