The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Spotlight on NZ locals: Hola Mexico!

As the hospitality industry continues to feel the after effects of COVID lockdowns, The Shout NZ is dedicated to supporting Kiwi locals. Here are some of New Zealand’s most tantalising Tequila and mezcal bars to explore this summer.

Ghost Donkey

Auckland: Ghost Donkey
A lively, vibrant mezcal and Tequila bar that embodies the warmth of Mexican hospitality, Ghost Donkey is Mexican at heart, always paying homage and being respectful of tradition while putting its own stamp on things. With 70+ mezcals and Tequilas on the menu, including carefully curated Agave tasting flights and a bespoke cocktail list, it has the largest offering of the top selection of Tequila and mezcal in Auckland.
Signature drink: The Stone Wall – featuring house-made habanero-spiced apple juice, a blend of some of the finest Tequila and mezcal and a dash of pomegranate.
Must-try tequila: Fortaleza Tequila.

Auckland: Frida Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar


Inspired by the Mexican artist and icon Frida Kahlo, Frida Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar has a modern yet authentic atmosphere celebrating the festive food, drinks, colours and handmade décor of Mexico. Along with good music and a fiesta-loving team, you will feel like you’re at Frida’s home in the centre of Coyoacan, Mexico City.
Signature drink: ‘Casa Azul’ – a signature margarita named after Frida Khalo’s home (now a museum) in Coyoacan, Mexico City meaning ‘Blue House’.
Must-try tequila: Herradura Ultra Anejo

Wellington: Los Banditos

Los Banditos

Los Banditos is a traditional Mexican Cantina and Tequila bar, but with a twist. Rather than adhere to strict traditional rules, they adapt contemporary global flavours into their food and drinks, keeping the Mexican spirit of the menu alive, while pushing the boundaries. Dedicated to having fun, not taking themselves too seriously and keeping standards high, the team at Los Banditos loves having a laugh with everyone that comes through the doors.
Signature drink: Margaritas! But Los Banditos’ unique selection of original and revamped cocktails that utilise Tequila and mezcal mean there is always something for everyone!
Must-try tequilas: Fortaleza Anjeo for sipping, Tequila Ocho reposado for shots and Altos Plata for margaritas.


Ōhope: Cadera
A fun, vibrant and inviting place, Cadera has a laid back atmosphere for people of all ages. With a glimpse of the ocean from its deck, this one-of-a-kind Mexican-on-the-beach venue features colourful artwork inside and out and is a great spot to sit back and relax with a Tequila.
Signature drink: Chili margarita – house infused chili Tequila makes for a deliciously spicy and interesting drink.
Must-try tequila: Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo.

Auckland: La Fuente

La Fuente

A small but perfectly formed mezcal bar serving up delicious Mexican-inspired food and good times, Auckland’s La Fuente aims to make all his customers feel comfortable ordering mezcal. The first of its kind in New Zealand and owned by Mexican-born sommelier Edmundo Farrera, La Fuente offers more than 20 different Mezcales, all served in specialised vintage cognac glassware, plus a permanent Mezcal experience matched with Mexican tapas.
Signature drink: Mezcalita – fresh organic lime juice, sal de gusano (worm salt) and lemonade.
Must-try mezcal: Meteoro.

Originally published in the September issue of The Shout NZ.

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