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Frozen or on the rocks? Both.
Frozen or on the rocks? Both.
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Where to Drink Excellent Margaritas in Dallas

Lime + salt + tequila = perfection

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Frozen or on the rocks? Both.
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Whether on the rocks, frozen, or infused with fruit, margaritas are Dallas’ favorite cocktail. This classic combination of lime juice, salt, and tequila is perfect on its own, yet somehow more interesting when tricked up with smoky mezcal, fresh fruit purees, and inventive garnishes.

Everyone’s got their own preferences when it comes to this classic cocktail, from the simplest of drinks to fancy, fruit-forward creations. Let this map of 20 excellent Dallas margarita options serve as a guide to the city's most ubiquitous cocktail.

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Mexican Sugar

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At Mexican Sugar’s locations in Plano and Las Colinas, the margaritas are anything but basic. Try a liquid nitrogen margarita, or one infused with smoked pineapple or hibiscus water for something light and fruity. Can’t choose? Order the margarita flight.

Mi Dia From Scratch

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Head to Mi Dia for a menu of fancy margaritas that won’t totally break the budget. Try the hibiscus champagne margarita, mixed with Clase Azul Silver tequila, St. Germain, hibiscus sorbet, and prosecco. A dry ice garnish makes for quite the spectacle.

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Gloria's

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The margaritas at Gloria’s aren’t going to win any awards for creativity, but they’re perfectly balanced and the tequila is generously poured.

Resident Taqueria

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This Lake Highlands favorite spot boasts margaritas on tap, by the gallon, or even frozen during warmer months. Ask nicely, and the staff will top this classic margarita with a swirl of sweet strawberry puree.

Mariano's Hacienda Ranch Dallas

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It's a Dallas rite of passage to try the (frozen) margarita that started it all. At least sort of. Mariano’s owner Mariano Martinez may not have invented the cocktail, but he is responsible for the margarita’s most exciting innovation – the frozen margarita machine. The original machine sits in the Smithsonian, but this longstanding spot still serves up a fine margarita. Jazz it up with jalapeno-infused tequila or a floater of sangria.

El Vecino Tex Mex

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El Vecino Tex Mex in East Dallas boasts classic Tex Mex cuisine paired with perfect margaritas. Oh, and margaritas are just $5 during happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

La Calle Doce

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This longstanding Lakewood spot is a neighborhood favorite for margaritas, the perfect accompaniment to Mexican-inspired seafood. On the rocks or frozen, this is the kind of margarita that's the definition of an easy drinker.

Velvet Taco

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A “Kick Ass Margarita,” can be defined as simple, strong, and pretty damn cheap. That’s what they’re working with at Velvet Taco’s multiple DFW locations. A sleeve of creative tacos, some red curry queso, and a cool margarita sounds pretty kickass in fact.

E Bar Tex-Mex

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The bartenders at E Bar freshly juice all the limes in their margaritas, and it makes a difference. Soak up the tequila with plenty of beans, rice and tacos.

Las Palmas Tex-Mex

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Chill vibes and a cool patio make Las Palmas an Uptown favorite. Smoky meats pair extra well with margaritas, whether frozen or on the rocks, classic or “dry.” And for those who are taking their food away to eat at home, Las Palmas offers its margaritas to-go in tall boy cans as well.

Rattlesnake Bar

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For one of the fanciest margaritas in town, head to the Ritz-Carlton Dallas and belly up to the bar at Rattlesnake by Fearing’s. Those in the know choose chef Dean’s classic margarita, made with top shelf tequila, agave, and lemon.

The Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing's.
The Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing’s.
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Miriam Cocina Latina

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Whether a classic margarita, pineapple margarita, or smoky mezcal margarita, they all pair nicely with Miriam Jimenez’s uniquely delicious green queso, especially on the patio across from Klyde Warren Park. Guests of Miriam’s can also choose to grab margarita cocktails kits to-go, which will serve four people.

