TequilaNeat - Good Tequila Bars

Because good tequila should be served "neat:"   No ice, no salt, no lime.

The bar at D Tequila Lounge, Redwood City, CA

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Throughout my ongoing travels, I've looked for good tequila bars. I've personally visited all of the bars with the "T" (TequilaNeat) designation below. There are many more out there, but naturally I can only recommend the ones I've checked out firsthand, or have on good authority that they're good. If you run across one that you feel should be listed, or find one below which has closed down, please let me know and I'll add it (and visit it if I can). Please send a message to the address below, and include as much information as possible of the type shown below.

When looking for bars for tasting, I look for places which will sell half-shots or flights. Buying smaller sized shots are good, in that I can try a wider variety at one time. Flights can be either "horizontal" or "vertical," meaning three of the same profile (say, three reposados), or three profiles from the same producer (blanco, reposado, and añejo all from the same company), respectively. Some places will even allow a customer to select any three tequilas desired, and make a flight from that. As with half-shots, flights are typically smaller tastes each, generally just under an ounce per tequila.

(T = TequilaNeat Verified   * = Will serve 1/2 shots   f = Flights   fc = Custom Flights)


New South Wales
Mr. Moustache, Bondi Beach Sydney 115 Mezcals, 40 Tequila, Raicilla & Sotol, f


El Cortez Tequila Bar Edmonton >100 varieties


United States

New Mexico
New York
Washington, D.C.

Taco Guild Phoenix 200+ varieties, f
Barrio Queen Scottsdale ~300 varieties
Blanco Tacos + Tequila Scottsdale T, ~50 varieties
Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila Scottsdale T, ~100 varieties, f
Fairmont - La Hacienda Tequila Bar Scottsdale T, ~210 varieties, f
Phonecian Resort - Relish Bar Scottsdale T, ~360 varieties
Canteen Tequila Bar Tempe T, 120 varieties

California, Northern
La Penca Azul Alameda T, >900 varieties, *
La Pinata Fremont T, ~300 varieties, *
Tequilla Shots Milpitas ~70 varieties
Chuy Lopez Restaurante Y Cantina Monterey T
Fiesta del Mar Mountain View T, *
D Tequila Lounge (formerly Deseo) Redwood City T, >750 varieties!, *,f
Milagros Cantina Redwood City T, ~80 varieties
Palo Alto Sol Palo Alto T
Reposado Palo Alto T, >100 varieties, *
Blue Agave Club Pleasanton T, ~100 varieties, *
Mayahuel Sacramento
Zocalo Sacramento Also Roseville
Las Margaritas San Francisco T, ~200 varieties
Tacolicious San Francisco, Palo Alto T, ~120 tequilas, f
Tommy's Tequila San Francisco T, ~300 varieties, *
Tres (formerly Tres Agaves) San Francisco T, ~150 varieties, *
Consuelo Mexican Bistro San Jose T, ~385 varieties
La Pinata San Jose T, ~80 varieties, *
Mezcal Restaurant San Jose T, ~40 tequilas, more mezcals
Roberto's Cantina Sunnyvale T, >100 varieties, *

California, Southern
Javier's Cantina Irvine & Newport Beach T, >300 varieties
El Carmen Los Angeles T, ~450 varieties, f
El Portal Pasadena T, ~100 varieties
Fred's Mexican Cafe Pasadena, OC & San Diego T
Vive Lounge & Tequila Bar Pomona ~100 varieties
Cafe Coyote San Diego T, >100 varieties
El Agave Cantina & Museum San Diego T, 500 varieties, and 1500 in museum
El Vitral San Diego T, >250 varieties, f
La Sandia Santa Monica T, >250 varieties, *,f

El Pacifico Grand Lake *,f

Geronimo Bar & Grill New Haven T, >300 varieties

Paxia Alta Cocina & Tequila Lounge Orlando T, ~220 varieties
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Orlando T, >340 varieties, *,f

Salud Tequila Lounge Chicago

El Azteca Fort Wayne 147 varieties, *,f

El Agave Wichita T, ~80 varieties

Rita's Tequila House New Orleans T, >150 varieties
Yo Mama's Bar & Grill New Orleans T, >100 varieties

Lolita's Cocina and Tequila Bar Boston T, ~200 varieties
Papagayo Tequila Bar Boston T, >130 varieties, f
Sunset Cantina Boston T, >130 varieties, *,f
Temazcal Tequila Cantina Boston T, >300 varieties

Red Mesa Grill Traverse City 200+ varieties - Also Boyne City

Bally's Tequila bar Las Vegas T, 50 varieties
Cabo Wabo, Miracle Mile Las Vegas T, 50 varieties - Not just Cabo Wabo!
Caesar's Palace - Mesa Grill Las Vegas T, 67 varieties, f
Cosmopolitan - China Poblano Las Vegas T, 21 varieties, 8 mezcals, f (A funky and pricey place)
Lindo Michoacan Las Vegas Claimed "largest selection of tequilas"
Mandalay Bay - Border Tequila Bar Las Vegas T, 50 varieties - Quality over quantity
Mandalay Bay - Hussong's Cantina Las Vegas T
MGM Grand - Hecho Mexican Restaurant Las Vegas 118 varieties, f
Southpoint Casino - Baja Miguel's Las Vegas T, ~50 varieties
Treasure Island - Isla Tequila Bar Las Vegas T, 75 varieties, f

New Mexico
Inn at Rio Rancho - Toro Bar Rio Rancho T, f
Maria's Santa Fe T, 85 varieties, amazing food

New York
Mayahuel New York City

Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina Pittsburgh T, 185 varieties, *,f

Casa Chapala Austin T, *
Iron Cactus Austin T
La Condesa Austin T, ~250 varieties, *,f
Malverde Austin T
TNT Grill Austin T, fc
Chapultepec Lupita Houston T, ~100 varieties
El Gran Malo Houston T, ~60 varieties, *,f - Small selection, but their many infused tequilas are brilliant!
TQLA Lounge Houston T, ~170 varieties, *
Maria Selma Houston T, ~120 varieties, f
Emma's Mex Grill Pearland

Inferno Cantina Salt Lake City T, ~70 varieties

Azteca Bellevue (& other locations) T
Barrio Seattle T, ~80 varieties, f
Poquito's Seattle T, ~90 tequilas
The Saint Tequila Salvation Seattle T, ~75 tequilas

Washington, D.C.
Oyamel Washington, D.C.

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