Say salud to some of the top tequila bars around Australia!

Whether you like to lick, sip and suck, or just sip on it straight up, tequila is always guaranteed to be a devilish fun time. While most bars offer plenty of tequila, fans of the agave liquor will know to make their way to a dedicated tequila bar, with their impressive selection of Mexican imported tequila and mezcal that you can’t get anywhere else. Pair these with expert bar tenders and Mexican inspired decor, and you’re in for one night out to remember.

In celebration of one of the world’s most favoured spirits, we’ve poured together a list of the 15 best tequila bars around Australia that you need to visit in 2023. So track down these unique bars and get sipping!

The Best Tequila Bars in Melbourne:

<strong>Tequila Bar by Mejico</strong>
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Tequila Bar by Mejico

The newest addition to the tequila scene, Tequila Bar by Mejico has already set a high bar for great tequila cocktails in Melbourne. Down the unsuspecting Pink Alley, Mejico’s Tequila Bar is found above the main restaurant, giving you a secluded slice of the city for any occasion. Serving one of Australia’s largest ranges of tequila and mezcal, Tequila Bar by Mejico will keep guests happy with a delicious Mexican menu also available into the early hours. Some come on down to Tequila Bar by Mejico for an unforgettable night of earthly delights!

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1 Pink Alley, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>Bodega Underground</strong>
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Bodega Underground

Hidden underneath Bourke Street in Melbourne, there’s no doubt that Bodega Underground will feel like a haven hideaway. One of the most renowned Mexican restaurants in the precinct, Bodega Underground appreciates late night sips of mezcal that’s paired up with some of their delectable eats including Kingfish Ceviche $22 and Lamb Riblets ($24) to name a few. Whether you like it mixed in a cocktail or devilishly straight up, Bodega surely know their agave; hence their “Bible De Agave” available.

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55 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>Los Hermanos Mexican Taquería</strong>
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Los Hermanos Mexican Taquería

Move over Breaking Bad. Although Los Hermanos Mexican Taquería do love their chicken, they also do appreciate the taste and texture of a good tequila. Expect music, traditional Mexican food and scrumptious cocktails within the walls of the Brunswick-based Los Hermanos Mexican Taquería. With each sip and bite, the tradition is passed on through to visitors.

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339 Victoria St, Brunswick, VIC 3056
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Get ready to down this one. With over 100 tequilas shelved on Mamasita’s walls, any Melbournian is silly to pass on an experience at Mamasita. Housing everything from Mexican beers to wine, spirits and of course, the tequilas. Top off the perfect night with their fresh, traditional, mouthwatering menu featuring the likes of Chargrilled Corn (from $5.50), Macadamia and Cashew Nut Chorizo Tostaditas ($16) and Jackfruit Tacos ($14). We recommend that you definitely pack the stretchy pants for your visit.

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Level 1/11 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>Mezcalito Agave Bar</strong>
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Mezcalito Agave Bar

Sitting in the heart of Melbourne, Mezcalito Agave Bar is one of Melbourne’s most celebrated and authentic tequila-praising venues. Stocking over 70 agave-based spirits directly shipped from Mexico; the vibrant and rustic feel to the bar will have guests feel like they’re wandering through the backstreets of Mexico City. Whether you pop in for their famous Agave Hour, a decadent dinner or simply just a cocktail to shake up the mood, Mezcalito Agave Bar will soon be a guaranteed favourite.

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227 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

The Best Tequila Bars in Sydney:

<strong>Bar Patrón by Rockpool</strong>
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Bar Patrón by Rockpool

One of the best tequila bars in Sydney, Bar Patrón, operated by the Rockpool Dining Group, is a famed oasis for the iconic spirit. Overlooking the famous Harbour Bridge, Rockpool Dining Group and Patrón united to create a venue housing the freshest cocktails all using one of the world’s most renowned tequila brands. Visitors can expect a range of delectable drinks, exquisite Mexican food and, of course, an iconic view. For your visit be sure to also try the Al Pastor & Pineapple ($16) tacos that’s filled with grill marinated pork.

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2 Phillip St, Sydney, NSW 2000
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Perched up above Neutral Bay is SoCal. Featuring hued décor, the outdoor dining and bar area provides guests with a sensation of freshness and warmness. Created by Applejack Hospitality, SoCal is heavily southern Californian inspired – from the Latin American spices, to the dangerous cocktails and the satisfying street food. Regardless of the season or time you visit, you’ll certainly feel the warmth and love through each sip and bite!

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1 Young St, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
<strong>Tios Cervecería</strong>
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Tios Cervecería

Hanging off Foster Street in Surry Hills, Tios Cervecería is arguably one of the best tequila bars in Sydney. Described as a northwestern Guatemalan bar – where bartenders are more commonly known as tequila experts or connoisseurs – guests can expect that their visit to Tio’s to consist of a good lesson about the iconic spirit, a lot of tequila and a handful of the best and spiciest popcorn in town. With over 120 different spirits available, Tios Cervecería has it all. Clear your schedule for one of the best tequila and mezcal bars in Sydney!

