This typically tequila-based drink is the life of every summer party. With or without salt, shaken or frozen, lime or strawberry, there’s no wrong way to do margaritas.
There’s a lot of restaurants and bars that serve up a mean margarita in Vancouver, and we’ve got a list of some places that offer great renditions of this summer drink.
Here’s our list of the best margaritas in town.
Patrons will find some seriously super-sized margaritas at Gastown’s La Casita. The margaritas are comprised of El Jimador tequila and Triple Sec, and are available in lime, strawberry or mango. You won’t want to miss out on this joints $24 super-sized margarita – yes it’s actually the size of your head – or their marg pitchers. La Casita also offers weird weekly specials, previous concoctions have included popcorn flavour and their Cadbury creme egg margarita.
Address: 101 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Vancouver’s first Peruvian eatery serves up a great rendition of a traditional margarita. Chicha serves its margarita in a short salt-rimmed glass, made with jalapeño-infused pisco instead of tequila. It has house-made ginger syrup and orange bitters. If you like a little bit of a kick to your drinks this margarita is perfect for you.
Address: 136 East Broadway, Vancouver
With two haunts in Vancouver, La Mezcaearia is a great option for some Mexican cuisine and of course margaritas. Their margs are salt-rimmed, served on the rocks and comprised of lime, agave and your choice of mezcal or tequila.
Address: 68 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Address: 1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Los Cuervos serves up their margaritas in a short salt-rimmed glass on the rocks, and makes them with the traditional tequila. This joint also offers monthly specialty concoctions, previous renditions include a rosemary ginger margarita.
Address: 603 Kingsway, Vancouver
Gringo offers a laid-back taco bar with a lot of humour. Their margaritas are served with your choice of ‘crap tequila’ or ‘ok tequila’, and if you’re feeling adventurous Gringo serves up a bourbarita — a marg made up of bourbon, watermelon and lemon juice.
Address: 27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Vegetarians rejoice! Bandidadas serves up traditional Mexican fare, and their entire menu is vegetarian with some vegan options. This joint offers a classic margarita comprised of tequila, triple sec, lime juice and a splash of house-made lemonade. Check out their hibiscus and ginger margaritas if you want to try something a little different.
Address: 2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Classic margaritas are what Cuchillo does best. Made of El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and of course, a salted rim — these margs are the original rendition of the drink.
Address: 261 Powell Street, Vancouver
This Mount Pleasant joint is getting even bigger this year with a renovation, which means more margaritas. El Camino’s serves their margaritas ‘Tommy-style’, made with Alto Blanco, agave syrup and lime juice. It’s served shaken in a half salt-rimmed glass, you can give it a kick making your marg jalepeño or super habanero flavoured.
Address: 3250 Main Street, Vancouver
The Diamond is known for their intricate cocktails and serves up a strong margarita. This place makes their margaritas with Papalote Blanco tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and a house-made simple syrup. It’s served in a short glass with a half salted rim.
Address: 6 Powell Street, Vancouver
With five locations in Vancouver and two food trucks, you know Tacofino serves up some seriously good tacos and burritos. Their margarita is just as good too, made with El Jimador Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup. Tacofino serves up their margs with a half salted vanilla bean rim in a short glass.
Address: 15 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Address: 1050 West Pender, Vancouver
Address: 15 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Address: 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Address: 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Las Margaritas serves up a classic on the rocks margarita and a frozen margarita. Their classic is comprised of Jose Cuervo Especial Silver tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and agave syrup, shaken and served in a salted rimmed glass. Either way, you can’t go wrong with your choice of margs.
Address: 1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver