Food & Drink

The 10 Best Tequila Bars in Phoenix

Published On 02/18/2015 Published On 02/18/2015

The Southwest is tequila country, and in tequila country, you drink the sweet blood of the agave cactus. Also water. It's important to stay hydrated! But while the latter is available pretty much anywhere you turn, finding a decent shot/marg' of the former isn't so easy. Thankfully, these 10 spots have your back...

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila

Old Town Scottsdale
Why do Taco Tuesday when Cien Agaves offers Margarita Monday, when you can get a Beer-Garita crafted with one of its 100 premium tequilas for a mere $6. Oh, don’t worry, it also does Taco Tuesday.

Blanco Tacos & Tequila

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

Central Scottsdale
With 30+ different tequilas lining the slick wooden shelves, award-winning guac, and a huge margarita menu, it's hard to go wrong here.

Juan Jaime's Tnt

Juan Jaime’s Tacos and Tequila

Chandler and North Scottsdale
Juan Jaime’s describes itself as "modern and stylish with an upscale atmosphere and great customer service," which is good because it does all of those things... plus $4 margaritas during the daily happy hour.

Los Sombreros

Los Sombreros

North Scottsdale
Owner and Head Chef Azucena Tovar infuses her Mexican heritage into every aspect of Los Sombreros’ menu, including the drinks. The lively indoor and outdoor patio bar offers 50 different premium tequilas and mezcals and 12 different margaritas, all created with fresh juices

Spotted Donkey el Pedregal

The Spotted Donkey Cantina

Carefree
Located within The Boulders luxury resort, The Spotted Donkey is the place to go for top-of-the-line service and ambience. The bar offers nearly 50 top-shelf tequilas, allowing you to have your pick between Don Julio, PatrĂłn, Corzo, or Cazadores.

TQLA Dana Park

TQLA

Mesa
Apart from a few vowels, there's almost nothing this place is missing; it even has a special tasting room where fellow tequila enthusiasts can try tequilas specially picked by a certified tequilier. Yes, there’s such thing as a certified tequilier. As if that wasn’t enough for you, it has four tequilas on tap, always kept at a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Mission

The Mission

Old Town Scottsdale
There’s no shortage in different varieties of tequilas and margaritas at The Mission (it has 80+ bottles). Luckily, it has made it far easier for you to chose, by offering a huge menu of flights, too.

Frank and Lupe's Restaurants

Frank & Lupe's

Old Town Scottsdale
This family-owned Mexican restaurant has been serving up what it calls the best margaritas in town for 25 years. We definitely can’t disagree with the drink’s quality, and at its daily happy hour price of $5; it's virtually impossible to beat.

Modern Margarita

Modern Margarita

North Phoenix
True to the name, on the menu here you'll find forward-thinking margs like the Hibiscus Peppercorn and the Watermenlon Honey. Be sure not to miss its Margarita Mondays, when house 'ritas are only $5 after 6:30pm.

Taco Guild

Taco Guild

Central Phoenix
Although it declares itself a "gastropub," make no mistake, this is a tequila bar. Set in a former church, you'll find huge rooms lit by huge stained-glass windows, and tequila-laced drinks ranging from the simple lemon/mint Osborn, to the acai liqueur/cucumber/blueberry laden Erb E Hancock. 

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1. Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila 7228 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

Why Taco Tuesday when this Old Town Scottsdale spot offers Margarita Monday, when you can get a Beer-Garita crafted with one of its 100 premium tequilas for only $6. Don’t worry, for those who are ready to fiesta two days in a row, it offers Taco Tuesday as well.

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2. Blanco Tacos + Tequila 2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (Biltmore)

You know exactly what you’re going to get when you visit Blanco Tacos + Tequila; the name is pretty direct. There are approximately a million tequila choices available with which you can create a billion variations on the margarita, and its modern-Mexican dishes cut back on the grease and lighten things up with the freshest vegetables and cheeses.

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3. Juan Jaime's Tacos and Tequila 2510 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85224 (Chandler)

Located in Chandler (with another location in North Scottsdale), Juan Jaime’s describes itself as modern and stylish with an upscale atmosphere and great customer service, all of which it definitely lives up to. The only thing better than its ambience is its $4 margaritas served during the daily happy hour.

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4. Los Sombreros 2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (Phoenix)

Owner and head chef Azucena Tovar infuses her Mexican heritage into every aspect of Los Sombreros’ menu, including the drinks. The lively indoor and outdoor patio bar offers 50 different premium tequilas and mezcals and 12 different margaritas, all created with fresh juices.

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5. The Spotted Donkey Cantina 34505 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Located within The Boulders luxury resort, The Spotted Donkey is the place to go for top-of-the-line service and ambience. The bar offers nearly 50 elite tequilas, allowing you to have your pick between Don Julio, PatrĂłn, or something a bit more specialized, yet equally high quality.

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6. TQLA 1840 S Val Vista Dr, Mesa, AZ 85204 (Mesa)

Few places take tequila as seriously as TQLA, where it has a special tasting room where fellow tequila enthusiasts can try tequilas specially picked by a certified tequilier. Yes, there’s such thing as a certified tequilier. As if that wasn’t enough for you, it has four tequilas on tap, always kept at a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit. And for the margarita lovers, there’s a selection of handcrafted cocktails.

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7. The Mission 3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

If you’re looking for a certain tequila or rum, you’re bound to find it at this Mexican haven in Old Town Scottsdale. If you’re just looking to find your next favorite, we suggest the one of the seven tequila flights on offer.

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8. Frank & Lupe's 4121 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

You can pretty much throw a dart at the menu of this Mexican hole-in-the-wall and leave crazy satisfied, but you should narrow down your options to the enchiladas, or the chicken or fish tacos.

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9. Modern Margarita 5410 E High St #115, Phoenix, AZ 85054 (North Phoenix)

With 12 different margarita options, house cocktails, and a variety of beers and wines, there’s something that will please everyone at Modern.

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10. Taco Guild 546 E. Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

If you’re looking for the finest tequila in a beautiful setting, look no further than Taco Guild. Quality is king here so you can be confident your drink, whether you opt for straight tequila or a margarita, is the best The Valley has to offer. And if you want to build a base before your booze, the fantastic Mexican eats here should do the trick.

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