The seven best places to drink tequila in Denver on National Tequila Day

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Kevin Galaba

Cuidado Denver, you're getting a second Cinco de Mayo this summer: tomorrow is National Tequila Day. Americans drank a little over 13 million gallons of tequila last year -- and that number will be surpassed this year. There are a lot of great places in Denver to consume the spirit of the agave; we've distilled it down to a few must-drink locations for this festive occasion (although we don't need anyone to tell us that every day is a good day for tequila). Whether it's in a margarita, as slow sipper, or in a shot with lime and salt, tequila is the drink of the day, and this list (in no particular order) of local restaurants will help you find the tequila destination that's right for you.

See also: Richard Sandoval's La Biblioteca opens

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La Biblioteca features 378 tequilas, including several house infusions.
7) La Biblioteca
1610 Little Raven Street

With 378 tequilas, La Biblioteca is the first place that comes to mind when thinking about enjoying the agave-based spirit. "Anything you call out, we can put together," says bartender Kevin McCorriston. "Sweet, sour, whatever you like." With that many tequilas to choose from, the possibilities are nearly endless. Our favorites are the house infusions, which include serrano, blueberry and lemon, green apple, grilled pineapple, cilantro, cranberry and orange, and cucumber. Those flavors are $8 per pour, or get a flight of three for $16.

Try a horizontal flight of any three tequilas from the same aging category (blanco, reposed or añejo), for $18 to $32. Or, get a flight of tequilas aged in used barrels (Bordeaux, Cognac or new French oak), which lends unique characteristics to the spirits as they age. If the smokiness of Mezcal is more your flavor, La Biblioteca has 56 to choose from.

National Tequila Day hours: 4:00 p.m. to midnight.
Happy Hour: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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The bar at Tamayo, 14th and Larimer.
6) Tamayo
1400 Larimer Street

Owner Richard Sandoval loves tequila so much, that he purchases his own barrel of Herradura reposado every year, which is available at Tamayo half price on Thursday. Normally, this private reserve is $14, but will be offered at $7 for National Tequila Day.

The Pepino is the cocktail of choice at Tamayo. Featuring house-infused serrano tequila, cucumber and lime, it's one of the house best sellers. Our favorite, though, is the Smoked Pear Martini, made smoky with Dos Gusanos mezcal. It's shaken up with pear puree, burnt honey and lime.

During happy hour, five bucks will get you one of four house margaritas (the traditional is served frozen, or on the rocks), house red or white wines, or sangria. Beers are $4, and tapas plates from the kitchen are also $4, while tacos are $3.

National Tequila Day hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Happy hour: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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The bar at Lola, with the barrel of tequila hanging overhead.
5) Lola
1575 Boulder Street

The flavors of the coasts of Mexico come alive at Lola, where it's always a treat to have guacamole prepared tableside while you sip a cocktail and wait for your entrees. Lola's tequila list tops 220, with an additional 25 mezcals. The big seller is the Drug Mule, made with barrel-aged tequila, fresh lime, sage-infused agave nectar, and a spritz of ginger beer ($10). If you haven't had the Q Coin, Tequila Day is the perfect introduction: it starts with muddled cucumber, then adds agave nectar, fresh lime, El Tesoro platinum tequila, an orange squeeze, and a cucumber twist. ($10).

Lola ages Corralejo blanco tequila in a bourbon barrel from Breckenridge Distillery. The barrel hangs precariously (don't worry -- it's secured by chains) above the bar, and is used in the Corralejo Coin cocktail, where the tequila is added to freshly muddled limes and triple sec ($9).

During happy hour, you can get the Paloma, with El Charro tequila, Fresca and lemonade for $5 or a shot of El Charro silver tequila and a can of Tecate for $7.

National Tequila Day hours: 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Happy hour: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Keep reading for more great places to enjoy tequila in Denver...


Location Info

La Biblioteca

1610 Little Raven Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Zengo

1610 Little Raven St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Tamayo

1400 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lola

1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Mezcal

3230 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Los Chingones

2463 Larimer, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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36 comments
Joel Bader
Joel Bader

I thought it was National History Day.

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

Cabrito tequila is mid-grade, and only sold to tourists in Mexico, nobody actually drinks it. Use Herradura or Don Julio if you want a better tasting Margarita. For neat Tequila straight, drink 1921 or Siete Leguas, they are fantastic. 

Ben Kreye
Ben Kreye

Katie Zieba, Nic Ziebell, Shots???

Alex Turner
Alex Turner

My porch with or without a cat in my lap.

Laura Romano
Laura Romano

Better check them out as it's National Tequila Day!

Joshua Massara
Joshua Massara

The Rio truly has a pretty nice top shelf selection, as well.

Dennis Huspeni
Dennis Huspeni

LIme: An American Cantina at Denver Pavilions -- can you say Suavicito?

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Screw this.... I'd rather have a really nice bowl of some dank! #MMJ

Mary Baker
Mary Baker

My gawd, this mean shenanigans and by shenanigans I mean ending up naked somewhere

Zoe Kendall
Zoe Kendall

Let's include our condo since we now have 8 bottles of top shelf tequila!

Eli Miller
Eli Miller

Ian Fuller Doubleday Zoe Kendall

Brian Rossi
Brian Rossi

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina 1294 S. Broadway. Voted Denver Westword Best house margarita. two for one all day long!!!

brian.rossi75
brian.rossi75

What about Adelitas Cocina y Cantina 1294 s. Broadway? Westword did award it "Denver's best house margarita"  I'm confused?

MARGARITA4
MARGARITA4

most of the Mexican bars in Aurora serve great tequila!

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

You know your list is bunk when a Gringo owned hipster joint come in at #1.

weege0011
weege0011

I have been to Hacienda Camino Real a few times for breakfast on Sundays. They offer tongue on the menu, but they never have it in stock.. 


My friend really likes the pancakes there. 


Pacifico at 7am works for me.. 

denvergregg
denvergregg

If you get a hangover from National Tequila Day, you can't treat it at Curtis Park Creamery II on Havana. That place has closed.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka Its what all the spinless loud mouthed punks drink to get up the nerve to threaten to beat and piss on people that say things they dont like. You are a spineless, worthless pos. People like you need to be removed from society. BITCH

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

@weege0011 Yep - I think HCR was so eager to finally open (after they had all those problems cleaning up the mess their predecessor left) that they may have gotten just a bit too ambitious with the menu.

The al pastor burrito and cheese/onion enchiladas are also very good there.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

@denvergregg I liked them. That's too bad. As it turns out, another good Mexican place, Hacienda Camino Real, has opened (fairly) recently just a few blocks north - closer to Havana/Mississippi.

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