Food & Drink

The 10 Best Tequila Bars in Phoenix

Published On 02/18/2015 Published On 02/18/2015
Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila
Blanco Tacos & Tequila
Juan Jaime's Tnt
Los Sombreros
Spotted Donkey el Pedregal
TQLA Dana Park
The Mission
Frank and Lupe's Restaurants
Modern Margarita
Taco Guild
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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)

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.

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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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