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Taqueria La Ventana

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Let’s get totally real – fancy margaritas are fun, but every Dallasite needs to know where to find a cheap-ass margarita. At $3.50 during happy hour, the cocktails at La Ventana absolutely fit that bill. They’re basic, but that’s sort of the point?

Meso Maya

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Chef Nico Sanchez’s legit Mexican cuisine has inspired an equally legit menu of margaritas. The avocado margarita is a perennial favorite, or just keep it simple with the house margarita, made with fresh lime juice and rimmed with Oaxacan sea salt.

Mesero - Victory Park

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Mesero in Victory Park, Preston Hollow, Fort Worth, Addison, Legacy West, and Inwood Village are all excellent spots to grab a solid margarita, or a special one. For the former, The Original features Herradura “El Jimador” and is available frozen or on the rocks. For the latter, try The Brandon, a frozen original margarita swirled with fresh mango-strawberry puree and topped with sangria.

A gold-flaked margarita for Margarita Day at Mesero
Rachel Pinn

Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

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They aren’t fancy, but the frozen sangria margaritas at this Deep Ellum Tex-Mex spot are excellent with an extra shot of Grand Marnier. During happy hour, they’re just $3.

Easy Slider

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Half slider emporium, half bar, Easy Slider in Deep Ellum shakes some mean cocktails. The Martinez is a spicy marg featuring Milagro tequila, jalapeño brine, lime, and triple sec served with a mini Dos Equis on the side.

Beto & Son

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The classic marg gets a futuristic twist at this Trinity Groves eatery. Made with Avion reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, and “encapsulated fruit pearls,” these cocktails are equal parts showy and delicious. Not feeling the super-freeze? Go for a margarita swirled with peach and jalapeño or mixed with mezcal.

Chimy's

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Chimy’s is Fort Worth’s hidden margarita gem. Instead of wasting precious tequila time in line at Joe T. Garcia’s, head over to this divey, charming bar. The margaritas are on point and only $5.50 during happy hour. The newest addition? A spicy version spiked with Ghost blanco tequila.

Tejas, which was formerly a bit of a burger and fries joint, reopened during the pandemic with a slightly more dressed-up Tex-Mex menu, including flights of tiny crunchy tacos that go perfectly with spicy, frozen, and Chamoy-spiked margaritas.

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Mexican Sugar

At Mexican Sugar’s locations in Plano and Las Colinas, the margaritas are anything but basic. Try a liquid nitrogen margarita, or one infused with smoked pineapple or hibiscus water for something light and fruity. Can’t choose? Order the margarita flight.

Mi Dia From Scratch

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Head to Mi Dia for a menu of fancy margaritas that won’t totally break the budget. Try the hibiscus champagne margarita, mixed with Clase Azul Silver tequila, St. Germain, hibiscus sorbet, and prosecco. A dry ice garnish makes for quite the spectacle.

Mi Dia From Scratch/Facebook

Gloria's

The margaritas at Gloria’s aren’t going to win any awards for creativity, but they’re perfectly balanced and the tequila is generously poured.

Resident Taqueria

This Lake Highlands favorite spot boasts margaritas on tap, by the gallon, or even frozen during warmer months. Ask nicely, and the staff will top this classic margarita with a swirl of sweet strawberry puree.

Mariano's Hacienda Ranch Dallas

It's a Dallas rite of passage to try the (frozen) margarita that started it all. At least sort of. Mariano’s owner Mariano Martinez may not have invented the cocktail, but he is responsible for the margarita’s most exciting innovation – the frozen margarita machine. The original machine sits in the Smithsonian, but this longstanding spot still serves up a fine margarita. Jazz it up with jalapeno-infused tequila or a floater of sangria.

El Vecino Tex Mex

El Vecino Tex Mex in East Dallas boasts classic Tex Mex cuisine paired with perfect margaritas. Oh, and margaritas are just $5 during happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

La Calle Doce

This longstanding Lakewood spot is a neighborhood favorite for margaritas, the perfect accompaniment to Mexican-inspired seafood. On the rocks or frozen, this is the kind of margarita that's the definition of an easy drinker.

