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Where To Drink The Best Margaritas In Philly

Our 15 favorite spots for margaritas in Philly.

Every time the temperature climbs above 60 degrees, we crave a margarita, whether it's on the rocks or frozen, tequila or mezcal-filled, flavored or classic. And you can't forget the perfectly salted rims. Since there are so many margaritas to try at Mexican restaurants, bars, and seemingly every Happy Hour menu in Philly, it’s important to know where to find the best. When you want that ultimate blend of sweet, sour, and a whole lot of tequila, check out any of these 14 spots.

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La Llorona Cantina


1551 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
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You won't find a better margarita in Philadelphia than the one at La Llorona Cantina in East Passyunk. That’s because their mezcal and tequila lists are as long as a 10-year-old’s Christmas wish list, and they can make a frozen version of any drink on the menu. Whether you go for a frozen mango, hibiscus, or their La Llorona option with tequila, Combier D’Orange, lime, and agave nectar, you’ll sip on a smooth, perfectly balanced margarita complete with a chili salted rim. And during Happy Hour, they knock the price down on their house version from $14 to $7.


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Cantina Dos Segundos

Some people collect vinyl, baseball cards, and Star Wars replica lightsabers. At Fishtown’s Cantina Dos Segundos, they must be collecting tequila, since they have over 100 options. Whenever you come to this Mexican restaurant, you’ll likely find it full of groups of friends and coworkers trying to decide whether to order a pitcher of pineapple or prickly pear margaritas. All of the house margaritas are made with fruit puree, which makes them taste extremely fresh, and they’ll always have seasonal flavors, like rosé cider and a cinnamon-forward—but still refreshing—pumpkin spice.

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Tequilas is for a fancy margarita-filled night with a few friends. Aside from a dining room with hanging chandeliers, large tables that are great for group dinners, and a long glowing bar, they have a few margaritas that are worth your time. But whatever you do, don't miss the one made with rose petal-infused tequila blanco and elderflower liqueur. It has a floral and smoky flavor that’s light with a nice kick. Add on an order of delicious camarones rellenos or beef enchiladas for the table if you didn’t already fill up on guacamole and tacos. 

Blue Corn is one of our all-time favorite Mexican restaurants in Philly, and the margaritas are just one of the reasons why. They have 10 different flavors, the Thor Macho being in contention for the best spicy margarita in town. It’s made with jalapeño, lime, and tequila, so it’s not overly sweet and packs a considerable amount of heat. If you need something to eat after a couple of drinks, go for the carnitas tacos, mixed alambre, and pavo con mole. 

Sancho Pistola’s has a laid-back atmosphere, some solid tacos, and Happy Hour margarita pitchers for $15. It’s easily one of our favorite places in Fishtown to hang out with a few friends. Inside, you’ll find a few high-top tables, some Christmas lights wrapped around the beams in the ceiling, and a long u-shaped bar with a few TVs. They also have a lot of variety when it comes to margaritas—you can find ones that are sugar-free, some with mezcal, and the option to add a Gran Marnier float. 

Mission Taquerias is known for two things: great tacos, and being the go-to spot in Center City for margaritas. This Mexican restaurant isn’t just for all of the ad executives in Rittenhouse Square looking for a lunch spot, but it’s also for anyone who wants to sip on a cocktail between 11am and 11pm. The margaritas are made with freshly squeezed juices, and you’ll find flavors like frozen strawberry cucumber, mango-pineapple, guava, and one that’s sort of like green juice. It’s nearly impossible to just order one, so we suggest ordering some mahi mahi tacos, plantain empanadas, and ceviche mixto to keep you company. 

Whenever people head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, they have a few choices for food. They could stock up on groceries at Whole Foods, or drive further into Center City and spend 45 minutes looking for parking. Or, they could just pop in Cantina Calaca Feliz. At this Fairmount Mexican spot, you’ll eat great shrimp ceviche, baja fish tacos, short rib enchiladas, and drink some seriously good margaritas. During Happy Hour, they reduce the margarita price by a few bucks, including the house option that’s just $6. They have seven different varieties on their menu, ranging from one with three types of chilies, to frozen pink, to one with a double shot of Patrón. Grab a group of friends, a few quesadillas, and two or three rounds of pitchers—it'll definitely be a better time than staring at a Van Gogh painting.

Stop by any of the Loco Pez locations (Fishtown, Graduate Hospital, West Philly) any night of the week and you’ll find groups of friends and coworkers diving into queso dip and sipping on an Impala, a.k.a. their classic margarita. It’s a pretty classic version with tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice, but the ingredients are very fresh and the blend hits the right amount of sweetness and tartness. They also have bottled versions of their margaritas, along with their other cocktails, so you can order a case or two for a summer BBQ. 

It doesn’t take much for the Cantina Los Caballitos patio to fill up like it’s the pit at a Foo Fighters show. That’s because this Mexican spot is one of the best restaurants in East Passyunk, and it’s a super fun place to have a frozen margarita with a friend or two. From blood orange to the volcano with mezcal and habanero simple syrup, it’s hard to go wrong with any of their varieties. Order some shrimp fajitas and chorizo tacos to snack on while people-watching on one of the busiest blocks in the city. 

Las Margaritas is a Northeast staple that’s located in a strip mall. They have a long bar with a few TVs and so many booths and tables that it can probably host your family reunion this year. The ridiculously long food and drink menu contains more pages than a children’s book, so anyone you bring here will have lots of options, especially when it comes to margaritas. You'll find flavors like pomegranate, sangria, and mango, along with cafe margaritas, which are essentially frozen coffees spiked with tequila and other things like Baileys and Kahlúa. Each cocktail is shaken and blended to order—even the frozen ones—so they come to your table ice cold.

Los Camaradas is a Center City spot with good food, lots of Mexican street art, a long bar with TVs, and a few windows that look out on Julian Abele Park. We’d recommend this spot for Happy Hour and eating your way through some tacos after the Sixers lose, but we especially love the margaritas. They're pretty straightforward: classic, spicy, truta, and a frozen flavor that changes daily. There’s a super sweet sourness to them all that will stay on your tongue between bites of quesadillas and carnitas burritos. 

Everyone in Philly knows about Bar Bombón because of their vegan arepas, tacos, and freshly squeezed juices that you can get from their takeout window. However, the real beauty of this Rittenhouse Square spot is the fact that you can get their margaritas for a few bucks off during their Happy Hour that starts at 3pm. They have a classic version, one with salted grapefruit, and a beet-habanero option that’s the only thing we want to drink during the summer. Combine that with a great outdoor sidewalk setup that’s flowing with plants, a long bar, and multiple floors inside, and you have an atmosphere that’s completely easygoing for Happy Hour or a casual date night. 

If you’re looking for a late-night margarita spot, El Camino Real is open until 1am on the weekends and has more margarita options than there are Spider-Man movies. They have choices like spicy mezcal gingerita, piña-rita, punch-a-rita, and a classic option where you can add the fruit puree of the day, meaning everyone in your group will find something they’re excited about. All the margaritas can be served straight up or frozen, and the pitchers come in sizes up to 64 ounces. 

Don’t let the bike dangling over the bar and neon lights at El Vez distract you from the fact that the best thing about this place is their margarita. They have over 12 options, so you can choose between regular, frozen spicy mango, blood orange, and more, but we usually go for one with mezcal. The extra bit of smokiness pairs well with every bite of your taco, quesadilla, and tuna tostada.

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