Two words: Tequila and Mezcal. Mayahuel is an unmarked tequila and mezcal only cocktail bar where mixologists shake their thing and mean business. It’s not a standing room type of bar, so you are only admitted if there is an available table. However, if the wait is super long, the hospitable staff will take your number and call when your table is available. Try to sit in the larger, breathable space upstairs. The red and black stained glass, low booths and oval, opaque windows create the feeling of a vampire’s layer or cave. It’s as if you are in a dungeon drinking your last drink; the burning Pope John Paul candles definitely add to the eery scene. A popular date place due to the small space, intimacy and impressive drink menu. Ask the staff to help you with the overwhelming cocktail list or you’ll end up trying to order the whole menu. Who said that was a bad thing? Order La Vida Rosa (you can also get a pitcher) for a sweet but not tart flavor plus a bonus of fresh strawberries or choose flights of tequila if that’s your fancy.

***Chek out Ravi DeRossi’s other East Village cocktail hot spots: Death & Co. and Cienfuegos (rum focused)

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