Small but mighty six-seat tequila bar
Meanwhile, Tequila. In San Miguel de Allende, Casa Dragones opens a small but mighty six-seat bar.
At 193 square feet, Casa Dragones' new tasting room is the world's tiniest tequila bar. It's taken up residence in Dôce 18, a mansion turned retail space in San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico's central highlands, where the brand's cofounder, media executive Bob Pittman, is a part-time resident. The walls and ceiling are lined with 4,000 black tiles, handmade from obsidian stones pulled from the volcanic soil on the company's agave fields in Tequila. Almost everything else - the floor tiles, the carpentry, the leather banquette - was also made in Mexico. Casa Dragones, started in 2008 by Pitman and Grupo Jose Cuervo veteran Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, has two spirits; Joven and Blanco. Tastings last about an hour and must be secured in advance.
—Featured in Departures, May-June 2017 issue