LA BOTICA – MEXICO CITY

• 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.

Website: http://labotica.com.mx/

SZIMPLA KERT – BUDAPEST

• Bars and Pubs


This old factory was converted into an open-air cinema and pub and one of best ruin bars of Budapest. From the moment you step in you get charmed by its unique, weird and wonderful style.

With different rooms and crannies to explore, this bar/restaurant is full of surprises. The projection system that plays silent old movies from Budapest history in the courtyard, the cocktail and shisha bars, the old Soviet cars and bathtubs that have been made into seats, the random pictures and graffiti everywhere and the multiple serving stations along with the gigantic hamburgers, pizzas and goulash they have for sale on the second floor, makes this a must-stop.
Excellent location, trendy but relaxed atmosphere, eclectic music, reasonable prices and a friendly staff.

If you’re in Budapest and want for something a little different, but still want to have a great time and sample some local brew, then definitely seek out Szimpla !

Website: http://www.szimpla.hu/en