With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, the need for tequila and lime is growing strong. Read on to discover where to find the 10 best margaritas in Toronto
– don’t forget the salt!
Bar, Beer, Wine, Mexican, Tapas
Reposado is the go-to spot in Toronto for all things tequila. From silver and aged to mezcal connoisseurs, there’s no shortage of top notch selections — with over 130 different tequilas reigning the shelves. Try a margarita made with fresh lime and whichever tequila you prefer (ask your server for suggestions if you’re new to the agave-made spirit), and pair it with a few tapas. To liven up the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Reposado boasts a patio and live music, making this the perfect spot for getting your margarita on.
Reposado Tequila Bar & Lounge, 136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 532 6474
La Carnita is a hip joint with an eclectic vibe (think street art on the walls, a brightly lit neon sign, and loud music pumping through the speakers). Try one of their reasonably priced margaritas, the perfect blend of sweet and sour, and choose from a top selection of tequila brands. Tequila enthusiasts, keep your eyes peeled for the barrel-aged variety, which usually sells out quick. There are three La Carnita locations to choose from, in Toronto.
La Carnita, 106 John St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 348 1166
In the middle of the historic Distillery District, you’ll find the colorful El Catrin, with bright decor, a large outdoor patio, and graffiti on the walls. With over 90 tequilas to choose from, it’s no wonder this is a popular spot for a margarita. If you’re into the classics, go for the ‘Reposed,’ made with Milagro Reposado, Grand Marnier, agave, and lime. Alternatively, try the ‘Casa Amigos,’ made with Casamigos Blanco, Cointreau, agave, lime, and orange juice. Feeling fruity? Opt for a ‘Fruta Fresca’ margarita, made with Tromba Blanco, Patron Citronage, agave and your choice of mango, blackberry or watermelon.
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 203 2121
Playa Cabana Hacienda
The Playa Cabana family has six locations in Toronto, but Hacienda is the go-to spot for a fresh margarita and authentic Mexican cuisine. Located in The Annex, this Mexican joint allows you to make your own margarita — choose from a long list of silver, reposado, and añejo tequilas and add your choice of triple sec, Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Louis Alexandre, as well as basil, fig or honey. If you feel like mixing it up, opt for one of the specialty cocktails like the ‘Tijuana Mule’ or ‘Paloma de la Casa’ — grapefruit infused Tromba Blanco, fresh squeezed grapefruit, lime juice and soda water. Be sure to order pitcher-sized and pair with chips and guacamole.
Playa Cabana Hacienda, 14 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 352 6030
Hidden just off Queen St W, Grand Electric is pumping out delicious tacos with handmade tortillas, alongside simple, but perfectly balanced, cocktails to pair with your food. From the baja fish to the crispy cauliflower. Go for the classic margarita and enjoy a seat on the outdoor patio (when the weather permits). Be sure to get there early, as there is almost always a line to get in.
Grand Electric, 1330 Queen St W, Parkdale, ON, Canada, +1 416 627 3459
Valdez, a two-story King St. West hot-spot, is the perfect joint if you’re in the mood for Latin street food, margaritas and a bit of salsa dancing. Serving up a short but mighty list of tequila cocktails, Valdez does their margaritas right (think Cazadores Reposado, Cointreau, agave and fresh lime juice).
Valdez, 606 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 363 8388
Milagro, inspired by traditional cuisine from Mexico City, is a rustic spot in Toronto’s Entertainment District that delivers authentic Mexican cuisine alongside solid margaritas. From clásica and fruta to unique combinations like the ‘La Flor’ (Sauza Hornitos, mezcal, elderflower liquer, lime juice and agave), there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re big on tequila, opt for a tequila flight. There’s also sangria, mojitos, micheladas, and a list of other specialty cocktails done right.
Milagro, 5 Mercer St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 850 2855
A small joint tucked away in Queen West, Fonda Lola serves classic Mexican fare made from local ingredients in a casual atmosphere. All of their cocktails are made with fresh juices. Go for the citrus margarita, made with tequila, fresh lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit juice for a unique take on the classic. Try the ‘CocoLoco’ if you’re feeling fancy. It’s made with tequila, ginger kefir, coconut water, and fresh lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit juice. Best paired with chips, guacamole, and a side of salsa dancing (which happens on Thursdays).
Fonda Lola, 942 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 706 9105
El Caballito Tequila & Tacos
El Caballito Tequila & Tacos
The name of this spot says it all: tequila and tacos. El Caballito prides itself on serving a long list of tequilas, from silver to reposado, and añejo to mezcal. The ‘margarita de casa’ is the perfect choice for lovers of this classic cocktail. If you’re feeling festive, there are four other creative combinations to choose from, like the ‘margarita rosa’ with pink guava and hibiscus, or the ‘cadillac’, which is topped with sparkling wine. There’s also a list of other specialty cocktails, available in glass or pitcher size, which all pair nicely with El Caballito’s tacos or the chicharron (deep fried pig skin, salsa, crema, cotija cheese and your choice of meat). Head here during the summer months for the perfect patio-lounging, tequila-drinking and taco-eating affair.
El Caballito Tequila & Tacos, 220 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 628 9838
Bar, Restaurant, Mexican
Los Colibris, an upscale Mexican restaurant just off King St W boasts stunning decor, a beautiful bar, and a cozy lounge for sipping on a few margaritas. The tequila list is long and mighty, offering blanco, reposado, añejo and mezcal, and the staff are knowledgeable, so it’s no wonder this is one of the best spots in town for tequila. The list of specialty tequila cocktails offers perfectly balanced and unique creations like the ‘Verdita Margarita’, which has Tromba Blanco shaken with fresh cilantro and pineapple juice. Alternatively, try the ‘El Patron’ made with Tromba Reposado, Enmascarado mezcal, fresh lime juice, agave, hibiscus, rhubarb bitters and egg white.
Los Colibris, 220 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 7717