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Best Margaritas In Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2011 3:02 PM

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Margaritas are a simple recipe, but Alero takes the traditional beverage a step further with more than 15 different flavors combinations. (Credit: alerorestaurant.com)

Margaritas are a simple recipe, but Alero takes the traditional beverage a step further with more than 15 different flavors combinations. (Credit: alerorestaurant.com)

Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or the Day of the Dead, or you’re just craving a splash of lime juice and tequila, hit up these locales in Washington, D.C., for the best, and most unique, salty sips. – Allie Moore
alero Best Margaritas In Washington, D.C.

Margaritas are a simple recipe, but Alero takes the traditional beverage a step further with more than 15 different flavors combinations. (Credit: alerorestaurant.com)

Alero

3500 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 966-2530

1724 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-8100

1301 U Street NW, Suite 113
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-2322

3345 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 450-5620
www.alerorestaurant.com

Margaritas are a simple recipe, but Alero takes the traditional beverage a step further with more than 15 different flavors combinations. Alero’s frozen options include El Matador, red sangria swirled with a frozen lime margarita and a splash of Chambord. Try something different like the Bloody Maria — tequila and homemade Bloody Mary mix —or the Pacific Wave — Bacardi Razz, Peach Schnapps, Melon Schnapps, Blue Curacao and pineapple juice. If you’re feeling really adventurous, order the traditional recipe in a super mega margarita glass for $17. 3500 Connecticut hours: Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. 1724 Connecticut hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. U Street hours: Monday through Thursday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 14th Street hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

Lauriol Plaza

1835 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-0035
www.lauriolplaza.com

Upon walking or driving past this mammoth Dupont Circle dwelling, it’s easy to see why it’s important to get to Lauriol Plaza early. Crowds pour out of the front door, sipping the restaurant’s most popular concoction: frozen margaritas. Choose from frozen or on the rocks in flavors like strawberry, peach, mango or swirl served by the glass or in half or full pitchers. You’re bound to see at least one pitcher on almost every table in the multi-story Lauriol Plaza. The outdoor sidewalk patio and the upstairs patio are great for people and dog watching on a warm, sunny day. If crowds are not your thing, the same margaritas are served at Lauriol Plaza’s sister restaurant, Cactus Cantina, located at 3300 Wisconsin Avenue NW (www.cactuscantina.com). 18th Street hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Oyamel

401 7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-1005
www.oyamel.com

Oyamel is one of celebrity chef Jose Andreas’ signature restaurants, so it goes without saying that the food and drinks are creative and eye-opening. Start with a pitcher of the classic margarita, or venture outside your comfort zone and order a Mezcal Sour made with egg white and orange bitters, or the Oyamel Pomegranate made with pom and “salt air.” The attractive blue-rimmed glasses help the margaritas go down easily, ensuring you’ll need a second pitcher. Hours: Sunday and Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

Rosa Mexicano

575 7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-5522
www.rosamexicano.com

Five margaritas don the menu at this popular Mexican restaurant, located directly across from the Verizon Center’s main entrance. Rosa Mexicano’s signature margarita, served since 1984, blends sweet and tart with pomegranate juice, tequila blanco and, of course, lime juice. La Unica is Rosa Mexicano’s version of the Cadillac margarita, made with agave tequila, agave nectar and Grand Marnier. Don’t forget an order of guacamole, made right at your table with the freshest ingredients. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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