Tequila. It's been around for centuries, is known for making most people (like Kenny Chesney, for example) "crazy," and also happens to be the star ingredient in a margarita. And, in the Southwest, tequila reigns. As do margaritas. However, not all are created equal—so where do you turn for the best? When you want one of them—the best margaritas in Arizona, that is, look no further than these 10 places.
Where Taco Guild now stands, there once was a church. If you're looking for a religious experience, we can't say for sure, but you just *might* find it here. What we can guarantee, though, is some bomb Mexican food (#2 in the U.S., according to the Travel Channel's “Food Paradise”) and specialty tequila drinks from bartenders who know their stuff. Don't believe us? Take a look at the "Tequila Academia" section of their website.
If you don't know, "Cien" means one hundred in Spanish. It should come as no surprise, then, that at Cien Agaves there are not one, two, or three tequilas in the restaurant's collection...but one hundred! What makes these margaritas some of the best, you ask? They're never made with bottled mixes or lime juice. House-made simple syrup and fresh pressed limes all day, baby. Try the Cien Agaves Margarita or the Cadillac Margarita if you're looking for a taste of the traditional. Don't sleep on the Avocado Margarita, either.
At a restaurant called Modern Margarita, a solid margarita should be a given, don't you think? And here, it most certainly is. Modern Margarita has an extensive tequila selection which is broken down by type—so (if you've brushed up on your tequila terminology) you know exactly what you're getting. Choose from one of the 11 margaritas on their menu—covering everything from the OG to Up In Smoke—a margarita featuring barrel smoked maple syrup. Try just one today or go all out for a fishbowl. Don't hold us responsible for any bad decisions you may make after drinking it, though.
The Mission prides itself on offering its guests modern Latin cuisine. If you're in need of something to wash your roasted organic butternut squash tacos down with—don't hesitate to try one of their nine margaritas from Strawberry Banana to Cucumber Jalapeño and more. And, whether you prefer them frozen or simply on the rocks, the Mission has your back.
At Joyride Taco House, there are, as you could rightfully guess, a wide array of tacos to tempt your taste buds. Ten different varieties on the menu (plus a platter), to be exact. But we're here to talk about the only thing you should be washing them down with...margaritas! Try the Joyride Margarita, Blood Orange, Cucumber-Serrano (but be warned, it's spicy), the Coconut, or Prickly Pear. And if for some reason you're thirsty for something different, they have a Pineapple Mojito and Mezcal Paloma, too.
At Z'Tejas, there's Miso Glazed Salmon, street tacos, and there are margaritas. Smoked Strawberry, Berry Peach, Blood Orange, and more. And if you're having a Hard Day? They've got a drink for that, too. Stop by their Phoenix or Chandler locations and taste one for yourself...but don't forget to let us know how they are!
At SOL Cocina, there are 100+ fine tequilas and mezcals to choose from. And, there are upwards of 10 different flavors of margaritas, too. We'd try the Blackberry Ginger Margarita, for sure. Craving a different kind of cocktail? Try a Strawberry Basil or Horchata Martini. Whatever you decide on, you won't be disappointed by SOL Cocina.
The Duce is so much more than just a restaurant. It's a gym, clothing store, and dance hall which also happens to have a bar, restaurant, and shake shack on the premises. And, at said bar, produce meets prohibition—meaning, you can avail of a fresh margarita in a part of town which was once a haven for speakeasies during prohibition. Try the margarita which features organic tequila today—but don't forget to hit the gym after!
While the Highwire Lounge may not be boasting a long list of tequilas to temper your thirst, they do have one outstanding margarita on the menu. It's called the Bubble Margarita, and, yes, it's every bit as fancy and delicious as it sounds. Imagine this: A fruity and refreshing prickly pear margarita topped with caviar that's made from tequila. At the Highwire Lounge, you won't have to...because it's on the menu!
There's always something to look forward to at Reforma...whether it's their daily Happy Hour, Taco Tuesday, Tequila Thursday, or something else. What we look forward to, though, is Margarita Monday. Because there's no better cure for a case of the Monday's than a stiff drink is there? And, on Monday's at Reforma, you can drink craft margaritas for just $6 all day long. Get your quick, cheap cure here and you'll wash your worries away in no time.