Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

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Viva la Margarita!

On this glorious morning, the eve of National Margarita Day, you might be asking yourself, "Can't I drink tequila, triple sec, and lime every day? Shouldn't I? Doesn't one?" The answer is yes, yes, and yes. But today, we take time to recognize the stars and standouts, the margaritas that don't just phone it in. These are the top ten margaritas in the Twin Cities.

See also:
Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities [2012]

This list brings together newcomers and old standards, with the common threads of quality ingredients, inventive combinations, and outright audacity of spirit. National Margarita Day comes but once a year: Get out and try one or three while you've got the officially sanctioned excuse.

VillaRita at Pancho Villa

10. VillaRita at Pancho Villa ($8)
This hefty marg (formerly the Cervezarita) made our top ten last time around and will continue to be on it for the foreseeable future. That's because this 'rita comes with a contraption that keeps the cutest little bottle of Corona suspended head first above your punch bowl of icy cold tequila juice and dispenses as you sip. This margarita is either the best idea or the worst idea. You decide.

Margarita at Lake and Irving

9. Margarita at Lake and Irving ($8)
What would a margarita be without salt? Let Lake and Irving show you. Their sophisticated take combines El Jimador with Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime, served up and rimmed with powdered Li-Hing Mui, a dried plum candy popular in Hawaii and sprinkled on everything from gummy bears to popcorn. Bright pink, sour, salty, and sweet, this unexpected addition stands out from the pack and packs a pucker.

Agave Margarita at Agave Kitchen

8. Agave Margarita at Agave Kitchen ($6)
You'd expect a restaurant taking its name from the very life force of a margarita to make a darn good one. Agave Kitchen in Hudson, Wisconsin boasts an impressive selection of tequilas and they know how to use them. Pictured alongside the taller House Margarita ($3 on happy hour!), the Agave Margarita is made with fresh, house-made margarita mix, 100% agave tequila, and agave nectar to sweeten the deal. Without trying too hard to reinvent the wheel, this simple scratch-made sipper is worth the drive.

The McGee at Bar Abilene

7. The McGee at Bar Abilene ($8)
This Uptown Tex-Mex spot earns its place in the margarita hall of fame, if only for the sheer volume of their list. An entire page of the menu is dedicated to spins and takes on the classic cocktail, from fruity fun party time drinks to elegant ventures into craft cocktail territory. The award-winning McGee stands out with fresh muddled basil, a cherry version of Grand Marnier, and a top-off of Fulton Lonely Blond, which provides a touch of bubbles and a malty-hoppy layer of flavor. Because as we all know, the only thing that makes a margarita better is a side of beer.

The Bullfighter, Straight Up, at La Cucaracha

6.The Bullfighter, Straight Up at La Cucaracha ($10)
A previous iteration of our best and brightest margaritas honored La Cucaracha's Bullfighter for its expert execution. Take this classic one step further and order it "straight up" -- code for an iceless, sugar-free, all fresh-pressed lime version. It's exceptionally bright and tart, packing a wallop of tequila taste, and because it's essentially a "skinny girl" margarita (created before that was a thing), you can save room for the free munchies served bar side from Monday to Wednesday. Seconds, and thirds, of the decadent, saucy wings are practically mandatory.

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@tfly @citypages If you find someone that does, send them to my place in Falcon Heights after you're finished with them.

Sara Winsett
Sara Winsett

Knew I drank so much Tequila for a reason...

Jennifer Swift
Jennifer Swift

Going down to The 1029 Bar tonight for their killer margaritas!

Erin Hegrenes
Erin Hegrenes

Jessica Horwath I'm guessing you've tried at least half of these!! Mmmm.


You can take quite a few off this list and just replace them with any margarita offering from Barrio or Masa.  

For me, Nico's has been more misses than hits in the drink dept.  The drinks during the day were quite watery and flavorless.  At night they improved.  Still not fabulous though.  The main perk is that they aren't unnecessarily sweet.  

I wish this was an article about how much we would all appreciate it if the "average" Mex joint in this town would shun margarita "mix".  

Lauren Martinez
Lauren Martinez

Totes! On my to do list which I will be checking off in about an hour.

Michele Will
Michele Will

Totally agree about Sonora, best margarita in the Twin Cities! Which is actually very sad because it's really just a classic margarita. Why is it so hard to get a decent margarita around here?

Courtney Kanewischer
Courtney Kanewischer

The "mamacita" hibiscus margarita from barrio should be on this list! It's amazing!

Melanie LaMere
Melanie LaMere

So glad Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar made the list! Their margaritas are my new favorites.

Rich Rudin
Rich Rudin

Lets have 1 or 2 and try to drive home

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