Whether your thing is craft margaritas, tasting scads of mescal varieties, or drinking sprits with a side of Crunch Berries, these new establishments are worth checking out.
Cereal Killin' It
Known for its elevated bar fare, University Heights’ new hotspot Hundred Proof, from the folks who brought us Trust, is trying to appeal to the kid in all of us. How else can you explain a new brunch cocktail menu crafted around—what else?—cereal? Called "Saturday Morning Cartoons," the cereal-infused beverages, the brainchild of mixologist Stephen Kurpinsky, sound almost as fun as a Thunder Cats marathon in your favorite pair of PJs.
Brace Yourselves, Mezcal Devotees
Those who can’t get enough of tequila’s smokier cousin, take note: A 2,000 square foot restaurant and mezcal tasting room is opening in Old Town this fall. Located next to Cemetery of El Campo Santo, Tahona will offer 120 varieties of mezcal plus cocktails made with the spirit, as well as something they’re calling "mezcal meditations" and a mezcal club. For even further enlightenment, the establishment will arrange mescal-tasting trips to Baja and Oaxaca.
New Life at Death by Tequila
Our beer-centric border region has a conspicuous dearth of Mexican craft beer. Which is why it’s refreshing that this new Baja-inspired restaurant in Encinitas will serve them, along with Mexican wine and a menu favoring "locals only." But that’s just the start. They’re also pouring 100 tequilas, 30 mezcals, and a modern cocktail menu where some drinks—we’re still wrapping our heads around this one—sport the restaurant logo airbrushed on with bitters.