In honor of National Margarita Day, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best margaritas to be found in and around Austin. Restaurants offering everything from the tasteful classic for the margarita purist to crazy flavors and combinations, you are sure to find the perfect spot to enjoy your rita. Or better yet, take it To Go with a tasty appetizer or meal.
Due to last week’s weather, please call or check their website first to make sure they are open. We could all use a tasty margarita after the winter storm we went through.
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National Margarita Day is a great time to raise a glass. Z’Tejas Southwest Grill is offering up the Little Larry for $2.22 in honor of the holiday
The Little Larry was created and named in honor of Larry Foles, one of the founders of Z’Tejas. Lookin’ for just a lil’ bit, Foles would order a taste of the house margarita which came out as a 4 ounces pour. While this drink may be little, it sure packs a delicious punch.
Z’Tejas has two locations in Austin (with a fabulous new patio settled among the trees with a fantastic sunset view) + Sixth Street at 1110 W. 6th Street and at the Arboretum 9400 Arboretum. For more information, click on their name above and head to their website or visit them on social media @EatZTejas
Enchiladas y Mas is known for their award winning enchiladas, but be sure to also try their super strong margaritas which you can get in a small or large. Couple it with their fajita tacos. During COVID, the daughters took over the restaurant to keep the tradition going. Their service is fast in dining as well as To Go orders.
El Arroyo is a staple on West 5th Street in Downtown Austin with its witty signage out front. They have delicious margaritas including the Pink Margarita which has a splash of prickly pear. If you want your meal to go then add a 96 oz Frozen Marg Box if you want to share Margarita Day with 10 of your friends.
The margaritas at Fonda San Miguel are works of art similar to their beautiful old building. Try the Silver Coin Margarita or the Numero Uno Margarita made with agave nectar. Happy Hour is on Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur 5pm to 7pm, at the bar or atrium only, with half price quesadillas/tostada compuestas and $1 off tequila and tequila cocktails.
Workhorse Bar has a great laid back vibe, great prices, and a solid margarita featuring Paula’s Texas Orange and fresh squeezed lime and agave nectar, and even welcomes dogs on the patio. They offer happy hour ALL DAY, and be sure to try the fried pickles!
La Margarita located in Round Rock right off I-35 has a large selection of tequila choices and signature margaritas including the delicious beerrita – a large frozen margarita with a 7 oz Corona or XX sticking out of the glass. Monday Happy Hour is 11am to 7pm and specials include $3.99 house margaritas and $2 off appetizers.
El Monumento in Georgetown has a large variety of margaritas including the Jalepeno Margarita and the Cucumber Margarita. This great restaurant has authentic Mexican flavor with a contemporary twist. Happy Hour is 3pm to 6pm.
Flores has several locations in and around Austin including Four Points and Dripping Springs. They have a vast variety of margaritas including the Crushed Margarita and should also try their Strawberry Paloma. Their To Go menu is very large in case you want to pick up and sip that margarita at home.
With multiple locations around Austin, Maudie’s Cafe has a ton of delicious margaritas to try, including blackberry mint, cucumber basil, and a jalapeno skinny margarita! They also have fun options like frozen swirl margaritas, and frozen floater margaritas. Happy hour is Monday 3 pm- close, Tuesday- Friday 3pm- 6:30 pm. They have To Go orders as well.
Famed for their chili, barbecue, and frito pie, Texas Chili Parlor also laid claim to a Guy Clark song- their Mad Dog Margaritas are famous!
El Alma’s has an amazing rooftop patio and an several different choices of margaritas, including an Avacadorita and a Pinarita. Happy hour is every day from 3-6 pm, with discounted appetizers and drinks. You can get orders to go as well as pitchers of their awesome margaritas.
Guero’s Taco Bar is another Austin staple serving interior Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex. and they mean it. Try The Longhorn margarita or The Blue Nectar – they have too many to list. Happy hour is Monday-Friday, from 3-6 pm. Go early to grab a seat and enjoy some live music at the Oak Garden Stage.
Polvo’s is known for cold and strong margaritas, and has an extensive drink menu complete with pitchers of ritas to share in the joy. Be sure to try them during happy hour Monday – Friday.
Matt’s Famous El Rancho is a classic Tex-Mex Austin staple, with a family friendly atmosphere and a fantastic patio and large open classic wooden bar. Check out the Bob Armstrong, their legendary queso and chips. Matt’s offers various color and flavor combinations, as well as the classic margarita.
Jack Allen’s happy hour is Monday- Friday, from 3-7 pm, with half off appetizers and $1 off all drinks. Their Texan comfort food pairs well with their Black Cherry frozen Margarita or try the Ruta Rita…a frozen marg with a floater of Ruta 22 Malbec. Yummy. They also have a large To Go order including some of their cocktails to go.
Curra’s frozen avocado margarita is well known in Austin. It is a must try for every margarita enthusiast. They have a yummy Mex-Martini as well as a fantastic Ranch Water. Curra’s also offers an amazing salsa sampler and perfect tamales. They have been around for over 25 years and offer To Go drinks with purchase of food.
Chuy’s specializes in Tex-Mex and margartias, and has plenty to choose from! They have ritas on the rocks, frozen, swirled, and dot. Try Grand Ma’s Rockin Rita in a pint glass if you’re feeling adventurous! Happy hour is Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm.
Happy hour is Monday-Friday, from 3- 6 pm, with $2 off margaritas which applies to dine in, drive-thru, walk-up AND online orders! At the South First location, happy hour prices are honored all day to patrons seated at the bar! Order the cucumber cilantro margaritas or their frozen Avacado Margarita, and enjoy their expansive patio.
The Little Darlin’ is a chill mix of bar, outside patio, and music venue. Try the Mango Fandango, a blend of mango with margarita fixins’. Such a quaint and inviting atmostphere to grab a bite and a delicious drink. They also have take To Go orders including margarita mixers and Lulas Frozen.
Iron Cactus boasts some of the best Tex-Mex in Austin and a rooftop dining area claiming to have the best Happy Hour in downtown Austin. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm, with $3 off tequila drinks. Try the Clarita or the Frose, or any of their other amazing margarita options!
The Oasis on Lake Travis is a must visit for the view, the atmosphere, and the margaritas can’t be beat! Try the Perfect Meltdown Margarita or the Beer Margarita. Get there at just the right time during happy hour to watch the Texas sun go down over Lake Travis.
Gloria’s offers Salvadorian style fine cuisine, and is another top choice for margaritas in Austin. They have happy hour from 11 am – 10 pm Monday-Wednesday, and 11 am-7 pm Thursday-Friday. They have one of the best margarita menus around, including multiple skinny options and fresh exciting flavors including the Ginger Margarita.
Santa Rita has great salsa, great service, and their frozen Mango Margarita is fantastic. They have tequila drink specials and tastings for Margarita Day 2021 and offering a Fajita special on Monday as well for in dining after 3pm. They are located at 1206 W. 38th St. Austin TX 78705 however offer pick up and delivery via Favor.
What delicious margarita spots would you add to the list?