The 11 Best Margaritas in Boston
This post was updated on February 21, 2017.
Nothing cuts spice quite like the citrusy saltiness of a well-made margarita. Whether you’re looking for a classic drink with tequila, triple sec, and fresh juice, a fruity frozen treat, or a spicy cocktail, Boston bars have this classic on lock.
Audubon: Ancho-Rita, $10
This kickin’ drink, formerly known as the Infamous Spicy ‘Rita, has been a favorite since before the owners of cocktail mecca Trina’s Starlite Lounge took over the restaurant. It has a chili-salt rim and features El Jimador Tequila infused with ancho chilis for the distinctive flavor.
838 Beacon St., Boston; 617-421-1910 or audubonboston.com.
The Border Café: Frozen Hornitos Margarita, $7.50
The frozen drink is elusive in Boston, especially outside of high summer. But this festive Harvard Square mainstay has the slushy option year-round; any of its house margaritas can be blended. This one has Hornitos tequila and Grand Marnier.
32 Church St., Cambridge; 617-864-6100 or bordercafe.com.
Casa Romero: Cucumber Margarita, $12.75
For more than 45 years, this brick-bound hideaway just off Newbury Street has offered a taste of Mexico in the heart of Back Bay. The bar has an array of margaritas, but this version, with Herradura Silver, St. Germain, and house-made cucumber purée, is especially refreshing.
30 Gloucester St., Boston; 617-536-4341 or casaromero.com.
The Friendly Toast: War & Peace, $12
House-made sour mix, mango purée, and a honey-salt rim are the counterpoints to the spicy, house-infused jalapeño tequila in this Friendly Toast classic. It’s available at all locations: Cambridge, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in Back Bay.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-621-1200, and 35 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-456-7849; thefriendlytoast.com.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar: Coco, $11
This creamy coconut margarita uses Maestro Dobel tequila and house-made triple sec.
412 W. Broadway, South Boston; 617-917-LOCO or locosouthboston.com.
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar: Lolita Margarita, $12
The signature margarita at this sultry Back Bay lounge adds a touch of mouth-puckering grapefruit juice to the blend of Zapopan Reposado and Combier triple sec. The restaurant recently reopened after renovations to its building, and now offers tableside tequila service, too.
271 Dartmouth St., Boston; 617-369-5609, lolitaboston.com.
Lone Star Taco Bar: El Diablo, $11
Rich, spicy, and devilishly strong. Jalapeño and habanero agave syrup adds a kick to Reposado tequila, mezcal, and lime, and it’s garnished with a chili-lime salt rim.
479 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-782-TACO, and 635 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 857-285-6179; lonestar-boston.com.
The Painted Burro and Burro Bar: Mezcarita, $12
Both of the Alpine Restaurant Group’s cucinas feature a lengthy list of margaritas, including a passion fruit variety at the brand new Burro Bar in Brookline. This smoky sipper, which mixes Del Maguey Vida mezcal and Agavero Damiana liqueur with lime, is available at both locations.
Sunset Cantina: The Sunset Margarita, $8.99
This popular Allston watering hole has about 125 different tequilas (while its sister, the Tap & Grill, has about that many beers on draft). This margarita is a fruity favorite, with tequila and Bols Mango liqueur, plus orange juice, grenadine, and pomegranate juice.
916 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-731-8646 or sunsetboston.com.
Tico: Blood Orange Margarita, $12
Fresh blood orange and lime juice are the citrusy backbone to this cocktail, made with Exotico Tequila Reposado.
222 Berkeley St., Boston; 617-351-0400 or ticoboston.com.
Tremont 647, Grand Margarita, $12
Most nights of the week, this South End spot has modern American fare. But Taco Tuesdays are for Tex Mex, and this signature margarita is a destination drink. House-made sour mix is the reason why, though Hornitos and Grand Marnier are equally tempting.
647 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-4600 or tremont647.com.