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Where to Find Mezcal and Rare Tequilas in Austin

A look at bold and obscure booze

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Most will agree that the margarita is Austin’s signature cocktail. Its citrusy, salty disposition easily compliments a variety of our favorite plates, from ceviche, to tacos, to the richest quesos. Its close cousin, mezcal, is treated even more as an afterthought whose role is often only to lend smokiness. But for agave-spirit enthusiasts (or the curious), Austin is fortunate that a number of bars hold craft tequilas and mezcals in high regard. The bars below not only showcase rarer, top-tier, and often single village, bottles, the bartenders also concoct specialty cocktails that exhibit the liquors’ complexities and versatility. In other words, here’s where not to bring your bros for shots.

— Melody Fury

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mezcalería Tobalá

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
This upstairs hideaway focuses strictly on mezcals, served in half- or full-pours out of clay copitas or glass veladoras. This intimate setting is ideal for learning about this celebrated spirit from knowledgeable bartenders like Matthew Ross.

2. Bar Ilegal

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609 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4120
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Tucked away behind Clive Bar, this mezcal-centric spot showcases over 25 carefully selected bottles, along with a range of seasonal concoctions. The current fall menu also features warming ingredients like chocolate bitters, allspice dram, and Apple Jack.

3. Cantina El Milamores At Takoba

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1411 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-4466
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Apart from the impressive selection of tequilas and mezcals, this patio bar at the popular East Austin eatery also serves up light-hearted, refreshing beverages. The mezcal flights come with Oaxaca cheese, chili powder, and orange slices to nibble on in between sips.
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4. 400 Rabbits

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5701 W Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 476-1320
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Situated next to the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane, this agave-focused cocktail lounge offers food, flights, and a long lineup of cocktails. Guests can pick from three categories: Fun and Flirty, Mild Mannered, and Big and Brash.

5. La Condesa

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400 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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It's no surprise that this renowned eatery carries a wide variety of tequilas and mezcals to compliment the vibrant fare. The signature cocktail menu showcases unusual infusions like thyme-infused Union mezcal and whole leaf tobacco-infused Cazadores reposado.

6. El Naranjo

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85 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2776
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This haven for interior Mexican cuisine offers an extensive list of agave spirits that can all be served straight up or in margaritas and Mexican martinis. The bartenders also shake up a selection of cocktails using housemade ingredients like basil agave nectar, chipotle orange cordial, and cucumber infused gin.

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1. Mezcalería Tobalá

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
This upstairs hideaway focuses strictly on mezcals, served in half- or full-pours out of clay copitas or glass veladoras. This intimate setting is ideal for learning about this celebrated spirit from knowledgeable bartenders like Matthew Ross.
1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Bar Ilegal

609 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701
Tucked away behind Clive Bar, this mezcal-centric spot showcases over 25 carefully selected bottles, along with a range of seasonal concoctions. The current fall menu also features warming ingredients like chocolate bitters, allspice dram, and Apple Jack.
609 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Cantina El Milamores At Takoba

1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cantina El Milamores/Official
Apart from the impressive selection of tequilas and mezcals, this patio bar at the popular East Austin eatery also serves up light-hearted, refreshing beverages. The mezcal flights come with Oaxaca cheese, chili powder, and orange slices to nibble on in between sips.
1411 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. 400 Rabbits

5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749
Situated next to the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane, this agave-focused cocktail lounge offers food, flights, and a long lineup of cocktails. Guests can pick from three categories: Fun and Flirty, Mild Mannered, and Big and Brash.
5701 W Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78749

5. La Condesa

400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
It's no surprise that this renowned eatery carries a wide variety of tequilas and mezcals to compliment the vibrant fare. The signature cocktail menu showcases unusual infusions like thyme-infused Union mezcal and whole leaf tobacco-infused Cazadores reposado.
400 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

6. El Naranjo

85 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
This haven for interior Mexican cuisine offers an extensive list of agave spirits that can all be served straight up or in margaritas and Mexican martinis. The bartenders also shake up a selection of cocktails using housemade ingredients like basil agave nectar, chipotle orange cordial, and cucumber infused gin.
85 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

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