The Best: Our Three Favorite Mezcalerias North Of The Border

A trio of excellent joints perfect for sampling a bit of mezcal.


Images of Casa Mezcal by Anna Lesniak
If you've been flipping through the latest issue of Details, you know that Mezcal, the refined, handcrafted cousin of tequila, is having a bit of a moment. While you can hit the newsstand for a full guide to the best mezcals available in the States, we thought you'd might like a few suggestions on where to imbibe the stuff in its natural habitat — the mezcaleria — near you.


Images of Casa Mezcal by Anna Lesniak
Las Perlas Resembling an upscale cantina, the city's first mezcaleria is owned by Cedd Moses — the impresario behind L.A. haunts Tony's and the Varnish — and specializes in mezcal cocktails like the spicy Poblano Escobar.
107 East Sixth Street, Los Angeles, 213-988-8355,


Images of Casa Mezcal by Anna Lesniak
Two former cooks from Nopa made such spot-on Mexican fare, the restaurant's owners gave them their own joint. The Lower Haight bar has a lush garden patio and serves nearly every small-batch mezcal.
306 Broderick Street, San Franciso, 415-437-0303,


Images of Casa Mezcal by Anna Lesniak
Casa Mezcal
This three-story temple to mezcal, music, and art brings Oaxaca to the Lower East Side. Try the choriqueso (chorizo with melted cheese) and a glass of mezcal from the owners' distillery, Los Amantes.
86 Orchard Street, New York City, 212-777-2600
—By Laurence Lowe

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