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.
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.
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.
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.
338 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO