el banditoEl Bandito, part of the independent bar and restaurant group, Graffiti Spirits, has joined an elite club of UK bars to become recognised as an official ‘Del Maguey Single Village Mezcaleria’ tequileria.

The Mexican-style basement bar, hidden away under Slater Street, is a firm favourite amongst city goers and industry professionals. This latest accolade makes them one of only two bars in Liverpool to hold such a prestigious status, strongly affirming El Bandito as the best place in town to enjoy tequila – whether that’s straight up, or in one of the many cocktails from their extensive drinks menu.

To gain recognition as an official mezcaleria, bars must stock the complete range of Del Maguey’s mezcals. Mezcal is a drink referred to as ‘the mother of tequila’ and the Del Maguey collection represents its true heritage; as one of the finest and purest spirits in the world.

John Ennis, Co-Founder of Graffiti Spirits Group, says “We are extremely proud to be awarded this accolade. We are in good company, as there are only a small number of bars to ever receive it and we’re officially one of the only Del Maguey Single Village Mezcaleria’s outside of Mexico. Being recognised as this is extremely rewarding and we’re looking forward to continue to take the El Bandito brand outside of Liverpool and further certify it as a big player in the tequila and mezcal industry.”

Every establishment rewarded with the Del Maguey accolade receives a blue plaque, which is proudly on show at the entrance of El Bandito. John says: “The plaque represents our commitment to agave spirits and continued education in the agave spirit world. We’re truly proud, because it’s something that we never thought possible and I think it’s also an acknowledgement that the city can be truly proud of too. We are hoping for big things for El Bandito in the next few years, so it’s great to have the place where it all began commemorated in this way.”

El Bandito have recently returned from London after a successful takeover of Notting Hill’s favourite Tiki Den, Trailer Happiness. The Slater Street tequileria have also started a 3-month residency in the upstairs terrace bar at Wahaca, Liverpool One.

For more information about El Bandito visit: http://elbandito.co.uk