London’s Best Tequila Bars
In London, it tends to be most frequently enjoyed in the form of either a party shot, or a hilarious birthday card.
Well, that doesn’t need to be the case, because – get ready to have your mind blown – it can actually be pretty bloody good. Delicious, even. And you’ll find out at London’s best tequila bars…
Call Me Mr Lucky | London Bridge
Hidden underneath the Breakfast Club in Southwark, tell the staff you’re ‘here to get lucky’, and you’ll find yourself whisked Goodfellas style through the kitchens, and a few corridors into this underground tequila bar. The cocktails come mostly laced with the cactus-hooch, they’re very good, and they’re very cheap.
Details: The Breakfast Club | 11 Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ
The Pink Chihuahua | Soho
Situated in the basement of El Camion, this 3am-licensed bar is plastered in Day of the Dead murals and memorabilia that surround the seating booths and bar counter. With glass cabinets full of tequila bottles, and a cocktail menu presided over by the late, great Dick Bradsell, it’s tough to beat for Mexico’s favourite drink. In fact, they have over 300 bottles of the stuff going into their various margs, daiquiri’s, and other cocktails…
Details: The Pink Chihuahua | 25-27 Brewer St, W1F 0RR
La Bodega Negra | Soho
Continuing the theme of subterranean, hidden, excellent tequila bars, LBN is housed underneath a fake sex shop in Soho. And although it’s predominately a restaurant, they do have literal barrels of tequila there to help drown the tacos with…
Details: La Bodega Negra | 9 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JF
Cartel | Battersea
Aside from a very strong tequila list, and indeed an entire ‘mezcaleria’ (which is a thing we never knew existed before) with over 100 mezcals, Battersea’s Cartel also runs a regular ‘Bottomless Tequila Brunch Party’ each Saturday. Prepare for endless frozen margs, and a very stern talking-to by your own brain the next day.
Details: Cartel| 517-519 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 3BN
Del 74 | Dalston
This Dalston taco joint is essentially one continuous, low-intensity party from the moment it opens its doors, until things really ramp up in as the evening starts. Tequila is poured very liberally into margs and shot glasses, and – if you smile at the bartender – you’ll probably get a couple on the house.
Details: Del 74 | 129 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
Café Pacifico | Covent Garden
Sometimes, the classics are the best. And CP, which has been hanging its hat in Covent Garden for three decades, is a true classic, and a deserved entry for London’s best tequila bars. In the time since it launched, it’s served up some of the finest tequila cocktails in the city, from its Pomegranate Margarita, to its Bloody Maria, to its pineapple-loaded Casco Pina. You can’t really go wrong.
Details: Cafe Pacifico | 5 Langley St, WC2H 9JA
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