If there’s one thing that can improve any situation, it’s a good margarita. These classic drinks come in a wide range of flavors from super spicy to fresh and fruity. They are some of the simplest drinks to make on your own with no store bought mix as well.
While they are simple to mix on your own, it’s never as good as one bought at a bar. Even then, sometimes the restaurant’s margaritas aren’t up to par. Here is a list of the top 10 restaurants and bars across the country to ensure you get the best drink for your money.
1. Big Star: Chicago, Illinois
With an outdoor patio surrounded by fairy lights, the margarita in your hand just feels right. This cash-only restaurant in Chicago is on numerous top 10 lists for their drinks. Their best is their classic margarita, made with Lunazul Blanco, lime and Marie Brizard Orange Curacao.
2. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana: Washington D.C.
Best known for their salt air margarita, this concoction looks unique and packs a punch. It’s made with Milargo Silver, triple sec and fresh sec but what makes this drink different than any other is the foamy salt topping. Oyamel makes a margarita of the day and also offers a complete margarita cocktail menu.
3. Jimmy’s American Restaurant & Bar: Aspen, Colorado
This restaurant became a must-visit because of their apres-ski smokey margarita. Made with cranberry and Del Maguey Chichicapa, this margarita may not sound like your typical mix, but it’s delicious. If you’re going to visit definitely go on a Saturday and enjoy their legendary latin dance parties with your drink.
4. Frontera Grill: Chicago, Illinois
Owned by chef Rick Bayless from Mexico: One Plate at a Time, this restaurant of his features a margarita of his own creation called the Mezcal Margarita. Made with Oaxaca, Torres brandy, Peychaud bitters and limonada, this drink is sure to not disappoint. Plus it’s made right at your table, shaken whatever amount you want it to be.
5. Mayahuel: East Village, New York, New York
In the heart of the East Village, this tequila and mescal bar has some of New York City’s best cocktails and their margaritas are no different. Treat yourself to their classic margarita made with blanco tequila or try their own creation called the Senorita. It’s made with reposado tequila, orangerie, lime, agave nectar and grapefruit bitters.
6. La Condesa: Austin, Texas
Don’t expect a normal salt rim when you order a margarita from this Texan restaurant. The Margarita La Condesa is made with fresh pineapple juice with a cactus-lemongrass salt rim. As odd as that sounds, trust us, it’s incredible.
7. Broken Shaker: Miami, Florida
This bar may be located in a hotel but that doesn’t make their cocktails any less exotic. With a wide range of creative margaritas, they create their drinks with taste in mind. One of their drinks is the Agave Garden Margarita made with muddled red bell pepper for sweetness spicy agave syrup to give it a kick.
8. Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant: Boulder, Michigan
They may enforce a three drink limit but honestly, just one of these bad boys is enough. Their margaritas are their happy hour special, you can get their very own Rio margarita for only $6. Rio Grande has expanded and now has locations in Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley, Park Meadows and Steamboat Springs.
9. Cantina Dos Segundos: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mondays are definitely for margaritas at this restaurant in Philly. With an outdoor and indoor seating, this Mexican cantina provides an awesome happy hour with $5.50 glasses and $20 pitchers. Their menu features 11 different flavors including blood orange and guava.
10. Hugo’s Restaurant: Houston, Texas
With a gorgeous interior, you can just tell that the drinks are going to be good. Their Hugo-Rita is made with Sauza Silver, Hiram Walker triple sec, simple syrup and fresh lime juice. For only $8.50 this tasty drink is made and shaken right at your table. There’s a reason they’re considered Houston’s best margaritas.