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The Evolution of the Tequila Bar by M.A. “Mike” Morales

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Tequila Aficionado’s Mike Morales describes in a dynamic format with text, video, and photos, the evolution of the tequila bar from old Mexico to present day Santa Monica.

Excerpt from The Evolution of the Tequila Bar:

From the early 1930s to the late 1950s, Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema exposed the world to Los Tres Gallos Mexicanos (The Three Mexican Roosters), popular male mariachi singers of the day.  Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante and the legendary Javier Solis often portrayed gallant singing cowboys suffering from unrequited love and heartbreak.  Those definitive black and white movies also gave a glimpse inside the iconic cantinas, the first real tequila bars, where these films’ most memorable musical moments occurred.  Experience it by clicking here!

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A Tequila Fact Most Don’t Want to Admit

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It gives them away every time.

A controversial sound bite from my upcoming dynamic article, The Evolution of The Tequila Bar, featuring Mercado restaurant and bar in the heart of Santa Monica, CA.

Marco Antonio Ramos Monterrubio, the former manager of Mercado, reveals the one tequila fact that most don’t want to admit.

Explore this and the one tequila fact that most don’t want to admit with Mike Morales and Marco Antonio Ramos Monterrubio at Mercado in Santa Monica.  Click here to read more!

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Tequila Cocktails – the 3 Secrets by M.A. “Mike” Morales

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M.A. “Mike” Morales’ short video interview with mixologist Gilbert Marquez of Mercado restaurant and bar in the heart of Santa Monica, CA, reveals Gilbert’s three secrets to memorable tequila cocktails.

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Destination Cocktail: Irish Poet by Gilbert Marquez

March 16, 2013|By Jessica Gelt | Los Angeles Times
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The Irish Poet, a cocktail created by Gilbert Marquez at Mercado in Santa… (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)

In a city that could be considered the melting pot of the world, it’s only fitting that our pick for a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail is Mexican. Created by mixologist Gilbert Marquez for Santa Monica’s nouveau Mexican restaurant Mercado, the drink is called the Irish Poet. The spicy libation is fueled by the smoky flavor of mezcal, the heat of seeded poblano peppers, the zing of fresh lime juice and a lick of chipotle pepper-infused salt. Inspiration for the drink struck Marquez after a riotous tequila-drinking session with a loquacious Irishman in Mexico.

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Approachable Tequila Cocktails by M.A. “Mike” Morales

Gilbert Marquez, mixology, bartender, storyteller, tequila cocktailsGilbert Marquez explains the finer points of introducing the uninitiated to tequila and how to gently ease them into the world of the aficionado through finely crafted cocktails.

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The Concept Behind Mercado

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“The brainchild of long time friends, serial restaurateur Jesse Gomez and celebrated Executive Chef Jose Acevedo, Mercado, recently voted Los Angeles Magazine’s Best New Restaurant of 2013, has rapidly gained destination point status even among locals.”

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Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Mercado serves as the third installation of a classic and contemporary Mexican restaurant group that includes El Arco Iris in Highland Park and Yxta Cocina Mexicana in Downtown LA. With an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and tradition, Mercado reflects the heart and soul of Mexican dining. Architect Poonam Khanna designed the modern and intimate space for an upscale and comfortable experience.

The menu exemplifies the cuisine and flavor of Chef Jose Acevedo’s and co-owner Jesse Gomez’s Mexican roots, featuring items such as Chef Acevedo’s signature carnitas, created from a recipe handed down through generations. With tortillas made by hand daily, the finest meats, poultry and seafood, enchiladas and tacos, produce from the local farmer’s market, flavorful sauces and everything made from the freshest ingredients, Mercado offers handcrafted Mexican cuisine, artful design, a warm atmosphere and friendly service. 

Mercado’s bar offers over 60 premium Silver, Reposado and Anejo Tequilas, as well as mescal, and 12 draft and bottled beers. Try a creative cocktail like the New Fashioned or Del Bosque. We have happy hour at the bar and communal tables Monday through Friday from 5 to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 6pm.

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