Hussong's Cantina, Ensenada

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Hussong's Cantina is the oldest and best known cantina in Baja California, Mexico.
The original Hussong's is located in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and was established in 1892. The second Hussong's Cantina opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2010.
Hussong's is reputedly the place where the Margarita was created in October, 1941 by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. He concocted a mixture of equal parts tequila, damiana (Cointreau is used now) and lime, served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass for Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German Ambassador to Mexico.
Hussong's founder, John Hussong, was born as "Johann" in Forhsam, Germany in 1863. Johann immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1888, and changed his name to John. In 1889, the discovery of gold south of the border lured John to Ensenada. John made a living hunting and trading supplies up and down the Baja coast. In June 1891, while on a trading expedition to El Arco, John's carriage flipped over, and his companion, Newt House, fractured his leg. John brought Newt to recuperate at Meiggs' Bar, which back then, was Ensenada's only watering hole. Two days after John and Newt arrived at the bar, Meiggs attacked his wife with an axe. When Meiggs was sent to jail, his wife fled to California. When he got out of jail, Meiggs went in search of his wife, and asked John to mind the bar until he returned. Neither Meiggs nor his wife ever returned.
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  • 1st visit in this very famous Cantina which is heavily attended. It is a place where you drink mainly in a pleasant and festive atmosphere. There were two groups of musicians and people sing with it. The ground is littered with peanut peels which seems to be a tradition. You have to test once the atmosphere of a Cantina and this one is very authentic
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  • If you go anywhere in Ensenada, it must be Hussongs. What could be better than a local bar, over 100 years old, with killer margaritas?!  more »
  • This place is definitely a tasty party, although it's full you always feel at home... 10/10
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  • Well, really...who could give hussongs anything but a 5 star rating. I've been coming here for 40 years, never failed to have a good time. Has it changed? Sure. That's life. The margaritas still knock me on my ___
  • It was awesome , prices aren't to bad very cheap its cool here you'll love it here
  • Great and wonderful place. The birthplace of the margarita for those who don't know. Watching a pigeon fight while drinking an amazing margarita was truly an unforgettable experience!
  • You can't go to Ensenada without a visit to Hussong's. On the days a cruise ship is in port, you often find a lively crowd inside. Music and fairly priced booze makes for a good time.
  • The place is amazing. The ambient in the place is just great. Is always full with people, but all of them are nice and participative and overall they just want to have a great time. You'll find mariachi playing inside the place, people singing along, cheering "salud". The drinks are great and not too expensive. I believe the place is famous for having invented the margarita, so I recommend you ask for one.
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