National Margarita Day
Our favorite margarita joints in every Austin neighborhood
National Margarita Day is on Sunday, so what better excuse is there to enjoy a nice, cold tequila beverage? We've rounded up this collection of bars and restaurants — easily organized by Austin neighborhood — where you can sip a margarita (frozen, rocks, flavors included).
Slaughter Lane — 400 Rabbits Bar
Adjacent to the Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane you will find this tantalizing tequila oasis, which has everything from apple, mango and hibiscus to the classic lime margarita. We suggest trying an agave flight, which also comes with a refreshing sangrita option.
Sunset Valley— La Fuente's
La Fuente's Mexican restaurant in Sunset Valley has a delicious array of classic margaritas, from lime on the rocks to a frozen strawberry. Enjoy a drink (or two) in the beautiful outdoor seating area.
South Lamar — Odd Duck
Odd Duck is currently offering a frozen tequila mix called the Smokey Robinson with mezcal, apple shrub and agave. And although it's not a margarita, it's worth mentioning that Odd Duck also has an Odd Fashioned, a tequila version of the classic bourbon cocktail.
South Congress — Curra's Grill
Could we really make a list of margaritas without including Curra's? At this great Austin establishment, go bold and give the avocado margarita a whirl.
South First — Polvos Mexican Restaurant
Grab some friends and head over to Polvos for a pitcher of the house margarita, which comes frozen or on the rocks. This South First eatery also serves a hearty "beerita," featuring your favorite cerveza coupled with the tequila cocktail. (Bonus: there's also a Polvos location for you northerners up in Wells Branch.)
East Austin — Drinks Lounge
You want fresh? This east side lounge will give you fresh. Slurp up the Margarita Fresca, made with quality tequila, all fresh juice and a dash of agave nectar.
Downtown — Cedar Door
Arguably the true home of the Mexican Martini, this Austin eatery serves up a classic version of this super-intense margarita. It also comes in skinny, strawberry and spicy flavors, depending on what mood you're in.
Rainey Street — El Naranjo
This elevated Mexican restaurant serves an entire menu of margaritas. Choose from several interesting combos or peruse the extensive lists of tequilas and mezcales for sipping.
Clarksville — Jeffrey's
Consider this a grown-up take on the margarita. Jeffrey's signature 3 Guarantees features cimarrón tequila blanco, mezcal, Campari, grapefruit and lime juice.
North Campus — Sao Paolo's Restaurante
This Brazilian food restaurant just north of campus has a bevy of frozen margaritas. Go for happy and complement your marg with Sao Paolo's queso and to-die-for fried chips.
Manor Road — The Butterfly Bar
Herrudura Silver tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice star in the Butterfly Bar's simple and classic margarita. In addition to an impressive lineup of cocktails, this east side hang offers one of the most impressive, secluded patios in town.
Hyde Park — Dolce Vita Gelato & Espresso Bar
Bartenders here have a strong pour and serve up a great margarita. Get your drink on, then go ahead and splurge on dessert too. (We won't tell anyone.)
North Loop — drink.well.
The Pear Pressure from the cocktail stalwarts at drink.well. takes the margarita to the next level. Pear maple syrup, cardamom bitters and tequila create a perfect concoction.
Burnet Road — Lucy's Fried Chicken
Who could pass up the Juicy Lucy? Try this fried chicken joint's frozen watermelon margarita, an ode to summertime.
Crestview — Hopdoddy Burger Bar
It seems like there's a margarita for every burger at Hopdoddy. This margarita lover knows you can't go wrong with the the Classic Frozen, the Doble Fina, the Sangrita or The Skinny Dip.
North Austin — Jardin Corona
Jardin Corona delights with traditional Tex-Mex offerings and plenty of margaritas. We're talking a full line of swirled flavors, including prickly pear, coconut and blue curacao.