Best Single-Issue Bar

Espita Mezcaleria
1250 9th St NW, (202) 621-9695
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
In a single year, Espita Mezcaleria has turned the entire city into a bunch of copita-sipping, mezcal-mad enthusiasts. The team of general manager Josh Phillips, a certified mezcalier, and beverage director Megan Barnes has shown us all the light, thanks to a robust and diverse list of approximately 100 mezcals, inventive flights, and great cocktails. The staff is also armed with the knowledge and expertise to explain the ins and outs of the spirit. The list could be larger than it is too, but Espita sticks to its credo of including only worthwhile selections from producers it wants to support.