Frozen or on the rocks, with or without salt, classically-styled or flavour-infused: There are some restaurants and bars in the city mixing some seriously delicious tequila-packed renditions of the margarita.
Here’s our list of the best margaritas in Vancouver.
Some of the best Mexican food in Vancouver can be found at La Mezcaleria. The menu is adventurous and refined, with plenty of seafood options. The emphasis is on Mezcal at La Mezcaleria; it’s a spirit made of agave that’s the smoky, complex cousin of tequila. It’s no surprise that patrons should find a range of tempting libations here. Margarita aficionados have the choice of either Herradura Reposado or Alipus San Juan, mixed with lime, agave, and salt.
Address: 1622 Commercial Drive
Located on Davie Street, Lolita’s boasts a bustling atmosphere, a range of Mexican-inspired eats, and a varied selection of “bebidas” (drinks). Listed alongside mojitos, mules, and Caesars, is Lolita’s Margarita, which is made with gold tequila, orange liqueur, and freshly squeezed lime. Customers have the choice of traditional lime, B.C. berry, mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and spicy jalapeño flavours.
Address: 1326 Davie Street
Tacofino puts their own spin on a classic margarita with El Jimador Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, lime, agave nectar, and a delicious house-made vanilla salt rim. Patrons who like to live on the wild side can also choose to substitute with jalapeño-infused tequila for an extra kick!
Address: 15 Blood Alley Square
Address: 2327 East Hastings Street
Hearty portions of Northern Mexican fare can be found at this Kitsilano cantina. The bar is stocked with an impressive tequila selection and offers a range of margarita concoctions. Available in regular, large, monster, and pitcher size, La Margaritas’ Jose Cuervi Especial Tequila-based margaritas can be ordered classic, frozen, or flavoured.
Address: 1999 West 4th Avenue
Prepare to fill your belly with delicious Peruvian-inspired eats at this Mount Pleasant eatery, while sipping on one of Chicha’s carefully-crafted cocktails, which includes a stellar margarita rendition. Replacing tequila with a jalapeño-infused pisco (a white spirit distilled from grapes), Chicha’s margarita, which is served on the rocks and also features Cointreau, fresh lime, house-made ginger syrup, orange bitters, and a Peruivan Rocoto Chili salt rim, has a quite the kick.
Address: 136 East Broadway
Clean, crisp, classic-styled margaritas is what diners and drinkers can expect to discover at this industrial-chic spot. Naturally sweet, Cuchillo’s margaritas are composed of El Jimador Blanco tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and a half vanilla bean salt rim. Stocking a vast assortment of tequilas, those who wish to try another tequila may do so.
Address: 261 Powell Street
The Diamond in Gastown is known for its gorgeous digs and fabulous cocktail program, which features a strong and not-too-sweet margarita. Served in a short glass, The Diamond’s classically delicious margarita is composed of Papalote Blanco tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Address: 6 Powell Street
In addition to serving some mighty tasty tacos, this Kingsway cantina offers a range of boozy margaritas, which are shaken on the rocks with fresh juices and agave syrup. Choose between Lime, Tamarind, and Hibiscus varieties. For an exotic blend be sure to sip on the vibrantly-coloured Hibiscus margarita, which is comprised of hibiscus flower tea, Tequila blanco (white), agave syrup, lemon juice, and finished with a Tajin/salt mix rim.
Address: 603 Kingsway
El Camino’s strives to make the best Latin American classics in Vancouver, served as they should be, with no messing about. When it comes to their margarita, El Camino’s uses 100 per cent Agave Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, and a hand-pressed lime, shaken and strained on the rocks, in a glass mug, with a half salted rim. According to Nick Devine, Beverage Director, The Cascade Company, El Camino’s margarita is “simple but devastatingly effective.”
Address: 3250 Main Street, Mount Pleasant
Familiar Mexican specialties and (super-sized) margaritas are what patrons will discover at this casual, Gastown haunt. Comprised of El Jimador tequila and Triple Sec, La Casita’s vibrant-coloured, fruit-flavoured margaritas are available in strawberry, lime, and mango.
Address: 101 West Cordova Street, Gastown