El Copitas

A well-hidden basement in St Petersburg wouldn’t be the first place you’d expect to find one of the world’s best agave bars. But, well, there you have it. El Copitas is exactly that – a delicious piece of Mexico in cool St Petersburg wrapped together in warm hospitality. The bar is diminutive in nature with guests invited to sit around a large table to enjoy their welcoming copita (cup) of tequila. The cocktail menu and tacos, all chalked on a board, change every week, taking in seasonal ingredients – a sourcing achievement in the inclement climate of northern Europe. But it’s worth all the hard work for owners Artem Peruk and Nikolay Kiselev. They are agave aficionados, something you’ll find out pretty quickly if you catch them at the bar in between adventures – the stories of marauding Mexico flow as fluidly as the agave spirits.

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