BLEND's National Mezcal Round Up in ATX
Holy Smokes! Mezcal, an agave-based libation that tastes like you’re drinking a campfire, is something you either love or love to hate. Whatever stance you take, it’s popping up all over Austin from Mexican restaurants to local mezcalerias. Coming up on Sunday, October 21st is National Mezcal Day and there is no better way to celebrate than with a craft cocktail at these local hot spots and mezcal bars.
By Blair Fielder
Las Perlas Mezcaleria / 405 E 7th St
This second location of the nation’s first-ever mezcal bar serves up tastes of Oaxaca in the heart of Austin’s nightlife scene. With a nightly happy hour from 5-8 PM and 12-2 PM, mezcal lovers have ample opportunity to sip on their favorite drinks at a discount. If mezcal is really your thing, the bar offers a mezcal collective that meets twice a month to celebrate the loved drink and discover new favorites.
Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar / 2201 Manor Rd
Located atop of Mi Madre’s, this cocktail bar serves up mezcal and agave drinks in a traditional atmosphere. We recommend the Mezcal margarita to get your flavor fix.
PLACES NOT OPEN ON OCT 21, BUT WORTH CHECKING OUT!
Mezcalería Tobalá / 1816 E 6th St
Head upstairs from Whisler’s to find this tiny, rustic Mezcal bar that looks like something out of West World. Mezcalería Tobalá offers a wide selection of the celebrated drink including: Mexicano, Madre Cuixe, Arroqueño, Tobalá, Tepextate, Jabali, Pechuga and Espadin. For exclusive mezcal festivities, this venue can be rented out for private parties of 20 or under since it won’t be open for the holiday.
Bar Illegal / 609 Davis St
Bar Illegal, located in the back of Clive, is a mezcal speakeasy serving up illegal Mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico. This little shack is unmarked with a red door, but the drinks make up for its unassuming looks.
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The Hightower / 1209 E 7th St
Their famous drink that includes mezcal is called ‘Holla at Chamoy’. This drink includes mezcal, house chamoy, lime and grapefruit.
She’s Not Here / 440 W 2nd St
Smoke | applewood mezcal, plantation pineapple rum, lime, orgeat, sweet & salty almond
Suerte / 1800 E 6th St
They have $6 mezcals every night at Lucky Hour from 5-6 pm.
Native Hostel / 807 E 4th St
Trust Fall | mezcal, rye, yellow chartreuse, orange & angosturra bitters
Mez-Can Martini | mezcal, orange liqueur, lime, olive, sea salt, lime foam
Drink.Well / 207 E 53rd St
Oaxacan Maid | mezcal, fresh cucumber, lime, orange blossom honey, wild fennel
Central Standard / 1603 S Congress Ave
Santa Rosa | mezcal, grapefruit, lime st. germain
El Burro | tequila, mezcal, ginger, walnut, smoke
Eberly / 615 S Lamar Blvd
Lost Creek | union Mezcal, sweet vermouth, black pepper simple, lime
Oaxacan on Sunshine | mezcal, strega, cocchi sweet vermouth
Launderette / 2115 Holly St
Mezcal Negroni | mezcal, Cappelletti Apertivo, Cocchi Rosa, orange bitters $14
Wild Honey | mezcal, lemon, honey ginger syrup, chili tincture $12
Hank’s / 5811 Berkman Drive
Smokey Shrub | mezcal, celery, lemon
Justine’s / 4710 E 5th St
Josefina | mescal, cynar, fresh lime juice
La Condesa / 400 W 2nd St A
Herman Park Swizzle | cruz del fuego espadin mezcal, la favorite rhum agricole, herbsaint, lime, basil, angostura bitters
-$2 of this cocktail will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
Houndstooth Coffee / 2823 E MLK Jr Blvd
Southern Negroni | Fidencio Mezcal, campari, caperitif
Re-Headed Oaxacan | Arrette Reposado Tequila, Fidencio Mezcal, housemade ginger-honey syrup, agave (kegged)