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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Serving up dishes with all the flavour of South-West America, carafes of delicious wine and classic cocktails - The Lockhart has your night sorted. There is also an incredible array of tequila, mezcal and whiskey fit for any connoisseur in the basement bar. Come here to enjoy the sizzling spice of the food and to experience some of the fiery range of mezcals and tequilas, paired with expert advice from the bartenders. Book now.
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.