The Best Margarita Bars In Mexico City

Margarita | © Lee Coursey/Flickr

Northern England Writer

When you think of Mexico, you think of margaritas. This refreshing drink, typically made from tequila, triple sec, and lime or lemon juice, is perfect on a summer day — though if you drink too many, it may not leave you feeling as fresh as the daisy for which it’s named. Mexico City is full of quirky bars and cantinas where you can pick up some great versions of this classic. Here are the best options the capital has to offer.

1. Licorería Limantour

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

A renowned and highly rated Mexico City bar, Licorería Limantour is one of the best places to get your margarita fix in the Mexican metropolis. Located in the infamously hipster Roma Norte neighborhood, this watering hole is suitably trendy and is regularly packed with locals and tourists due to its reputation and appeal. However, if you want to break away from their noteworthy margaritas al pastor, which use Cointreau and miel de agave, they also offer a rotating, monthly cocktail menu.

2. Helado Obscuro Bar

Bar, Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream

Best known as a quirky ice cream parlor with branches in Colonia Roma, Coyoacán, Polanco, Del Valle, and Miguel Ángel de Quevado, the location you really want to visit is the Zona Rosa branch on Calle Liverpool. At this branch of Helado Obscuro you can find straight-up cocktails at the appropriately named Helado Obscuro Bar. Their margaritas, made from the ice cream that they serve, are refreshing, and make for a unique drinking experience.

3. Malamén

Restaurant, Mexican

Located in Polanco, this hip restaurant is known for both legendary margaritas and a legendary story of how it came to be. Supposedly named after Mexico City resident Malamén, who allegedly wrote a cookbook with the desire to one day open her own restaurant, the restaurant’s house margarita (the Lamartine Méndez Margarita) is also inspired by her recipes. Using the classic combination of Tequila 1800 Reposado and Cointreau and lime juice, this version also includes fresh figs and fig jam. Plus, the glass is not salt-rimmed, as per her preference.

5. Puebla 109

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican

Another well-known Roma bar is Puebla 109, rather inventively named for the exact location at which you can find it. While it is well worth a visit even if you don’t want a margarita, it also offers some of the best tequila-triple sec cocktails in the city. Their smoky margarita uses a tequila blancoalongside Cointreau and a eucalyptus-smoked passionfruit, which is covered in spicy salt crystals. For a margarita that offers all the taste of the classic with a bit of a twist, Puebla 109 is the best bar to visit.

6. Dulce Patria

Restaurant, Mexican

Dulce Patria, owned and operated by chef Martha Ortiz, is an exceptional restaurant that offers high-concept versions of traditional Mexican cuisine; think coconut- and rose-flavored white fish ceviche, garnished with rose jelly, because that’s the type of extraordinary food you can expect to find here. Their margaritas are nothing to sniff at, either, with their eponymous Dulce Patria margarita stealing the show. A fetching pink color that matches the restaurant’s vibrant floor, it comes topped with cactus flower and golden sugar, offering a sweet take on this salty favorite.

7. Fonda El Refugio

Fonda El Refugio

A pricier option for an exquisite margarita, Fonda El Refugio offers traditional Mexican cuisine and a highly rated dining experience. Known for hosting the celebratory dinner of Octavio Paz way back in the 90s, this stalwart of the Mexican cuisine scene is still going strong. Its margaritas are small but perfectly formed, packing a formidable flavor punch.

Calle Liverpool 166, Cuautéhmoc, Juárez, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5525 8128

Margarita | © Lee Coursey/Flickr

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