Mezcal is the new tequila! Except not: While tequila is a kind of mezcal, the opposite is not true, and people in Oaxaca have made it for approximately forever. (Also, tequila continues to do its job very well—sip some Centenario if you have doubts.) As part of Seattle Cocktail Week, you can taste a bunch of mezcals while getting (possibly over-) educated about it at Liberty tonight. Alternately, the bar at brand-new Mezcaleria Oaxaca—the new sibling to Ballard’s very-much-loved La Carta de Oaxaca—has every kind of mezcal available in Washington State. Mezcal is a new excuse to drink! (Liberty, 517 15th Ave E, 323-9898; Mezcaleria Oaxaca, 2123 Queen Anne Ave N
, 216-4446)