Who doesn’t love a date night? Getting dressed up and going out for some cocktails. My boyfriend and I usually go out for dinner once a week and always like to explore some new places. Battersea is a great area however I am yet to find a really good cocktail bar (I don’t count karaoke and drinks at Bunga Bunga as a great place for a date). So when I spotted a Mexican tapas and cocktail bar in Battersea Square I knew this was the next place on my list to visit.
We decided to visit Zocalo last night. The bar is small with an outdoor seating area onto the Square which will be great for warm Summer nights. As we went on a Wednesday evening it was fairly quiet but quickly filled up with a young crowd eager to have some drinks and tapas.
Most of their drinks are based on Mezcal (a Mexican tequila like drink made from the maguey plant) and you will find some interesting combinations such as basil and black pepper. I decided to try the Negroni Mezcal (Mezcal, campari, black tea cairtron French liqueur, angostura bitters), this was a very smoky drink and would only recommend it if you are a Campari drinker. The drinks were delicious and we couldn’t resist ordering another so I went for the Latin Spirit (Home blended spiced rum, fresh lime juice, passion fruit, angostura bitters, vanilla, ginger honer syrup, ginger beer).
We thought it would be rude not to try some of the tapas so we ordered in the tapas sharing plate and ‘Kikos’ (light BBQ corn kernels). The tapas plate consisted of salami, chorizo, lomo, manchego cheese, olives and bread (unfortunately not gluten free). For two people it was a good portion, even though you always end up fighting for the last pieces.
With so many interesting drinks on the menu that I still need to try, including the Watermelon Margarita (a chunk of watermelon which has been soaked in tequila, fresh lime, splash of cranberry juice) I will defiantly be back for a second visit.
If you are looking for a Soho like bar but in a quitter place where you can actually get a seat then this is the place to visit. And of course make sure you try the Mezcal.