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OAXACA, MEXICO

Mezcal Tours (Recorridos)
by Ron Mader

MEZCAL WIKI

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Mezcal (sometimes spelled 'mescal') is a distilled liquor made from the agave plant. A strong smoky drink that symbolizes local culture and tradition, what tequila is to Jalisco, mezcal is to Oaxaca.

You can sample mezcal at most pubs and restaurants. But where to go for taste-testing or to purchase a select brand? Here's our guide to mezcalturismo in Oaxaca City and the Central Valleys.



MEZCALTURISMO

Mezcal is plural. The drink can be distilled from more than a dozen agave plants, each with their distinct qualities. Individual producers (maestros mezcaleros) add their impint as well. As mezcal becomes more famous, visitors want to see where it is produced. If you care to see where mezcal is produced, it's easy to visit the mezcal factories near Mitla, Ocotlán de Morelos, San Dionisio and Santiago Matatlán.

OAXACA CITY CANTINAS

La Farola, 20 de Noviembre #3, corner of Las Casas. This classic cantina was founded in 1916 and features the smooth, sweet taste of Rey Zapoteco.

La Casa del Mezcal, Flores Magon #209. Classic cantina.

La Alianza, Victoria #222. Good selection of curados.

Caminito al Cielo, Prolongación del Panteón #117. Quiet place on the east side of town.

MEZCALERIAS

Mezcaleria Cuish, Diaz Ordaz #712 (between Arista and Zaragoza), Flickr Wiki

Mezcaleria Los Amantes, Allende #107. Desgustación y arte. Wiki

Mezcaloteca, Reforma #506 Wiki

RESTAURANTS

La Biznaga
Garcia Vigil #512, 516-1800
- Cocina mestiza and open daily 1-11pm.

Los Danzantes (Photo)
Macedonio Alcalá #403, 501-1184
- Contemporary Mexican cuisine in a beautiful enclosed patio. Website

Comala
Allende #109

BUY A BOTTLE

La Cava
Gómez Farías #212-B

Union de Palenqueros de Oaxaca
Abasolo #510

Embajador
Murguia #102, website

Nicalaya
F.J. Mina #213

Del Maguey
Alcalá #403, website

MARKETS

Inexpensive mezcal is available in bulk from a number of puestos near the Centro de Abastos. Copas made from carrizo are sold at Jarcieria El Arte Oaxaqueño.

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Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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