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15 Supremely Refreshing Margaritas to Drink Right Now in Houston

Frozen or on the rocks, absolutely nothing can beat this classic combo of salt, lime, and tequila

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Thanks to Houston’s epic Tex-Mex scene, it’s no surprise that the city is practically littered with excellent margaritas. Whatever your preferences — frozen or on the rocks, a simple drink or something fruity — this city’s restaurants offer a bevy of options for enjoying the world’s most perfect cocktail.

And sure, everyone has their favorite margaritas. But these Houston bars and restaurants serve up the kind of tequila (and mezcal) based cocktails that keep regulars coming back again and again. Ranging from beloved classics that have been satisfying Houston drinkers for decades to creative newcomers, these 15 margaritas are a must.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Teotihuacan

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1511 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 426-4420
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Oversized margarita goblets dot the tables at Teotihuacan, and for good reason — the lively Mexican restaurant (buzziest during weekend brunch) features frozens in tons of fruity flavors,  like watermelon, peach, raspberry, strawberry, banana and mango.

2. Cantina Barba

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3701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

This no-frills taco shack offers a slew of great drinks, from cervezas to “super” mojitos, but keeps things simple when it comes to its margaritas. The house and frozen margarita come in sizes regular and large and can be made with tequila or mezcal. Like ‘em spicy? Any margarita can be spiked with a dose of heat upon request.

3. Eight Row Flint

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1039 Yale St
Houston, TX
(713) 880-8463
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Eight Row Flint boasts a huge cocktail menu, mostly featuring whiskey drinks, but the margaritas are definitely worth a try. Choose from on-the-rocks varieties like the Pink Rattlesnake crafted with orange curaçao and hibiscus-serrano syrup or opt for a frozen mangorita rimmed with tajin. Pair with one of the ice house’s most-excellent tacos, and you’ve found Tex-Mex bliss in a whiskey-drenched bar.

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4. El Big Bad

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419 Travis St
Houston, TX
(713) 229-8181
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El Big Bad has a huge tequila menu, and plenty of inventive infusions to make this classic cocktail a little more interesting — churro tequila anyone? Or, just stick with the classic “lime, tequila, salt” formula for a solid sip.

El Big Bad
El Big Bad

5. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX
(713) 228-1175
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A conversation about Houston margaritas is not a real conversation without Ninfa’s. The margaritas at this institution are good and strong, the mix is perfectly balanced between sour and sweet, and they pair perfectly with a sizzling platter of fajitas.

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6. Xochi

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1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX
(713) 521-2239
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Xochi is the second spot on the list by chef Hugo Ortega, but should you find yourself Downtown and in need of a potent margarita, it’s an obvious choice. The restaurant’s namesake ‘rita, the Xochi-Rita is crafted with mezcal, but there are plenty of tequila-based options too. 

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7. Cuchara Restaurant

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214 Fairview St
Houston, TX
(713) 942-0000
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Grab a seat on the patio and get ready to sip tons of Cuchara’s house margarita, made with Espolon blanco tequila, Pierre Ferrand curacao, piloncillo, and fresh lime. It’s a stone cold stunner.

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8. OSTIA

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2050 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 324-9288
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A traditional margarita is given the Ostia treatment at this trendy Montrose hideaway. The

Ostiarita is thoughtfully built with tequila blanco, blood orange and bitters, and makes a

fantastic pairing for Chef Travis McShane’s famed roast chicken with salsa verde.

9. Armandos

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2630 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-1738
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Margaritas flow like water at this River Oaks institution, where every Thursday night is a party. The Texas-sized Armandos house margarita is 17 ounces of pure margarita goodness, made with Jose Cuervo traditional silver tequila. For a sweeter sip, consider the Meltdown, which features a floater of mango, raspberry, or pomegranate.

10. El Patio

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6444 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 780-0410
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El Patio has been a Houston institution for over 50 years featuring Tex-Mex deliciousness and strong as heck margaritas. Club No Minors is the bar/club in the back, and their margs are so strong that the website highly recommends designating a driver or cabbing it there. Enjoy at your own risk.

11. Candente

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4306 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(346) 867-1156
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The margaritas come in two sizes at Candente, and trust in the fact that you won’t regret going for the larger one. There are plenty to pick from, including an excellent premium mezcal marg made with Ilegal reposado. 

12. Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant

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3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 831-9940
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“The Perfect” is a suitable name for Pico’s traditional margarita simply crafted with El Jimador reposado, Cointreau and fresh lime juice, but there are plenty of non-traditional ones to explore that are tasty too. The Chumbo ‘Rita is sweet with prickly pear juice, while the Spicy Pepino boasts smoky mezcal, dry curacao, cucumber and a Tajin rim.

13. Spanish Village

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4720 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 523-2861
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The syrupy sweet margaritas at Spanish Village are totally classic, but don’t just take our word for it — Spanish Village has been family owned in Houston since the 1950s, and the restaurant has earned a dedicated following for its tequila-based frozen drinks.

14. Killen's TMX

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9330 Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77584
(832) 664-8696
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At TMX, the Killen’s Rita is tried and true, available frozen or on-the-rocks, but there are a lot of fun alternatives for the adventurous drinker. The Insta-worthy Ronnie Rita — a nod to chef Ronnie Killen’s favorite margarita — is double the fun with a Modelito dunked inside a frozen marg, while the Sangrita is a tasty mix of the classic frozen finished off with a swirl of Killen’s sangria.

