You may have had tequila, but have you had it in cocktail form? We’re here to show you just how good Mexico’s most famous export can be in the right hands.
This place is run by the well-travelled Nico Iaia, a man so full of alcohol-based knowledge that he’s pretty much the world’s biggest walking alcohol dictionary. Luckily for us, he’s put all this knowledge to good use. Alquimia is a relaxing, elegant space dedicated to the enjoyment of top-shelf spirits, and the super-refreshing ‘Jalisco Ice Tea’ is the perfect entry point into the tasty world of tequila.
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Widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest live music bars, Brooklyn Standard is the place to be for those who like their tequila rocking out hard. It’s a hard-to-spot, underground kind of bar with an alluringly timeless feel (you feel like you could be anywhere from the 1960s to the present day), and the Spicy Jack Rabbit Slims with tequila, mint and jalapeño is definitely not to be missed. Find out more
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Los Villanos is a Mexican-themed tequila bar/eatery with a fascinating feel (it’s sort of like a cross between a pirate ship, a circus funhouse and one of those bars Antonio Banderas rampaged through in Desperado). The cheap and yummy tacos, tostadas, burritos and platters always hit the spot, and the ‘Senoritas Ruin’ (vodka, blanco, peach, pineapple and lemon) is a cocktail to savour.
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Greaser Bar is cunningly tucked away inside a lovely old heritage building, and it’s well worth seeking out. The burgers are delicious, the décor is gloriously retro, and the citrusy ‘Pony Boy Paloma’ is a splendid use of tequila indeed. Want tequila for two? This is a great place to head if you’re looking to impress a date, especially one from out of town. Find out more
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Taking its cues from Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, Sin Vida is worth a visit for the incredible wall murals alone. It also boasts the most authentic Mexican food in town, as well as a juicy list of beers, wines, tequilas, mezcals, spirits and liqueurs from across the Americas. Try the ‘Marie Sangrienta’, with tequila, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, tobacco and celery. You’ll be pleasantly surprised! Find out more