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Any MEZCAL LOVERS? Where can I find good Mezcal in L.A.?

vittus Aug 16, 2006 04:17 AM

Just tried El Senorio Mezcal for the first time and was swept away by it's smoky flavor and THCish effects.

Does anyone know where to get it? So far I've tried Bevmo(had none) on Santa Monica Blvd and Larchmont Liquors (had 3 kinds).

Any recommendations for nice, smoky brands.


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  1. Professor Salt RE: vittus Aug 16, 2006 05:14 AM

    I'm not enough of a mezcal guy to steer you to a local source, but I'll be someone on the L.A. board will know.

    You should ask which brands would fit that description on Chowhound's new Spirits board. That's where the connoiseurs hang out and share their passion for the good hooch.


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      Burger Boy RE: vittus Aug 16, 2006 08:05 PM

      Lots of Mezcals at Beverage Warehouse in Culver City/Marina Del Rey.
      It is on McConnell St at the end, you turn into a long driveway with lots of businesses and go all the way to the end.

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        vinosnob RE: Burger Boy Apr 10, 2008 04:48 PM

        BW is a great choice...

      2. bigsleep RE: vittus Aug 16, 2006 08:14 PM

        Vendome Liquors in Studio City carries some. The best brand is the Del Maguey label. They have a bunch of different types. None are cheap. My favorite is the smokiest, Chichicapa. Worth the $70-80.


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          negro RE: vittus Apr 10, 2008 09:29 AM

          if you really like good Mezcal you need to buy Mezcal from Oaxaca state. they are several good brands there.

          I'm from Oaxaca but I'm living in Minnesota now. my friends here in Minnesota love Mezcal and everytime I go back to visit my family in Oaxaca I buy 3 or 4 bottles of Mezcal Beneva, which is a good brand. I can bring you one if you want .


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            Jwsel RE: vittus Apr 10, 2008 09:34 AM

            I'm terrible with Mezcal brands, but if you want to sample a bunch of Mescals, there is no better place than El Carmen on Third St. by the Beverly Center. That is where I was introduced to Mezcals. Try to go there on a slow night, sit at the bar, and ask if someone there can educate you about Mezcals.

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              oilydal RE: vittus Apr 10, 2008 03:01 PM

              i fell in love w/mezcal when i visited oaxaca a few years ago & i definitely prefer the smokier varieties. i don't remember brands, but i've had a few tasty shots at both malo in silverlake and at guelaguetza.

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                negro RE: oilydal Apr 10, 2008 03:47 PM

                Beneva is good and smokie. I always have extra bottles at home because my friends here in Minnesota love Mezcal

                I don't know if you can find Beneva here in the states. when did you go to Oaxaca? I go to Oaxaca all the time if you want I can bring you a bottle of Mezcal.

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                  oilydal RE: negro Apr 11, 2008 11:30 AM

                  oh man, i would LOVE a bottle from oaxaca! i haven't been since 2005...i took classes at becari and lived with a family for 6 weeks...it was an amazing experience. i'll see if i can run down a bottle of beneva here in l.a. thanks for the tip.

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                    negro RE: oilydal Apr 11, 2008 03:25 PM

                    man!!! I was an Intercambio of many students at Becari for years.

                    aprendi mucho ingles con mis intercambios, escribeme a mi email lescasjoy@hotmail.com

              2. Frommtron RE: vittus Apr 11, 2008 12:32 AM

                I've seen a small selection at Wine House on Cotner (Parking on the roof by the way). I can' tsay for certain, but I would think Tlapazola would offer up a few higher end mezcals since they have a beautiful tequila selection and they are a Oaxacan restaurant.

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                  vinosnob RE: Frommtron Apr 11, 2008 08:55 AM

                  Tlapazola does serve several, but I think the OP is looking to buy a bottle. Come to think of it Edwin (the bartender) would probably sell you a bottle if you asked nicely...

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                  Eatso Fatso RE: vittus Oct 3, 2011 12:59 AM

                  Top Line has a good selection:


                  Also of course, the best place to sample some is Las Perlas on 6th downtown, across from Coles. They know what mezcal is all about. Most LA Bartenders have never heard of it.

                  If you find yourself wanting a good kick, try the NINETY-SIX Proof Mezcal by Metl, their site also can tell you where to buy it: http://metlmezcal.com

                  Las Perlas
                  107 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  1. re: Eatso Fatso
                    Discokill RE: Eatso Fatso Oct 31, 2011 08:51 PM

                    I sure hope the OP found it in the last 5 years

                  2. Hegenbarth RE: vittus Oct 31, 2011 12:00 PM

                    Barkeeper on Sunset in Silverlake has a selection, including a few Del Maguey as recommended by a previous poster.

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