Bars We Love:: Handshake Speakeasy - Mexico City

by Negronis Greg

Handshake Speakeasy is a popular bar located in Mexico City that has gained a reputation for its unique atmosphere, exceptional cocktails, and skilled bartenders. The bar's origin story is rooted in the love for classic cocktails and the desire to create a hidden gem for cocktail enthusiasts in the city.

The founding members of Handshake Speakeasy are Jaime Villarreal, Ricardo Nava, and Leonardo Álvarez. The trio came together in 2016 with a vision to create a bar that would offer an exceptional cocktail experience in a hidden setting. They wanted to create a space where people could escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in some of the best cocktails in Mexico.

The bar is known for its prohibition-era ambiance, and it is designed to resemble a speakeasy from the 1920s. The entrance to the bar is hidden behind a wooden door, and patrons need to ring a doorbell to enter. The interior of the bar is dimly lit, and it has a cozy, intimate setting that is perfect for enjoying a cocktail or two.

One of the things that Handshake Speakeasy is most known for is its impressive cocktail menu. The bartenders at the bar are skilled mixologists, and they create unique and innovative cocktails that are unlike anything you'll find anywhere else in the city. The menu features classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and the Negroni, as well as more exotic drinks like the Pink Lady and the Aviation.


Greg's Favorite Cocktail

One of the standout cocktails at Handshake Speakeasy is the "Oaxaca Old Fashioned," which is made with mezcal instead of bourbon or rye whiskey. The mezcal gives the cocktail a smoky, earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the agave nectar and the bitterness of the bitters. This cocktail has become one of the most popular drinks at the bar and is a must-try for anyone who visits.




Bartender to Know

The main bartender at Handshake Speakeasy is Jaime Villarreal, who is also one of the founding members. Jaime is known for his exceptional bartending skills and his ability to create unique and innovative cocktails. He has won several awards for his work in the industry and is regarded as one of the best bartenders in Mexico. But if you are looking to connect with broader bartender staff, check them out on their IG at the following: Jenn Solis (@jenn_solis_16), Dario Zeilmaker (@zeilmaker.d), Javier Rodríguez (@javier_vampiro), David Rocha (@davedave), JE Olivas (@thebarchemist), Eric van Beek (@ericvanbeek.carino),Yiyi Aparicio (@yiyiaparicio), Rodrigo Urraca (@rurraca), Marquitos Di Battista (@marquitosd), Pamela Martínez (@yo_soy_pam_), Mario Asael (@marioasael)Dario Zeilmaker (@zeilmaker.d


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In Conclusion 

If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable cocktail experience in Mexico City, Handshake Speakeasy is definitely worth a visit. The bar's hidden location, exceptional cocktails, and talented bartenders make it one of the best cocktail bars in the city.


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