Where to find mezcal in Toronto

Tequila’s smokier cousin, Mezcal is traditionally handcrafted in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. This agave-based liquor has a rich history, made the same way today as it was two hundred years ago. Although typically taken straight, these Toronto cocktail bars are putting a spin on the Mexican classic, mixing it with maple, citrus, cherry and more to highlight its uniquely earthy flavour. [Image credit: iStock.com/Bogdanhoda]

Weslodge Saloon

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480 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

Weslodge is a modern saloon that serves classic mezcal with a contemporary twist on King West. Try the Smoking Poncho with Enmascardo Mezcal, Weslodge’s maple wood simple syrup, and vanilla walnut bitters. This cocktail goes down smooth with bold smoky flavours that mingle perfectly with a vanilla finish. Weslodge has good selection of mezcal and tequila so saddle up to the bar and consult some of the best mixologists in the city.

Playa Cabana Cantina

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2883 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y9

Playa Cabana’s Cantina in the Junction has been wowing the neighbourhood for years with their laidback, rustic vibe, stellar service and commitment to the best booze Mexico has to offer. This is the real deal, with small-batch, single village mezcal from Oaxaca offered straight or mixed in one of Cantina’s adventurous cocktails. Sit up at the bar and order a round of tacos and margaritas. Cantina’s mouth-watering menu and friendly staff will keep you company for hours.

El Catrin Destileria

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18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

With a sprawling outdoor setup to accommodate big groups and gatherings, El Catrin is the Distillery District’s answer to all your patio problems. This Mexican eatery’s tapas-style menu is best paired with one of their refreshing Mezcalteles. These mezcal-based cocktails balance sweet citrus, sour cherries and are always smooth and smoky. Looking for the liquor a little more straight-up? Try the mezcal flight, a sampling of three authentic mezcals: Urakan 45, Enmascarado 45 and Milagrito joven.

Reposado Bar and Lounge

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136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 1R5

If you’re looking for top-shelf tequila and mezcal, Reposado is your stop. Located on Ossington between Dundas and Queen, Reposado is a chic tequila bar dedicated to serving the best tequila and mezcal around. Let the bar staff guide you through Reposado’s stacked repertoire; these are some of Toronto’s finest cocktail artists. On the weekends this spot gets busy with locals and Ossington night owls, making it a great place for groups. Mingle out on the back patio or make some new friends at the bar.

La Carnita

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501 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A5

La Carnita pairs tacos, street art and great music for an all-night party at their flagship College and Palmerston location. This eatery boasts a sizeable bar, cozy tables and generous tacos with an Asian twist. But most of all, Toronto loves La Carnita for their margaritas, cocktails and solid selection of tequila and mezcal. Put back a few with some friends and keep in mind that these drinks are best chased with one of La Carnita’s house-made popsicles.

Milagro Cantina on Queen West

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783 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

La Perla is a traditional Mexican cantina, a no-nonsense spot to hangout on West Queen West. La Perla has become a watering hole for locals and is a great spot for an intimate conversation over tequila and mezcal. La Perla occupies the second and third floors above Milagro, a warm Mexican restaurant that shares its late-night menu with La Perla. Head in for some drinks and feel yourself transported to Mexico City. This is one of TO’s best authentic cantina experiences.

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