• Jarnard Sutton

23 places to get your margarita on in San Diego


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There's nothing like an ice cold margarita on a nice day. Here are a few spots in San Diego that are serving up incredible margaritas.

The House | Cerveza Jack's

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The House Margarita from the new PB Mexican Eatery, Cerveza Jack's, is on point. This refreshing libation has Sauza Blue Tequila, lime and agave nectar.

Oh, Dios Mio Mango! | Pueblo

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This new Baja-inspired eatery, Pueblo, in Pacific Beach are infusing Jalapeño with tequila to created a red jalapeno-infused tequila. The "Oh, Dios Mio Mango!" also contains fresh sweet mango and lime juice.

Spicy Margarita | The Nolen

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This spicy libation is packed with heat. Head to the rooftop bar in downtown San Diego called The Nolen to try this cocktail that has Reposado, ginger syrup, lime and jalapeño.

Ring of Fire Margarita | Hello Betty Fish House

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Hello Betty Fish House, located in Oceanside, is doing great things with its food menu. They putting their own spin on the classic Baja cuisine. Be sure to try their Ring of Fire Margarita which has Jalapeño-infused Tequila, Cointreau, lime, pineapple juice and jalapeño agave syrup.

Border Crossing | Florent

Florent has created a twist on the average margarita, influenced by the mule. The Border Crossing (not pictured) has Patron Silver Tequila, tajin rim, agave, lime, triple sec and ginger beer.

Masters' Margarita | Masters Kitchen and Cocktail

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This tasty cocktail can be found on Masters Kitchen and Cocktail's drink menu. Stop by and sip on the Madisons' Margarita while enjoying a delicious meal provided by their new chef, Josh Richardi.

[Related: Masters Kitchen welcomes new executive chef Josh Richardi]

Mission Beach Melon Margarita | Sandbar

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In the heart of Mission Beach on Ventura Place, Sandbar has been offering beach-goers a hip and laid-back spot. An exclusive sky bar, decadent bar food and creative cocktails; Sandbar offers something for everyone. Sandbar has created a refreshing libation called Mission Beach Melon Margarita which has Herradura Double Barrel Reposado Tequila, Licor 43 Vanilla Liqueur, Cointreau Noir, lime juice, agave nectar, watermelon cubes and cucumber slices.

The Classic Margarita | Del Sur Mexican Cantina

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If authenticity with a twist gets you going, then Del Sur Mexican Cantina is your go-to spot. A fun and friendly setting, Del Sur offers a large selection of margaritas to choose from, including their classic House Margarita.

Margarita De Pillbox | Pillbox Tavern & Grill

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Seeking a beachy chic atmosphere to pair with your exotic cocktail? Located in eclectic Solana Beach, Pillbox Tavern & Grill offers its signature Margarita De Pillbox, made with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, agave syrup, a splash of housemade sweet n sour and served on the rocks for a refreshing and zesty blend of premium ingredients and flavors.

El Holy Grail Fishbowl | Brian's 24

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If a standard margarita glass just won’t cut it this year, feast your eyes on Brian’s 24’s new El Holy Grail Fishbowl Margarita. This glorious cocktail is served in a 54 oz. fishbowl and is ideal for sharing. Made with Hornitos Reposado tequila, Triple Sec, Sierra Mist, Grand Marnier, lemon, lime and pineapple juices, and garnished with lemon, lime and orange slices, this margarita lives up to its title as The Holy Grail of tequila-bearing drinks.

The Border Dispute | Backyard Tavern & Grill

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In the mood for an innovative take on the Mexican classic? Backyard Kitchen + Tap offers a coastal atmosphere representative of its location in Pacific Beach paired with an unmatched cocktail list, crafted to complement their diverse food menu options. The Border Dispute cocktail, made with Herradura Reposado tequila, cherry Luxardo, fresh lime juice, agave, and a serrano tajin dusted cucumber wheel, consists of the inherent lime, tequila and agave flavors that everyone loves, but incorporates cherry to sweeten and cucumber to add earthy flavor notes.

Mezcal Margarita | Cantina Mayahuel

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Cantina Mayahuel, located in Normal Heights, is one of our favorite spots for a smokey margarita!! Add a few carnitas tacos and you're all set.

Margarita | Fairweather

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Even though Fairweather is known for its delicious tiki drinks, they are also crafting up some margaritas with blanco tequila, lime juice, agave and house-made curaçao.

Watermelon Fresca | Coasterra

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This tropical margarita is a must-try at Coasterra, located on Harbor Island. This refreshing, melon-based margarita has Herradura Silver Tequila, lime juice, house-made watermelon puree, triple sec, pomegranate syrup, Peychaud's Bitters and a pinch of salt.

Classic Cointreau Margarita | Old Town Mexican Cafe

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There are too many margaritas to choose from at Old Town Mexican Cafe, authentic Mexican eatery in the historic Old Town. Get a group together and get a pitcher of the Classic Cointreau Margarita.

El Cadillac | El Camino

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El Camino, located in Little Italy, is a happening spot with some stiff cocktails. The El Cadillac has a great combo of tequila, lime, orange, Gran Marnier, spicy tajin and salt rim. They have a large selection of margaritas on the menu with the option of a single or pitcher.

Prickly Pear Rita | Draft

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Draft, casual bar with an epic beach view, is serving up a refreshing, sweet margarita with Espolon Blanco, lime juice, agave and prickly pear syrup. Sip on a Prickly Pear Margarita while enjoying the view from the patio.

Frozen Margs | La Puerta

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A tequila tavern in the Gaslamp Quarter, La Puerta is known for its delicious frozen margaritas and it's signature margarita called Bark at the Moon (not pictured). Grab a frozen marg and a couple of tacos from this spot. It's worth it.

De La Casa | Ponce's

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Ponce's, neighborhood Mexican eatery in Kensington, is by far one of our favorite spots for a margarita. They're fresh, stiff and delicious!! Ponce's have a great happy hour menu which includes their margs ($5 during happy hour). The prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly.

Tommy's Margarita | Spike Africa's

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There are plenty of places to grab a margarita in downtown San Diego but Spike Africa's is one of our favorite spots to sit on the patio while sipping on a refreshing margarita during happy hour.

Spicy Blood Orange | The Blind Burro

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The go-to spot for Baja coastal cuisine and spirits, The Blind Burro, has some of the best margaritas in the city. Margarita's include the House Margarita (pictured) made with sauza blue silver, triple sec, fresh lime and agave nectar, the Spicy Blood Orange Margarita (pictured) crafted with Hornitos Silver, triple sec, blood orange purée and muddled jalapeño and many more options.

Puesto Perfect Margarita | Puesto

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Not a lot of places are doing what Puesto's doing! They grow their own limes which makes their margaritas extremely tasty. The Puesto Perfect Margarita is definitely the perfect cocktail to drink on a nice day in San Diego.

PDM Margarita | Pacifica Del Mar

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Head to Pacifica Del Mar and enjoy its view of the ocean from their rooftop balcony while sipping on their house margarita, PDM Margarita. In honor of Margarita Day this Wednesday, Pacifica Del Mar’s ocean bar will be serving $7 specialty margaritas all night in the bar. Plus, if you order a margarita, you can add on a taco for $3.

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