Velvet Taco

A “Kick Ass Margarita,” can be defined as simple, strong, and pretty damn cheap. That’s what they’re working with at Velvet Taco’s multiple DFW locations. A sleeve of creative tacos, some red curry queso, and a cool margarita sounds pretty kickass in fact.

E Bar Tex-Mex

The bartenders at E Bar freshly juice all the limes in their margaritas, and it makes a difference. Soak up the tequila with plenty of beans, rice and tacos.

Las Palmas Tex-Mex

Chill vibes and a cool patio make Las Palmas an Uptown favorite. Smoky meats pair extra well with margaritas, whether frozen or on the rocks, classic or “dry.” And for those who are taking their food away to eat at home, Las Palmas offers its margaritas to-go in tall boy cans as well.

Rattlesnake Bar

The Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing's.
The Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing’s.
Photo: Fearing’s/Facebook

For one of the fanciest margaritas in town, head to the Ritz-Carlton Dallas and belly up to the bar at Rattlesnake by Fearing’s. Those in the know choose chef Dean’s classic margarita, made with top shelf tequila, agave, and lemon.

The Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing's.
The Rattlesnake Bar at Fearing’s.
Photo: Fearing’s/Facebook

Miriam Cocina Latina

Miriam herself
Rachel Pinn

Whether a classic margarita, pineapple margarita, or smoky mezcal margarita, they all pair nicely with Miriam Jimenez’s uniquely delicious green queso, especially on the patio across from Klyde Warren Park. Guests of Miriam’s can also choose to grab margarita cocktails kits to-go, which will serve four people.

Miriam herself
Rachel Pinn

Taqueria La Ventana

Let’s get totally real – fancy margaritas are fun, but every Dallasite needs to know where to find a cheap-ass margarita. At $3.50 during happy hour, the cocktails at La Ventana absolutely fit that bill. They’re basic, but that’s sort of the point?

Meso Maya

Chef Nico Sanchez’s legit Mexican cuisine has inspired an equally legit menu of margaritas. The avocado margarita is a perennial favorite, or just keep it simple with the house margarita, made with fresh lime juice and rimmed with Oaxacan sea salt.

Mesero - Victory Park

A gold-flaked margarita for Margarita Day at Mesero
Rachel Pinn

Mesero in Victory Park, Preston Hollow, Fort Worth, Addison, Legacy West, and Inwood Village are all excellent spots to grab a solid margarita, or a special one. For the former, The Original features Herradura “El Jimador” and is available frozen or on the rocks. For the latter, try The Brandon, a frozen original margarita swirled with fresh mango-strawberry puree and topped with sangria.

A gold-flaked margarita for Margarita Day at Mesero
Rachel Pinn

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Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe

They aren’t fancy, but the frozen sangria margaritas at this Deep Ellum Tex-Mex spot are excellent with an extra shot of Grand Marnier. During happy hour, they’re just $3.

Easy Slider

Half slider emporium, half bar, Easy Slider in Deep Ellum shakes some mean cocktails. The Martinez is a spicy marg featuring Milagro tequila, jalapeño brine, lime, and triple sec served with a mini Dos Equis on the side.

Beto & Son

The classic marg gets a futuristic twist at this Trinity Groves eatery. Made with Avion reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, and “encapsulated fruit pearls,” these cocktails are equal parts showy and delicious. Not feeling the super-freeze? Go for a margarita swirled with peach and jalapeño or mixed with mezcal.

Chimy's

Chimy’s is Fort Worth’s hidden margarita gem. Instead of wasting precious tequila time in line at Joe T. Garcia’s, head over to this divey, charming bar. The margaritas are on point and only $5.50 during happy hour. The newest addition? A spicy version spiked with Ghost blanco tequila.