It’s no surprise that with its bevy of cantinas, Mexican restaurants and tequila bars, Austin is a great place to enjoy a refreshing margarita; particularly on warm summer evenings. But narrowing down the best spots in town can be a little daunting. We’ve compiled a list of some of our top margaritas to help get you started. Cheers!
La Condesa Margarita Pour. Credit Jody Horton.
La Condesa – This chic restaurant is the perfect place to stop for a margarita while exploring downtown Austin. Order a bowl of the chipotle guacamole and try the margarita la clásica on the rocks or the margarita La Condesa for a twist.
Takoba – This cool east side cantina is a great place to end any night. Get comfy in one of the colorful Adirondack chairs situated in the huge back lounge space (the “sandbox”) and order up a refreshing treat. If you’re in the mood for a sweet and spicy kick, try the mango-habanero margarita.
El Alma – El Alma delivers modern Mexican fare with a unique Austin twist. Spend a sunny afternoon or a warm evening on the beautiful rooftop patio, where the views of downtown Austin can’t be beat, with a “perfect” margarita on the rocks (no really, that’s the name!).
Margarita, Matt's El Rancho. Credit Jody Horton.
Matt’s El Rancho – Matt's Famous El Rancho has been serving up true Austin Tex-Mex since 1952, which means they have had plenty of time to perfect their margaritas. For a fun variation on a classic margarita, order the knockout martini!
Fonda San Miguel – A local favorite since 1975, this charming traditional Mexican eatery serves up its signature Silvercoin margarita: a refreshing watermelon-infused version blended with Patron Silver, Cointreau and fresh lime juice.
Curra’s – This unassuming south Austin staple is located near the St. Edward's University campus. Curra’s is famous for their colorful salsa sampler and unique avocado margaritas – try them both for the full experience.
Grizz Mizz Margarita. Courtesy of Grizzelda's.
Grizzelda’s – Make your margarita a frosty one with the Fro-Mo, a house frozen margarita that can be dressed up with a Grand Marnier floater, sangria or fruit puree. Then kick back and drink in Grizzelda’s breezy ambiance, with pops of pink and palm trees for a tropical vibe.
El Naranjo – Pair one of this sophisticated Rainey Street restaurant’s fantastic mole dishes (inspired by the owners’ Oaxacan roots) with the Durazno margarita made with Cimarron silver tequila, white peach puree, Naranja liqueur and fresh-squeezed lime juice.
Polvos – Polvos, South First’s quirky restaurant and cantina, is a hit with visitors and locals alike. For a late-night margarita deal, stop by after 10 p.m. and take advantage of reverse happy hour.
Mango-Habanero Rita. Courtesy of Jack Allen’s Kitchen.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen – Jack Allen’s is famous for putting a modern, upscale twist on classic Texas fare (how about that house made pimento cheese?) and their margaritas are no different. The house frozen margarita, with salt of course, is always a safe bet. But if you’re in the mood for something fun and refreshing, try the cucumber-jalapeño ‘rita.
Hoover’s Cooking – Order a spicy soul food dish like the Jamaican jerk ribs and cool things down with the AUS-TEX ‘Rita Rocks (featuring 512 tequila and Paula’s orange liqueur), or ask about the day’s margarita special.
Vivo Margarita. Courtesy of Lance Cullison.
Vivo – This north Austin restaurant is known for its wide selection of potent margaritas. These libations are as pretty as they are flavorful – every frozen ‘rita is topped with a fresh flower! Try the prickly pear margarita for a taste of true Texas.
Hecho en Mexico – Regional dishes influenced by Mexican street food and traditional markets are best sided with the Margarita Organica Fresca, a blend of Casa Noble organic silver tequila, Bauchant orange liqueur and fresh lime juice.
Whether you prefer ‘em frozen or on the rocks, spicy or sweet, salted or unsalted, flavored or original, this list has you covered! But these are just a few of our favorites. Where do you go for your favorite margarita in town? Let us know @VisitAustinTX and send us a snap!