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Jul 19, 2012 02:44 PM

Best tequila bar in L.A.?

Looking for a great tequila bar, or a restaurant with an excellent tequila selection. Good food would be a plus. Willing to travel anywhere in L.A. County. Thanks.

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  1. Rivera. Great bar and great food.

    1. La Cuevita, newly opened in Highland Park by the Thirsty Crow people:

      1. El Carmen on Third Street has one of the best tequila and mezcal selections in the city. I think it has a few hundred different tequilas available. It's a great dive bar. The food, on the other hand, is truly revolting.

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        1. re: Jwsel

          Thanks for the suggestions, guys! Anyone been to Las Perlas? It looks promising.

        2. Love love love Las Perlas, though it is more mezcal than tequlia... try out Guelaguetza- has a new bar and much tequila/mezcal BTG.

          1. 2nd El Carmen, they also have great happy hours specials for food M-F

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            1. re: sarahbeths

              Yes, they do, but then you would be expected to eat the food. I don't think there is enough tequila in the world to make El Carmen's food appetizing.

              1. re: Jwsel

                I think this is a relatively unjust assessment of El Carmen's food. Their nachos and taco plates are perfectly acceptable by bar food standards.

                1. re: bopdd

                  second that. I have eaten there a number of times and never had anything even approaching revolting. The food is fine.

                  1. re: bopdd

                    Agree also on the food unless it's changed. One of the first places I saw El Tesoro Paradiso at a bar long before you could spot it elsewhere. Also once had a fun night with someone seated next to me who ended up being part owner of 4 Copas. They were launching the brand at the time and he pulled a bottle out of his briefcase and handed it over as he said goodnight. Don't worry about the food, but go for the tequila! Hopefully they still have decent house made sangrita also.