What to Drink at La Cuevita, Open Friday in Highland Park

Inside La Cuevita

This Friday, May 4, The 1933 Group's transformation of Little Cave into La Cuevita will be revealed to Highland Park as an agave-focused cocktail lounge headed up by Oldfield's Jared Mort and Thirsty Crow's Cooper Gillespie. The space has seen some new nips and tucks, as co-owner and designer Bobby Green has stripped the dark bar back to its original 60-year-old wood beams and brick walls, and dotted the landscape with Mexican curios and antiques, including stained glass, aged leather stools, salvaged marble, and century-old church doors. Signage, one of the few remaining vestiges of Little Cave, will stay though a new mural on the front will post the bar's new name, while two outdoor patios will keep things breezy. So, more importantly, what will you drink?

Long a cool spot for late-night vampires, the drinks at Little Cave might have been the aspect most in need of a refresh. Mort and Cooper's selection taps the bar's new collection of mezcals and tequilas, with drinks like a "Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal" with St. Germain, ginger beer, and fresh lemon, a "Mezcalada Scorpion" with Clamato and roasted poblanos then topped with Corona and salt smoked in-house, and a combination of Bacardi eight-year with Del Maguey Vida, pineapple, cayenne, Gomme, passion fruit juice, and lime called "The Pinaleta." There's also a "Jalapeno Margarita" using grapefruit juice and cilantro, plus our new-favorite-before-we-even-try-it, a "Mole Manhattan" using Old OVerholt Rye, Cointreau, Creme de Cacao, chocolate chili and Hellfire bitters, and Carpano Antica.

La Cuevita opens its doors on May 4 at 8:00 P.M. 5922 North Figueroa St, Highland Park. 323-255-6871.