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Buenos dias, Coa.

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When it opens in mid-May, Coa, a Mexican restaurant and tequileria in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, will be the latest in a string of local establishments specializing in agave spirits.

According to the bar’s website (and also Wikipedia), the word coa means hoe—it refers specifically to a hoe used to harvest agave. Yup, you heard me. The bar’s name means hoe. And I have a feeling some of its clientele might find that fact hilarious. They might even call it Hoe Bar, if they’re really immature. Hoe Bar Coa will house over 50 types of tequila plus straightforward Mexican food (tacos, mole, carne asada).

Other somewhat recently opened tequila spots: Poquitos on Capitol Hill, Milagro Cantina in Kirkland, and Bandolero in Greenlake. Bandolero has a tequila club you can join—the idea is to eventually drink 60 shots of tequila. The bar keeps a punch card on hand to track your progress, and every tenth shot only costs you a penny. A less precarious proposal: signing up for one of the tequila classes held intermittently at Barrio Bellevue.

Happy hour is a hallmark of local tequila joints like Cactus, Matador, the Saint, Bandolero, Milagro…I could go on. Coa will join this illustrious crew; press materials promise an “extended happy hour.”

I foresee more $5 margaritas in your future, Seattle.