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La Cuevita: Where to drink mezcal in LA

Today we’re starting a new occasional feature, quick highlights about great places to drink mezcal around the United States and, writers willing, the world. While Susan and I travel a fair amount there’s no way that we’re going to be able to visit most of the great bars and restaurants that feature our favored spirit. Since we hear quite frequently from fellow aficionados about their preferred purveyors of agave spirits we’re opening the doors to you, our readers. Feel free to write in and report on your favorite places, you can suggest them for inclusion in our mezcal map or, should the muse inspire, you can also write about your visit. We’re not looking for a review, we want to know what’s unique and what you like about a place along with their mezcal lists. So have at it, just email me with your ideas. Our first post comes from Danny Detox in Los Angeles with whom we’ve corresponded for a good bit. Without further ado, here’s his report: 

La Cuevita is the agave spirits focused bar located in the Highland Park neighborhood on Los Angeles’ northeast side.  Owned by the 1933 Group (whose portfolio of bars includes the whiskey-centric Thirsty Crow, barrel-aged emporium Sassafras, Oldfield’s Liquor Room, and the pair of Bigfoot Lodges), La Cuevita exudes a Dia de los Muertos ambiance with dual patios, a back bar on the weekends, and a variety of daily events ranging from themed DJ nights to live music and the occasional movie night projected in the interior.  Boasting a mezcal selection unrivaled east of  downtown, connoisseurs and novices should be able to find the perfect tipple to satisfy any agave craving.  In addition to 50+ unique mezcals, the bartenders at La Cuevita craft a range of agave cocktails including the Manila Mezcal recently written up as one of the ten best mezcal cocktails in LA by Zagat, eponymous La Cuevita (Crema de Mezcal, St Germain, lime, ginger beer, mint), and Aeroplano (reposado tequila, campari, lemon, Amaro Nonino, chili, with a mezcal float).  The bar also features a generous 7-10pm happy hour with $5 cocktails everyday of the week.

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Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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