Best Margaritas In DC

April 25, 2012 6:00 AM

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There is nothing like a refreshing, salty margarita to sip on while you munching on a basket of chips and salsa while having happy hour with your colleagues, grabbing dinner with friends, or watching the game at your favorite bar. Making a good margarita is an art form, requiring quality tequila, the right proportion of ingredients, and of course the perfect amount of salt. Below is a list of the most well-made margaritas in D.C., essential for having a great Cinco de Mayo.
oyamel Best Margaritas In DC


401 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1005

Hours:  Sun to Mon – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tues to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to Midnight

The best margarita in town is indisputably served at Oyamel. What makes it so great? The dollop of salt foam on top, a whimsical and fun way to serve a salted margarita. The rest of the ingredients are simple and clean: lime juice, triple sec and tequila, resulting in a delicious, classic margarita perfect for washing down heaps of Oyamel’s famous guacamole and chips.

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oaxacaindcmargarita Best Margaritas In DC


Casa Oaxaca
2106 18th St.NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-2272

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

For the city’s best fruit margaritas, head over to Casa Oaxaca. Available by the glass, carafe or pitcher, you can sample the house margarita, the top shelf margarita and the mezcal margarita, which is made from mezcal instead of tequila. Mezcal is similar to tequila, but while tequila is made from the blue agave plants in Mexico, mezcal is made from the other species of agave. Any of Casa Oaxaca’s margaritas can be infused with any of the following flavors: citrusy blood orange, tart blackberry, heady passion fruit, tropical guava, sweet mango, juicy pear, and flavorful pomegranate. Be sure to stop by during happy hour Tuesdays to Friday from 5-7 p.m.; margaritas are only $4.

rosamexicanomargarita Best Margaritas In DC

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Rosa Mexicano
575 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202 )783-5522

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Rosa Mexicano, one of D.C.’s most popular Mexicana restaurants, features the best frozen margarita in town.  The Frozen Pomegranate Margarita is one of the most popular margaritas on the cocktail menu, made with a blend of pomegranate juice, lime juice, and of course tequila. Icy and sweet, it is a real summertime treat.

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ps7 Best Margaritas In DC


PS 7’s
777 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 742-8550

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., Sat – 5:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.,

D.C.’s best hand-crafted margarita can be found at PS 7’s. Called “Topic: The Margarita?” this drink is made with the unique blend of tequila, lime, tropical tea and a sea salt with orange, lime, and lemon zest added to it. Made to order, this exotic margarita is bursting with bright, warm flavors. Order it for $9.

zola Best Margaritas In DC


800 F St. NW
Washington DC, 20004
(202) 654 – 0999

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

If you are looking for the most unusual margarita in D.C., look no further than Zola in Penn Quarter. The Pumpkin Margarita is made with tequila, lime, agave nectar, pumpkin demerara syrup and a sweet cinnamon sugar rim. Enjoy this remarkable margarita for $12. Enjoy happy hour between 4 and 6 p.m. and again at 9:30 to 11 p.m. for $5 martinis and reduced price appetizers like carnitas tacos and lemongrass mussels.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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