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A frozen margarita at El Alma.
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17 Restaurants and Bars Shaking Up Austin’s Finest Margaritas

Frozen or on the rocks, where to find the unofficial cocktail of Austin — and tequila in its finest form — across the city

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A frozen margarita at El Alma.
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Margaritas are truly the unofficial drink of Austin, the perfect tequila cocktail that is ideal for outdoor drinking, tacos, and queso. Learn all about the history of the cocktail (tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, shaken together and topped off with a slice of lime) over on Eater National.

Eater gathered the very best margaritas Austin restaurants and bars have to offer, on the rocks, frozen, fruity, swirls, salted or unsalted rims, and even avocado varieties.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant/truck is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants/trucks themselves.

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Eldorado Cafe

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Of course, the North Shoal Creek Tex-Mex restaurant offers up well-made margaritas. There’s the house margarita, plus flavor mix-ins such as mango and jalapeno available for dine-in service. Curbside pickup orders include individual and quart-sized drinks. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Eldorado’s margarita
Eldorado’s margarita
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Taco Flats

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The multi-location taco restaurant taking its cues from Mexico City has become a go-to margarita spot in Austin. This includes the house margarita made with Paula’s Texas Orange and a jalapeno agave, and a spicy frozen. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or online for each individual location, and there are Grubhub deliveries available from Clarksville and Burnet. All locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Fonda San Miguel

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The interior Mexican Allandale restaurant adds Grand Marnier to its Numero Uno Margarita, along with other margarita options. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Vivo Restaurant

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The Linc Tex-Mex restaurant really loves tequila, so the margaritas are beautifully dressed up with flowers. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A red margarita with a flower.
A margarita from Vivo.
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Workhorse Bar

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The casual North Loop bar’s margarita is solid, simple, and priced decently. Pickup orders can be placed online or over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

Hoover's Cooking

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Look to the Cherrywood Southern restaurant for strong giant frozen margaritas, a classic version, and a beet rendition. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Maudie's Cafe

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The Tex-Mex chain’s bar menu highlights an array of margaritas, both frozens and on the rocks. Pickup orders from all locations can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services at all locations.

A margarita from Maudie’s
A margarita from Maudie’s
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The Roosevelt Room

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The downtown bar honors the Prohibition-era drink on its cocktail menu spanning boozing history. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

A margarita at Roosevelt Room
A margarita at Roosevelt Room
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La Condesa

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The downtown Mexican restaurant offers up a great margarita lineup. The Margarita La Condesa is made with grilled pineapples and a salted rim made up of cactus and lemongrass flavorings. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Margaritas at La Condesa
Margaritas at La Condesa
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Licha's Cantina

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The convivial Mexican restaurant is the East Sixth place for classic and spicy margaritas. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The margarita at Licha’s Cantina
The margarita at Licha’s Cantina
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El Alma

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Take advantage of the rooftop patio with El Alma's strong array of margaritas, including a bunch of frozen ones like avocado or mango. To-go orders include pitchers and mixers without alcohol. Pickup and DoorDash delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Margaritas from El Alma
Margaritas from El Alma
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De Nada Cantina

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The margaritas at the Govalle restaurant are strong and great, which makes sense considering that booze expert Chris Bostick developed the menu. There are the standbys plus fruity frozen iterations. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Fresa's

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The South First Mexican patio restaurant is mixing up a whole bunch of on the rocks and frozen margaritas. the former consists of a house option and spicy ancho chile, the latter includes prickly pear, avocado, and coconut. There are mixers available to go, as well. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A frozen lemon margarita at Fresa’s
A frozen lemon margarita at Fresa’s
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Matt's El Rancho

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The margaritas at the iconic South Lamar Tex-Mex restaurant are always a good choice, especially the Cactus Pryor, a prickly pear frozen. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Margarita from Matt’s
Margarita from Matt’s
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El Naranjo

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The interior Mexican restaurant in the South Lamar neighborhood offers up classic margaritas. as well as a choose-your-own agave spirit one. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Curra's Grill

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The avocado frozen margarita at the Travis Heights Mexican restaurant (with a Hyde Park location) is the perfect combination of refreshing, boozy, cold, and creamy: everything a person wants in the drink. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen

