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1. La Capilla (Tequila Town, Mexico)
The bartender, grandson of the original owner, has been winning awards since the 1950s.
2. Downtown Hotel (Mexico City, Mexico)
Housed in a meticulously renovated 17th-century palace, at this 17-room hotel you can sip a dragon-fruit cocktail on its rooftop terrace.
3. Casa Oaxaca (Oaxaca City, Mexico)
Sit overlooking the baroque church of Santo Domingo from the terrace of this colourful bar and sample a smoky mezcal during the cooler hours. Later, enjoy a stroll in the tropical church gardens, past local vendors in the colonial square.
4. Canibal Royal (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
This beach club has staked out a prime location near the north end of the oceanfront. Stone tile flooring identical to the one on Rio’s Copacabana beach gives way to sand, perfect for hiding out under an umbrella, sipping tequila on the rocks.
5. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila (Miami, US)
Miami’s tequila gem, a two-storey bar hidden inside a former auto service building and behind a taco restaurant. Try the Smoked Horchata shot — mezcal blended with creamy rum liqueur and topped with grated cinnamon.
6. Café Pacifico (London, UK)
This cantina-style dancing den has been serving Londoners with tequila and tacos since 1982. Founded by Tomas Estes, Mexico’s official tequila ambassador to the EU, the restaurant bar serves brands including Ocho, Mr Estes’ own.
7. Barking Dog (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Established after a trip to Mexico, this cosy basement has a specially designed tasting menu to sip and compare. Labelled a “modern pub” by its owners, the emphasis is placed on good service and quality spirits.
8. Agave (Central, Hong Kong)
This Mexican restaurant has put together an impressive range of approximately 150 brands of 100 per cent agave tequila, blended into more than 30 different premium margarita cocktails.
9. Mesa Verde (Melbourne, Australia)
There is plenty of firepower in this bar on the sixth floor of Melbourne’s Curtin House arts club, with one of Australia’s largest collections.
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