If the thought of tequila takes you back to downing shots during Acapulco Spring Break, it’s time to get educated in high quality, smooth tequilas. Enjoy tequila on the rocks, in a margarita or straight up at these NYC bars, specializing in this dangerously strong booze. By Sarah Shaker.
We all know that the East Village is a hot spot for nightlife, with Ravi DeRossi at the helm of many neighborhood successes, such as the acclaimed Death and Co, Cienfuegos and Desnuda, just to name a few. Fall in love with his tequila-centric bar, Mayahuel, serving both tequila and mezcal along with shareable bites, since opening in 2009. Try Mayahuel’s classic margarita made with with blanco tequila, Cointreau and lime juice for a marg done right.
Viktor & Spoils
This late night tequila bar and taqueria tucked inside the Hotel On Rivington stocks dozens of tequilas and mezcals, in a hipper-than-thou Lower East Side setting. Don’t miss their Decadent Daisy, if you’re ready for a serious tequila party, made with Don Julio 1942 añejo tequila, Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary, Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas mezcal and fresh-squeezed tangerine and lime juices. It’s $69 for this ultimate tequila cocktail splurge.
This West Village restaurant and tequila bar has been recognized as the “Best Tequila Bar” by New York Magazine and the “Best Margarita” from The Food Network. Agave is proud of their more than 100 tequilas and will be more than happy to recommend the right one for your tastes and budget. If mac n’ cheese is your ultimate comfort, don’t miss out on their Santa Fe Shepard’s Pie (chili mac with pork & beef braised in dos xx & Iggy’s jack) to soak up all that tequila.
Offering a daily happy hour, come by Ofrenda for the affordable cocktails post-work, but stay for the delicious Mexican dinner menu. Enjoy tequila centric cocktails and glasses of wine, while dining on traditional Mexican comfort food with a gourmet twist in a dimly lit cocina of romance.
Gabriela's Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar
This Upper West Side Mexican restaurant is a dinner favorite among uptown locals, but it’s the assortment of tequilas and frosty margaritas that will keep you put into the wee hours of the night. If sweet flavored margaritas are your thing, try their classic, mango and strawberry options, served very strong, in a very large glass.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.