With an interior described as “Mexican steampunk,” Los Amantes is a quirky little spot filled with dusty tomes, taxidermy, and a plethora of mezcal-related items. Don’t be put off by the rather peculiar image you’ve probably conjured up of this tiny and incredibly welcoming watering hole, which is often populated with locals partaking in the spirit for which their state is famous. A plus or downside, depending on how you look at it, is that they only serve products from their distillery, but even so this is a Oaxaca favorite and unmissable.
Allende 107, Oaxaca City, Mexico, +52 951 501 0687
La Farola is easily one of the most traditional cantinas in Oaxaca. This incredibly high ceilinged space is always populated with a slew of both locals and tourists, and sometimes has live music. Enjoy a simple cocktail, beer, or mezcal and soak up the atmosphere.
20 de Noviembre Letra M, Oaxaca City, Mexico, +52 951 516 5352
If you’re searching for something that isn’t a mezcalería in Oaxaca, try La Tentación, which opens ‘til the early hours of the morning. Obviously, you can still satisfy those mezcal cravings with a 10-peso shot, which probably tells you a lot about the quality and serving size you can expect. Instead, enjoy your night in the funkily decorated La Tentación by ordering a bottle of something a bit different, or a triton (5 liters) of beer. There is often live music, salsa, and cumbia, for dance fans.
Matamoros 101, Oaxaca City, Mexico, +52 951 514 9521