For people who are not Mexican, the name "Llorona" might not mean anything. However, for mexicans, it is a name that rigns the bells since their childhood because of the popular legend. There are many versions of "La Llorona" but it definitelly ends up with a woman who loses her children and wheeps at night, haunting the people near by. La Llorona's legend has been transmitted from generation to generation and has become part of folk culture in Mexico.
Although the theme is not spooky at all, more like an urban trendy space, the concept of the cantina revolves around drowning sorrows... in mezcal of course!
Mexican culture repeatedly ties weeping, singing and drinking, so this place will not be the only references you will have. You can notice it in the machiachi "cries" and in one of the most emblematic songs of our country, cielito lindo which goes "canta y no llores, porque cantando se alegran los corazones" (Sing and don't cry, because singing makes hearts happy).
So basically, "La Llorona" is an oath to this state of mind where you sing and drink to get over life's hardships. (Try your best to avoid exceses though ;)
Why we like it?
I've encountered many mexican themed bars, however "La Llorona" stands out because of their creative way of making you try different mexican antojitos.
So basically, they have a snack menu of which you can choose from, depending on how much drinks you've ordered. Of your first drink (references as "the first weep") you can have simple tostadas to an arrachera plater depending on how much you've drunk. It's a pretty nice deal and prices are inviting. Their elaborated Mezcal drinks are about $120 pesos each.
I also had a giggle at the cocktail enu, which has creatively named their drinks after mexican expresions to refer to love and heartbreak. (A bit masochistic but definiely gets a smile even if you're going through a tough time). I highly recommend the cocktail "Amárgala de Tos", it's citric flavour combines perfectly with the arteseanal mezcal they use.
The only thing I could improve of the place was the selection of music. When I arrived there was electronic music, then they switched to latin singable sons. I think the later is more within the theme and ambience of the cantina.