Mezcaleria Las Flores

Chicago
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Connected to Johnny’s Grill, Mezcaleria Las Flores is Logan Square’s departure to Oaxaca via cocktail. Offering over 60 labels of mezcal, Jay Schroeder, a Rick Bayless alum, has created a bar program devoted almost entirely to agave. Besides testing your palate’s smoke tolerance with mezcal, you can enjoy other agave spirits like bacanora and raicilla. The cocktails -- all agave-based and served in ceramic mugs and other drinking vessels imported from Mexico -- range from crisp to smoky to adventurous. It’s a serious cocktail lounge without the pretention, blaring old-school hip hop and serving burgers from the grill next door.