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Where to Sip Summertime Margaritas in Los Angeles

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Is there a more refreshing beverage than a margarita? When a cocktail achieves the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, there’s nothing more satisfying on a hot summer’s day. And with the sunny season just around the corner there’s no better time to share the very best watering holes for the agave-based beverage. Whether looking for cocktails set ablaze or served in its purest form, here are the best places to drink margaritas in Los Angeles, presented from west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Casa Vega

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13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-4868
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Casa Vega’s margaritas are exactly what one needs them to be: not overly sweet, nicely acidic, and most importantly, large. But almost as important as the pint-size libations are the cool ‘50s vibes that come with the drinks. Cozy up in one of the red booths, bust out a flashlight to read the menu, and enjoy a full-blown 1956 throwback.

Bar at Casa Vega, lit up with string lights. Wonho Frank Lee

2. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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Vegan or not, everyone can appreciate Gracias Madre’s expansive patio, especially when it is enjoyed alongside a wide roster of both classic and playful iterations of the margarita.

Gracias Madre in West Hollywood Gracias Madre

3. Ortega 120

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1814 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 792-4120
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Often lauded as having one of the best classic margaritas in LA, this South Bay restaurant makes its own house sour mix to live up to the hype. Thankfully they come by the pitcher.

4. El Tejano

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11122 W Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 985-8787
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Tex Mex cuisine is few and far between in Los Angeles, which makes North Hollwood’s colorful El Tejano and its copious supply of margaritas and queso that much more of a worthwhile Valley destination.

5. El Carmen

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8138 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 852-1552
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The massive collection of tequilas at El Carmen might make heads spin, but sip on well balanced versions of the classic in the restaurant’s dim red lighting, and find oneself felling extra comfortable in the sultry surrounds.

6. Mercado

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7910 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 944-0947
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Margaritas at Mercado come with hip vibes, making it one of West Third’s best places to sip agave-based libations, especially during the restaurant’s ultra-popular happy hour.

7. El Compadre

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7408 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-7924
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This moody Hollywood mainstay is known first and foremost for its flaming margarita. The extra boozy beverage is served ablaze to really set an evening on fire.

8. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300
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There are plenty of agave-based cocktails at Petty Cash, but the classic Petty Cash margarita is always a safe bet. Made with a choice of tequila or mezcal (go with mezcal), lime, and citrus-spiked agave curacao, this is a purist’s margarita that won’t disappoint.

9. El Cholo

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1121 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Inching towards its 100-year anniversary is El Cholo, the seminal place for affordable classic and frozen margaritas that flow as freely as the restaurant’s iconic green corn tamales.

10. Broken Spanish

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1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
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There’s nothing more appropriate to sip with Ray Garcia’s outstanding modern Mexican fare than a few margarita variants, including the Second Generation, a blend of mezcal, caramelized pineapple, lime, and black salt.

11. Border Grill

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Union Bank Plaza, 445 S Figueroa St #100
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 486-5171
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The Financial District’s Border Grill has been a longstanding watering hole for the Downtown after-work crowd, who arrive very much in need of a classic margarita and some of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Mexican small plates.

Border Grill

12. B.S. Taqueria

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514 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3744
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The more casual little sister restaurant to Broken Spanish, B.S. Taqueria offers both a classic margarita and spins like the Oaxacan Bramble, built with mezcal, seasonal fruit, and habanero. Soak it all up with a smattering of tacos swaddled in housemade tortillas, and one is nearly guaranteed an exceptional night out.

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13. Salazar

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2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

With its perfected margarita on draft, it’s easy to linger all day while taking in this Frogtown hot spot’s desert-chic vibes.

14. Las Perlas

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107 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 988-8355
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One of LA’s great mezcal bars, Downtown’s Las Perlas has a slew of entertaining margarita variations, but the classic Las Perlas margarita does just fine. Sweetened with agave and made with plenty of fresh lime juice, the margaritas here feel right at home in the hipster digs.

