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...
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.
With 30+ different tequilas lining the slick wooden shelves, award-winning guac, and a huge margarita menu, it's hard to go wrong here.
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.
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
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, Patrón, Corzo, or Cazadores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & Tequila7228 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale
2. Blanco Tacos + Tequila2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
3. Juan Jaime's Tacos and Tequila2510 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler
4. Los Sombreros2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
5. The Spotted Donkey Cantina34505 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
6. TQLA1840 S Val Vista Dr, Mesa
7. The Mission3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale
8. Frank & Lupe's4121 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale
9. Modern Margarita5410 E High St #115, Phoenix
10. Taco Guild546 E. Osborn Rd, Phoenix
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Patrón, or something a bit more specialized, yet equally high quality.
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.
The Mission takes its name after the Old Adobe Mission just around the corner, and though, accordingly, it should be austere, The Mission opts for sin and offers decadent, indulgent Mexican street food and cocktails (which, though pricey, are certainly boozy enough to be worth the pretty penny). At least a dozen intricate chandeliers dangle from above, reflected in giant mirrors, adding up to unmistakable impressions of luxury and intimacy, only amplified by the glow of the tens of candles against the Himalayan salt block wall by the bar. After you’ve taken in the beauty of your surroundings, you’ll likely have worked up an appetite; the menu is extensive, so choose wisely from among the salads, soups, starters, handmade tacos, grilled meats and fish, sides, and, of course, desserts. We recommend the buttery pork shoulder tacos, smoked and braised for 12 hours and brushed with pineapple habanero glaze, as well as the malbec-braised short rib, with crispy queso fresco potatoes, red pepper chimichurri, olives, capers, and huancaina.
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.
With 12 different margarita options, house cocktails, and a variety of beers and wines, there’s something that will please everyone at Modern.
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.