Word of Mouth: Oaxaca City, Mexico

From bustling marketplaces to mezcalerias and tranquil hotels, our favorite places in this city of dichotomies

Mexico‘s southern state of Oaxaca encourages all who visit to indulge in its variety: within its borders thrives an array of climates and over a dozen indigenous cultures. This serendipitous formula produces some of the country’s most admired culinary assets and exports, mole and mezcal, as well as traditional craftsmanship revered the world over, including Tlahuitoltepec textiles and ancient barro negro ceramics. The region’s treasured …

Mama Rabbit Arrives on the Las Vegas Strip

The largest collection of mezcal and tequila in Vegas is at Bricia Lopez's new spot

On a sunny afternoon in Los Angeles, Bricia Lopez looks across the vast dining room of Guelaguetza, her family’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant. Soon Lopez will be heading to Las Vegas to celebrate the opening of her new collaboration with MGM Grand and the Sydell Group, a bar and lounge featuring the largest collection of agave spirits on the Strip. The name for the new …

The Taste of Celebration in Gem & Bolt Mezcal

We visit Oaxaca to discover the alchemy behind the brand and its gracious smoky flavor

Gem & Bolt founders Adrin Adrina and Elliott Coon shared a childhood in a community of creators in the mountains of Virginia, where plant medicine was part of everyday customs. Long before their life in Mexico, they made damiana elixirs as a way to “share herbal knowledge through the celebratory door,” says Coon. Both artists and alchemists, the duo wanted to be at the crossroads …