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La Mala Mexican Inspired Cocktails


110 Corcoran St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 797-0104
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Experience a bit of Mexican culture and hospitality at this modern Mexican cocktail bar, offering bar snacks featuring flavors from Mexican street food along with dishes made from guarded family recipes and made-to-order drinks using freshly squeezed juices and a large collection of high-quality tequilas.

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Photo of Anum Garraway Anum Garraway
Jan 5, 2024 5

Jackie was such an amazing waitress and super bubbly personality. She gave great recommendations on drinks!! The vibe of the restaurant was perfect too. Definitely coming back!

Photo of Crystal Lin Crystal Lin
Dec 29, 2023 5

Came here through an Offline subscription offer. Fruit and ceviche were refreshing, and the rest hit the savory spot. Delicious!! Would come back here again. Shared this with a friend and had leftovers. 🤤

Photo of Chloe Ouellette Chloe Ouellette
Dec 9, 2023 5

Cannot recommend enough! Spicy watermelon margarita is incredible. We got the guac for an app and it was amazing! I got the tacos de pollo with pineapple added, and my husband got the tacos de asada. We loved them both! I also tried a drink and didn’t care for it, and it was taken off the bill. Incredible service! We will definitely be back.

Photo of Heidi Considine Heidi Considine
Nov 4, 2023 5

Delicious!! I got the tacos Asada, vieja mula drink, and the Mexican fries! Absolutely loved it. Marco was our waiter, and he was a great vibe! Overall excellent experience.

Photo of Noelia Bautista Noelia Bautista
Sep 9, 2023 5

We went on Saturday night, we choose here because close late and sounded like a good Mexican food. Even there were people we got table immediately. We ordered a Quesadillas Mex (no chipotle sauce, no hot salsa) they were perfect! Vallartaso ceviche and tacos de pastor. For drink my fav mezcal Monte lobos and Cantaritos. Everything was delicious and the service was perfect! Is a good spot to eat good and try drinks! The only thing that I didn’t like was the selection of the dj ,the music sucks even if he plays in a Mexican original place the music wouldn’t be good

Photo of Daniel Perry Daniel Perry
Aug 7, 2023 5

La Mala definitely has some of the best cocktails in Durham, especially when it comes to tequila and mezcal. All of the drinks are so unique and fresh. They also have a really fun and interesting food menu. We made a meal from the shared plates alone! It is a little loud, but after a drink or two we didn't mind it anymore.

Photo of greta vanderloop greta vanderloop
Jul 24, 2023 4

The interior is beautiful, colorful, and a little sophisticated. Great spot right downtown Durham. The bartenders were friendly (sat at the bar), and super resourceful when it came down to which beverage to select. Food- the Mexican fries quite good, I would definitely say this would be an easy go to snack after work. Also had the tulum ceviche, which was so so. It was more soupy than expected. The tulum ceviche ingredients were all were fresh, could have used more flavor, being it was more soupy, the flavors were kind of muted. The chips that came with needed salt. Beverages -The different vessels for each cocktail were a unique touch, if you’re not a pulpy person, maybe request double strain on the Mezalrita. The Cantaritos orange juice cocktail tasted as if was all OJ, nothing else. Which was just ok.

Photo of Nitish Deshpande Nitish Deshpande
Jun 30, 2023 4

Presentation of the drinks is 5/5. Taste of the drinks is 3.5/5 Some drinks were too tangy and some were not tasting good. Music is good. Service is good. I hope they have better taste in drinks along with presentation. Ambience is amazing and staff is also good.

Photo of Steve W Steve W
Jun 24, 2023 5

My first time here was impressive. Reasonably busy for early evening and water in 30 seconds of seating. Drinks in 2 minutes. The Mexican Fries were perfect for starting the night. Not too much food, but heavy enough for drinking. The waiter, who was only 2 days into the job, knew the drink menu and recommended a fantastic Mescal Margarita. The drinks were next level. What you hope for, but don't expect. Definitely one of the best experiences in Durham.