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…
Mayahuel | Marylebone
Named after the ancient Aztec goddess who created the first agave plant, Mayahuel is a subterranean temple to Mexican spirits. There’s a seriously impressive collection of independent tequilas behind the bar, but you’ll also be able to sample mezcals and lesser-known numbers like sotol and bacanora. With an emphasis on education, there are tasting flights and food pairings on offer – or you can try teaching yourself through the medium of cocktails.
Details: Beneath Cavita, 60 Wigmore Street, W1U 2RZ
Hacha | Dalston & Brixton
An award-winning agaveria where you can sample a rotating menu of hand-picked tequila and mezcal, or plump for cocktails like the Mirror Margarita – a perfectly clear concoction that’s also perfectly delicious. Plus, their latest incarnation in Brixton has a bottle shop conveniently attached, plus mouthwatering Mexican food from the folks at Maiz Azul.
Details: 378 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA | 12-14 Market Row, SW9 8LD
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
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
Doña | Stoke Newington
Doña is the boss – that’s not just a literal translation, but a reflection of the impact this frou-frou basement dive bar has had on London’s mezcal scene. Founded by Thea Cumming & Lucie Massey (who used to run London Mezcal Week), Doña champions artisanal producers from across Mexico, with spirits for sipping or whipping into cocktails. There’s also nightly DJs and live music, and tacos from Tigre Tacos upstairs.
Details: 92 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7NY
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
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
Naked and Famous | Notting Hill
After a massive Grecian feast, nothing beats a few too many agave cocktails to raise you back from the dead – or so that’s the spirit at this secret bar below Zephyr. Test the theory through an odyssey of potent tequila-based creations like the pear-loma (with pear and grapefruit) or the classic smoky Tommy’s margarita (with smoked pineapple tequila, citrus, triple sec and agave).
Details: 100 Portobello Road, London W11 2QD
Last updated: 2nd August 2022
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