Best Tequila Bars in NYC

Christina Parrella

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So much of tequila’s reputation lies with the margarita, the classic cocktail made with a mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice, served on the rocks or frozen, with or without salt. And yes, margaritas are the perfect summer drink, but they don’t give tequila the proper recognition it deserves.

The practice of distilling agave to make tequila is a centuries-old practice done in almost all of Mexico’s 31 states—though the town of Tequila (in Jalisco) takes credit for the famous liquor.

In New York City, you can drink the Mexican spirit (or a cheap version of it) at practically every bar. But if you prefer to savor the best brands and perhaps learn a bit about tequilas and mezcals (another Mexican spirit made from agave), we’ve got over a dozen places for you to explore. 

For example, La Biblioteca boasts 400 varieties of tequilas and mezcals. Añejo is a popular tequila bar founded by Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa. And Bodega Negra has a long list of bespoke tequila and mezcal. For more of our recommendations, see below.

Agave

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Agave

Don’t be fooled by the fancy white tablecloths at this bustling West Village Mexican favorite—thanks to more than 80 different types of tequila and countless margaritas (including a seasonal fresh-fruit version showcasing a pureed fruit of the day), the crowd can get a little loco within this joint’s stucco walls.

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Añejo

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Añejo

Hell’s Kitchen Mexican restaurant and tequila bar founded by Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa.

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Bar Lunàtico

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Bar Lunàtico

Bed-Stuy bar and live music venue opened by NYC musicians.

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Bar San Miguel

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Bar San Miguel

Carroll Gardens Mexican restaurant and tequila specialist owned in part by Mad Money’s Jim Cramer.

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Barrio Chino

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Barrio Chino

Lower East Side hipster hangout featuring delicious Mexican dishes and tequila drinks.

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Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown
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Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown

Bodega Negra restaurant and bar serves upscale Mexican cuisine for dinner and late supper seven nights a week.

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Botanic Lab

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Botanic Lab

Tequila focused Lower East Side bar in the basement of restaurant Casa Mezcal.

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Empellón Cocina

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Empellón Cocina

Empellón Cocina is chef Alex Stupak's modern Mexican kitchen, a gem tucked in the East Village where a casual dining room is balanced with an innovative bar selection.

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La Biblioteca

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La Biblioteca

An agave-liquor library featuring 400 varieties of mezcals and tequilas.

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Los Feliz

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Los Feliz

This secretive LES lounge (by the team behind Spitzer's Corner) follows in the footsteps of La Esquina, but with more space: three floors of underground lairs and secret dens, where the tacos keep on coming and the tequila never stops flowing.

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Maizal

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Maizal

The first Maizal opened in Staten Island in 2010 and proved such a success the owners branched out in 2014 to Astoria, a previously underserved neighborhood when it came to fine Mexican cuisine.

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Mayahuel

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Mayahuel

Nestled on a block lined with Indian restaurants is a dark, brainy shrine to tequila and mezcal, with a brief menu of chic Mexican bar food (popcorn with lime, Cotija cheese and ancho chile; sushi-grade tuna marinated in mezcal, served with coconut-avocado mousse; churros with spiced Mexican chocolate and dulce de leche).

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