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Mezcal in Oaxaca

The bar at Mezcalogia

The bar at Mezcalogia

Where to drink the local spirit when visiting Oaxaca.  If you have any comments or additions just email us. Here’s our latest update on the Oaxaca scene.

Los Amantes – A tiny bar in a tiny room.  You’ll frequently find a guitarist in the corner and sundry other mezcal obsessives. Ignacio Allende 107, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, OAX, Mexico

Archivo Maguey – An upstairs bar that features mezcals from a single maestro mezcalero who has a real predilection for the grassier and more vegetal mezcals. The roof deck is great for smokers and the view. The window seats are incredibly atmospheric. The kitchen is producing some fun dishes and they have the occasional live music. Calle Murguía esquina Reforma #218, Oaxaca de Juárez 68100 +52 951 350 9851

La Biznaga – A fantastic little restaurant in an open courtyard with an expansive mezcal list as well as rarely seen things like pulque and Mexican micro-brews. We like it so much we devoted a post to it. Calle de Manuel García Vigil 512, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 516 1800

Café Central – While their permanent physical location in Oaxaca is closed they run all sorts of pop ups so check their web site for the latest events.

Cuish – A slip of a bar outside of the tourist zone and all the better for it because real people might actually stop by for a tipple. Plus it’s always more entertaining watching traffic crawl by and you’ll have more time to chat up the bartenders. Cuish sources tiny batches from a variety of mezcaleros so their selection is frequently changing. If you like something, buy it, the bottles may be gone on that next visit. Díaz Ordaz 712Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, OAX, Mexico. They also just opened an expendio (store) on Macedonio Alcalá 802, Centro.

Los Danzantes – Los Danzantes is the full vertical operation: Smashingly designed high class restaurant, mezcal brand and a mezcal bar all wrapped into one. Calle Macedonio Alcalá 403, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 501 1187

El Destilado – A restaurant project from a pair of San Franciscans that also contains a fun bar up front that is stocked with some fascinating mezcals that Jason Cox has sourced from around Oaxaca. It’s a few steps from Santo Domingo which makes it ridiculously convenient when you’re in the tourist zone. Plus you can always order a snack or opt for the full tasting menu.  5 de Mayo 409, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

Expendio Tradición – A restaurant featuring high design and mezcals from the Chagoya labels. Mexican gastropub menu with dishes like goose burger and octopus. Plus lots of cocktails. Murgia esquina Reforma, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, OAX, Mexico +52 951 501 1460

In Situ – The latest location of Ulisses Torrentera’s mezcaleria is worth a visit to chat with this expert on all things mezcal even if he wasn’t pouring tastings.  His partner Sandra is fully bilingual and equally engaged with the mezcal world.  It’s also right across the street from the museum of Rufino Tamayo’s prehispanic collection which is not to be missed. José María Morelos (Av. Morelos) 511, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, OAX, Mexico

Meson del Olivo – Francisco Murguía 218, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 516 1616

Mezcalogia – One of the new wave of mezcalerias which have swept Oaxaca in recent years. This one is owned by Asis Cortez whose family owns El Jolgorio so you’ll find that brand well represented. You’ll also find a fascinating selection of mezcals sourced from across the country and a vigorous cocktail program.

Mezcalillera – A mezcal store masquerading as a mezcal tasting room – or something like that. They have a large selection of mezcals, many not available in the United States, and they pour tastings of much of what they sell in addition to offering introductory and more advanced tastings. Murguía 403 A, Centro, Oaxaca City +52 951 514 1757

La Mezcalerita – A one stop shop that features not only a great selection of mezcal, but also delicious, and local, craft beer and pulque. Also, Mexican wine! Macedonio Alcalá 706, Centro.

La Mezcaloteca – A fantastic little spot that specializes in bringing little known palenqueros to light. They’re bi-lingual and are happy to walk you through the entire process of mezcal. Note that they are appointment only so definitely call ahead. Reforma No. 506, Col. Centro 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico +52 951 514 0082

Taller Omar Hernandez – Omar is a ceramicist famous in the mezcal world for hand made copitas which are surfaced with casts from agave leaves. He sells those along with many mezcal inspired ceramics at his taller on the main drag in Oaxaca. Hidden in back there’s a mezcaleria open at rather random hours. Stop in for the ceramics, see if you can taste some mezcal. Read our write up on his spot for more infoAlcalá 303, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

El Pcohote Market – See the map for location. Mid-block there’s this organic market that contains a little stall with Real Minero mezcal. Closed Sundays and Mondays, open otherwise between c11AM and 6PM but hours may vary so be sure to check.

Pal’ Dolor –

Murguía 200, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico

Reunion de los Palenqueros – See the map for location. A mezcaleria featuring mezcals from Reunion de los Palenqueros, a mezcal brand. Open during the day, check for exact hours.

Sacapalabras – Mezcals by Eduardo Ángeles Carreño up the street from Biznaga. Nuff said.

Txalaparta Bar – This used to be a great bar with lots of mezcal. It recently acquired the skills of Leon Langle who used to man the bar at Los Amantes and has created a full blown mezcaleria on the premises which makes it more than worth just a short stop. Linger, chat with Leon, linger some more. Mariano Matamoros 206Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, OAX, Mexico

Zandunga – Technically a restaurant but a restaurant with a full bar and a large selection of mezcal. It’s right next door to Biznaga, across the street from Mezcalogia, down the street from Sacapalabras so right in the middle of agave spirit central.

Mezcal Tosba – If you can get to it, this is where Tosba is made. It’s way outside the town of Oaxaca and they produce incredible mezcal. Susan chronicled her voyage there in our blog. Bricia and Fernando Lopez also have a nice video about their visit. San Cristobal Lachirioag, Oaxaca, Mexico

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. hey there mezcalistas, i’m very happy i found your site bc mezcal’s found me and now i’m venturing down the rabbit hole to figure out why i’m so in love with mezcal. i’m hooked.

    i’m here in the bay and would love any info on mezcal tastings, or even classes that not only “taste” various mezcals, but teach the background of mezcal.

    also do you happen to have any good recs for Mezcalista’s in Oaxaca? I am going there in about a month. Thanks so much! Helen

    February 15, 2013
    • susancoss #

      Helen – thanks for your note and apologies on the delay in responding – this just popped up in our queue! Hopefully we did not miss you before your trip to Oaxaca. HIGHLY recommend checking out In Situ, at 511 Morelos. They are an awesome mezcaleria with over 100 mezcals from all over Mexico to try. Can help with other suggestions – please email me at susan@mezcalistas.com. I can also tell you about a couple of things coming up in the Bay Area!

      March 12, 2013
    • James #

      Helen it’s James from Black Diamond Brewery. Never heard back from u and your trip. Heard about the earthquake. What timing huh? We made a mole red beer today at the brewery. You should come down soon.

      May 22, 2013
  2. I help people visiting Oaxaca to learn about mezcal. Feel free to email for more info. oaxacadream@hotmail.com

    August 20, 2013
  3. HI there,

    Thanks so much for your great work in highlighting so many mezcalerias. I am curious as to why you didn’t include zandunga right next door to La Biznaga which has a big mezcal bar?

    March 8, 2017
    • Hi Mary,

      Sorry, that’s an oversight on our side. I’ll be adding them soon!

      Max

      March 9, 2017
  4. Just wanted to say thank you for lining up couple great list of places for Mezcal experience, this was our guide during the stay in Oaxaca!=)

    April 22, 2017
    • Glad to hear it and I’m so happy that we could be of help!

      April 22, 2017

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