But, alas, it’s our duty to inform you of Mezcal Bar, an extremely good-looking, if diminutive, new cocktail haunt stashed discreetly inside of Laurel Hardware. It opens Friday, and it looks like this.
This handsome, dark bar already feels like a chief character from Hollywood’s distant drinking lore. The vibe is all classic with marble-inlaid floors, Loro Piana–sheathed chairs and a fireplace guaranteed to raise the majesty of your next date once you part the curtain at the restaurant’s entrance.
There’s mezcal, logically. Showcased on its own, from 20 different distillers. In various mezcal flights arranged by your bartender. And in the Cocodrilos Rojos (reposado mezcal, Japanese whisky, blood orange, basil and lavender-vanilla espuma) that you’ll order.
You may do drinks here before hitting the restaurant or back patio for dinner. But odds are high that you’ll remain where you are, drinking in the elegant setting, laid-back global music and, inevitably, additional mezcal.
And you know that thing they say about how drinking mezcal can conceivably lead a person into lobster tostadas and mole negro quesadillas? No?
Well, it’s something they might have to start saying after Friday.