• Bars and Pubs
This mezcal bar (Mezcalería) in Colonial Condesa (one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city) proposes a wide selection of national artisanal mezcales and cremas de mezcal (soft mezcal liqueurs). With a playful name “La Botica” (Spanish for Chemist or Pharmacy) the bar features walls decorated with tiny medicine branded bottles as in an old classic drug store.
The house rules are that you have to order food with drinks, which turns out to be a good thing. You can accompany your mezcal with some regional dishes such as tamales, chapulines (fried grasshoppers) or queso Oaxaca (regional fresh cheese.)
This Mezcalería is a small place, only a couple of small tin tables with on folding chairs; but in their cardboard handwritten menu you´ll find what you need to have a really Mexican experience.
The staff (only 2 people) is really friendly and helpful, they explain you about the different mezcal varieties and advise you the best options to try. In week nights the ambience is calm but in weekends the place can get really crowded and loud.
Since opening a couple years ago, La Botica has been a success. So if you happen to be in Mexico City don´t hesitate to plan a visit to one of the 6 branches over the city.