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Best Margaritas In Los Angeles

August 25, 2010 4:07 PM

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We can’t be sure who invented the margarita or why, but we can be sure where you can drink the best of them in SoCal.
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El Carmen

8138 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-1552
www.elcarmenrestaurant.com/

Push through the velvet curtains at the entrance to this laid-back, hole-in-the wall and discover 420 kinds of tequila lining the bar walls. Bartenders serve the hipster crowd specialties like a Cactus Fruit Margarita, Guava Margarita or Ginger Cilantro Margarita to name a few. The jukebox, featuring a play list of cool ‘80s tunes and the black velvet paintings that adorn the walls are an added bonus.

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El Compadre

7408 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 874-7924
elcompadrerestaurant.com/

In the heart of Hollywood, this rocker hangout is home of the famous Flaming Margarita. Potent and dazzling, the blue flame is a conversation stopper. The menu here also rocks, with cuisine from several regions in Mexico including a variety of vegetarian options.

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Casa Vega

13301 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-3912
(818) 788-4868
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You’ll likely spot a celebrity or two huddled in the corner and sipping oversized strawberry blended margaritas at this bar, a kitschy, 70s throwback and icon in the San Fernando Valley. Monday nights are oddly hot and if you’re hungry, the menu boasts recipes that have been passed down through several generations of the Vega family.

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Cabo Cantina

Multiple Locations
www.cabocantina.com

With several locations throughout greater Los Angeles including Venice Beach, Culver City and Balboa in New Port, the sports bar come frat party vibe at the cantinas can be a whole lot of crazy fun. Especially since Margaritas are priced 2-for-1 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day.

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Doña Rosa

577 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 449-2999
www.donarosa-pasadena.com

It will feel like it’s to-go when you order your margarita at the counter of this taqueria that doesn’t look like it should be allowed to serve tequila at all. Served in a thick glass on the rocks for just $1.50 on Tuesdays and $4 every other day, it’s the best margarita in Pasadena.

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