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Margaritas at Mission Taqueria
Daniel McLaughlin

The Eater Margarita Map: Where to Drink Margaritas in Philly

Keep it classic or go for a fruity version

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Margaritas at Mission Taqueria
| Daniel McLaughlin

The margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in America. It makes sense: Margaritas are refreshing, balanced, and infinitely diverse. Go tried-and-true with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice with salt on the rim, or get creative: Spice it up with a jalapeño infusion or sweeten the drink with seasonal fruity flavors. Hot day? A frozen margarita will definitely hit the spot.

At Mission Taqueria, there’s no need to cheat on your detox, thanks to a fresh-pressed green or (new!) yellow juice margarita. At Cafe Ynez, save some cash when you BYOT: Bring Your Own Tequila. Throughout the city and ‘burbs, try one of dozens of different fruit flavors, like watermelon, tamarind, pineapple, guava, cucumber, or prickly pear.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Cantina Los Caballitos

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With its spacious covered patio, the always lively Cantina Los Caballitos on East Passyunk Avenue is a perfect spot for frozen margaritas on a hot day — or a margarita on the rocks anytime. Along with traditional margaritas and a couple of spicy ones, Cantina has flavors like blood orange, strawberry, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, guava, and cucumber.

Blue Corn

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You’ll likely have to wait for a table at Mexican restaurant Blue Corn in the Italian Market, but it’ll be worth it once you’re snacking on blue corn chips and guacamole and sipping on a strong classic margarita. Or go for a sweeter version like the frozen hibiscus or tamarind.

Cafe Ynez

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Bring Your Own Tequila! That phrase is music to the ears of any BYO-loving Philadelphian. Take your favorite bottle to Mexico City-inspired Cafe Ynez on Washington Avenue and combine it with a house-made blood orange, mango mint, or blackberry lemon mixer for $13 per carafe.

Los Camaradas

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Joseph and Theresa Scull stock their three-year-old Mexican eatery with dozens of tequilas and mezcals. Choosing which one to sip or put in a margarita is a fun challenge.

Jose Pistola's

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Center City’s Jose Pistola's mixes plenty of margaritas — traditional, fruity, and the spice-infused El Diablo — to go with its modern Mexican fare. Even better, pitchers of margaritas are discounted every weekday during the 4-6 p.m. happy hour. In South Philly, head to sister spot Pistola’s Del Sur. Fishtown inhabitants, your margaritas are at Sancho Pistola’s.

Tequilas

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Upscale restaurant Tequilas in Rittenhouse has been mixing up margaritas for more than three decades — owner David Suro-Piñera is a tequila and mezcal expert. Along with the standbys, try upgraded takes, including margaritas with rose petals, cactus salt, and creme de cassis.

The list of margarita options is long at Stephen Starr’s popular corner spot El Vez. Choose from 10 different varieties (including one made with vodka), and then decide between frozen or not, in a glass or a pitcher.

Among its seven margarita varieties, Lolita’s most popular involves blood orange, lime, and mint. Start with that — especially during happy hour when they go for $6 — and then keep exploring. A few come in pitchers, perfect for sharing.

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Mission Taqueria

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The bright, airy Mission Taqueria offers creative margaritas made with fresh squeezes from its juice bar and options for going spicy. The most creative? That would be the Green Juice Margie, which mixes house-pressed green juice in with the tequila — and it’s now also available with yellow juice.

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Bar Bombón

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Bar Bombón, a snug vegan restaurant in Rittenhouse, mixes up four different margaritas, from the classic to the Salted Grapefruit (made with amaro). The one with beet, lime, and habanero has quite a kick.

Bar Bombon [official photo]

Distrito

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Jose Garces’ Distrito in University City is a colorful feast for the eyes with 600 Lucha Libre masks hanging from the walls and a booth for four in a VW Beetle. With over 250 tequilas behind the bar, fans of the spirit stay busy tasting and ordering margaritas, including a seasonal frozen option and one featuring the Iron Chef’s own double barrel Patrón.

Cantina Dos Segundos

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Sister restaurant to Cantina Los Caballitos, Cantina Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties offers fruity margaritas like blood orange, strawberry, mango, guava, and grilled peach, along with a classic version and spicier options.

El Camino Real

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Amid a menu of Texas barbecue and tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, El Camino Real offers seven margarita concoctions ranging from classic to creative, like the one with elderflower liqueur, chipotle, and pineapple. Come summer time, snag a margarita made with fresh watermelon puree.

