The 11 Best Margaritas in Boston
Classic or kicked up, the must-try margs at the Automatic, Casa Romero, Lone Star Taco Bar, and beyond.
This post was updated in July 2018.
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, audubonboston.com.
The Automatic: Frozen Blue Margarita, $11
This Kendall Square spot is playfully retro in all the right ways. Don’t let the cool shade fool you: This isn’t some sticky-sweet ’90’s concoction made with cheap ingredients. It’s a blend of fresh-squeezed lime juice, tequila, and agave syrup tinted blue with butterfly pea powder, an all-natural food dye. It pairs well with $1 tacos, which are now on the menu every Monday-Thursday afternoon.
50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-714-5226, theautomaticbar.com.
Cantina la Mexicana: Smoked Cactus, $12
Among the many house takes on the agave drink here is this blend of blanco tequila and mezcal, plus pickled pear purée and the requisite citrus. All margaritas (including specials for National Margarita Day) are also available by the pitcher.
247 Washington St., Union Square, Somerville, cantinalamexicana.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, casaromero.com.
The Friendly Toast: War & Peace, $11
House-made sour mix, mango purée, and a honey-salt rim are the counterpoints to the spicy, house-infused jalapeño tequila in this Cambridge location classic. In Back Bay, choose from a few tequila drinks, like the Strawberry Blonde, with 1800 Reposado, elderflower liqueur, and muddled strawberries (which you can also order with house-infused jalapeño tequila) for $10. The suburban location in Burlington currently has a margarita flight on special.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-621-1200, 35 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-456-7849, and other locations, 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, locosouthboston.com.
Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar: Lolita Margarita, $12
The signature margarita at both locations of this sultry lounge and sweet patio adds a touch of mouth-puckering grapefruit juice to the blend of house Lolita Blanco tequila, orange liqueur, and lime.
271 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, 617-369-5609, 253 Summer St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-369-0931, lolitamexican.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, 635 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 857-285-6179, lonestar-boston.com.
The Painted Burro and Burro Bar: Mezcarita, $12
All of the Alpine Restaurant Group’s cocinas feature a lengthy list of margaritas. This smoky sipper, which mixes Del Maguey Vida mezcal and Agavero Damiana liqueur with lime, is available at both Painted Burro and its sister bars.
The Painted Burro, 219 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-776-0005, thepaintedburro.com; Burro Bar, 1665 Beacon St., Washington Square, Brookline, 617-277-0427, 1357 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-426-9300, burrobarbrookline.com.
Sunset Cantina: Tequila Sunset Margarita, $8.99
Pour one out for its sister Tap & Grill, but this popular Allston watering hole is still kickin’ with more than 90 different tequilas. 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, sunsetboston.com.
Tico: Blood Orange Margarita, $12
Fresh blood orange purée and lime juice are the citrusy backbone to this cocktail, made with Morales Tequila Blanco and Patrón Citrónge. It’s one of many marg options here, including a bartender’s choice flight.
222 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-351-0400, ticoboston.com.