La Cata Tequila Tasting Room
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La Cata Tequila Tasting Room

La Cata Tequila Tasting Room
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La Cata is the first and only brand-independent tequila tasting room in Tequila town. Hundreds of 100% agave tequilas are served in guided educational "flights," or a la carte. Guests also enjoy craft cocktails, Mexican beer and wine, and light local fare. Air conditioned.
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Steve F
United Kingdom9 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
If you're touring Tequila and surrounds and want to make a pitstop head for this welcome oasis in the center of town. The wonderful upstairs bar and tequila-tasting room has excellent cócteles artesanales (craft cocktails) and flights of three tequilas: blanco, reposado and añejo. Blotter includes tamales, tostadas and chips. Highly recommended.
Written November 24, 2017
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Thank you very much for the kind words and recommendation @Steve F. We really appreciate it and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at La Cata. Salud! - The La Cata Team
Written November 27, 2017
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Dave M
Henderson, NV85 contributions
Feb 2019
If Clayton Szczech, the owner of La Cata is, as he has been called, the Evangelist of Tequila, then La Cata, his tasting room in Tequila, Mexico is his cathedral.

And Isis Hernandez, his General Manager is his Bishop.

From the moment you walk in you know you're in for something special. There are no slick marketing materials, no corners full of kitsch dedicated to the big brands of tequila you experience everywhere else. All you see when when you enter the main room is a wall full of the best tequila selection you'll ever find, perhaps anywhere.

I've made many trips here, with both drinkers and teetotalers, Mexicans and gringos, and every time my friends have all said they felt incredibly welcome. Simply put, I cannot imagine a better place to sit and learn about the incredible history and breadth of flavors inherent in tequila.

Isis will put together flights for any budget, for any palate and at the end of the night, you'll leave wondering how you can get your hands on a bottle or two of what you just sampled. But more than that, if you want to really learn about the history of this spirit and understand how it's made, ask! Because Clayton and his staff will make sure to get you connected to one of local distilleries.

I remember passing through Tequila many times in the mid 90's when I was working in Nayarit. I took the bus a lot and the city never made an impression on me, but now... I would say for anyone who loves, or wants to explore tequila a trip there is a must do.

And an afternoon or an evening at La Cata is an experience not to be missed.
Written November 11, 2019
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Jdubb
Fiddletown, CA33 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Cool upstairs tasting room. We happened on it when it was empty so got Miguel’s total attention. Tasted several excellent Anos which at $150-&250/bottle were a bit over our budget. Did settle on a nice La Cata blanco to take home! Great place to find tequilas not sold in yhe US!
Written February 23, 2019
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Thanks for your review, Jdubdfiddletown . We are glad to hear you had some solid time learning with Miguel - we agree he is fantastic! We're also glad to hear you picked up some La Cata Suerte blanco - it's almost sold out and is a true collector's item! We look forward to hosting you again in the future. Saludos, Clayton
Written February 24, 2019
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Roam384301
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Apr 2018 • Friends
I must say, what an incredible experience I had when I visited this amazing oasis in the charming town of Tequila. I went three times when I was there. You go here for the tequila and you stay for the experience. What makes La Cata different from any other place in Tequila is that you can taste tequila from a plethora of tequila makers, large and small and they are not slanted toward one or two brands. North Americans aren't used to this, but if you taste a tequila you like, you can purchase it right from La Cata.At the time I went, they partnered with a tequila maker to have a special tequila made just for La Cata. I felt so fortunate to be tasting a tequila that only a handful of people on the planet have tasted. It is my understanding they do this often, if not all the time now. The best part of the time I spent there was the interacting with Isis and Clayton. The knowledge that these two had was amazing. They were walking encyclopedias on every tequila on the back wall. Not only were they versed in each tequila, but they also knew, in great detail, about the history and process of tequila making. You could tell a lot of thought went into the creating this perfect tasting room. If you want an education and sip tequila that you won't get at home, but sure to stop at this gem while in Tequila.
Written October 26, 2018
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Theressa76
Sechelt, Canada10 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
This place had a great wine and tequila selection as well as fabulous food and the service was outstanding we highly recommend this place to lounge and enjoy the atmosphere.
Written December 17, 2017
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Thank you @Theressa76 for sharing your review of La Cata! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere, tequila selection and overall experience. We hope to see you back very soon. Thank you. - The La Cata Team
Written December 19, 2017
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Dave R
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
If you like tequila/margaritas this is a MUST stop! Located only a block and a half off the plaza. It doesn't have much of a street presence. You have to walk up a flight of stairs but when you walk in you find yourself in a modern comfortable space that could be in any modern city. We sat at the bar under almost 300 different tequilas! I was interested in small batch, traditionally made anejos. Clayton (transplanted from Oregon!) pulled down 3 bottles and told me about each of the distilleries. He pour each in a fluted snifter and demonstrated the proper way to taste (not shoot!) fine tequilas. It has changed my world! It's obvious that he loves what he does! My wife had one of his cocktails. She said it was the best margarita she had the entire week that we were in Mexico. They also have a good selection of Mexican craft beers so there's something for everyone!
Written November 26, 2017
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Thank you for the detailed review @Dave R. We're so glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your experience - and the margaritas - at La Cata. Salud! - The La Cata Team
Written November 27, 2017
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EugeneChristina
Ajijic, Mexico108 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We very much enjoyed some tequila tasting here. They have about 200 bottles available for tasting. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and provides good information and recommendations. You can try lesser-known producers (without buying a botle) and find your new favorite.

Our bartender, Miguel, was friendly and we learned a lot!

The prices are reasonable and the space is fun.

Try this place when you're in Tequila!
Written November 24, 2017
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Thank you for your review @EugeneChristina! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our wide selection of tequila, information and staff recommendations! We hope to see you back at La Cata the next time you are in Tequila. - The La Cata Team
Written November 27, 2017
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M G M
Canada15 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
Bouncing from Cuervo to Cofradia to a dozen others, you can get a little dizzy in this charming pueblo mágico, and it is not just the tequila. The spin is in, as you feel a bit captive. It was a relief to find this bar, tucked upstairs in a former warehouse, where every effort is made to welcome neophytes as well as to provide a temple for tequila geeks.
The service is proper, with Reidl stemware, and comfortable. The focus is on flights, and the bar features a few, or you can create your own. I was introduced to tequilas I had never tried, from large and small producers that I had never heard of, without any spin. I believe I tried 7 tequilas, learned a bunch and had a great time.
So great concept, and execution. But I have to say that what I enjoyed most was chatting with Isis, who guided me through my journey. She is amazing. I went back in the evening ostensibly to try the cocktails, which were delicious (and I think properly, on the rocks, but really to chat some more with Isis.
I hope to be back!
Written November 16, 2017
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@M G M: thank you for the review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our wide range tequilas and craft cocktails! We hope to see you back very soon! - The La Cata Team
Written November 27, 2017
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Adam F
Playa del Carmen, Mexico12 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
I was very impressed by the vast selection of tequilas being offered.. Someone who appreciates good tequila will instantly recognize that all the best tequilas have a space up there with a few hidden gems, so no matter how many tequilas you have tasted, you will surely come across a few surprises! The staff is very attentive, plus they are literally bilingual, so no matter where you are from you will have a great and smooth service. I have all my respect for the owner Clayton, for pulling this together, this is an awesome bar and is worthy of support! I will always pay a visit when around and will recommend everyone to do so too.
Written June 8, 2017
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Thank you for the review @Adam F! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our selection of tequilas as well as your experience at La Cata! We look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you. - The La Cata Team
Written June 13, 2017
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Citlali J
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico6 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Walking in to what seems an abandoned bar, quickly turns into a great experience!
La Cata is a place where you get to taste the greatness of Tequila. Not just one brand, but a variety. It can be a place to have a few drinks and chillax, or a place to learn more about a certain brand, (it's process and what makes it yummy)
They also have beer and wine.
And if you feel the buzz coming in, bringing it down with tamales seems to work perfectly, since they have them.
Their staff is very professional and friendly.
Definitely recommended!
Written April 30, 2017
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Big thanks @Citlali J! We're glad you enjoyed our wide and varied selection of tequila and other agave spirits. Thank you again for the review! We hope to see you very soon. Salud! - The La Cata Team
Written May 12, 2017
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