Despite popular belief, National Tequila Day is not observed on Cinco de Mayo. It’s actually July 24th so bust out the lime and salt and celebrate at one of these L.A. spots.
Te’Kila, an upbeat Mexican cantina stocking 300+ types of tequila and agave-based spirits with rare and unique varietals, is the perfect place to celebrate the “holiday.” Perched along the bustling Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, Te’Kila restaurant and bar boasts an impressive tequila collection worth driving to the Valley for. Having created the concept 10 years ago with the sole focus of developing a restaurant around the spirit, they are one of the original tequila bars in the city. Their diverse tequila portfolio ranges from family-owned, small-batch brands to world-renowned distilleries, and rare, esoteric agave-based spirits that are made out of the protected appellation (Revel Spirits, Avila), or from different agaves (Raicilla, Bacanora, and Sotol). For those curious to try different varietals, tequila flights are also available, per recommendations from resident tequila expert and Co-Owner Kevin Zadoyan. Te’Kila also carries close to 30 bottles of mezcals, with emerging varietals perfect for sipping on as well. It’s no surprise that Te’Kila offers a diverse assortment of tequila-based cocktails with various flavor profiles, such as the smooth and creamy Avocado Margarita, the sweet and tangy Mango Tango, the refreshing Cucumber Melon, and the Hennchata with housemade horchata and a Hennessy VS topper.
13817 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks,tekilashermanoaks.com, @tekilarestaurants
Cafe del Rey
Celebrate the national holiday dedicated to drinking tequila with stunning seaside views at Café del Rey in Marina del Rey. Pair market-driven craft cocktails like the Jalapeno Infused Margarita with orange and jalapeno-infused Milagro Silver Tequila, cilantro, lime, and orange liqueur, and the Granada, featuring Milagro Silver Tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, pomegranate ice sphere, Mezcal Mist with sea-to-shore fare at the Westside’s newly revamped fine dining restaurant. Take advantage of happy hour-priced tequila cocktails during happy hour from 3pm-6pm, or in the lounge from 6 p.m. to close.
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, cafedelreymarina.com, @cafe_del_rey
“Come as You Are” to the modern-casual restaurant Granville —the go-to neighborhood spot. Sip on a selection of hand-crafted cocktails including the Palomita made with El Silencio Mezcal, grapefruit, kaffir lime and brown sugar or the Medicina, featuring El Silencio mezcal, honey syrup, ginger and lime. The Pineapple Picante Margarita is a villager fan favorite, made with Luna Azul Reposado, smoked jalapeño and pineapple. Stop by any of their five locations.
8701 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood; 270 S Lake Ave, Pasadena; 12345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; 121 N San Fernando Blvd., Burbank; 807 Americana Way, Glendale; granvillecafe.com, @granville
Ocean Prime Beverly Hills
Sit back and relax at the modern-Americaseafood-centric restaurant Ocean Prime in the heart of Beverly Hills as you enjoy high-quality seafood, meats, and cocktails. Sip on one of their many elevated cocktails including the Prime Margarita, made with Don Julio Blanco Tequila, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Agave Nectar. Get a kick out of the Spiced Tequila Cocktail, made with Maesto Dobel Diamonte Tequila, Picante Infused Simple Syrup, Hand Squeezed Lemon Juice and Regan’s Orange Bitters. Make sure you don’t miss out on Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Ocean-prime.com, @oceanprimebh
Birds & Bees
Downtown LA’s 1950s themed underground cocktail lounge Birds & Bees and Bar Manager Jake Larowe know that tequila is a liquor made for beating the summertime heat and have mastered a cocktail to help any cocktail connoisseur cool down. Sip on the John Wayne cocktail made with añejo tequila, 10 year tawny port, cocchi barolo, carpano antica, angostura bitters and umoboshi bitters.
Birds & Bees, 207 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Birdsandbeesla.com, @birdsandbeesla
A steakhouse isn’t exactly the venue you think of when it comes to throwing back tequila, but BOA Steakhouse is an exception. The West Hollywood hotspot is serving up a number of DeLeón Platinum Tequila cocktails this summer including the La Quebrada made with tequila, Campari, passion fruit, lime juice and agave; the South Of The Border Heat made with tequila, house-made sweet and sour, fresh pineapple and jalapeños; the Blood Orange made with tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, agave and topped with club soda; and the Cardamom made with tequila, lime juice and gum syrup.
BOA Steakhouse, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Boasteak.com @boasteakhouse
Atop the SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, rooftop pool bar Altitude will be serving up the Oaxacan Fruit Cart. This summery mezcal-focused cocktail pairs perfectly with the menu spearheaded by Chef José Andrés, containing watermelon fresca, habanero bitters, lemon juice and simple syrup and garnished with a watermelon and pineapple skewer.
465 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, slshotels.com/beverlyhills/dining/altitude-pool, @slsbeverlyhills
For those who prefer to take their tequila straight on – can make their way to Dresden in L.A. for a round of Paquera Mezcal Flights. For $13, tequila connoisseurs will have the opportunity to try all three marques; Espadin, Half Barril/ Half Espadin and Barril.
1760 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, thedresden.com, @the.dresden
Lanea is bringing the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with a hand-selection of tequilas, mezcals and authentic cuisine from East LA family-run Barba Kush. Officially opened as of July 8, Lanea offers a way to retreat from ones day to day life and relax with a chilled cocktail, tacos, and barbacoa in hand. Lanea has partnered with the Zavaleta family to bring traditional Mexican cuisine from Barba Kush just three blocks from the ocean. Along with their classics, the Zavaleta family will serve five different styles of tacos on their handmade to order corn tortillas, chips and guacamole, and breakfast tacos on the weekend. The cocktail program, curated by Beverage Director, Bethany Ham (previously of Clifton’s Cafeteria) is straightforward and incorporates wellness driven ingredients, taking advantage of having the Santa Monica farmer’s market in the backyard.
