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.
RELATED READING :: Best Summer Approved Drinks
It’s Tequila Tuesday at Z’Tejas Southwest Grill! On Feb. 22 all tequila will be half-off including margaritas. The house margarita will be $4 all day. A special Black Diamond margarita will also be served that day. It’s a 16oz margarita made with a unique-to-Z’Tejas Maestro Dobel Diamante tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice and agave. The rim of the glass is dipped in black lava sea salt. It will be served in a souvenir cup, special for National Margarita Day.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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! Chuy’s new Mexican Martini is another reason to celebrate!
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! The Frozen Avocado Margarita is an Austin Moms Team favorite! Pro Tip: Ask for chili spice on the rim instead of salt–you’re welcome!
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. 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 are located at 1206 W. 38th St. Austin TX 78705.
With four locations in the Austin area, Lupe Tortilla is a must! They offer an extensive list of margarita creations, but you just can’t go wrong with Lupe’s Original Frozen. Bonus points: they have a great vegetarian menu!
Located on S Lamar, Bouldin Acres has an awesome outdoor area for the whole family. Happy Hour is Monday-Thursday 3-6PM with $2 off all appetizers, burgers, & drinks! An Austin Moms Team go-to is the Bould’n Boozy- Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Lime Juice, Agave, Mint, & Jalapeño-yum!
Home to what MAY be the (Austin) Mom of all margs–we present Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage. What better way to celebrate National Margarita day than to pop a mini bottle of champagne and flip it into your jumbo house margarita?! Who wants to meet for happy hour (M-F 11-6, S-Su 3-4)?
What delicious margarita spots would you add to the list?