when it comes to b Eat and drink in AustinSome might say we have the best options to choose from. And as experts on the Austin food scene, we have to agree. Camille Styles editors have it a hit every time place to brunchAnd cafe, and hangout on the patio is well worth a visit – it’s one of our favorite tasks! But to complete our guide to eating out in Austin, we knew a map of Margarita’s must-visit destinations was essential. When it comes to the best margaritas in Austin, there’s one for every occasion.
Our refreshing, sweet, fruityfrosty, and our personal favourite, hot. Truly, there is no shortage of delicious tequila cocktails in this city. Whatever margarita you’re looking for, chances are, Austin has it in a frozen glass ready for you—with (or without) salt.
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10 Spots With The Best Margaritas In Austin
There’s nothing like tequila mixed with the perfect amount of lime juice in a salty glass that reminds me of the good times with my favorite people. After trying our fair share of margaritas in a town full of them, we’ve rounded up the best Austin margaritas below. Keep scrolling for our picks.
Best deck: Alma
El Alma offers modern Mexican fare with a unique Austin twist. Spend a sunny afternoon or evening lit by the stars on the beautiful rooftop patio perched atop Barton Springs Road – with the best views of downtown Austin. Try the sweet, fruity Mangorita or go bold with the Flaquita, made with el Jimador Blanco’s watermelon-infused melon.
- What to order: Alma makes a regular drink of the month—which is always a good choice—but there’s no mistaking it with the Margarita Clásica.
- happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm. $7 Margarita Classica, $6 Sangria, $1 Cerveza, and $8 Mangorita.
- 1025 Barton Springs Rd. | (512) 609-8923 | website | instagram
Best House Margherita: Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s is a small bungalow known for its Mexico City-style street food and mezcal craft cocktails in East Austin. The house margarita—made with silver tequila, lime, and cumin (three seconds)—is a steal during Happy Hour, which takes place Tuesday through Friday. The outdoor space is huge, so get some friends together to grab a few pitchers in the large front, back, or side yard.
- What to order: Have you heard about the Ginger and Lemon Margarita? It may become your favorite cocktail.
- happy hour: Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. $8 for a cocktail and antojitos.
- 1306 A.H. St. 6 | (512) 480-5960 | website | instagram
Best date night: Comedor
If you’re looking for a fun date night spot, Comedor can’t be beat. Chef Gabe Erales (Dai Due Taqueria, Noma) and modern Mexican restaurateur Philip Speer (Uchi) are one of the best ways to spend a Saturday night. Outdoor dining, anyone? My favorite, though, was the Tequila Carrot, an original, vibrant tequila with blanco tequila, anise y xtabentun, and just enough lime to cut through the earthy richness of the carrot juice.
- What to order: The Commodore Margarita, infused with oranges and punctuated with a salty edge of lime zest, is a fresh take on a Southern-of-the-border classic.
- happy hour: Monday through Thursday. 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- 501 Colorado St. | 512-499-0977 | website | instagram
Most options: Güero’s Taco Bar
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 longest margarita lists on this list, offering plenty of tequila options. The Margaritas at Güero’s are served the old-fashioned way – drained by hand and made with fresh lime juice. Pair your margarita with exceptional Tex-Mex fare like mole, authentic tacos, or enchiladas with handmade tortillas.
- What to order: The Longhorn—infused with 512 Tequila made right here in Austin—is a Gweru classic.
- happy hour: Wednesday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m. $4 Frozen & Casa Margaritas, $2 Signature Margaritas, $2 Beer.
- 1412 S Congress Ave. | (512) 447-7688 | website | instagram
Best Elevated Mexican Restaurant: ATX Cocina
The modern Mexican cuisine that you will find at ATX Cocina makes this restaurant one of my top recommendations. From large plates to small plates, their menu never fails to disappoint with unique dishes like roasted red pepper chicken and Tex-Mex classics like queso fundido. If you’re a coconut fan like me, their Coco Loco is a sweeter cocktail that still packs the tequila punch.
- What to order: Sometimes keeping it simple is the way to go with margaritas – ATX margaritas do the trick.
- happy hour: Monday through Thursday, 5-6pm and Friday through Sunday, 4-5pm. $9 Margarita de la Casa and $9 Mezcal Paloma.
- 110 San Antonio Street #170| (512) 263-2322 | website | instagram
Best Seasonal Drink: De Nada Cantina
With a menu filled with everything from tacos (a Tex-Mex staple), to tacos served with homemade blue tortillas, De Nada Cantina will satisfy both your hunger and your cocktail cravings. Bonus points if you try the seasonal fringe – the themed drink trend is one of my favorite things to do in this city!
- What to order: Who doesn’t love a seasonal brew? De Nada’s seasonal margaritas are made with the freshest fruit in season.
- happy hour: Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- 4715 Cesar Chavez Blvd. | (512) 615-3555 | website | instagram
Best food and drink pairings: Fresa’s
While Fresas’ Chicken al Carbon is to die for, their drinks menu gives the tasty dish a run for its money. There’s a drink to go with almost every meal of the day—some of my favorites are mimosa flower, ranch water, and a pineapple mule.
- What to order: Cucumber wins me over almost anything. Marge Coriander Cucumber from Frissa is no exception.
- happy hour: Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m. $2 off all Aguas Frescas, Botanas, Beer, Wine, and Margaritas.
- 1703 S 1st St | (512) 922-2946 | website | instagram
Best location: Joann’s Fine Foods
The location of this restaurant alone could win it a spot on any Austin favorites list. Located in the Austin Motel on South Congress, Joann’s Fine Foods is a café and restaurant surrounded by upscale shops, local businesses, and a lively atmosphere. Their drink menu features Tex-Mex classics like the Paloma, but they also offer the option to add liquor to any agua fresca or smoothie on their menu.
- What to order: The Retro Margarita packs a little kick with the added chile salt.
- happy hour: Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.
- 1224 S Congress Ave | (512) 358-6054 | website | instagram
Most unique offering: La Condesa
La Condesa is a well-loved Austin staple thanks to its varied menu, which is always a win-win when dining with a large group. Their drink menu is no exception, consisting of less frequent cocktails like the watermelon martini made with aged liqueur and seasonal sangria made with fresh local fruit and orange liqueur.
- What to order: I’m a big fan of adding fruit to a margarita, which makes La Condesa’s Margarita with Grilled Pineapple one of my top picks.
- happy hour: Monday to Friday from 5 to 6 pm. Half off all alcoholic beverages.
- 400 Watt 2 Street A | (512) 499-0300 | website | instagram
The most authentic flavor: Fonda San Miguel
The authenticity of the atmosphere and cuisine at Fonda San Miguel is what makes this restaurant stand out from many other Mexican restaurants in Austin. Their food and drink menus feature many dishes and drinks with Mexican roots, such as chile relleno, ceviche, and of course, margaritas!