Josh Phillips is one of just a few dozen certified Master Mezcaliers the world over, and beverage director Megan Barnes served stints at some of the city’s finest cocktail havens. Together, they’re a fierce mezcal duo who have quickly cultivated a bunch of mezcal-mad followers in the District. Find roughly 100 agaves on the list, a series of mezcal flights focused on different aspects of production or flavor profiles, and an excellent lineup of cocktails. The robust flavors of the food scream authentic Oaxaca, too, so don’t pass up on one of more than half a dozen moles, or choose from a lineup of tacos, ceviche and sopes.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The Mayahuel is tabbed on the menu as “if a Margarita was awesome, it would be a Mayahuel.” Indeed, the smoky Margarita riff is on point.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Does the mezcal list look daunting? Ask your bartender or server, as all showcase bona fide mezcal knowledge, and the menu is designed to encourage interaction and education.