Maya

maya liverpool barIt seems Mexico’s Day of the Dead is alive and kicking in Liverpool. Maya is making the spirits rise and you’ll just have to find it for yourselves to see what we mean. It’s near impossible to spot from the street (do look out for the red crucifix), but if you’re munching away on tasty tacos at Lucha Libre – you can head straight downstairs into the underworld.

To get in touch with your dark side, either slip into one of the iron-gate booths or pull up a saddle at the bar (actual saddles). The drinks here play up to the theme, with an exceptional tequila Negroni a.k.a. “Negringo” with Tapatio Reposado Tequila, Aperol and Antica Formula Vermouth. If you’re looking for a smokier refreshment, try the Calavera with La Penca Mezcal, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, chipotle and a smoked hickory wood finish.

If tequila’s not your thing, don’t fret pet – they’ve got you sorted: try The Scorpion, less daunting than it sounds, with Ketel One Vodka, Chambord, pineapple foam and then dusted with raspberries.

Best Bars tip: This venue is sexy, dark and fun – ideal for a third date or a group of mates. Say it together now … viva Mexico!

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

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