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. Visit our other list of the Best Margaritas In LA for more options.
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, and you’ll be in heaven. The restaurant offers many margaritas to choose from including house margaritas like the Purista, which comes with tequila, agave, lime, orange bitters, and sweet orange salt on the rim. Other favorites include the Three Miracles with juniper infused mezcal, lime, mint, sparkling wine, spherical ice of absinthe, as well as the La Belleza, which includes tequila blanco, strawberry basil balsamic shrub, lemon, and rose wine. Sparkling margaritas are also offered, too!
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 just an added bonus.
1121 S Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90006
With locations throughout Los Angeles, El Cholo is practically an institution in L.A. With terrific Mexican food served in an authentic setting, rest assured that their margaritas are just as delicious as their food. In fact, there is a menu dedicated just for margaritas with a variety of options to choose from. From the Gran Tradicional with Cuervo Tradicional, Herradura Silver, and Contreau, to the El Cholo Margarita and the blended and delicious Coconut Margarita, El Cholo is a great place to stop by if you’re looking to sip on a few margaritas.
7910 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Mercado has become one of Los Angeles’ stand out Mexican restaurants over the past several years. This can be said partly due to their incredibly tasty Mexican food, but also because of their wide selection of craft cocktails, as well as delicious margaritas. With locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and in Hollywood, you won’t find it hard to find this contemporary Mexican eatery. With an inventive mix of food, atmosphere and Mexican tradition, they offer a huge selection of tequila to choose from in your margarita, as well as Mezcal and more. But, if you’re looking for already made margaritas, they have a few that will make you want to keep drinking them. Their “Mercado Margarita” with 100% agave silver tequila, and triple sec is a great option, or choose their “Margarita de Jamaica,” with olmeca reposado tequila, triple sec, fresh hibiscus, and fresh sour. Other options include the “Spicy Cucumber Margarita,” which is a favorite, and includes senda real silver tequila, house jalapeño purée with a chipotle salt rim.
1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Whether you choose their Santa Monica outpost or the downtown LA location, you’ll love everything about this Susan Feniger restaurant. With both Feniger and Chef Mary Sue Milliken as co-chefs, you can rest assured you’ll be in good hands when it comes to both the great Mexican fare and drinks from the cantina bar. They offer plenty of margaritas to choose from, including the “Blanco Margarita,” with tequila blanco, agave nectar and fresh lime, as well as the cadillac margarita, with tequila reposado, grand marnier, agave nectar and fresh lime. Or, opt for two favorites on the menu: the cucumber jalapeño margarita, with cucumber and fresh lime, as well as the pomegranate margarita.
8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
West Hollywood’s Red O restaurant, which is the brain child of famed celebrity chef Rick Bayless, offers some of the finest Mexican food in the city. With any great Mexican restautant, you can expect delicious cocktails, too. Aside from tasty cocktails, they offer a great selection of margaritas, including their “Organic Skinny Margarita,” that is served on the rocks and includes Sauza Tres Generaciones Organic Blanco Tequila, fresh lime, organic agave nectar, as well as the favorite “Red O Margarita,” with Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila, JDK & Sons O3 Orange Liqueur, house-made limonada, a “Alacran Margarita,” with Sauza Hornitos Reposado, VeeV Açaí Spirit, JDK & Sons O3 Orange, house-made limonada, and serrano chile syrup, as well as many others. You can rest assured that this beautifully designed restaurant is perfect to grab margaritas along with great Mexican fare.
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 is also top notch, with cuisine from several regions in Mexico including a variety of vegetarian options. Find everything from tacos, burritos and fajitas to tamales and more.
Solita Tacos & Margaritas
7631 Edinger Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Huntington Beach’s Solita Tacos & Margaritas is a small neighborhood Mexican restaurant offering delicious food inspired by travels through Baja California and Mexico. Along with an all day menu, including tasty tacos, quesadilla’s, burritos and more, they offer some of the best margaritas around. From the house margarita, offered frozen, on the rocks, cadillac style or in a pitcher, to the guava margarita, and kiwi-strawberry margarita, you won’t have problems ordering a great drink with their food options.
7312 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
You won’t find the glitz and glam that other Mexican restaurants might offer, but at El Coyote landmark location, you can be sure you’ll get some of the most traditional fare and margaritas in Los Angeles. Serving LA since 1931, it’s still one of the most frequented restaurants in the city. With a decor that can best be described as quirky and colorful, they offer a wide variety of margaritas, including a cadillac margarita, the Ultimate Margarita, with Herradura Silver and Cointreau, as well as the Blended Fruit Margarita. Others are offered as well, so there’s something for everyone here. Make sure to stop by on Monday’s though, as you’ll get big discounts all day long on all margaritas.
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. This Sherman Oaks Mexican outpost offers a variety of margaritas to choose from to go along with their delicious fare.
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.