The Top Tequila Bars in the U.S. Slideshow
April 23, 2013
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, Arlington, Va.
One of the newest taqueria/tequilerias in the Washington, D.C. area, Fuego Cocina knocks it out of the park with its unusual tequila lineup. Along with the regular old tequilas you might expect to see on the list (Jose Cuervo, Patrón, Avión), there are plenty of gems hidden on the list. Asombroso? El Tesoro? Del Maguey Pechuga mezcal? There’s no stone (or tequila bottle) left unturned. Come for the tequila, but stay for the interesting cocktail menu (with options like the Gherkin Fresca with Sauza Blue Silver, Hendricks Gin, jalapeño simple syrup, and cucumber-lime agua fresca) and handmade tacos with hand-patted tortillas.
La Cava Del Tequila, Orlando, Fla.
La Cava del Tequila may be the coolest place to get a drink in all of Disney World. Located in Epcot, the tequila bar and restaurant has more than 100 tequilas to choose from.With not one, but two CRT (Tequila Regulatory Council)-certified tequila ambassadors, La Cava Tequila will help you navigate a menu of intense blancos, complex reposados, and velvety smooth añejos. La Cava also offers a number of mezcals, sipping tequilas, and exquisite hand-crafted margaritas prepared with flavored salts, spices, and fresh tropical fruits. Their knowledgeable staff and extensive menu make La Cava del Tequila the ultimate tequila bar experience, a must-visit for locals and Disney-goers alike.
Mayahuel, New York City
From the team behind the famed Death & Co., Mayahuel is home to one of the most creative tequila and cocktail programs in New York City. You won’t find one spirit on the menu that doesn’t come from Mexico — and those featured include sotol, a spirit from Chihuahua, Mexico, made from wild agave. Mayahuel's range of tequilas and mezcals on the menu reach far and wide, and so do its cocktails. Consider Mayahuel’s cocktails a sophisticated step up from the mixed margaritas; with cocktails that are made with absinthe, sloe gin, chai tea-infused vermouth, Benedictine, and a slew of bitters, you won’t experience agave like this ever again.
La Condesa, Austin and Napa Valley, Calif.
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Want to know where to find Austin's largest selection of tequila? Look no further than the James Beard-nominated Mexican restaurant. La Condesa's menu of tequila and mezcal runs from Siembra Azul blanco tequila to Patrón Premium, to Deléon añejo tequila to the Del Maguey Tóbala mezcal. And of course, some classic tequila cocktails and house cocktails from the famous bar program, too.
Mercadito, Multiple Locations
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The Sandoval brothers, Alfredo, Felipe and Patricio, are taking tacos and tequila to a new level. Each of the Miami, New York City, and Chicago restaurants has its own long list of tequilas and mezcals that range from the traditional blanco tequilas to the especiales, as well as a solid lineup of house cocktails. Try the Big Nose Goes to Mexico cocktail in Miami, a mix of tequila blanco and reposado, dark rum, guava, orgeat, and well, fire — a surefire way to spice up your weekends.
Oyamel, Washington D.C.
We shouldn’t be surprised that a José Andrés restaurant made it on our list of the nation’s best tequila bars. On top of a fantastic small-plate menu, the drink menu features an extensive list of tequilas. That includes vintage offerings (like the "Pechuga" mezcal), small-batch mezcals, and extra-añejo tequilas. Not to mention house cocktails with house-made tonics (like homemade hibiscus and ginger tonic or house-made sour orange and epazote tonic) and Andrés-approved margaritas.
Pinche Taqueria, Denver
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Denver’s taco truck and new brick-and-mortor taqueria has earned rave reviews as one of the best new restaurants to hit the Mile High City. What we love: its solid list of tequilas, starting with the Partida and Don Julio lineup and expanding into lesser-known, premium tequilas like Excellia Reposado and Corralejo Reposado. There’s also a mean Michelada and margarita on the menu to complement an unbelievable menu of tacos, with fillings like scallops and pork belly.
Taps and Tequila, St. Petersburg, Fla.
In St. Petersburg, Fla., lies a pretty fantastic tequila bar — and beer garden. But we won’t hold the beer against them. In fact, the list of craft beers, like Florida Avenue and Golden Monkey brews, just makes our mind go wild with tequila and beer pairings. With more than 30 tequilas on the menu, you’ll find everything from a $5 shot of Jose Cuervo Gold to the Don Julio Extra Añejo for $70. What’s even cooler is a signature menu of infused tequilas that will blow your tequila-loving mind. Champagne blueberry? Cucumber cilantro? Mango? Lemon raspberry? You can order flights of the infusions or try them in Taps and Tequilas cocktails. With most major brands on offer, there's a tequila here for everyone.