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Ilegal Gallery Presents: MANI by Nico Malvaldi

On July 16th, 2022, the exhibit opened at with a performance by the New York band Dead Tooth. A short video from the event, shot and edited by Nara Avakian, is above, with photos by Jack Pompe in the gallery below.

Nico Malvaldi’s exhibition is made of thirty 20”x28” black & white prints along with the whole series of the self-published “paper” MANI, which stands as testimony to the long-lasting collaboration between the photographer and Ilegal Mezcal.

The exhibit will be viewable through August 1st at the Ilegal Mezcal Showroom, 38 Greenpoint Ave, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5PM.

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The Cove: After Dark

Join host Travis Ross as he gets an intimate peek into the lives of inspiring creatives pushing the boundaries in art, music, fashion, business and more. Each episode gives viewers an exclusive inside look when Travis meets up with guests in their natural habitat in the iconic city of Los Angeles.

The “after party” moves to The Lost Cove Co. headquarters in Inglewood, California (also known as “The Cove”) to partake in a late night drink of choice while taking a deeper dive into the drive and passion of what makes these individuals a force to be reckoned with in their respective industries. At The Cove, anything can happen, and anything goes! Almost.

Additional segments vary each episodes and include live musical performances, in-studio tattoos, billiards, games, and comedy, showing viewers the raw, uncensored personality and real-time reactions of each guest. Check out the episode featuring Ilegal Mezcal Brand Ambassador Gilbert Marquez, and head to their YouTube channel to watch the entire series.

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Ilegal Gallery Presents: PDA – The Black Queer Love Experience

The artist’s works will be for sale and on display, weekends 12-5pm, at 38 Greenpoint Ave through July 10th. In conjunction with our annual ‘Celebrating YOU’ fundraiser / 10% of art sales goes to benefit wayOUT, a non-profit organization focused on empowering gender expansive youth by investing in centers in their local communities.

On June 16th, the Ilegal Mezcal Showroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn hosted the opening party, featuring a silent auction, flash tattoos by Shannon Virginia, music by Bryrell the Great, and plenty of neat mezcal pours. The party continued down the street ’til late at Pencil Factory. Kudos to Social Impact Manager Lindsay Rexer, Design and Creative Manager Kïa Tavernier, and the NY team on an electric opening party!

Pics by Eric Hart Jr. in the gallery below ~

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Nashville, TN | William Collier’s

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. Bar Ilegal 2022 began with four straight weekends in snowy Hunter, NY, two stops in Florida in March, two in California in April, and San Antonio and Fort Worth, TX in May.

On June 15th, the Bar Ilegal crew rolled into Nashville, hosting a performance SUSU, live painting by Chris Tuorto, and plenty of Joven and Reposado mezcal cocktails at William Collier’s, the whiskey bar attached to premier Nashville venue Marathon Music Works.

Photos by SUSU touring photographer Sarah Craig. in the gallery below!

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Paste Studio on the Road | Shaggy & Sting

Our Greenpoint Showroom is now the New York home for the Paste Studio on the Road, and in 2022 our stage has hosted iconic artists and rising acts. On May 12th, 2022, we had the distinct thrill of hosting two legends, Shaggy and Sting, as they promoted their new record “Com Fly Wid Me,” which reimagines the Sinatra songbook in a reggae style.

According to Sting, “This idea of getting my friend to sing ten iconic songs from the Frank Sinatra songbook in a reggae style had been brewing for a while…I know, it sounds crazy! But every time the idea crossed my mind, it made me smile. And what does the world need now, more than anything else…something to smile about!” [from Sting.com].

Watch the whole performance above, which includes a throwback to Shaggy’s unimpeachable classic “Boombastic.” Check back for announcements of more to come with Paste Magazine, and discover more about our connection to music, including our Musician’s Breakfast series, here.

