Margaritas are as Austin as live music, graphic murals, and Tex-Mex food. Whether you’re sipping one on the rocks at the bar or cooling off with a frozen margarita on a rooftop patio, the drink is the perfect way to take in the sights and sounds of Austin, Texas. Trying to figure out where you should go for the best margaritas in the city? We’ve put together this list of the best margaritas in Austin so you can find the perfect one for you — whether you like to sip tequila and fresh lime juice or want creative craft cocktails.
The 17 Best Margaritas in Austin
1. Curra’s Grill
614 E Oltorf St
Love guacamole and avocado toast? Then you’ll adore the margaritas at this Mexican hotspot. Curra’s Grill is home to Austin’s original avocado margarita. It’s a creamy concoction that is both refreshing and. Aside from margaritas, this restaurant offers tasty treats like tacos, tamales, and coffee.
2. El Alma Café y Cantina
1025 Barton Springs Rd
El Alma is a cozy neighborhood restaurant and rooftop bar serving up delicious Mexican fare and margaritas all week long. The menu features six house specialty margaritas with names like Flaquita, La Llorona and Charlie’s special. The margaritas here are extra special with ingredients like ghost pepper tequila, prickly pear puree, and watermelon-serrano infused liqueur.
3. Vivo Restaurant
6406 N Interstate 35 #2343
Vivo margaritas come with a touch of added beauty as the drinks are garnished with stunning flowers like hibiscus. Famous for their margaritas and excellent tequila selection, Vivo also serves up Mexican food including queso, enchiladas, and quesadillas.
4. La Condesa
400 W 2nd St
La Condesa offers an extensive menu of tequilas and mezcal and is one of the best spots in Austin for tacos. If you’re looking for your next favorite spirit, try one of the four different flights featuring añejo, reposado, and Blanco tequilas in addition to mezcal. Try their classic margarita or opt for the Margarita La Condesa, featuring fresh pineapple juice, agave nectar, damiana, and Blanco tequila with a cactus-lemongrass salt rim.
5. Trudy’s Texas Star
409 W 30th St | 8820 Burnet Road | 901-C Little Texas Lane
Trudy’s has locations in North Austin and South Austin, making it a great place to stop in for a margarita, no matter where you are in the city. The margaritas here are so much more than just tequila and a little sweet and sour mix. Try the sangria-based margaritas or opt for the Mexican martini to try a new spin on your love for margaritas.
6. The Roosevelt Room
307 W 5th St
The Roosevelt Room is an award-winning cocktail bar located in the heart of downtown Austin. The experience here is upscale with a seated cocktail experience that involves personal attention from bartenders who can help you discover your favorite drink. The bar serves ten innovative house cocktails in addition to 53 craft cocktails. During happy hour, seven of the classic cocktails, including margaritas, are just $7 each.
7. Polvo’s Mexican Restaurant
2004 South 1st St
Polvo’s offers frozen margaritas and margaritas on the rocks by the glass on by the pitcher. Choose from tropical flavors like raspberry, coconut, and mango or stick to the traditional house margarita made with lime juice. Our favorite is the strawberry margarita.
8. Matt’s Famous El Rancho
2613 South Lamar Blvd
Matt’s El Rancho is home to award-winning margaritas and food. Try Matt’s Knockout Martini — featured in Texas Monthly’s Margarita State of Mind list in 2015 — featuring 100 percent agave Milagro reposado tequila, Cointreau, and fresh-squeezed lime juice. They also have some of the best queso in all of Austin and their Sunday brunch menu is to die for.
9. Fonda San Miguel
2330 W North Loop Blvd
A beloved Austin Tex-Mex restaurant since 1975, this restaurant features several signature margaritas including the Silvercoin margarita with hints of watermelon and the Numero Uno featuring sweet agave nectar. They also run several happy hour specials and offer a full dinner menu plus beer and wine.
10. Enchiladas Y Mas
1911 W Anderson Ln
The owners of this family restaurant have more than 50 years’ experience in the food industry and have delivered tasty home-cooked meals to patrons here since 1994. The restaurant has received prestigious awards from the Austin Chronicle and the Austin-American Statesman for its authentic Mexican cuisine. Their margaritas are killer and you can have them frozen or on the rocks or simply enjoy top-shelf tequilas straight up.
11. Guero’s Taco Bar
1412 South Congress Ave
Margaritas at Guero’s are served the old-fashioned way — hand-shaken and made with fresh lime juice. Pair your margarita with exceptional Tex-Mex fare like the mole, authentic tacos al pastor or enchiladas with hand-made tortillas.
12. Taco Flats
5520 Burnet Rd Suite 101 | 2500 East 6th St | 1110 W Lynn St
Taco Flats rose to prominence as part of Austin’s music scene in the late 1970s. Today, it’s one of the best spots to grab a margarita and some Texas-inspired Mexican food. Try the Margarita Casera made with 100 percent agave tequila, Paula’s orange liqueur, hand-squeezed lime juice, and jalapeño agave. Feeling like mixing things up with tequila? Try the Mezcal Negroni — trust us, it’s the best thing you’ll have all week.
13. El Naranjo
85 Rainey St | 2717 South Lamar Blvd #1085
Owners Iliana and Ernesto craft stunning Mexican food with a Oaxacan influence. Their food has appeared on the cover of Bon Appetit Magazine and they were semifinalists in the James Beard award for Best Chef in the Southwest in 2019. Their margaritas, mezcal, and tequila are out of this world and the perfect addition to a delicious plate of food.
14. Licha’s Cantina
1306 E 6th St
Located in East Austin, Licha’s offers a laid-back vibe that’s lively and inviting. Grab some friends and enjoy cooler weather on the outdoor patio or relax inside at one of the large wooden tables. The house margarita includes combier, lime, agave, and reposado tequila. You can also mix things up with a mezcal sidecar, mezcal negroni, or a mezcal martini.
15. Hoover’s Cooking
2002 Manor Rd
Head in for Hoover Hour and snag their signature frozen margarita for $6.50 or on the rocks for just $5.50. They also have fun specialty margaritas like the Beet-A-Rita made with beet puree.
16. El Dorado Café
3300 W Anderson Ln #303
El Dorado Café offers a selection of aqua fresca cocktails and margaritas that can help you cool off in the summertime heat. The family-owned and operated restaurant is located on the edge of central Austin and features comfort food, high-quality ingredients, and a welcoming atmosphere. Try their classic margaritas or do something different with the Tamarindo, a beverage featuring 512 añejo, tamarind nectar, lime, honey, and a tajin rim.
17. Maudie’s Café
2608 W 7th St
Maudie’s offers a collection of nine specialty margaritas featuring everything from blackberries and cucumbers to jalapeños and orange juice. We love the Jalapeno Skinny Margarita and the Blackberry Mint Margarita. For a great deal, stop in during happy hour when signature margaritas are $5.00 each.
Live It Up With the Best Margaritas in Austin
Theses Mexican establishments are the best places in the live music capital of the world to grab a margarita. From classic blends to unique inventions featuring pears, jalapenos, and spices, you’re sure to find your dream margarita ant one of these hotspots. Many of these restaurants also feature happy hour discounts, making it easy to enjoy an evening with friends without worrying about the impact on your wallet. Grab your favorite humans and head out to find the best margaritas in Austin.