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Las Perlas, Cedd Moses' Downtown Bar Dedicated to Tequila & Mezcal, Soft Launches Tonight

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Tequila for some of us is like the nectar of the Gods, but that's only one small part of a much, much bigger story. When Jose Cuervo in the 18th Century applied to the Spanish government to make the distilled spirit, it was for "Mezcal de Tequila." Legally, 27 other types of Mezcal, which is made from agave, are allowed to be made under Mexican law--mezcal in seven southern Mexico states (most notably Oaxaca) and tequila in six to seven northern Mexico states (most notably Jalisco).

“American tequila bars are way behind what is actually happening in the Mexican spirits world.” explains downtown's bar king Cedd Moses, who is opening his newest endeavor tonight, a Mezcal-Tequila themed bar. “It’s like opening a whiskey bar and failing to stock Single Malt Scotch. Premium single-village mezcal is the oldest and widely considered one of the best spirits in North America. And it works even better in cocktails than tequila.”

Las Perlas is located across from Moses' french dip eatery and red car bar, Cole's, on 6th Street, complete with indoor and outdoor seating. And in typical Moses fashion, the interior design is deliberate and refined. For Las Perlas, think authentic Oaxacan cantina.