8 Top Spots for Tequila in Boston

Where to find the city's best collections of agave spirits
May 4, 2015
by Scott Kearnan

This week was Cinco de Mayo, so there's a good chance you have your mind on Mexican food and drink. For the former, take note: we recently took a peek at the Hottest Mexican Restaurants right now. But because all your eats deserve a perfect pairing, we now cast our eye to the "drink" category — and the top spots around the city to find extensive tequila selections. From South Boston to Somerville, you're never far from something top shelf to sip. 

Loco Taqueria & Oyster BarThe team behind South Boston's Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant opened this nearby haven for spicy south-of-the-border cuisine in January. But warming up souls at the 62-foot center bar (pictured) is a list of 41 tequilas and mezcals. That includes plenty of blanco, reposado and anejo sips, plus a menu of particularly high-end varieties — dubbed "Woah Baby!" selections — like the $80-per-glass DeLeon Extra Anejo. 412 W. Broadway, South Boston; 617-917-5626

Lolita Cocina & Tequila BarThis bordello-evoking Back Bay haunt for after-work flirting features around 200 tequila varieties, including the splurge-worthy list of "Crazy Expensive" styles: think a $90 sip of Avion Reserva. Undecided? Speed date with different styles by taking one of five Tequila Flight options, or have them mixed into margaritas available by the pitcher. When you're done (assuming that you're eating) chase them with complimentary cotton candy that the restaurant sweetly offers at the finish of each meal. 271 Dartmouth St.; 617-369-5609

MasaThis staple of the South End dining scene has a simple but strong tequila selection that keeps the bar scene buzzing — especially during its popular happy hours. Booze discounts are banned by Massachusetts law, of course, but tapas in the bar area is just 50 cents apiece from 5-7 PM from Sunday through Thursday (and a whopping dollar each during other hours), so you can gorge on as many chicken taquitos, almond-stuffed dates and grilled chorizo as you can handle — while saving plenty of cash for more tequila. 439 Tremont St.; 617-338-8884

The Painted BurroThe modern Davis Square Mexican, with its adjacent Burro Bar, has over 100 selections of mezcal and tequila for tippling. And if you try to sip your way through all of them, you'll be a member of the spot's Agave Club — and receive a high-flying reward as a result. Once you've sampled 25 varieties, you'll score a make-your-own margarita kit (juicer, rimmer, etc.); after 50, you'll get a four-course dinner for two with tequila pairings; and after 100, you'll be rewarded with round-trip airfare for one to Cancun, Mexico. Get this party started. 219 Elm St., Somerville; 617-776-0005

PapagayoThe small local chain of Mexican eateries (pictured) boasts an 80-plus list of tequilas, including the ultra-high-end Clase Azul Ultra, a $100-per-ounce style made with handpicked blue agave, aged for six years in sherry casks. (Only 100 bottles of the stuff are made annually.) On a much more playful note, guests can also lap up tequila sno-cones, a boozy take on the childhood summer treat: a granita style serving of four fresh fruit flavors spiked with tequila. 283 Summer St.; 617-423-1000

Sunset CantinaIts nearby sibling, Sunset Grill & Tap, is known for having one of Boston's biggest beer lists: 492 varieties, to be exact. But the smaller cantina is no slouch either, with over 200 tequilas available individually or as flights. (The highest qualities are reserved for the $40 Presidential Flight, with tastings served in snifters.) The inventive margaritas are popular at this BU-area watering hole too. And if you order a two-drink minimum on Mondays and Tuesdays, you can take advantage of a student-budget-friendly deal: all-you-can-eat Texas BBQ ribs for $16.99. 916 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-731-8646

Temazcal Tequila CantinaThe most intoxicating aspect of this Seaport Mexican might be the awesome harbor views enjoyed from the big waterfront deck. It's hard to imagine a better place for tipping back from a 250-strong tequila selection while splitting starters of shrimp ceviche and corn-crusted calamari, or folding up some fabulous tacos. Suburbanites, take heed: Temazcal also recently opened a Lynnfield location too. 250 Northern Ave.; 617-439-3502

TicoStar chef Michael Schlow's Back Bay spot for Latin American-inspired small plates can command a nightlife buzz at the bar. Naturally, there's a Tequila Club to go with it: in an eight month period, drink 88 varieties out of the 140-plus selection to be inducted into a society that scores you a tasting dinner for four at the restaurant (plus access to other members-only tastings and seminars), an etched tequila glass with your name on it, and shirt and hat swag. Plus bragging rights, of course. 222 Berkeley St.; 617-351-0400