When in New York City: Tequila Bars

Profile photo of Debra Pamplin
Written by Debra Pamplin
Profile photo of Mary M. Flory
Edited by Mary M. Flory
Lead Assigning Editor
Fact Checked

Many, or all, of the products featured on this page are from our advertising partners who compensate us when you take certain actions on our website or click to take an action on their website. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own. Here is a list of our partners and here's how we make money.


While tequila may not be the first drink that New York City brings to mind, there is no shortage of the magic Mexican elixir in the Big Apple. Whether you prefer it on the rocks, in margaritas or straight up, here are some great tequila spots in New York City.


With the goal of getting patrons to embrace traditional Mexican fare alongside the world's finest tequila, Mayahuel offers smooth, quality spirits. The cocktail menu is diverse and refined with drinks like the Auggie March (Resposado Tequila, Antica Vermouth and Cynar) and the Sin Nombre Punch (raspberry tequila, lime, pineapple and cava).

» Learn more: How to score luxury travel for less

La Biblioteca (de Tequila)

With a name that translates to "the Library," this subterranean liquor vault boasts an impressive 400-bottle collection of artisanal tequilas, mezcals and sotols. Something of a speakeasy, La Biblioteca (de Tequila) stocks Mexico's finest products from famous haciendas and small, family-owned distilleries in regions like Oaxaca and Durango. The extensive tequila list is complemented by a carefully crafted "tasting flights" menu that arranges smart sampling combinations.

Gabriela's Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Gabriela's Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar has an extensive tome of authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with fresh, raw ingredients. Dinner can be as simple as a cheese quesadilla or as rich as camerones en chipotle (jumbo shrimp, mussels, garlic, mushrooms, pineapple and cilantro in chipotle sauce). And the drink menu consists of a number of quality tequilas and margaritas.

Barrio Chino

Barrio Chino is a highly rated Mexican restaurant with great food and incredible margaritas. As hidden as it is trendy, the entrance is not clearly marked and easy to overlook. Once you've walked up and down Broome Street several times, you'll eventually figure it out (good luck). The establishment itself is a bit small and usually crowded. Barrio does not accept reservations, so expect a wait. But once you're seated, no rush. The food is cheap, and the drinks are delectable. Guests may choose from a variety of tequilas and margaritas made from fresh-squeezed juice.


Agave specializes in southwestern cuisine and alcohol. Decorated with adobe walls and spruce-fir imported from New Mexico, Agave transports guests to the opposite corner of the country and treats them to a distinctly southwestern experience. Food includes appetizers like chili and grilled corn on the cob, and entrees range from steak to pescado tacos. More importantly, the restaurant is equipped with over a hundred varieties of tequila and a diverse array of ingenious cocktails.

Travel Cards from Our Partners
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card

on Chase's website

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
NerdWallet Rating
Rewards rate


5x on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠, 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on all other purchases.


Intro offer


Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

on Chase's website

Chase Freedom Unlimited®
NerdWallet Rating
Rewards rate


Enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Travel℠, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.


Intro offer

Up to $300

Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

on Capital One's website

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
NerdWallet Rating
Rewards rate


Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options.


Intro offer


Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.

See more travel cards
Get more smart money moves – straight to your inbox
Sign up and we’ll send you Nerdy articles about the money topics that matter most to you along with other ways to help you get more from your money.