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. Many enjoy a margarita for a regular night out and others like to explore the delicious options on Cinco de Mayo or other holidays. Whether you like salt on the rim of your drink or not, we’ve got you covered fort the best Margaritas in L.A.
8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Step into the beautifully decorated Gracias Madre restaurant and you’ll be overcome with the terrific setting. Add on delicious vegan Mexican food and a terrific cocktail menu including margaritas. The restaurant offers house margaritas including the Purista which comes with tequila, agave, lime, orange bitters, and sweet orange salt on the rim. Other favorites include the La Quinceneara and the Oh My Gatos which includes Mezcal, tequila blanco, pineapple, gentian bitters, lemon and jalapeño.
8138 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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.
7408 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90046
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.
13301 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-3912
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.
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 4pm to 8pm every day.
577 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
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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