Best Margaritas in Austin

Tequila and Lime Margaritas
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Head out to happy hour in Austin and you’ll see margaritas galore—and not just at Tex-Mex joints. The city is full of margarita fanatics, so the competition to produce the tastiest one is fierce. Fresh lime juice and high-quality tequila are must-haves, but some restaurants and bars around town are adding creative twists to keep things interesting. 

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Gill’s Margarita at Maudie’s Tex-Mex

Gill's Margarita at Maudie's

 Courtesy Maudie's

1212 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-2384, USA
Phone +1 512-440-8088

Named after a regular, Gill’s Margarita is a clean-and-crisp margarita on the rocks, made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, Don Julio Blanco and Cointreau. Prefer the frozen variety? Maudie’s House Frozen is equally popular, particularly after a long, hot summer day in Austin. Unlike many, this frozen margarita isn't blended from any sort of pre-made concoction.

02 of 09

Silver Coin Margarita at Fonda San Miguel

Silver Coin Margarita

 Tracy Maurer

2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756-2360, USA
Phone +1 512-459-4121

Traditionalists may balk at the idea of a red margarita, but their concerns will quickly fall away once they have a sip of the Silver Coin Margarita. This summery cocktail is mixed with watermelon-infused silver tequila and Cointreau, and perfectly topped with a fresh watermelon slice.

03 of 09

Mezcalina at El Naranjo

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Phone +1 512-520-5750

Subbing in mezcal for tequila, the mezcalina has more of a smoky flavor than your traditional margarita. El Naranjo's is a surprising blend of ingredients that is just as tasty as it is innovative. With muddled serrano peppers, agave nectar, basil, pineapple juice, and lime juice, you've got a drink that's both spicy and sweet.

04 of 09

Chilanga at El Alma

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1148, USA
Phone +1 512-609-8923

If you like your margarita with a hint of spice, try the Chilanga, a frozen margarita with ground chili pepper on the rim. There's also a blend of chiles in the drink itself, plus a dash of Valentina hot sauce, orange juice, and lime juice. The spice-infused frozen cocktail goes down smooth after the first few slurps. For a more traditional drink, try Charlie’s Special, served on the rocks with Don Julio silver, Cointreau, lime, and agave nectar.

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05 of 09

Abita Rita at Fixe Southern House

500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Phone +1 512-888-9133

Another unconventional take on the margarita, the Abita Rita blends Abita Amber beer with orange juice, Avion Silver, Grand Marnier, and lime juice. While you might usually keep your beer separate from your tequila, trust us on this one. The popular Louisiana beer has a malty, caramel flavor, giving this unusual cocktail a smooth finish.

06 of 09

Prickly Pear at El Chile Café y Cantina

1900 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA
Phone +1 512-457-9900

Eye-catchingly pink, the frozen prickly pear margarita at El Chilé Cafe is excellent fodder for your Instagram. Don't let the pink fool you: It's only slightly sweet and has a sneaky kick. If you're in the mood for a classic, opt for the Top Shelf instead.

07 of 09

Margarita La Clásica at La Condesa

400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Phone +1 512-499-0300

There’s no shortage of creativity in La Condesa’s impressive drink menu. A wonderful blend of tangy and sweet flavors, the Margarita La Clásica is made with El Jimador Blanco, Patrón Citrónge, lime, and agave nectar. Instead of standard salt around the rim, the glass is sprinkled with an aromatic cactus-lemongrass salt. Or, try the Alma Blanca margarita, a quirky blend of ginger liqueur, habanero-infused Exotico Blanco, corn, pineapple juice, and agave nectar—polished off with a hibiscus-and-rose-infused salt rim. 

08 of 09

Avocado Margarita at Curra’s Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Phone +1 512-444-0012

The avocado margarita is sort of like cilantro—people either love it enthusiastically or actively hate it. But the creamy texture and subtle flavor win many people over at Curra's. If you’re not ready to make the leap, Curra’s also has several flavors of traditional frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas. 

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09 of 09

512 Rita at Güero’s Taco Bar

512 Rita

 Courtesy of Resplendent Hospitality

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Phone +1 512-447-7688

The 512 Rita owes much of its smoothness to its 100% agave tequila, sourced from Austin-based brand Tequila 512. Though it's triple-distilled with volcanic water in Jalisco, Mexico, this tequila has a distinctively Austin flair. Guero's Longhorn Margarita—concocted from Corzo Silver, Cointreau, lime juice and a splash of orange juice—is also a big crowd pleaser.

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