Iron Cactus: Signature margaritas, tequila-influenced cocktails & Mexican fare in downtown Austin. Learn more

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Iron Cactus: an Austin Original

Rooted in Austin

The Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar opened in the heart of downtown Austin and has been a fixture ever since. For 20 years, Iron Cactus has delivered innovative Mexican cuisine, premium margaritas and tequilas, great atmosphere and an unbeatable happy hour. Whether you’re downtown on their rooftop patio, sipping a margarita and enjoying the nightlife on Sixth Street, or up north, relaxing under their trees’ natural canopy with tableside guacamole—Iron Cactus provides the best Austin has to offer.

Innovative Mexican Cuisine

Mexican restaurants are plentiful in Austin, but Iron Cactus stands out from the crowd. Their chefs bring a unique perspective on classic Mexican dishes, tying in traditional influences with bold Texas flavors. So whether you’re eating their Southwestern Paella, with shrimp, scallops, mussels, roasted poblanos, and jalapeño Texas sausage, or their Ahi Tuna Burger, one thing is for sure: Iron Cactus is like nothing you’ve ever tasted.

You can’t go wrong with their sizzling fajitas—the certified Angus Beef and grilled fresh vegetables are prepared without any gimmicks, allowing the robust natural flavors and fresh ingredients to speak for themselves.

Premium Tequilas and Margaritas

Iron Cactus has been listed as one of the country’s top tequila bars, with over 100 tequilas to choose from. Herradura, Espolòn, Pepe Z, or dozens more, Iron Cactus has all of your favorites and soon-to-be favorites. Try a tequila flight to sample the differently aged tequilas—silver, reposado, and añejo—and let your bartender explain the subtleties of agave spirits. All Iron Cactus bartenders go through extensive training to learn about tequila, and managers travel to Jalisco, the birthplace of tequila, to learn from world-renowned experts and agave growers. There’s no better place to introduce yourself to premium tequila than the Iron Cactus.

And if sipping tequila isn’t your style, try one of the premium margaritas or other tequila drinks. Once you’ve experienced the incredibly smooth and easy flavor of Iron Cactus’ margaritas made with premium tequila, you’ll never go back.

Brunch and Happy Hour

Both Iron Cactus Austin locations offer an extensive Sunday brunch buffet, including made-to-order omelets, migas, juevos rancheros, soups and salads, biscuits and gravy, fajitas, a carving station, fresh fruits, desserts, and more. Bring the whole family—kids four and under eat free.

There’s no better way to unwind after a hard day’s work than happy hour at the Iron Cactus. Locals, visitors, students and office workers—everyone enjoys Iron Cactus’ $5 house wines, $3 domestic beers, and $3 off all tequila drinks and appetizers.

Private Event Spaces

Planning your rehearsal dinner or corporate event? Both Austin Iron Cactus locations have private event spaces that can accommodate groups from 15 to 400. Event coordinators will guide you through the details, and ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

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