Food & Drink

The 9 Best Margaritas in San Antonio

Published On 06/30/2015 Published On 06/30/2015
Anthony Humphreys/Thrillist
La Fogata
Courtesy of The Fruteria//Photo by Jon Alonzo
Courtesy of Esquire Tavern//Photo by Kody Melton

Courtesy of Paloma Blanca
Courtesy of Rosario's
Jacala Mexican Restaurant
Tito's Restaurant
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1. La Fogata 2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

There’s always a wait for a table on the weekends at La Fogata, so make your way up to the bar and order a house margarita, one of the best in town. Start your meal with the tableside guacamole (you can even add tequila to the mix) and rajas con crema, an appetizer of sliced Poblano peppers in cream.

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2. Ocho 1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205

This restaurant and lounge at Hotel Havana offers indoor and outdoor seating in close proximity to the river. The menu pulls from a Pan-Latin influence, which is reflected in both its food and drink (including one of the best margaritas in the city). The downstairs lounge is dimly lit and intimate, with couches and leather chairs.

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3. The FruterĂ­a Botanero by Chef Johnny Hernandez 1401 S Flores St, Ste 102, San Antonio, TX 78204

As the name would imply, fruit is featured prominently in the drinks here, be they cocktails or non-alcoholic aguas frescas. Our drink of choice is the El MoretĂłn, a tequila-based cocktail that is made with fresh muddled blackberries and lemon.

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4. Chacho's 7870 Callaghan Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229

With three locations in San Antonio, Chacho's is super popular for its reasonable prices and great food & drinks. You can, of course, eat in the restaurant but some locations also have drive thru facilities. An order of Macho Nachos can serve a group, and they have one of the best frozen margaritas in San Antonio.

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5. The Esquire Tavern 155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Opened in 1933, The Esquire Tavern isn’t just styled after the Prohibition Era -- it celebrates the end of it. The old stone building looks like something you might find settled in with the screaming balconies of Bourbon Street, but luckily you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy its classically made cocktails and loud, dark ambiance (which hasn't changed much since its early days).

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6. Paloma Blanca 5800 Broadway, San Antionio, TX 78209

Paloma Blanca is an upscale Mexican restaurant with gluten-free & paleo options on the menu, along with all the classic Tex-Mex dishes everyone loves. In terms of decor, this spot can't be beat: it has one of the prettiest outdoor patios in Alamo Heights, a comfortable but elegant dining room, and the food is the same way. This spot also has a great happy hour special where you can get appetizers for $5, margaritas for $3.50, and domestic beers for $3.

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7. Rosario's 910 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Rosario's serves Mexican food with contemporary updates, like shrimp nachos and tacos callejeros. Their full bar menu include an assortment of homemade cocktails, including nine different margaritas. The high energy atmosphere and fun ambiance make it a great place for groups and families.

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8. Jacala Mexican Restaurant 606 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201

Jacala has become well known in the San Antonio area for their famous salsa and margaritas, but it doesn't stop there. They serve a full menu of traditional Mexican fare in this long-time city staple.

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9. Tito's Mexican Restaurant 955 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Tito’s is a rare bird in Southtown -- amidst contemporary and posh cuisine, these guys are pumping out some of the tastiest Tex-Mex in town. Two of the most popular dishes that Tito’s serves are the enchiladas Tejanas (basically cheese enchiladas) and cilantro cream enchiladas.