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The Sunset Valley Mexican restaurant is offering plentiful margaritas, from frozen to on the rocks to pineapple-jalapeno. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A margarita at Cruzteca
A margarita at Cruzteca
Cruzteca/Facebook

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Eldorado Cafe

Of course, the North Shoal Creek Tex-Mex restaurant offers up well-made margaritas. There’s the house margarita, plus flavor mix-ins such as mango and jalapeno available for dine-in service. Curbside pickup orders include individual and quart-sized drinks. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Eldorado’s margarita
Eldorado’s margarita
Eldorado/Facebook

Taco Flats

The multi-location taco restaurant taking its cues from Mexico City has become a go-to margarita spot in Austin. This includes the house margarita made with Paula’s Texas Orange and a jalapeno agave, and a spicy frozen. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or online for each individual location, and there are Grubhub deliveries available from Clarksville and Burnet. All locations feature indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Fonda San Miguel

The interior Mexican Allandale restaurant adds Grand Marnier to its Numero Uno Margarita, along with other margarita options. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Vivo Restaurant

The Linc Tex-Mex restaurant really loves tequila, so the margaritas are beautifully dressed up with flowers. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A red margarita with a flower.
A margarita from Vivo.
Vivo/Facebook

Workhorse Bar

The casual North Loop bar’s margarita is solid, simple, and priced decently. Pickup orders can be placed online or over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

Hoover's Cooking

Look to the Cherrywood Southern restaurant for strong giant frozen margaritas, a classic version, and a beet rendition. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Maudie's Cafe

The Tex-Mex chain’s bar menu highlights an array of margaritas, both frozens and on the rocks. Pickup orders from all locations can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services at all locations.

A margarita from Maudie’s
A margarita from Maudie’s
Mandy D./Yelp

The Roosevelt Room

The downtown bar honors the Prohibition-era drink on its cocktail menu spanning boozing history. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

A margarita at Roosevelt Room
A margarita at Roosevelt Room
Roosevelt Room/Yelp

La Condesa

The downtown Mexican restaurant offers up a great margarita lineup. The Margarita La Condesa is made with grilled pineapples and a salted rim made up of cactus and lemongrass flavorings. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Margaritas at La Condesa
Margaritas at La Condesa
La Condesa/Facebook

Licha's Cantina

The convivial Mexican restaurant is the East Sixth place for classic and spicy margaritas. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The margarita at Licha’s Cantina
The margarita at Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s Cantina/Facebook

El Alma

Take advantage of the rooftop patio with El Alma's strong array of margaritas, including a bunch of frozen ones like avocado or mango. To-go orders include pitchers and mixers without alcohol. Pickup and DoorDash delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Margaritas from El Alma
Margaritas from El Alma
El Alma/Facebook

De Nada Cantina

The margaritas at the Govalle restaurant are strong and great, which makes sense considering that booze expert Chris Bostick developed the menu. There are the standbys plus fruity frozen iterations. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Fresa's

The South First Mexican patio restaurant is mixing up a whole bunch of on the rocks and frozen margaritas. the former consists of a house option and spicy ancho chile, the latter includes prickly pear, avocado, and coconut. There are mixers available to go, as well. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A frozen lemon margarita at Fresa’s
A frozen lemon margarita at Fresa’s
Fresa’s/Facebook

Matt's El Rancho

The margaritas at the iconic South Lamar Tex-Mex restaurant are always a good choice, especially the Cactus Pryor, a prickly pear frozen. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Margarita from Matt’s
Margarita from Matt’s
Matt's El Rancho/Facebook

El Naranjo

The interior Mexican restaurant in the South Lamar neighborhood offers up classic margaritas. as well as a choose-your-own agave spirit one. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Curra's Grill

The avocado frozen margarita at the Travis Heights Mexican restaurant (with a Hyde Park location) is the perfect combination of refreshing, boozy, cold, and creamy: everything a person wants in the drink. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen

The Sunset Valley Mexican restaurant is offering plentiful margaritas, from frozen to on the rocks to pineapple-jalapeno. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A margarita at Cruzteca
A margarita at Cruzteca
Cruzteca/Facebook

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