May 11, 2018
La Capilla is the oldest bar in the Mexican town that gave its name to the famously fiery spirit. It’s a simple space, almost poky and lit by fluorescent bulbs, with only a handful of stools on which to perch in front of a plywood bar, plus a further scattering of plastic tables and chairs. But the drinks, the drinks are something else altogether. The bartender and grandson of the bar’s original owner, Don Javier Delgado Corona, has been winning awards since the 50s and his cocktails are masterfully executed and rightly acclaimed (the Batanga being his best known creation). The bar stocks a dizzying array of tequilas, one of many reasons that cocktail addicts continue to make this a place of pilgrimage.
What their peers say
“Anyone who has ever spent a million pounds on a bar should come here to see why they wasted their money. Don Javier’s bar is as perfect as you ever dreamt it would be. A night here is a humbling experience indeed.” – Jake Burger of Portobello Star and Ginstitute, London