Although Portland is known as “Beervana,” the city’s tequila game holds its own with an intoxicating array of offerings in all shapes and sizes. Margarita pitchers? Check. Tequila flights? You know it. And the most ambrosial tequila-based cocktails imaginable? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at our favorite spots to imbibe tequila around the city.
This breezy Southeast Portland family joint gets serious about its tequila menu, which features roughly 30 varieties from more than a dozen brands. Don’t miss the caramel-y Milagro Barrel Select Añejo, aged for a minimum of 14 months. Best of all, no judgment is passed when asking for seconds (or thirds) of Rocio’s complimentary homemade chips and house salsa, a highly addictive family recipe.
Mezcal, tequila’s smokier best friend, shines at Coyote Mezcalería, the bar inside Latin American eatery Teote. Spend an evening on Teote’s magical back patio with a selection of top mezcal brands—think Wahaka, Del Maguey and Los Amantes — along with a side of spicy sal de gusanito, otherwise known as worm salt. (Yes, it’s made with ground-up worms!)
Noé Garnica, the Mexican-born chef-owner of Verde Cocina, offers an impressive tequila selection at his restaurant’s two locations. Their sizable cocktail list features the house Margarita Puro, made with tequila reposado that comes supersized for summertime sharing.
Bunk Bar Water
Celebrated sandwich slinger Bunk Bar also operates one of the city’s finest (read: most potent) frozen margarita machines. If you’re feeling adventurous or looking to beat the heat, opt for the Iceberg: a pint of chilled Rainer topped off with a dollop of slushy ‘rita to cool you from the inside out.
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