Agave bars always keep you in good spirits.
And if you’re into your tequila and your mezcal – in cocktails, on the rocks, downed in shots or all three one after the other – then you’ll be delighted to know a new drinking den with a focus on the succulent Mexican plant (or an ‘agaveria’, as they’re technically called) is set to open in November.
Viajante87 will be situated on Notting Hill Gate as the bar version of neighbouring eatery Los Mochis, a ‘Tokyo to Tulum’ restaurant – which makes sense as it’s from the same owners. As seems to be the fashion with tequila and mezcal bars in London, the agave-fuelled antics will be taking place underground and out of sight, with lots of cosy velvet corners, a wall made entirely out of carved cork, and an attention-grabbing 20-foot backlit bar built using recycled glass.
Besides agave, Viajante87’s other focus will be on upholding a zero-waste philosophy, where the goal is for nothing in the bar to get wasted (except you, potentially…). With that in mind, most of the cocktails will give off-cuts and leftover bits and pieces from the kitchen a second life, such as in one signature, The Smoked Earth, which will be shaken up with lacto-fermented kitchen veggies like carrots, sweet potato, red cabbage, beetroot and purple corn. Beyond that, they’ll also be playing around with unique flavour pairings and ‘experimental crafting techniques’, in which you can oblige as a consenting guinea pig in inventions like the Cherry Blanco (tequila blanco, sour cherry marmalade and clarified Coca-Cola) and the Viajante Martini (tequila reposado, bell peppers, fermented mead and green tea sherry).
Directing all this drinky science (from a mixology lab, no less) is Panos Kanatsoulis, a name that might make you go ahh if you’ve been holed up in a place in Athens called The Clumsies before. He was a bartender there when it was number 6 in the World’s 50 Best Bars, and he’s also done time at Zuma in Dubai; another ranked on that prestigious list.
As for the food? That’s Japan’s cue to get involved, so expect izakaya-style stuff in the vein of sashimi, a wagyu sando, habanero teriyaki duck and a range of kushiyaki (skewers). They’ve also got a licence to stay open until 2am, and will be bringing in DJs to make the most of that.
It would be a bit of a waste otherwise…
NOTE: Viajante87 is scheduled to open in the last week of November. We’ll be back with the full scoop when it does (provided our memories are still intact). Until then, you can keep yourself updated by visiting their website or Instagram.
Viajante87 | 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ
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