National Tequila Day is mere days away on Sunday, July 24. Here are five great spots to do shots (or sip slowly) in Los Angeles.
1 Gracias MadreEric Wolfinger
Gracias Madre, one of West Hollywood's premiere plant-based spots, you'll find a wind array of small-batch mezcals and tequilas, rare brands that are absolutely outside the norm. Beverage Director Jason Eisner has also created a delicious menu of craft cocktails, made with local produce and housemade syrups, shrubs, tinctures and bitters. The housemade margaritas are awesome, but our favorite libation is the Boozy Popsicle—made with tequila blanco, roasted pineapple and jalapeño.
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood (323) 978-2170
2 Petty CashPetty Cash/Facebook
Given that Petty Cash offers a the menu that mix master Julian Cox and the Sprout team built means that you know you're in for a serious treat. This collection of mezcals and tequilas is one of the best in Tinseltown, a curated menu of some of the hardest-to-find libations and small-batch producers you'll be likely to find in LA. A home run.
7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 933-5300
3 SausalAndrea Bricco
Tequila and mezcal enthusiasts will delight at the extensive array at Sausal, a new, contemporary Mexican restaurant in El Segundo that's earning rave reviews for its innovative fare and fantastic libations list. The cocktails are ab fab: we love the Rancho Margarita, which is pitch perfect thanks to its blend of El Jimador Blanco, triple sec, agave nectar, fresh citrus and salt, as well as the Prickly Pear Caipirinha, made with house-made grenadine, and The Cartel—Fidencio Classico Mezcal, Grand Marnier, pineapple, poblano chili, lime and cumin.
219 Main St, El Segundo (310) 322-2721
4 Toca Madera
Toca Madera is the home of the tequila flight. This West Third Street hotspot is a great place to sample before you commit, with flights that include the Blanco: Frida Kahlo, Kah and Siete Leguas; Reposado: Dos Armadillos, Fortaleza and Milagro Select Barrel; Anejo: Chinaco, Tonala 2yr and Ocho; Extra Anejo: Avion, Correljo Gran Reserve and Herencia Mexicana; and, our favorite, the premium tasting, which at $140, offers up Don Fulano 100prf, DeLeon Xtra Anejo 102prf and Tapatio 110. All flights are served with homemade fresca. The best news: it won't be the tequila talking when you see that good-looking stranger from across the room—Toca is chock-full of beautiful people.
8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles (323) 852-9400
5 Broken SpanishBroken Spanish/Facebook
Chef Ray Garcia's nearly year-old downtown eatery has more than fabulous contemporary Mexican fare—it has some serious tequila and mezcal offerings as well as some awesome craft cocktails. Our favorite is the Green Garden—blanco tequila, Belle de Brillet, lemon, ginger, green juice and fennel flower. Watch out though...they sneak up on you!
1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles (213) 749-1460