When you think of Epcot, before hovering briefly on the giant golf ball structure, your thoughts immediately go to the exotic. Everyone knows that Epcot World Showcase has removed all the grim realities of actual world travel and condensed the rest into a one-stop world tour.

You probably find the idea of staying at a Disney resort much more inviting than the endless trafficking through hostels, tour buses, and bureaus de change that pass for “seeing the world” these days. And while Epcot has come to embody an amazingly broad swath of countries and cultures, you might find yourself wanting to keep a little bit closer to home. So why not take in some of the local culture of America’s favorite neighbor, Mexico! (Canada, take that as you will).

If you are an adult who enjoys the finer points of local culture and local alcohol, Epcot’s World Showcase has some great options for you.

Your Salt-Rimmed Cup Runneth Over

In Epcot’s Mexican Pavilion, the place to go if you’re looking for a place to wet your whistle in the late afternoon sun is the recently debuted La Cava de Tequila. The shelves of La Cava are lined with over seventy different types of tequila. You let yourself be daunted by that, however; Mexican beer and specialty margaritas are available for those who are feeling a bit more merciful towards their stomach lining. The margaritas in particular are what will keep you coming back; if you’re thinking salt and lime juice, you’re living in the past.  Opt for a “flight” of La Cava’s margaritas, which will get you a sampling of five tequila-infused masterpieces, with ingredients like cucumber and apple. And just the thought of that is giving you the spins, be sure to order plenty of delicious Mexican tapas; no on likes drinking on an empty stomach!

Enjoy a break inside the great pyramid at La Cava de Tequila in Epcot's Mexican Pavilion.

Enjoy a break inside the great pyramid at La Cava de Tequila in Epcot’s Mexican Pavilion.

But beyond the fare, La Cava de Tequila is an excellent addition to your roster of Epcot hangout spots because of its small size and secluded location. On any given night, the Mexican Pavilion will be teeming with fellow travelers – if you’re in the mood to breach away from the masses and find a more intimate setting, La Cava is the place. It’s also a great place to kill time while you wait for a table at one of the Pavilion’s many restaurants. And though with a seating capacity of about 30, it might be hard to snag a table on busier nights, it’s the perfect place to sneak off to for a lazy afternoon with friends, or a quick but intimate drink with that special someone.