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Stories from Esperanza

Drink Come Play our Favorite Bar Game

La Pirinola

As Esperanza’s lead mixologist, I like to think of fun and creative ways to serve drinks and to introduce you to local spirits, whether it’s by mixing balanced mezcal cocktails or by offering earthy Extra Añejos neat for sipping like fine whiskey. And like everyone else in the Esperanza family, I delight in making playful and surprising twists on local traditions. My favorite way to combine these passions is with Esperanza’s favorite bar game: La Pirinola.


Mexican children play the traditional game throughout the year, but it’s especially popular after the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The game involves a six-sided spinning top that looks a lot like a Jewish dreidel. You take a spin, and follow the instructions on the side that appears on top. While instructions on a traditional pirinola involve collecting or giving up tokens or coins, the instructions on our pirinolas at La Palapa  are—you guessed it—drinks-based. Take a spin, and you might land on a spirit; take another and you might get a mix. I can’t imagine a more fun way to drink and take in the local culture—while leaving everyone a winner. You can even take a pirinola home, or have our bar team craft one with the wording of your choosing for a special keepsake to play with for years to come.Stories from Esperanza