Public Records | Brooklyn

New York, you were spectacular. The 2023 Bar Ilegal Tour took its final lap of the year, at the magical Public Records in Brooklyn.

Opened by John Rexer in the early 2000s, Café No Sé has become the beating heart of an international music scene in Antigua, Guatemala. This is the original home of Ilegal Mezcal + the first mezcal bar opened outside of Mexico.

Bar Ilegal is an experiential outpost of Café No Sé, and the 2023 tour celebrated 20(ish) years since the opening of our legendary home. After stops in Oaxaca, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Austin, and Los Angeles, Ilegal Mezcal made its final stop at Public Records in Brooklyn, and the vibes were off the charts.

The party was expansive, covering the entirety of the property. It held three separate bars, with classic mezcal cocktails featured downstairs, the Musician's Breakfast outside (complete with Ilegal bottle ice sculpture), and pitch perfect aged mezcal cocktails upstairs in the not-so-secret Reposado Room.

Guest artist Jimmy doled out 42 flash tattoos in the front room, while Classy Screens executed screenprinted t-shirts to the masses in the garden. Watson Soundsystem kept things fun and dancey in the main room, SUSU blew the doors off at 9pm, and then most guests ventured up to the Repo Room, where vinyl DJ Mickey Perez was expertly spinning a playlist of diaspora-spanning dance tracks to finish out the evening.

Pics by Nico Malvaldi ~