Margaritas: The ultimate crowd-pleaser.
They're tangy, sweet, fruity, frosty, and even sometimes spicy. In Austin, there's a margarita out there for every palate. We teamed up with our friends over at el Jimador Tequila to find some of the best margs in a town full of margs. You can thank us later.
- By Kelly McComas -
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1025 Barton Springs Rd
This unique cafe is perched on a hill off Barton Springs Road and has a wonderful patio. It's one of the best places in Austin to sip a margarita or two. Try the sweet n' fruity Mangorita or go bold with the Flaquita, which is made with watermelon-serrano infused el Jimador blanco.
2108 S Lamar Blvd
Lesson 1 of Margaritas 101: You can't go wrong with a classic marg. Black Sheep Lodge is the perfect patio hangout for exactly that: a no-frills, just-right, fresh and frosty creation. Black Sheep's frozen margs are also one of the best deals on this list, especially during their Thursday all-day Happy Hour when these bad boys are just two dollars. Yep, you read that right. Pair with fried jalapeños or some green chili queso for a Tex-Mex feast.
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900 E 7th St
This adorable Eastside Mexican joint offers a variety of margaritas, and they're all worth a try. Our favorite, if we had to pick one, is Gabby's margarita - the house-made tamarind syrup and chili powder rim make for a spicy-sweet, sensational sip. The Mezcal-rita with cucumber is simultaneously smoky and fresh, making it a standout on the menu as well.
6406 N IH 35
Boasting "modern Tex-Mex" fare, Vivo is a great spot for happy hour (4 - 6:30 pm on weekdays) drinks and tacos. Their drink menu offers a slew of margaritas and tequilas to choose from. Customize your beverage order by adding unique flavor mix-ins like hibiscus, blood orange, or prickly pear. Vegetarian options and loaded appetizers round out the food menu and make Vivo a solid choice for just about anyone.
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400 W 2nd St
La Condesa's snazzy kitchen and bar located in the heart of downtown is a beloved spot for drinks and Tex-Mex food. This joint's tart Margarita la Clásica, with el Jimador blanco and a cactus-lemongrass salt rim, proves that you don't need to reinvent the wheel to mix up a fabulous margarita.
2310 Manor Rd
Get this: frozen margs at Haymaker are just $2 on Fridays. All day. That's what we like to call a damn good Friday, folks. Post up on this neighborhood bar's patio with some pals and take advantage of the deal all day long. And if you get hungry, rest easy, because Haymaker's food menu is chock-full of amazing snacks.
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614 E Oltorf
No list of margaritas in Austin would be complete without a mention of Curra's mind-blowing avocado marg. Yes, it's a margarita blended with avocado. Skeptics, you just gotta try it - the avo marg is creamy, fresh, and decadent. You will not regret this Austin classic.
105 Tillery St
The lush greenery and funky wallpapers at Grizzelda's make this Mexican restaurant a worthy addition to any marg-lover's Instagram feed. Grizzelda's bar offers seven mouth-watering 'ritas - we recommend you bring a few friends and try them all. The basil-lime Cardi B marg, with el Jimador blanco, shines here, as does the Queen Bey (literally - it's served in a disco mug).
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2201 Manor Rd
We adore the tacos at Mi Madre's, and they are complemented beautifully by one of this casual Tex-Mex spot's tasty margs. Our pick: the unique fusion beverage called the Thai Margarita, which is made with muddled Thai basil and chiles. During their Happy Hour, which is 4-7 pm Monday through Saturday, house margaritas at Mi Madre's can be yours for a mere $5.
1412 S Congress Ave
Another Austin classic, Güero's Taco Bar is a kitschy gem on South Congress with one of the best people-watching patios in the city. It also has one of the lengthiest margarita menus on this list, offering tons of tequila choices. Pair the famous guacamole with the El Jimador, which Güero's menu proclaims as the house favorite marg!
OTHER PLACES FOR A GREAT MARGARITA:
110 E 2nd St
1703 S 1st St
2330 W North Loop Blvd
2207 Justin Ln
1621 W 5th St
3121 S Lamar Blvd
200 Lavaca St
5610 N Lamar Blvd
5520 Burnet Rd
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