Find yourself wandering through Battersea with a sudden craving for Mezcal and tacos? Cartel has the answer for you. Whether you're sinking a few Mezcal and tequila infused cocktails at the bar, or are tucking into a range of hand-pressed tacos, this venue promises to showcase the very best flavours that Mexico has to offer.
Mezcal Bars in London
In underground bars across the world, a revolution is taking place. Mezcal, the potent Mexican spirit, is going global. As the agave based drink becomes more popular we bring you our top recommendations of where to drink mezcal in London. Experience the hype surrounding tequila's long lost cousin and find out for yourself by visiting London's best mezcal bars.
The mother of all mezcal bars is the Mezcaleria, at Wahaca Charlotte Street, with the largest collection of mezcal varieties in any bar in London. With a whopping 25 varieties of mezcal on offer, expect aged ones, smokey ones, fruity ones and many more vibrant flavours. You simply have to sip each slowly to appreciate the painstaking way this artisan spirit is produced, and there is no better to place to do that than at Wahaca Charlotte Street.
If you haven't experienced Tequila & Mezcal Fest, then you'll need to get down to OXO Tower Wharf this October, as the electric event returns for its fifth year. Popping up for three days, you can get your hands on street food, a Mexican craft beer bar and artisan spirits from some of the best brands around.
Shaking up Soho, Wahaca's Azulito Bar houses one of the finest collections of Mexican spirits in London. With a huge range of 100% agave tequilas and mind-blowing mezcal that could satisfy even the most avid connoisseur. The party gets started from Thursday night onward with resident DJs, table football a buzzing crowd of drinkers. So, sip, savour and enjoy the flavour!
Happiness Forgets, an unforgettable name for an unbelievably good cocktail bar in Hoxton. This über cool speakeasy is not just about moustaches, braces and jazz fusion. The bartenders are serious creatives with a passion for mixing up mezcal and other spirits with a variety of tingling spices and aromas that will leave you intensely satisfied and cosy in this intimate venue.
A snug little basement bar, Chamuco's Clubhouse quickly fills up with eager drinkers wishing to try the huge range of premium tequilas and mezcals. Styled like a 'Day of the Dead' parade, think sombrero-wearing skeletons dressed like matadors, plucking at guitars, the atmosphere truly is buzzing. This devilish drinking den serves up some of the best mezcal in London along with refreshing classic cocktails and thirst quenching cervezas.
La Bodega Negra is a secret speakeasy style bar with the warmth of a Mexican cantina, right in the heart of Soho. Descend the stairs past the neon 'Sex Shop' sign to enter a glowing lair full of flavourful cocktails, refreshing beer and a good selection of powerfully potent mezcals, to shot or savour.
The kind of hidden gem you always dream of stumbling across, El Camion's clientèle are happy to keep it a secret. Low level lighting, a giant selection of mezcal and tequilas, late night DJs and a licence until 3am – this is the perfect recipe for a good night. As if that wasn't enough, you can even order a full meal to your table, courtesy of the restaurant upstairs.