If you love Tequila and don’t mind that it quickly turns you into a drooling, lumbering mess, then check out these brilliant places to get hold of some…
Tequila is very much like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it. Just like Marmite, it can also spend a couple of years in your cupboard gathering dust and not getting touched. Don’t bother with the supermarket though – just head to one of these places instead…
Find yourself in Crazy Pedro’s and not only do you have a huge choice of pizzas the size of a 1986 satellite dish but they also have an extensive range of tequila and mezcal in which to wash them down with. Their cocktail selection is very tequila and mezcal-heavy – as are their brilliant frozen cocktails. If you head on down to their happy hour, you can get 2-4-1 cocktails and get right royally smashed on some Mexican death-juice.
Crazy Pedro’s Pizza Parlour
55-57 Bridge Street, M3 3BQ
1 Short Street, M4 1AA
0161 359 3000
El Capo, as a Mexican restaurant, bar and club, obviously sells tequila. But to say this is as big of an understatement as saying Dale Winton likes fake tan. The amount of tequila and mezcal they are packing is impressive enough to blow a Mexican man’s sombrero off – and as borderline racist as that is – it’s true. They even sell Del Maguey Wild Tepextate Mezcal that’s about 100 quid a bottle even if you’re in Mexico – treat yourself next payday.
El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF, UK
0161 237 3154
Hidden away down an imposing alleyway off St Anne’s Square, Sandinista is often overlooked by many people – but they’re idiots because they are missing out on a fair whack of tequila and mezcal that they can get destroyed on and make bad life choices. Sandinista is a great little bar, with a top crowd and some proper good cocktails. Last time I was in there we had some tequila shots with a lovely chilli, coriander and pepper shot on the side – the contrasting flavours were deliciously good and it made us really, really drunk. All you need really.
Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, City Centre, Manchester M2 7PF, UK
0161 832 9955
Revolucion De Cuba
If you manage to negotiate yourself past the bouncers on an evening you will find a gleefully elaborate cocktail menu and bottle selection with plenty of tequila options available. The margaritas here are ace and their Mexican Firecracker with tequila, bitters, pineapple, vanilla and lime is served in a sugar skull cup – enough to impress anyone as you walk around looking smug and trying to look sober.
Revolucion de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR, UK
161 826 8266
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn
Because they serve Mexican food with lashings of cheese and sour cream, it’s safe to assume that Lust, Liquor and Burn would also be buying loads of bottles of tequila alongside the tacos and tortillas every week in their deliveries. You would, of course, be correct – pretty much every drink they sell will have tequila in it – even if you ask for a tap water they’ll probably try popping a shot in there. I’m a big fan of their Largarita – basically beer and a margarita mixed up – it’s perfect with a massive burrito – it staves off the meat sweats rather efficiently.
Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester, M4 1HP
0161 244 9422
Cruising around Chorlton looking to get off your face on tequila and forget your own mother’s name, you should head on over to The Beagle because not only do they have some pretty decent Mexican grub, they also serve one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had, ever. Their Jalapeno and Cucumber Margarita is truly a thing to behold – it manages to be both hot and cooling and will get you slowly drunk enough to ensure that you won’t be able to not spit all over your boyfriend as you tell him some rubbish story about Hannah from work.
The Beagle, 456a Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M21 0BQ
0161 881 8596
Tattu specialise in a wide variety of cocktails – mostly with an oriental twist – so when it comes to my next Sake related article these boys are surely going to be at the top of the list. Their tequila selection is pretty decent though, and they also sell one of my favourites – the 1800 Coconut and as a man who enjoys eating a Dark Bounty every day, it’s like the alcoholic equivalent but without the calories on my jowls. Tattu also have a brilliant tequila based sharing cocktail for 6 people (Into the Unknown) which comes served on a bloody captain’s wheel. You can just drink them all yourself if you want – nobody will judge you.
Tattu, 3, 4 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB, UK
0161 819 2060
You probably wouldn’t think of a German themed place to be big on the tequila but you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Because Schloss is not just a German gaff it’s also a party gaff – somewhere where you can walk in at 12.30am on a Tuesday and have the time of your life, and for that you need tequila. They do a bloody amazing Margarita in here which will have you gasping for more, as well getting all cosy with Patrón and serving up everyone’s favourite coffee-tasting concoction – that XO Cafe Espresso stuff.
Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
0161 833 4040