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4/14 Foster St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

The Best Tequila Bars in Hobart

<strong>Pancho Villa</strong>
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Pancho Villa

Named after a Mexican revolutionary General, Pancho Villa in North Hobart is one of Australia’s best tequila bars. With plenty to appease your taste – from the atmosphere, to the mouth-watering street food and of course, their scrumptious cocktails topped with the finest ingredients – think of Pancho Villa as a one-stop-shop for the iconic spirit. While you’re here, don’t forget to treat your tastebuds with their Chargrilled Adobo Chicken ($33) and a side of Chorizo Potatoes ($14). “If you cringe at the sound of tequila, we can tell you now you’ve been doing it wrong. Let us show you how to do tequila right. With style.”

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cnr Elizabeth St & Pitt St, North Hobart, TAS 7000

The Best Tequila Bars in Adelaide:

<strong>Mexican Society</strong>
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Mexican Society

Winning 2017’s Award of Excellence for the Best National Mexican Restaurant, Mexican Society will surely make you feel like you’ve packed your bag and you’re sitting at a traditional bar in Mexico. With bartenders playing the part as tequila and mezcal connoisseurs, choosing the perfect drink to your preference will be easy here. Whether you enjoy the famous spirit smooth, spiced, chocolate flavoured or even infused with butterscotch – they have it all. And at Mexican Society, they’ll teach you to sip not shot. Don’t forget their renowned food menu. How does battered barramundi taco or chargrilled octopus with pickled jalapeño sound?

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140 Gouger St, Adelaide, SA 5000

The Best Tequila Bars in Perth:

<strong>El Grotto</strong>
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El Grotto

Sitting on The Esplanade and overlooking Scarborough Beach, El Grotto is the perfect stop for authentic rich food – and obviously a tequila or two. And to add a bit of spice to your visit, this Mexican bar and taqueria praises their legendary sweet, diablo or double diablo chicken wings. Visitors can be guaranteed that a great feed and wild Mex cocktails can be found here. With their cocktails featuring only the finest mezcal, making your way through the drinks list will be easy with the calibre of concoctions made here.

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Shop 5/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA 6019
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The name translating to ‘little horses,’ Caballitos in central Perth is guaranteed to have you trotting back for more. Hosting everything from margarita nights to piñata smashing events and tequila masterclasses for you to learn and of course sample your way through a flight, Caballitos has it all! Round up your mates and visit one of the best tequila bars around Perth in 2023!

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26 Queen St, Perth, WA 6000
<strong>La Cholita</strong>
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La Cholita

Resting on a corner in Northbridge, La Cholita is the perfect stop for some exquisite food paired with some iconic drinks. With a staggering 100 plus collection of tequilas filling up their bar, La Cholita is a must for any tequila lover out there wishing to sip their way through the best tequilas ever produced. If tequila isn’t your thing, then definitely pop by to work your way through their menu. Scallop and Cucumber Salsa ($10) taco or Wood grilled Angus Beef with chimichurri ($27)? Yes please!

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279 William St, Northbridge, WA 6003
<strong>el Publico</strong>
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el Publico

With over 100 tequilas and mezcals available, don’t let the staggering amount deter you away from the excellence and quality of the liquor provided. Sourcing only the finest brands that use 100% agave, el Publico know the difference in taste, texture and smell within each tequila, mezcal and raicillas. If you’re not feeling the tequila vibe, El Publico also serve up a range of fresh meals using only the finest seasonal ingredients. Pair your visit with Chile Popcorn ($6) that’s topped with agave syrup.

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511 Beaufort St, Highgate, WA 6003

The Best Tequila Bars in Darwin:

<strong>Hot Tamale</strong>
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Hot Tamale

Located in Darwin City, Hot Tamale has previously won Australia’s Phil Bayly 2017 Award for Tequila Bar of the Year. With a title like this behind them, Hot Tamale must surely know how to spice things up. Whether you swing past for their picturesque, vibrant cocktails, a bite at their waterfront venue, or simply just sip one of their 300 plus agave spirit range; Hot Tamale is worth the visit. Despite having the largest collection of agave spirits in the Southern Hemisphere, the venue is also famous for their guacamole and tacos. We’ll cheers to that!

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F2/19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City, NT 0800

After you’ve visited the best tequila bars in Australia, shake things up at home with this Spicy Sierra Tequila Margarita Recipe. Or, switch things up with these 2 Alternative Cointreau Margarita Recipes for Cocktail Hour.

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This article was first published on July 24 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on November 15 2022.