There’s never been a better time to get to know your agave. Artisanal tequilas are turning up on cocktail menus across the globe thanks to the arrival of small-batch, handmade bottlings such as Casa Dragones (casadragones.com; $275), a sipping tequila as crisp and clear as the etched crystal decanter it comes in.
Where to Sample
New York City: PDT (drinks for two $28).
Los Angeles: Chateau Marmont (drinks for two $24).
Mexico City: Hotel Condesa DF (drinks for two $19).
A trendy, artist-filled neighborhood in Mexico City now has a hip hotel to match. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, art galleries, and leafy tree-lined streets, Condesa DF is one of the most happening places in town. Paris-based interior designer India Mahdavi enlivened a triangular 1920’s French Neoclassical building with floral patterns and vibrant turquoise walls in the public spaces. The 40 rooms, arrayed around a central courtyard, marry indigenous materials (stone floors, Oaxacan blankets, alpaca-wool carpets) with sculptural furniture, walnut paneling, and sleek couches with contrast piping. The place heats up at night, when the rooftop sushi bar and basement dance club pulse with house music and bright young things dancing till four in the morning.
Part of the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel, this restaurant and cocktail lounge is a magnet for Hollywood’s A-list, with former patrons including Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast of Mad Men. The interior blends classic design elements—such as decorative mirrors and long red banquettes—with unusual touches like faux monarch butterflies pinned to the ceiling. There’s also a swanky bar area, with dim red lighting and live DJ’s spinning a mix of electro and hip-hop music. In the kitchen, Spotted Pig alum Carolynn Spence prepares Italian-inspired dishes like bacon-wrapped bourbon apples, and tagliatelle pasta with lamb ragoût.