- Tequila is becoming one of the most popular liquors in the US and the increased interest in tequila has inspired people to travel to certain places to learn about or try new tequilas.
- There are many places in Jalisco, Mexico, where you can tour tequila distilleries.
- In the US, major cities like New York City and Los Angeles, California, have a number of tequila-centric bars.
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Tequila, an agave-based spirit, can pair well with beaches, parties, and of course, margaritas. But have you ever considered taking your travels a step further and going on a tequila-inspired vacation?
Around the globe, there are plenty of cities that have specialised tequila bars, tequila tours, and tequila-themed excursions.
Whether you’re a loyal fan or someone who’s recently discovered the spirit, here’s a list of places to visit if you love tequila.
Guadalajara, Mexico, is home to some bars that have been serving tequila for more than 100 years
Guadalajara is best known as the capital of Jalisco, the state in Mexico that’s famous for producing most of the world’s tequila. As you can probably imagine, the city is one of the best places to visit if you’re a tequila fan.
Currently, the city is home to a mix of modern cafes and decades-old bars that serve up the spirit to locals and tourists alike. Head over to La Tequila restaurant near the Terranova neighbourhood and you’ll encounter a bar that’s stacked from wall to wall with 200 different tequila varieties that you can sample during your visit. While you’re there, you can also try some authentic, local cuisine, like its famous, 28-ingredient dish called “chile en nogada.”
The Jose Cuervo train in Mexico will take you on a boozy journey through tequila country
This train takes you on an 11-hour journey from Guadalajara, Mexico, all the way to the historic city of Tequila, Mexico.
Throughout your experience, you’ll enjoy snacks, cocktails, and several tequila tastings. On top of that, you’ll learn history and fun facts about the liquor from a tequila expert.
According to the Jose Cuervo website, you’ll also be able to go on a tour of the 250-year-old Cuervo distillery and have some time to explore the town of Tequila.
A regular express ticket costs about $US109 and, with over 300 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, it seems like many believe this experience is worth the cost.
A visit to Tequila, Mexico, can be enjoyable for tequila fans and history buffs alike
Walk through the town’s main center and you’ll find vibrantly coloured buildings, hotels, and of course, tequila distilleries. Destileria La Rojena is one of the most well-known attractions, as it is the oldest tequila distillery in the country and it has been in operation for over 250 years.
While you’re in the area, you may want to check out the National Museum of Tequila. For a low cost, you’ll get to see some fascinating artifacts and learn about the spirit’s historical and cultural connection to the Jalisco region.
Later, you can check out Casa Sauza, which offers one-hour tours of its distillery and Quinta Sauza estate. During the tour, you’ll get to see where and how the pinas from agave plants are harvested, milled, and distilled into tequilas.
You’ll also get the exclusive experience of tasting tequila straight from the barrel and you’ll get a glimpse at Sauza’s impressive vintage collection of the spirit. If you spring for the two-hour tour, you will even get to plant your own agave plant in the area.
But the highlight of your trip might just be a scenic horseback ride through the impressive agave fields in Tequila. Mundo Cuervo currently offers this experience and it gives you a close-up look at where the agave plant starts out long before it is used to make tequila.
While there, you can take a break from tasting tequila to journey to the nearby Cascada Los Azules and marvel at the beautiful waterfall views.
Travel to Los Angeles, California, for some incredible tequila bars with great Mexican food
Since Los Angeles is well-known for its vast availability of Mexican cuisine, it makes sense that it would also be a great place to drink the Mexico-originated spirit.
You may want to start with a visit to El Carmen. The Mexican-style cantina has a retro, old-Hollywood vibe. The bar has a lot of tequila varieties and a selection of margaritas that feature fresh produce like pineapple, mango, and jalapenos.
If you’re in the mood for a more high-end experience, head downtown and check out the bar Las Perlas. Not only does it have one of the biggest tequila selections in town, but also it has an outdoor patio where you can sip your drink year-round in the mild California weather.
Visit New York City and you’ll encounter trendy spots with massive selections of specialty tequilas
Don’t let its geographic distance from Mexico fool you. The Big Apple is home to several bars that tequila drinkers just might love.
One spot that isn’t to be missed is Los Feliz. The multi-level lounge currently offers more than 150 specialty tequilas behind its bar and has a full-on dance club in a downstairs lounge.
And then there’s La Biblioteca, which, as the name suggests, has an entire library of more than 400 tequilas and mezcals. While you’re there, you can also rent a locker to hold bottles of tequila that you want to save to enjoy at a later date.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also indulge in a massive margarita at Caliente Cab Co. in the West Village. Each drink contains an entire bottle of tequila, so it’s perfect for sharing with a group of friends.
If you’re looking for a more luxurious tequila experience, head to Punta Mita, Mexico
This beautiful area is right near Puerto Vallarta and it overlooks pearly, white-sand beaches and the crystal-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. But beyond the picturesque views, this area has a five-star hotel that offers incredible tequila tastings.
Currently, The Four Seasons Punta Mita offers a special package that allows you to taste several varieties from its massive collection of more than 125 tequilas. Throughout your tasting, an on-site tequila expert will guide you through everything you need to know about the subtle flavours and nuances between each tequila style.
And for those who looking for a truly over-the-top experience, The Four Seasons Punta Mita also offers a private helicopter service that will transport you to the nearby Jose Cuervo tequila distillery in Jalisco for a tour and tasting.
The experience costs around $US20,000 and, during the ride, you’ll catch a unique view of the agave fields from above.
Follow the ‘Margarita Mile’ in Dallas, Texas, for one of the best tequila-themed bar crawls in the country
Texas is one of the largest markets for tequila in the US, which makes it a welcoming destination for people who love the spirit. And, if you’re a sucker for your tequila in a frozen form, then you’ll love following the “Margarita Mile” in Dallas.
Download the official app and you’ll receive a guide to 16 locations that are known for serving up some of the best blended margaritas in the country. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to win prizes by checking in to each spot you visit and answering trivia questions.
Stops along the way include Mariano’s Kitchen, which is said to have invented the frozen margarita machine, and The Tipsy Alchemist, which offers unique margaritas like the Alchemist Margarita, which combines chocolate, mango, and tequila.
You may also want to check out the local Ritz Carlton hotel. The lobby has a custom-designed tequila vault that’s stacked with extremely rare, expensive bottles, like Patron en Lalique, which is worth thousands of dollars.
Visit San Francisco, California, if you want to taste some premium tequilas while travelling within the US
The city is home to Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, which is well known for its dedication to educating the public about tequila, as well as for inventing the famous Tommy’s margarita. The restaurant carries tequila from as many as 130 different distilleries, including many anejo and extra anejo varieties, like Herradura Seleccion Suprema.
According to the eatery’s website, it only serves 100% agave tequila, which means that you’re guaranteed to get the good stuff while you’re there.
If you’re up to it, you can pay a $US10 membership fee and become part of the restaurant’s tequila-tasting group, Tommy’s Blue Agave Club. You’ll first have to take a test to prove your tequila knowledge to the in-house experts but, once you do, you’ll get the chance to sample rare tequilas that aren’t even available to the public.
After you hang out at Tommy’s, you can head to the city’s Mission District to be surrounded by a cornucopia of restaurants and bars that seem like they were made for tequila lovers.
For instance, if you can make it to El Techo’s weekday happy hour, you can enjoy a $US13 tequila blanco flight that features Calle 23, tequila tapatío, and Partida.
And you may not want to miss out on a trip to Mosto, where you can order a flight from its massive collection of tequilas and mezcals. Shots come paired with a traditional, citrus-based sangrita chaser or a spicy escabeche pickleback.
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