A little sweet, a little sour, and a little salty: Fewer drinks summon the sunshine like a Margarita. This typically tequila-based drink is an icy-cold party starter, whether you like yours full of fruity flavour, on the rocks, or out of the blender.
Here are 9 places (in no particular order!) in Vancouver to sip on margaritas.
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. Bring a friend and grab a straw!
Address: 101 West Cordova Street, Gastown
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, Vancouver
With a short and simple menu of drink offerings, The Mexican on Granville pairs their tantalizing Mexican fare with spot-on drinks, including their house Margarita selections, from a Clasica (lime) to fruit flavoured (The Mexican), available by the glass or the pitcher.
Address: 1049 Granville Street, Vancouver
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, Vancouver
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 Cuervo Especial Tequila-based margaritas can be ordered classic, frozen, or flavoured.
Address: 1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
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!
Gringo is a kicked-back taco shop with a big sense of humour and big bold vibe. They get playful with their drinks list, and are serving up margs made with your choice of “crap tequila” or “ok tequila,” or a Bourbarita–a Margarita made with bourbon, natch.
Address: 27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
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, Vancouver
Address: 68 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
Masaladobo has a solid concept and a killer menu flavourful tacones (a roti-taco hybrid), bowls, salads, and chili – all dairy-free and full of spices, but perhaps most importantly, they’ve got Margaritas…on tap. Made in 20-litre batches by Kei Amemiya, head of the bar program at the fusion restaurant, the Signature Margaritas here are sweet and strong – just the way we like ’em.
Address: 433 Granville Street, Vancouver
With files from Jess Fleming, Hanna McLean, and Lindsay William-Ross