Liverpudlian spirit aficiondos, El Bandito, have brought their tasty Mezcal and Tequila cocktails to the heart of East London, with a two-month pop-up below The Drunken Monkey on Shoreditch High Street.
Vibrant Mexican tiles, cacti and colourful artwork add to the vibe of the agave-addled drinking den, with the El Bandito pop-up menu featuring an impressive collection of around fifty tequilas and twenty-five mezcals. Specialist brands, not available anywhere else in the UK, include tequila from the El Pandillo distillery, along with Partida; an all-natural premium tequila.
Through trips to Mexico to meet specialist distillers and producers, El Bandito have put together an extensive selection of delicious cocktails, featuring everything from frozen margaritas to flights of tequila. Brand founders, John Ennis and Matt Farrell, have made their mark on the North with six Liverpool based bars, and their extensive knowledge of spirits and passion for creative cocktails. The team also includes recent Class nominated best newcomer Joe Wild and El Bandito was one of the first UK bars to be awarded official ‘Mezcaleria’ status by Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, in honour of their work recognising and raising the profile of the mezcal category.
With a focus on rare and high-quality tequilas and mezcals, El Bandito aims to educate and inspire drinkers about these often-misunderstood spirits.
The El Bandito Pop-Up runs until early June. Catch it before it goes.
El Bandito Pop-up | 222 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
Below The Drunken Monkey | Opening Hours: Tues-Sun, 5pm till late