15. Hugo's

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1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744
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At this Montrose institution, Mexico City born chef Hugo Ortega’s “Hugorita” is one of the city’s best, thanks to its perfectly balanced blend of tequila, lime, and salt. Looking to elevate the evening? Consider “The Greatest Margarita” made with Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila, and 25-year-aged Grand Marnier, a splurge at $29.

Hugo’s [Official Photo]

1. Teotihuacan

1511 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009

Oversized margarita goblets dot the tables at Teotihuacan, and for good reason — the lively Mexican restaurant (buzziest during weekend brunch) features frozens in tons of fruity flavors,  like watermelon, peach, raspberry, strawberry, banana and mango.

1511 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009

2. Cantina Barba

3701 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009

This no-frills taco shack offers a slew of great drinks, from cervezas to “super” mojitos, but keeps things simple when it comes to its margaritas. The house and frozen margarita come in sizes regular and large and can be made with tequila or mezcal. Like ‘em spicy? Any margarita can be spiked with a dose of heat upon request.

3701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

3. Eight Row Flint

1039 Yale St, Houston, TX
Eight Row Flint/Facebook

Eight Row Flint boasts a huge cocktail menu, mostly featuring whiskey drinks, but the margaritas are definitely worth a try. Choose from on-the-rocks varieties like the Pink Rattlesnake crafted with orange curaçao and hibiscus-serrano syrup or opt for a frozen mangorita rimmed with tajin. Pair with one of the ice house’s most-excellent tacos, and you’ve found Tex-Mex bliss in a whiskey-drenched bar.

1039 Yale St
Houston, TX

4. El Big Bad

419 Travis St, Houston, TX
El Big Bad
El Big Bad

El Big Bad has a huge tequila menu, and plenty of inventive infusions to make this classic cocktail a little more interesting — churro tequila anyone? Or, just stick with the classic “lime, tequila, salt” formula for a solid sip.

419 Travis St
Houston, TX

5. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation/Facebook

A conversation about Houston margaritas is not a real conversation without Ninfa’s. The margaritas at this institution are good and strong, the mix is perfectly balanced between sour and sweet, and they pair perfectly with a sizzling platter of fajitas.

2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX

6. Xochi

1777 Walker St Ste A, Houston, TX
Xochi/Facebook

Xochi is the second spot on the list by chef Hugo Ortega, but should you find yourself Downtown and in need of a potent margarita, it’s an obvious choice. The restaurant’s namesake ‘rita, the Xochi-Rita is crafted with mezcal, but there are plenty of tequila-based options too. 

1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX

7. Cuchara Restaurant

214 Fairview St, Houston, TX
Cuchara Restaurant

Grab a seat on the patio and get ready to sip tons of Cuchara’s house margarita, made with Espolon blanco tequila, Pierre Ferrand curacao, piloncillo, and fresh lime. It’s a stone cold stunner.

214 Fairview St
Houston, TX

8. OSTIA

2050 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006

A traditional margarita is given the Ostia treatment at this trendy Montrose hideaway. The

Ostiarita is thoughtfully built with tequila blanco, blood orange and bitters, and makes a

fantastic pairing for Chef Travis McShane’s famed roast chicken with salsa verde.

2050 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX 77006

9. Armandos

2630 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Margaritas flow like water at this River Oaks institution, where every Thursday night is a party. The Texas-sized Armandos house margarita is 17 ounces of pure margarita goodness, made with Jose Cuervo traditional silver tequila. For a sweeter sip, consider the Meltdown, which features a floater of mango, raspberry, or pomegranate.

2630 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

10. El Patio

6444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

El Patio has been a Houston institution for over 50 years featuring Tex-Mex deliciousness and strong as heck margaritas. Club No Minors is the bar/club in the back, and their margs are so strong that the website highly recommends designating a driver or cabbing it there. Enjoy at your own risk.

6444 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

11. Candente

4306 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

The margaritas come in two sizes at Candente, and trust in the fact that you won’t regret going for the larger one. There are plenty to pick from, including an excellent premium mezcal marg made with Ilegal reposado. 

4306 Yoakum Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

12. Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant

3601 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

“The Perfect” is a suitable name for Pico’s traditional margarita simply crafted with El Jimador reposado, Cointreau and fresh lime juice, but there are plenty of non-traditional ones to explore that are tasty too. The Chumbo ‘Rita is sweet with prickly pear juice, while the Spicy Pepino boasts smoky mezcal, dry curacao, cucumber and a Tajin rim.

3601 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

13. Spanish Village

4720 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX

The syrupy sweet margaritas at Spanish Village are totally classic, but don’t just take our word for it — Spanish Village has been family owned in Houston since the 1950s, and the restaurant has earned a dedicated following for its tequila-based frozen drinks.

4720 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX

14. Killen's TMX

9330 Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77584

At TMX, the Killen’s Rita is tried and true, available frozen or on-the-rocks, but there are a lot of fun alternatives for the adventurous drinker. The Insta-worthy Ronnie Rita — a nod to chef Ronnie Killen’s favorite margarita — is double the fun with a Modelito dunked inside a frozen marg, while the Sangrita is a tasty mix of the classic frozen finished off with a swirl of Killen’s sangria.

9330 Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77584

15. Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Hugo’s [Official Photo]

At this Montrose institution, Mexico City born chef Hugo Ortega’s “Hugorita” is one of the city’s best, thanks to its perfectly balanced blend of tequila, lime, and salt. Looking to elevate the evening? Consider “The Greatest Margarita” made with Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila, and 25-year-aged Grand Marnier, a splurge at $29.

1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

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