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Your Guide to the Agave Heritage Festival’s MezCrawl (MAP)

Updated April 11, 2024

A night of agave-inspired cocktails, mezcal, and culinary delights! From 5 – 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, kick off the MezCrawl with a traditional mezcal toast at the Playground Bar & Lounge and then stroll to any of the participating Downtown Tucson restaurant and bar locations.

Each ticket includes a veladora (a traditional mezcal sipping glass), lanyard, light bites, and mezcal cocktail samples at each of the following locations. Tickets are for sale now!

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(Photo courtesy of Hotel Marriott)

AC Hotel Tucson Downtown

Tastings are TBD. 

The AC Hotel is a great spot to call it a night if you’re staying downtown. Situated in the heart of the action, the hotel “embraces the spirit of Tucson through locally inspired artwork in our lobby and craft beers and unique spirits sourced from Southern Arizona” in their  AC Lounge.

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Cafe Passe (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Cafe Passe

Tasting: Tequila Cabal Refrescante – Refreshing tipple with Cabal Silver Tequila, Guava Syrup, Lime Juice, Aperal and Cucumber.

Stop by Cafe Passe and sample their menu full of Mexican-inspired dishes alongside tried and true Passe favorites including burgers, a chicken salad sandwich, bagels, and quesadillas. Or enjoy their selection of local beers, wines, and craft cocktails.

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The Century Room (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)

The Century Room

Tastings are TBD. 

The Century Room at the Hotel Congress is where it’s at for live jazz and crafty cocktails. It’s the first jazz club in Tucson and it’s adding some real style to the city’s nightlife. Their Sonoran Sazerac goes down smoother than that baseline and their charcuterie boards hit those high notes just right!

The Coronet (Photo courtesy of Agave Heritage Festival)

The Coronet

Tastings are TBD. 

Classic sensibility gracefully meets international culinary flair at The Coronet. Serving up meticulously sourced ingredients and a commitment to sustainability, the collaborative genius of this team is evident on the plate, and the environment creates a place where patrons can revel in the pleasure of savoring intentional food and drinks.

Ermanos Bar

Ermanos is featuring the Oaxacan Smash cocktail but using Vago “Elote” mezcal for the base. Also offering $2 off their elote and nachos.

Ermanos, situated on Fourth Avenue, is a gastropub known for its meticulously curated selection of craft beer and wine. Complementing its beverage offerings, Ermanos also serves elevated pub fare that emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients, which they also use to feature vegan dishes that always leave an impression.

(Photo courtesy of Good Oak Bar)

Good Oak Bar

Tastings are TBD. 

This can easily be one of your go-to places for a wide range of bites and brews. You can even order pizza from Jaime’s Pizza Kitchen next door! They’re open ’til midnight almost every day, so it’s a great place for evening drinks and late-night munchies.

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(Photo Courtesy of Highwire Cocktail Lounge)

HighWire Tucson

Tastings are TBD. 

HighWire is dedicated to their craft, molecular, and prohibition cocktail program where their drinks are served in a laid-back bar with an exposed-brick interior and a phenomenal courtyard right in the heart of downtown Tucson. At the heart of this concept is the bar’s award-winning cocktails, including their one-of-a-kind molecular shots, which are out of this world.

HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

Tastings are TBD. 

HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery effortlessly weaves together modern American cuisine with an upbeat atmosphere. A local favorite for both residents and out-of-towners, HUB boasts a menu that includes hearty burgers and shareable dishes. Be sure to leave room for their ice cream creations.

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New House Cocktails at Owls Club (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Owls Club

Tastings are TBD. 

This casual, cool, stained-glass-adorned Armory Park neighborhood bar offers a mean menu of craft cocktails, rotating beers, and a wine list that will leave you satisfied and ready for a good time.

Jicara cocktail at Penca (Photo by Anna Smirnova)


Tastings are TBD. 

Penca is known for its elevated Mexican cuisine taking classic, even simple staples, to the next level with their very own Penca twist. The combination of flavors and textures is something that puts Penca at the top of dining choices in Southern Arizona and brings a sense of sophistication through a changing seasonal menu.

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Stairs to Playground's rooftop patio (Photo by Isaac Stockton)

Playground Bar & Lounge

Kick off the night here with a traditional mezcal toast!

At Playground, culinary creativity meets vibrant nightlife in the heart of downtown Tucson. More than just a bar, this destination really feels like an adult playground for the senses, offering an array of craft cocktails, shareable bites, and a lively atmosphere. Whether you’re indulging in their menu offerings, shaking things up with a signature cocktail, or soaking in the eclectic vibes, the team at Playground aims to ensure each of your visits is immersive.

Portal Cocktails (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Portal Cocktails

Portal will be showcasing Vago “Elote” mezcal in a cocktail with small bites of homemade chile jerky.

Peeking through the narrow rectangular window at the black door, you’d think you need a password to enter — you don’t need one though. Step inside past the deep mirrored entry and you’ll be instantly transported into another world where craft cocktails reign supreme.

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R Bar (Photo by Rachel Dacquisto)

R Bar

Tastings are TBD. 

R Bar isn’t just a spot for drinks — it’s part of The Rialto Theatre Foundation, helping to keep Tucson’s history alive. So, every drink you enjoy there is for a good cause! You gotta try their cocktails, especially the “Bee’s Knee’s” and “El Guapo” — they’re top-notch​.

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