National Tequila Day – Best Places to Drink Tequila in London
Tequila lovers around the capital – listen up. Today is National Tequila Day – it is a thing apparently – so to celebrate the grand occasion we’re giving a run-down of what we think are the best bars in London if you’re desperate for a shot of mezcal or a margarita. Happy
hangover drinking! ¡Salud!
Location: 103 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EL.
Nearest Station: Euston Square
Since 2004, Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar has been serving some of the most authentic Mexican tapas outside of Central America. Their food is vibrant and colourful, while their Tequila Bar has the largest selection on display in the UK with over 260 bottles on offer and counting. If you want to learn more about the spirit, one of Mestizo’s Tequila Masterclass is a must!
Location: 5 Langley Street, WC2H 9JA.
Nearest Station: Covent Garden
Being the UK’s first ever Mexican restaurant, it would make sense to start our run-down at Café Pacifico. Tequila lovers are invited to unwind after the mad Monday rush and absorb the lively Mexican atmosphere with the Café’s National Tequila Day celebrations. You’ll be able to sample one of the 150 tequilas and 50 mescals stocked behind the bar, as well as soak in some Mexican tunes being spun by the bar’s resident DJs.
Azulito Bar at Wahaca
Location: 80 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TF.
Nearest Station: Leicester Square
We all know how good Wahaca’s brand of Mexican street food is, but you might not known that their Wardour Street branch also has one of the best tequila basement bars in London. It’s called The Azulito Bar (which translates as Little Blue Bar) and houses a collections of 100% agave tequilas unrivalled anywhere in the UK. Choose from one of 80 tequilas either to sip straight, or enjoy mixed up in a delicious margarita.
La Bodega Negra
Location: 16 Moor Street, Soho, W1D 5NH.
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road
If you’re in the Soho area and want your shots surrounded by neon signage, La Bodega Negra will be right up your street. With a façade like a sex shop, La Bodega Negra packs a 30-strong list of blancos, reposados and añejos, and you can order it by the shot, carafe or bottle if you’re feeling up to the task. Naturally, there’s also a whole host of cocktails with four variations on the humble margarita as well as new concoctions.
Location: 7-12 Sloane Square, Belgravia, SW1W 8EG.
Nearest Station: Sloane Square
On the swankier side of town, Chelsea’s Tonteria is perfect you’re looking for a slick party vibe. Things are slightly pricey with the Jose Cuervo Express bringing six or ten shots to your table for £55 or £100 respectively, but it’s arguably the best tequila bar in London. The menu also features a whole host of sharing drinks, and rather awesomely, there’s also a bloody train set full of tequila shots going around the bar.
Location: 517-519 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BN.
Nearest Station: Imperial Wharf
If you’re after a more relaxed venue for your tequila antics, Battersea’s Cartel couldn’t be more perfect for a small group of mates. Expect good vibes, sharp mezcal, fancy margharitas and light golden beers on the drinks front, as well as brisket, pulled pork and baja fish tacos fresh from the kitchen. Cartel might not have the bells and whistles, it’s just great food and great booze done well. They’re also doing a Bottomless Tequila Brunch on certain dates this summer if you really love your agave!
The Pink Chihuahua
Location: 25-27 Brewer Street, W1F 0RR.
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus
The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion is one of London’s real hidden gems. Tucked beneath the Mexican burrito joint on Brewer Street just off Piccadilly, The Pink Chihuahua used to be run by the legendary Dick Bradsell, creator of the Bramble, the Espresso Martini and the Russian Spring Punch among others. The bar serves up cocktails mostly made with tequila or mezcal, and stocks around 100 varieties of the good stuff. There’s always a great vibe and it’s also open until 3am Monday-Saturday, making it perfect for a final stop!
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