Nothing says Texas quite like a margarita. From the trendiest bars to the mom-and-pop Tex-Mex restaurants, margaritas are front and center. Frozen, on the rocks, with salt, without salt, with beer or sangria, every restaurant and bar has its special recipe. But not all margaritas are created equally, and in a city known for these fabulous drinks, only the best will do. Here’s some of San Antonio’s tastiest margaritas.
Through the huge wooden door lies the perfect patio for enjoying the perfect margarita. Try La Fogata’s signature Mango Margarita, the Twin Tower Margarita or the Blue Margarita, all topped with an orchid and available in three sizes—regular, jumbo or the 52-ounce Texas size. For tequila aficionados, try the tequila-of-the-month margarita. Care for a beer with that marg? Then don’t miss the Schooner Margarita, the perfect mix of beer and margarita tang.
For margaritas as colorful and eclectic as the décor, head to Ácenar on the River Walk. Sip on the signature Tuna Margarita made with silver tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime and prickly pear cactus juice, with not a smidgen of tuna to be found. For a more traditional taste, enjoy the Coconut Margarita or the Ácenar Hand Shaken Margarita. And nothing beats the frozen white tequila Raspita on a hot Texas day … absolutely delightful.
The Esquire Tavern
As the oldest bar on the River Walk, The Esquire Tavern has had about 80 years to perfect its margs. Using a precise recipe, the Esquire makes one of the best traditional, hand-shaken sips around. So sidle on up to the longest wooden bar in Texas and order a few. It doesn’t get more authentic than this.
Charlie Wants A Burger
No trip to San Antonio is complete without a stop at Charlie Wants a Burger for the Cactus Viper Margarita. This frozen concoction, layered with gold tequila and prickly pear cactus puree, may be pink, but don’t be fooled by the color. It’s as potent as its name. Feeling really brave? Make it top shelf with Partida Reposado.
Rita’s on the River
Rockin’ an extensive marg menu, Rita’s on the River is a great place to kick back and enjoy a few. For a real kick, try the bigger-than-your-face, Texas-sized Longhorn Margarita. And there’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a cool, refreshing beerrita—a great combination of a bottle of Dos Equis dunked in the middle of a frozen margarita. Now that’s a match made in heaven.
For 15 years, Rosario’s has not only been serving some of the best Mexican food in San Antonio, it has also made quite an impression on the margarita scene. Its signature Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita delivers a smooth and bold taste with a slightly spicy kick. For an exotic flair, try the Coco-rita, Lemon Margarita or Skinny rita. Just try to stop at one.
La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Located in the heart of Market Square, La Margarita certainly lives up to its name. Try La Magnifica Margarita, a smooth combination of Jose Cuervo Tequila, Cointreau and Grand Marnier. For a refreshing, fruity treat, go for a passion fruit, cranberry, pomegranate or raspberry 'rita. Fruit has never tasted so good.