Feel Like a Giant at One of the Smallest, Teeny Tiny Bars on Earth

Featured in Bon Appetit, October 13, 2016

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Casa Dragones Tasting Room featured as one of the smallest, teeny tiny bars on Earth

Everyone loves a well-stocked minibar. Instead of adorable shrunken bottles of hooch crammed into a corner of a generic hotel room, however, think: a scaled-down—way down—space that contains just a few stools in less than 200 square feet.

Some teeny-tiny establishments are going for a heavy dose of kitsch and perhaps even Guinness World Records status. Others are darn serious and laser-focused about what’s served. Regardless, you just better hope you’re in good company, because there’s especially no escaping That Guy (you know, who thinks everyone needs to know his theories about the election) when the bar isn't even be big enough to fit the members of your own nuclear family. Let's take a tiny tour, shall we?

The cozy and sophisticated six-seat Casa Dragones Tasting Room opened this month in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Casa Dragones makes its small-batch tequila in Tequila, Jalisco, naturally, but the company maintains a strong presence in San Miguel. Design firm Meyer Davis shaped the jewel box space located within Dôce 18 Concept House, where it fits in with upscale arty retailers and designers. (It’s definitely not the venue to suggest to your backpacking, Lonely Planet-toting pals.)

Under the eye of interior designer Gloria Cortina, massive stones were gathered in Casa Dragones’ agave fields in Jalisco for the roughly 4,000 obsidian tiles that dramatically line the room’s surfaces. Bertha González Nieves, Casa Dragones co-founder and CEO—and the first female Maestra Tequilera to be certified by the Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila— explains that in this very small space “we can have an in-depth conversation and take advantage of actually educating people about tequila.” There will always be a tequila expert on hand for the six sippers (plus a handful more patrons who are willing to stand), but when the visiting mixologist residency program gets under way, this close access to the likes of Jim Meehan and Dave Arnold will go quick.