The ten best spots for margaritas in Denver

July 24 is National Tequila Day, a manufactured American holiday for a Mexican spirit. Bring on the margaritas!

Denver is full of bars and restaurants that specialize in all kinds of margaritas: sickly-sweet or clean and bright, made with mix or fresh-squeezed juice, purist or inventive, frozen or on the rocks, served on an intimate outdoor patio or in a boozy bar scene. The list goes on....and so will the hangovers from consuming too many of these cocktails tomorrow. Here, in no particular order, are the ten best places to drink margaritas (and not necessarily the best margaritas) in Denver.

See also:
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- Chipotle is now pouring premium Patron margaritas

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10) Emilio's Super Chef
338 East Colfax Avenue
This Colfax hole-in-the-wall pumps out epic-sized plates of Mexican food and has unparalleled people-watching. Most important, Emilio's Super Chef has a happy hour from 4 p.m. until close every day, with infamously stiff 16-ounce margaritas that are just $1.75 Thursday through Saturday. For a step up, you can go fruity with a variety of flavored margaritas -- everything from from peach and mango to melon and strawberry.

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9) Benny's Restaurant & Tequila Bar
301 East Seventh Avenue
A Capitol Hill staple for decades, Benny's is known for its homestyle Mexican food and fifteen kinds of margaritas. If you like your drinks bigger than your face, you can opt for a liter of the Jose Cuervo Gold house margarita for $15 on Tuesdays only. Benny's has other daily drink specials too, including the "executive margarita," a mini-version of its house margarita available Monday through Friday. Perfect for work lunches, if you're thinking what we're thinking.

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8) Zengo
1610 Little Raven Street
Richard Sandoval's modern Mexican eatery boasts over 100 tequilas -- and while you could have a field day tasting these alone, Zengo's cocktail program offers several takes on the margarita that celebrate the traditional Mexican spirit. You can drink simply with the "Margarita Tradicional," a blend of Exotico Reposado, orange liqueur and lime, or turn up the heat with "El Diablo," which contains El Zarco tequila, habanero mango and lime. Happy hour is daily from 5-7 p.m., and includes a $5 house margarita.


Location Info

Emilio's Super Chef

338 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Benny's Restaurante y Cantina

301 E. 7th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Zengo

1610 Little Raven St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Mezcal

3230 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1525 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Hacienda Colorado

4100 E. Mexico Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

TAG

1441 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

El Camino

3628 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Lotus - CLOSED

1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Tamayo

1400 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lola

1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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25 comments
Jeremy Dobson
Jeremy Dobson

Rio margs are the shit. Just enjoyed a couple. You're crazy.

dano323
dano323

This article is a joke...No basis for this list....Best marg is in your mind....

Michael564
Michael564

La Loma should be on the list. One of the originals, at least for the Highlands. Great views from the patio (suck it Lola!). Good sizes, great prices, good selection of tequilla.

Alissa Smalls
Alissa Smalls

For happy hour margs at great prices, I love Zio Romolo's. Actually, their entire happy hour is pretty awesome.

Claire Walter
Claire Walter

Between them, Richard Sandoval Restaurants and the Big Red F Restaurant Group have copped a bunch of the10 spots.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

So now we "celebrate" products made in other countries? Sad, indeed. I guess the rest of the year is "Made in China" day...

Kevin Isaacson
Kevin Isaacson

I think you mean "3 drink maximum" at Rio Grande. Editors are expensive too huh?

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Yeah, none of these places are on my top 10 margarita list.  I would agree with YayWhiskey on Paxia having among the very best margaritas in town.  I'd also add Las Brisas in Englewood and Adelita's on South Broadway to the mix.  Brewery Bar II actually makes a very tasty margarita if you opt for "top shelf" hooch - not cheap though.

YayWhiskey
YayWhiskey

Paxia has the best house margs in town.  Fresh squeezed lime, agave and 1800 is their "well" tequila.

Michael564
Michael564

@Steven M Palmer WTF?  Probably said while eating a Big Mac and fries and a Bud.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Denver Dave For me, it's Lola and then everything else. I order a sotol margarita up with salt - which at Lola is a very oceany-tasting sea salt. Most other places use mix, whether house-made or purchased, so in that case it's just quantity over quality. In that case, I opt for Torres - I could wear their large margarita goblet as a helmet.

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