These Spots Have the Best Margaritas in Austin
Here in Austin, there’s a margarita for every occasion. We’ve got tangy, sweet, fruity, frosty, and our personal fave, spicy. There are fancy, brunchy, and divey margaritas, and $10 pitchers on Mondays. Whatever type of margarita you’re looking for, chances are, Austin has it in a frozen glass ready for you with (or without) salt.
There’s nothing like tequila mixed with the perfect amount of lime juice in a salted rim glass that reminds me of happy, fun times with my favorite people.
After trying our fair share of margs in a town full of margs (tough job), we’ve rounded up the best. Scroll on for our list of the best places to drink margaritas in Austin. We’ll meet you on the rooftop…
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1025 Barton Springs Rd.
El Alma delivers modern Mexican fare with a unique Austin twist. Spend a sunny afternoon or a starlit evening on the beautiful rooftop patio perched on a hill of Barton Springs Road, where the views of downtown Austin can’t be beaten. Try the sweet n’ fruity Mangorita or go bold with the Flaquita, which is made with watermelon-serrano infused el Jimador blanco.
900 E 7th St.
This adorable Eastside Mexican joint offers a variety of margaritas, and they’re all worth a try. Our favorite, if we had to pick one, is Gabby’s margarita – the house-made tamarind syrup and chili powder rim make for a spicy-sweet, sensational sip. The Mezcal-rita with cucumber is simultaneously smoky and fresh, making it a standout on the menu as well.
1306 E. 6th St.
Licha’s is a little bungalow known for its Mexico City-style street food and mezcal craft cocktails in East Austin. The house margarita, made with tequila silver, lime and combier (triple sec), is a steal during the $5 Happy Hour held Tues.-Fri. The outdoor space is huge, so get some friends together to grab a few pitchers on the large front, back, or side patio.
501 Colorado St.
If you’re looking for a fun date night spot, Comedor can’t be beat. Chef Gabe Erales (Dai Due Taqueria, Noma) and Philip Speer’s (Uchi) modern Mexican restaurant (specifically, the cuisine of Mexico City) at the corner of Fifth and Colorado is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday night dining alfresco. The Comedor margarita, infused with orange and punctuated by a lime zest– salted rim, is a fresh take on the south-of-the-border classic. My favorite though was the Tequila Carrot, a vibrantly original tipple spiked with blanco tequila, anise-y xtabentun, and just enough lemon to cut through the earthy richness of the carrot juice.
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606 Trinity St.
Relax on the balcony overlooking Sixth Street and see why Zagat’s named Iron Cactus one of the best patios in Austin. Order one of their many hand-squeezed fresh lime juice margaritas, like the El Pepino Margarita (muddled jalapeño, cucumber, and cilantro with fresh lime juice and agave nectar) or any one of the signature cocktails that have earned them a nod as one of the best Tequila bars in the country.
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105 Tillery St.
The lush greenery and funky wallpapers at Grizzelda’s make this Mexican restaurant a worthy addition to any marg-lover’s Instagram feed. Grizzelda’s bar offers seven mouth-watering ‘ritas – we recommend you bring a few friends and try them all. The basil-lime Cardi B marg, with el Jimador blanco, shines here, as does the Queen Bey (literally – it’s served in a disco mug).
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616 Neuces St.
Although technically not a *true* margarita, the Rain Water at Ranch 616 deserves an honorable mention to this list. When the owner, Kevin Williamson, found himself adding bubbly Topo Chico to extend the life of his margarita, he discovered a new take on Ranch Water. He tinkered around with the drink, swapping out silver tequila for an oaky reposado, plus a full ounce of fresh lime juice and a splash of orange cordial. His Ranch Water has now been on the Ranch 616 menu for 15 years— and can be made as strong or as bubbly as the drinker desires.
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2315 Lake Austin Blvd.
This gem next to Deep Eddy Cabaret is a tiki bar-meets-burger stand-meets-airstream trailer from the team behind Perla’s and Lambert’s. Pool Burger serves wagyu burgers and soft serve, along with strong cocktails in fun cups that’ll make you happy you bought a Hawaiian shirt last summer. We always stop by here after a swim at Deep Eddy Pool — their frozen margaritas just taste like summer.
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614 E Oltorf St.
This unassuming South Austin staple is located near the St. Edward’s University campus, and is famous for its mind-blowing avocado marg. Yes, it’s a margarita blended with avocado. Skeptics, you just gotta try it – the avo marg is creamy, fresh, and decadent. You will not regret this Austin classic.
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1412 S Congress Ave.
Another Austin classic, Güero’s Taco Bar is a kitschy gem on South Congress with one of the best people-watching patios in the city. It also has one of the lengthiest margarita menus on this list, offering tons of tequila choices. Margaritas at Guero’s are served the old-fashioned way — hand-shaken and made with fresh lime juice. Pair your margarita with exceptional Tex-Mex fare like the mole, authentic tacos al pastor or enchiladas with hand-made tortillas.
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2004 S 1st St.
With a salsa bar, menu of interior Mexican food, and over nine types of margaritas to choose from, you can’t go wrong with Polvo’s. The South 1st Street gem is pretty divey, and a favorite of our friend group to gather for Fajitas and pitchers of frozen margs.
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2613 S. Lamar
Matt’s 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, made with 100% Milagro Reposado tequila.
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409 W 30th St.
No list of Austin margaritas would be complete without Trudy’s. Stop by the original location (Trudy’s Texas Star) near the University of Texas campus for one of the best house margaritas in town, and take advantage of $5 Mexican Martini Mondays.