As with any great category, tequila has well-known spots and well-known brands. When you hear, “Seattle tequila bar” there are probably a few spots that come to mind. When you say the words, “good tequila,” a couple well-known tequilas may also come to mind. You may be limiting yourself and probably paying too much.
If you’re the average, casual consumer put those brands and places that first came to your mind aside and journey with me around Seattle to discover the delectable.
We're highlighting six spots in different neighborhoods of varying atmospheres that all have one thing in common: a true love for the spirit of tequila. Ditch everything you thought you knew about this spirit and trust any one of these places to put you into a flavor you didn't know tequila could give you.
Little Water Cantina hugs Lake Union off of East Lake Blvd, has underground parking, an awesome view, inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable and friendly bartenders and over 100 different agave spirits. These boys know their NOMS. If you’re looking for something yummy to snack on while you sample the spirit, Little Water Cantina offers some of the most well put together and thoughtful food of any tequila bar that I’ve visited. Yummy.
I couldn’t possibly list Seattle’s top tequila spots without including Poquitos, rising above the city on the corner of 11th and Pike. Their selection, training, and cocktails put them in one of the top spots for the tequila savvy. I recommend scooting up to the bar and asking some questions. They employ a tequila trainer for their staff and the results are amazing. Poquitos also plays home to one of the greatest Seattle-worthy patios in the city: fully covered and heated…with a fire pit.
If a quaint bar is more your style head to N. 65th, just west of Roosevelt and visit with Sergio Garcia, the proprietor of Casa Patron. He’s continuously adding to his collection, which currently sits at 115 and growing.
Here's a two for one: Agave Cocina & Tequilas are located in the Issaquah Highlands, and at the Bear Creek Shopping Center in Redmond. There’s a deep love for the blue agave within the owners Julian and Federico and their collections will astound you. They often offer classes that are headed by Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila, so if you feel the need to keep learning be sure to ask about the next offering.
For those a tequila lovers that reign from the far west, Blue Agave in Gig Harbor not only has the top tier selection of over 50 tequilas, but the knowledge to put the right tequila in your glass. If you seek selection over education, Moctezuma is just a cross Point Fosdick Drive with a wall of tequila that will make your head spin.
Remember to ask questions. Tequila has an extraordinary history and is the only spirit that is a stimulant, has one ingredient (blue agave - a lily), and carries the backbone of an entire country within its mighty flavor. Ask the bartender at any of these locations to serve you a flight to try all three of a family (blanco, reposado, and anejo), or a flight that will allow you to compare the blancos of three different families.