Cocktail Hour: Mezcalería Tobalá Is Now Open Above Whisler’s

By Megan Giller  |  May 16, 2014

This week Whisler’s opened an upstairs bar called Mezcalería Tobalá. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a hidden joint specializing in mezcal, open solely on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The liquor starts at $9 and goes all the way up to $30, and no, we’re not talking about craft cocktails. Instead, it’s high-end mezcals from brands like Wahaka, Del Maguey, Illegal and more.

The bar serves them in two sizes: a half-pour (three-fourths of an ounce) in a clay copita or a full four in the traditional veladora glass. What’s that? Think a ridged votive glass with a crucifix in the bottom (Tobalá loves its Catholic iconography).

But for a real treat, check out the traditional mezcal service (pictured above): orange slices dusted with sal de gusano (dried larvae that feed off the agave leaves mixed with dried chiles and other spices). Also don’t miss the $3 mezcal chocolates made by Peruvian chocolatier Cesar Ramirez.

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