5 Authentic Mezcalerias To Taste Mezcal In Mexico City (CDMX)

Since the 90s, tequila’s global marketing efforts have been undeniably formidable.

The distilled beverage has not only become synonymous with Mexico, it’s also emblematic of a good time. Want to have a the best night ever? Take a shot of tequila. In recent years, however, mezcal is roaring not too far behind, fighting to claim its place on the international podium. Since it can’t be taken as a shot, mezcal makes its presence known – not in dive bars – but in distilleries, speakeasies, and cocktail bars.

If you have a hard time remembering the difference between tequila and mezcal, all you need to know is that: all tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila. Since tequila can only be made with Blue Weber Agave, while mezcal can be made with any kind of agave plant.

If you want to know more about it, pamper yourself with a visit at a mezcaleria in Mexico City, where experts at the bar can explain all that you’d be curious about.

MisMezcales

Coahuila 138, Roma Sur, Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

A mezcal shop offering tastings? Find Omar Trejo, owner of MisMezcales in Roma to learn more about the distillery of the moment. This was my last stop before heading to the airport, since I wanted to bring home a rare bottle for my personal collection. For every bottle, there’s a story and history behind the land, the region, the weather and the production. Omar and his team are not only passionate but incredibly informative and friendly. This was one of my favorite stops!

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La Clandestina

Av. Álvaro Obregón 298, Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

If you’d like to get to know mezcal, La Clandestina is a great spot to explore near Parque España. Inside low lights and a cozy setting, there are giant glass vats containing 22-25 distinct, artisanal mezcal varieties. You can either opt for classic versions, or ones with roasted pumpkin seeds. There are also mezcals served sweet with blackberries or creamy with avocado.

La Botica

Multiple locations

Another fantastic stop for mezcal is certainly La Botica since it’s one of the oldest mezcalerias in the city. With several locations throughout CDMX, La Botica offers more than 50 types of mezcals mostly produced by smaller and independent distilleries. If you have any questions, the staff is professional and extremely knowledgeable. Compared to other bars, La Botica closes its doors earlier in the night, making it the perfect place to grab a pre-dinner drink.

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Bósforo

Luis Moya 31-local 2, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Yet another bar without signs or flashy entrances, Bósforo is a snug spot hosting 40 types of unique mezcals from various regions throughout Mexico: Oaxaca, Guerrero, San Luis Potosi…and many more. Low lights in an intimate though minimalistic space, you want to head there early and start with a choice of mezcal. Or come on week days rather than weekends when the bar is typically cramped with agave lovers. Mostly standing room, you’ll probably be mingling with artists and creatives alike.

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Mano Santa Mezcal

Av. Insurgentes Sur 219, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Mano Santa is a casual mezcaleria offering artisanal mezcals from Santiago Matatlán in Oaxaca, or “mezcal capital of the world!” Taste the 14 Hierbas and see if you can decipher the complicity of agave cooked in an underground rock pit, fermented with 14 various types of herbs in wooden bottles. If you like smokiness with a hint of fruity aroma, then try the bar’s very own guava mezcalita, served with juice, lemons and cured guava. This just might convert a non-mezcal lover.

Wendy Hung

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As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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