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Leave your thoughts of Margaritas and a bucket o’ Tecate beer at home as new downtown watering hole Mezcalero aims to elevate the “Mexican cocktail.” Tequila and mezcal cocktails are made with ingredients like huitlacoche and mazapan syrups, reminiscent of Oaxaca. Bonus is its offering of sophisticated tacos like the Southern-inspired fried chicken taco with watermelon salsa and buttermilk dressing.

The Drink To Drink: When life hands you burned tortilla, make a syrup out of it. Such is the basis for the unique Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em cocktail, which is made with burnt tortilla syrup, roasted corn-infused Maestro Dobel tequila, byrrh quinquina, cinnamon, fresh celery and lime juice. It’s a delicate balance of smokiness and sweetness.

Know Before You Go: Indulge in the tacos, but make sure to save room for the churro balls. The cinnamony churro bites are served with a side of mini horchata topped with mocha mousse and chocolate dipping sauce.

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510 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013