15. Lola's Mexican Cuisine

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1049, 2030 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 343-5506
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Long Beach favorite Lola’s is the local standard for margaritas. The house special here is laced with Cointreau, agave nectar, and fresh limonada, and is best sipped on the always pleasant patio.

1. Casa Vega

13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Bar at Casa Vega, lit up with string lights. Wonho Frank Lee

Casa Vega’s margaritas are exactly what one needs them to be: not overly sweet, nicely acidic, and most importantly, large. But almost as important as the pint-size libations are the cool ‘50s vibes that come with the drinks. Cozy up in one of the red booths, bust out a flashlight to read the menu, and enjoy a full-blown 1956 throwback.

13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

2. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gracias Madre in West Hollywood Gracias Madre

Vegan or not, everyone can appreciate Gracias Madre’s expansive patio, especially when it is enjoyed alongside a wide roster of both classic and playful iterations of the margarita.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

3. Ortega 120

1814 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Often lauded as having one of the best classic margaritas in LA, this South Bay restaurant makes its own house sour mix to live up to the hype. Thankfully they come by the pitcher.

1814 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

4. El Tejano

11122 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tex Mex cuisine is few and far between in Los Angeles, which makes North Hollwood’s colorful El Tejano and its copious supply of margaritas and queso that much more of a worthwhile Valley destination.

11122 W Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

5. El Carmen

8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The massive collection of tequilas at El Carmen might make heads spin, but sip on well balanced versions of the classic in the restaurant’s dim red lighting, and find oneself felling extra comfortable in the sultry surrounds.

8138 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

6. Mercado

7910 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Margaritas at Mercado come with hip vibes, making it one of West Third’s best places to sip agave-based libations, especially during the restaurant’s ultra-popular happy hour.

7910 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. El Compadre

7408 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This moody Hollywood mainstay is known first and foremost for its flaming margarita. The extra boozy beverage is served ablaze to really set an evening on fire.

7408 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

8. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

There are plenty of agave-based cocktails at Petty Cash, but the classic Petty Cash margarita is always a safe bet. Made with a choice of tequila or mezcal (go with mezcal), lime, and citrus-spiked agave curacao, this is a purist’s margarita that won’t disappoint.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. El Cholo

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Inching towards its 100-year anniversary is El Cholo, the seminal place for affordable classic and frozen margaritas that flow as freely as the restaurant’s iconic green corn tamales.

1121 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006

10. Broken Spanish

1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

There’s nothing more appropriate to sip with Ray Garcia’s outstanding modern Mexican fare than a few margarita variants, including the Second Generation, a blend of mezcal, caramelized pineapple, lime, and black salt.

1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. Border Grill

Union Bank Plaza, 445 S Figueroa St #100, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Border Grill

The Financial District’s Border Grill has been a longstanding watering hole for the Downtown after-work crowd, who arrive very much in need of a classic margarita and some of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Mexican small plates.

Union Bank Plaza, 445 S Figueroa St #100
Los Angeles, CA 90071

12. B.S. Taqueria

514 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
B.S. Taqueria Wonho Frank Lee

The more casual little sister restaurant to Broken Spanish, B.S. Taqueria offers both a classic margarita and spins like the Oaxacan Bramble, built with mezcal, seasonal fruit, and habanero. Soak it all up with a smattering of tacos swaddled in housemade tortillas, and one is nearly guaranteed an exceptional night out.

514 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. Salazar

2490 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

With its perfected margarita on draft, it’s easy to linger all day while taking in this Frogtown hot spot’s desert-chic vibes.

2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

14. Las Perlas

107 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

One of LA’s great mezcal bars, Downtown’s Las Perlas has a slew of entertaining margarita variations, but the classic Las Perlas margarita does just fine. Sweetened with agave and made with plenty of fresh lime juice, the margaritas here feel right at home in the hipster digs.

107 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

15. Lola's Mexican Cuisine

1049, 2030 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Long Beach favorite Lola’s is the local standard for margaritas. The house special here is laced with Cointreau, agave nectar, and fresh limonada, and is best sipped on the always pleasant patio.

1049, 2030 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

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