National Tequila Day – Best Places to Drink Tequila in London
Tequila lovers around the capital – listen up. Today it’s National Tequila Day! So to celebrate the grand occasion we’re giving a run-down of what we think are the best bars and restaurants in London if you’re desperate for a shot of mezcal or a tequila-based cocktail. ¡Salud!
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. Sample one of the 150 tequilas and 50 mescals stocked behind the bar, where Café Pacifico will be offering a wide range of tequilas at a special price from £3. They’ll also be DJs playing some of the best Mexican tunes, and guests will also be able to customise their very own Paloma cocktail (a Mexican classic), by choosing any Blanco tequila from the exclusive National Tequila Day menu for just £6.50.
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: 55-57 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QL.
Nearest Station: Farringdon
Born from a tequila obsession and developed through a love-affair for Mexican food, Cielo Blanco is a cocktail bar crossed with a relaxed dining restaurant. Having opened in Leeds in 2013, Cielo Blanco’s brand of flavoursome Mexican cooking quickly made its way down to the capital in Clerkenwell, and proudly serves up dishes inspired by the barbacoa meat markets of Oaxaca. But their range of tequila is also impressive and well worth a trip this National Tequila Day.
The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion
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!