With apologies to the late-night martini and, you know, whatever booze is closest after a 16-hour day on Zoom, the margarita is without question the official cocktail of Los Angeles. And with bars closed for the foreseeable future, you’re going to need a way to get your hands on this sweet, sour, and most definitely boozy cocktail. Here are eight great spots across the city with margaritas for delivery and pick-up.
If you still haven’t ordered from Madre’s new West Hollywood location, now’s the time to go pick up some dinner. It will be the perfect excuse to try some of their tremendous cocktails to-go. You’ll have three different options - the house margarita, a mezcal margarita with chile liqueur, and, our favorite, the Chapo & Kate, a tequila-based drink with prickly pear liqueur and cucumber that’s sweet, cool, and spicy. They come in servings of up to 12 - or, enough to get one person through an entire weekend in quarantine. They’ve got locations in Torrance and Palms, too, if those are more convenient. Order online here.
Lula Cocina Mexicana
Lula’s in Santa Monica has one of the best tequila selections in the city. But today, you’re not ordering anything on the rocks unless it’s a margarita or a cadillac. The margarita is a classic version with silver tequila, lime juice, and a healthy dose of triple sec to cut through the sourness. It’s served by the pint in a juice box - do you really need any more motivation than that? Call to order - (310) 392-5711.
If you’re near Silver Lake, El Cóndor should be your top choice for margarita pick-up. This Sunset Blvd. spot serves a hibiscus margarita that’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour, and it’s strong enough that you’ll be extremely glad you’re drinking it on your couch. Order online.
Would we drink a margarita just for the salt on the rim? Of course we would. But the incredible chili-lime salt included with Bar Amá’s to-go margaritas are just part of the reason we love them. The house-made sour mix is tremendously fresh-tasting, and there’s just enough tequila that you’ll be glad you’re not driving anywhere. Order online.
El Coyote was closed during the beginning of the COVID shutdown, but they reopened in mid-July, which is extremely good booze news. Because that means you can get a half-gallon container of their classic, super-strong house margarita for $68, and thus, the outlook for the rest of your summer just improved massively. You can also get a 16 oz. version, but honestly, where’s the fun in that? Order online.
Sleepy Pasadena is probably not the first place you look for killer cocktails. But Maestro, the upscale Mexican spot in Old Pas, might just change that for you. They’ve got an impressive selection of tequila-based cocktails, but the one we always come back to is the Picosito Margarita. It involves the perfect amount of mezcal, cucumber, and jalapeño, which make it an ideal balance of smoky, refreshing, and spicy. Call to order - (626) 787-1512.
La Cabaña Restaurant
Drinking too many of La Cabaña’s deadly-strong margaritas is an LA rite of passage. And it still counts if you’re doing so on your front porch instead of their Venice patio. You can get a double Cadillac Margarita delivered for $19, which will mean Espolón, Grand Marnier, and their house sour mix. Make sure you get some enchiladas, too - you’ll need something in your stomach when you drink these. Trust us. Order online.
Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill
Inglewood’s Fiesta Martin has 13 different kinds of margarita, with everything from entire upturned bottles of Corona to nips of Patron on top. Our favorite, though, is the classic, on the rocks, with no extra drinks sticking out of it. Their house-made mix walks right down the line of sweet and sour, and the pours are extremely heavy-handed, so you won’t even miss the extra dose of tequila on the rim. Order online.