La Calaca Feliz

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Margaritas flow at all four Feliz locations in the city and the suburbs. At the Fairmount outpost, choose from nine versions, including one with lychee and another with mango, pineapple, and strawberry — it’s basically a health food. Feeling flush? Try the $25 version with upgraded liquor.

Loco Pez (multiple locations)

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With locations in Fishtown and West Philly, this taqueria shakes up margaritas to fit every taste and budget. A classic is just $6 or upgrade to one with chipotle and hibiscus for $7 or prickly pear for $9.

Cantina Los Caballitos

With its spacious covered patio, the always lively Cantina Los Caballitos on East Passyunk Avenue is a perfect spot for frozen margaritas on a hot day — or a margarita on the rocks anytime. Along with traditional margaritas and a couple of spicy ones, Cantina has flavors like blood orange, strawberry, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, guava, and cucumber.

Blue Corn

You’ll likely have to wait for a table at Mexican restaurant Blue Corn in the Italian Market, but it’ll be worth it once you’re snacking on blue corn chips and guacamole and sipping on a strong classic margarita. Or go for a sweeter version like the frozen hibiscus or tamarind.

Cafe Ynez

Bring Your Own Tequila! That phrase is music to the ears of any BYO-loving Philadelphian. Take your favorite bottle to Mexico City-inspired Cafe Ynez on Washington Avenue and combine it with a house-made blood orange, mango mint, or blackberry lemon mixer for $13 per carafe.

Los Camaradas

Joseph and Theresa Scull stock their three-year-old Mexican eatery with dozens of tequilas and mezcals. Choosing which one to sip or put in a margarita is a fun challenge.

Jose Pistola's

Center City’s Jose Pistola's mixes plenty of margaritas — traditional, fruity, and the spice-infused El Diablo — to go with its modern Mexican fare. Even better, pitchers of margaritas are discounted every weekday during the 4-6 p.m. happy hour. In South Philly, head to sister spot Pistola’s Del Sur. Fishtown inhabitants, your margaritas are at Sancho Pistola’s.

Tequilas

Upscale restaurant Tequilas in Rittenhouse has been mixing up margaritas for more than three decades — owner David Suro-Piñera is a tequila and mezcal expert. Along with the standbys, try upgraded takes, including margaritas with rose petals, cactus salt, and creme de cassis.

El Vez

The list of margarita options is long at Stephen Starr’s popular corner spot El Vez. Choose from 10 different varieties (including one made with vodka), and then decide between frozen or not, in a glass or a pitcher.

Lolita

Lolita [official photo]

Among its seven margarita varieties, Lolita’s most popular involves blood orange, lime, and mint. Start with that — especially during happy hour when they go for $6 — and then keep exploring. A few come in pitchers, perfect for sharing.

Lolita [official photo]

Mission Taqueria

Neal Santos

The bright, airy Mission Taqueria offers creative margaritas made with fresh squeezes from its juice bar and options for going spicy. The most creative? That would be the Green Juice Margie, which mixes house-pressed green juice in with the tequila — and it’s now also available with yellow juice.

Neal Santos

Bar Bombón

Bar Bombon [official photo]

Bar Bombón, a snug vegan restaurant in Rittenhouse, mixes up four different margaritas, from the classic to the Salted Grapefruit (made with amaro). The one with beet, lime, and habanero has quite a kick.

Bar Bombon [official photo]

Distrito

Jose Garces’ Distrito in University City is a colorful feast for the eyes with 600 Lucha Libre masks hanging from the walls and a booth for four in a VW Beetle. With over 250 tequilas behind the bar, fans of the spirit stay busy tasting and ordering margaritas, including a seasonal frozen option and one featuring the Iron Chef’s own double barrel Patrón.

Cantina Dos Segundos

Sister restaurant to Cantina Los Caballitos, Cantina Dos Segundos in Northern Liberties offers fruity margaritas like blood orange, strawberry, mango, guava, and grilled peach, along with a classic version and spicier options.

El Camino Real

Amid a menu of Texas barbecue and tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, El Camino Real offers seven margarita concoctions ranging from classic to creative, like the one with elderflower liqueur, chipotle, and pineapple. Come summer time, snag a margarita made with fresh watermelon puree.

La Calaca Feliz

Margaritas flow at all four Feliz locations in the city and the suburbs. At the Fairmount outpost, choose from nine versions, including one with lychee and another with mango, pineapple, and strawberry — it’s basically a health food. Feeling flush? Try the $25 version with upgraded liquor.

Loco Pez (multiple locations)

With locations in Fishtown and West Philly, this taqueria shakes up margaritas to fit every taste and budget. A classic is just $6 or upgrade to one with chipotle and hibiscus for $7 or prickly pear for $9.

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