More Shaggy & Sting:
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Introducing our new 100% Recycled Bottles

The recent global glass shortage has impacted the spirits supply chain worldwide. We suddenly found ourselves with no access to the bottles we had used for years. What could have thrown off production, however, ended up a silver lining – we took swift action to identify and shift to a new partner. 

All Ilegal Mezcal bottles will now be made by a family-run company that recycles 10,000 tons of glass each year at its facility in Jalisco, Mexico. Fusion y Formas’ production process emits less CO2 emissions and saves energy during the smelting process, since recycled glass is more malleable. Compared to newly-made bottles, those at Fusion y Formas require about 30% less energy to create.

A brief meeting between Ilegal founder John Rexer and Fusion y Formas Director Andrés Hernández Romo sealed the partnership deal. 

“We measure success at Ilegal not just by cases sold, but also by our partners and environmental initiatives we can enact. We share the same vision with Fusion y Formas to build sustainably and scale responsibly, while maintaining quality above all else,” said Rexer. 

“My family has long taken glass that would otherwise go to a landfill and crafted it into bottles and more, with the goal of minimizing waste. I enjoy Ilegal Mezcal and am happy to help move them to bottles that are better for the environment,” said Romo. 

Ilegal was created with a commitment to sustainability and biodiversity. Using only fully mature 100% sustainable espadín agave, our mezcal contains no artificial colors, yeasts, flavors, or additives. Waste water at the distillery is treated and then re-used for distillation, and agave fiber waste is transformed into adobe style bricks used at the facility.

As of April 1, 2022, the new post-consumer recycled (PCR) bottles, both 750ml and 375ml, are now the only Ilegal Mezcal bottles shipping out of Mexico.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Wynn

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Fort Worth, TX | Tulips

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. Bar Ilegal 2022 began with four straight weekends in Hunter, NY, followed by two March dates in Florida, two stops in California in April, and a night in San Antonio in May.

On May 19th, the Bar Ilegal crew took over Tulips in Fort Worth. Rexer, the local Texas team, and much of our national team were in attendance for an unforgettable night. SUSU ripped through another set, and John Clark and Outlook Tattoo provided Ilegal flash tattoos.

See how it all went down in the video by Renato Rimach, and in the gallery of pics by Sarah Craig.

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Los Angeles: Celebrating YOU 2022

Participating locations are serving the Celebrating YOU cocktail with Ilegal Mezcal, with part of sales going to wayOUT: a non-profit organization that partners with local gender expansive LGBTQ+ programs across the US.

On May 15, 2022, 4100 Bar hosted a Los Angeles Celebrating YOU event, raising funds towards wayOUT. At the helm were 4100 Bar GM Erica Saturno, bar manager Rachel Babel, lead bartender Rory Mahon, and bar back Marley Jones.

The event was a collaboration between Ilegal Mezcal, 4100 Bar, and District Productions – Omar Rivas and Andy Garcia organized local 12 artisans, pulled in local traffic, and 4 bands with sounds to keep an amazing crowd of people from 5-midnight.

Ilegal Mezcal Celebrating YOU flash tattoos were provided by artist Fernando Garcia. A total of 76 Celebrating YOU cocktail were sold at the event, and the cocktail continues to be sold at the venue.

Check out photos by René Banuelos from the event in our gallery below!

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San Antonio, TX | Tony’s Siesta

Opened by Ilegal founder 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. We kicked off Bar Ilegal 2022 with four straight weekends in Hunter, NY, two March dates in Florida, and two stops in California in April.

SUSU and the Bar Ilegal team landed at Tony’s Siesta in San Antonio on May 16, with mezcal cocktails, flash tattoos by Butter, and food from three (!) awesome food trucks: Last Place Burgers, Crispy Bao Gang, and Bodega Boyfriend.

Remaining calendar below! Later venue announcements coming soon.

Fort Worth [May 19]
Nashville [Jun 15]
Montauk [Jun 18]
New Orleans [Jul 28]
Chicago [Aug 18]

Pics by Sarah Craig in the gallery below ~