217 Broadway, Santa Monica, gotolanea.com, @gotolanea
The Pier House
The Pier House is a beachfront restaurant and bar in Venice with a coastal California-style seafood program. Paying homage to Venice history and the dancehalls of the original Venice Pier in the early 1900s, the venue represents an all-new vintage-inspired design, bringing a refreshed vibe to the area known as Washington Square. For National Tequila Day, Mezcal El Silencio has two delicious drinks on the brand new menu that represent beachy twists on classic cocktails. The Paloma Spritz is made with Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, Reposado Tequila, grapefruit, sparkling rose and salt and the Amoxicillin is made with Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, pineapple, ginger, lemon and spicy bitters.
7 Washington Blvd., Venice, pierhousevenice.com, @pierhousevenice
Malibu Beach Inn
At the Malibu Beach Inn, the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant overlooks the waves and wildlife of the Pacific Ocean. Pairing with the restaurants fresh, locally sourced menu from One Gun Ranch are a number of cocktails. Check out the El Diablo made with Siete Leguas Tequila Reposado, Lejay Cassis, lime and ginger ale or the Farmerita made with 21 Seeds Cucumber Jalapeno Tequila (which is a female-founded company touted by celebs including Jessica Alba, Molly Sims, Naomi Watts and Kourtney Kardashian), Licor 43 and seasonal margarita.
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, malibubeachinn.com, @malibubeachinn
The h.wood Group’s John Terzian, and Brian Toll, the dream team behind hotspots The Nice Guy, The Peppermint Club and Poppy opened Petite Taqueria in 2017. The popular, upscale Mexican eatery boasts a killer cocktail menu tailormade for National Tequila Day. The Spicy Siena is made with Avion Reposado, Fresno chili, lime, agave and cilantro. The Smokin’ Greens is made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Orange, Lime, Agave and cilantro. There are also a number of classics on the menu including the Paloma made with Casamigos Blanco, the Petite Skinny and Classic Margaritas made with Avion Silver and Spicy Margarita made with El Tesoro Reposado.
755 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles, petitetaqueria.com, @petitetaqueria
Del Frisco’s Grille
Santa Monica’s premium bar and grill, Del Frisco’s Grille, is teaming up with another storied brand to celebrate National Tequila Day on Wednesday. The restaurant will host a special, four-course pairing dinner with small-batch tequila producer Casa Dragones. Executive Chef Daniel Tiger and the somm team from the high-end tequila brand have crafted a menu that celebrates the beloved blue agave. Each boozy offering, whether it’s simply sipped or meticulously mixed, allows Casa Dragones’ two tequilas to shine alongside the complex Mexican flavors incorporated into Chef Tiger’s four food courses. Begin with a neat Tequila Casa Dragones Joven — the pièce de résistance from CEO and co-founder Bertha González Nieves (also the world’s first female Maestra Tequileria) — and a fresh ceviche tostada. Then indulge in cocktails that spotlight Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco, a silver tequila, including two margaritas and a “dessert” Paloma, with south-of-the-border-inspired dishes. Tickets are $85 per person.
1551 Ocean Ave., Suite 105, Santa Monica, delfriscosgrille.com/santa-monica, @dfgrille
Beverage Coordinator, Adan Maldonado, heads the bar program at Salazar with a strong focus on tequila and mezcal, paired perfectly with their Sonoran-style BBQ fare. The outdoor oasis is the ideal spot to drink and eat with friends, giving all the right feels of a summer backyard BBQ. Tequila cocktails range from their Margarita made with tequila, lime, agave syrup and citrus-salt rim to the Sandías por Días Agua Fresca made with tequila, lime, watermelon agua fresca, lime and chili-salt rim.
2490 Fletcher Dr., Los Angeles, Salazarla.com, @salazarfrogtown
While H Café’s bar program focuses on beer and wine, there is also a range of classic cocktails and a rotating selection of seasonal creations. The menu draws on Chef Michael Reed’s signature unexpected twists, including the El Güero Paloma made with Reposado Tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Jarritos Guava Soda and Himalayan chili salt rim.
3200 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, hcafes.com, @cafe
Inside Proper Hotel in Santa Monica, Calabra, a Kelly Wearstler-designed rooftop dining destination, pairs ocean views with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by executive chef Kaleo Adams. The bar program offers vibrant libations created to perfectly pair with Chef Adams’ offerings. This National Tequila Day, order the Washed Ashore made with Pueblo Viejo tequila, prickly pear, citrus and blue algae.
700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, properhotel.com/hotels/santa-monica, @santamonicaproper
Madre’s bar program is helmed by beverage director Bryant J. Orozco and owner Ivan Vasquez, which features authentic, small-batch tequila and mezcal bottles from Oaxaca, Mexico. While Madre is known for its impressive selection of mezcal, the Palms and Torrance location also house 20+ types of tequila. The El Chapo y Kate cocktail is made with tequila blanco, opuntia prickly pear, agave, cucumber, lime and spicy bitters.
10426 National Blvd., Los Angeles, Madrerestaurants.com, @madre_national
At Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, Viviane cocktail and boutique wine program perfectly complement the rustic, seasonal menu. Viviane highlights local ingredients in each cocktail, creating colorful and fresh drinks. This National Tequila Day order their Old Fashioned Passion made with Reposado Tequila, passionfruit, Suze, aloe and cucumber.
9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, vivianerestaurant.com, @VivianeRestaurant
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