A good margarita should be crisp and fresh. All that tequila goodness barely held back by the triple sec. Such a simple, solid, template that really does let bartenders go to town and make some magic.
Because we’ve got your best interests at heart, we’ve done the hard yards and tracked down some of Sydney’s very best margaritas for you.
El Camino Cantina
El Camino brings big Tex-Mex flavours to town. The menu tells you their margaritas are legendary, and that’s not too far off. You can get them either frozen or on the rocks, and in either 15 or 24 oz (we’re in Texas, Dorothy) sizes. If you’re settling in for a big night, you can upgrade to a Cadillac margarita for an extra $4. I’m not going to say it’s worth it but…
If you want a classic margarita done right, Restaurant Hubert is the place. You’ll pay a decent price, but the bottles used are top-shelf and the flavour immaculate. Pure, simple, perfect.
Los Vida is the brainchild of a couple of Mexican blokes who have done an outstanding job of bringing their hometown of New Mexico to Sydney. Try their classico margarita of Tequila Blanco, Cointreau, and lime. It’s exactly what you want to wash down a taco or three.
Another great Mexican joint (noticing a pattern here?), El Loco brings it harddd with the margaritas. The jalapeno margarita with reposado and their homemade jalapeno syrup is an absolute belter. The Larerita with agave and cerveza is another favourite, and for when things warm up it’s hard to look past the classic margarita slushie.
I feel like I’m constantly talking about Harpoon Harry these days, although I suppose that’s no surprise. It’s an awesome place, and deserves all the hype it gets. Rock up to the bar, get the first of many, many, margaritas, and settle in for the night.
SoCal is a massively chill place, bringing, well, SoCal vibes to Sydney. The food is great, the drinks are great - and really, what more can you ask for? The traditional margaritas are obviously tiptop, but the lambda largarita is wellll worth a sneaky look, especially if you’re in a party mood.
CBD and Miranda
Mejico offer a couple of locations, both dishing up beautiful market-to-table Mexican food and a good range of margaritas. It’s hard to go past the Mejico Signature, a twist on the classic with egg white, lemon, and agave. If you feel like cranking it up for a very long lunch, you can go for a full carafe at double list price. Hey, sometimes you just really need that drink.
The perfect place for a post-work drink, or two, or three. Actually, you know what, just go for the jug. It’ll set you back $60, but by the end you’ll be calling for another. The classics are great, but the Stealth - that comes with tromba blanco, St. Germain, jalapeno, and chilli salt - is an awesome way to get your weekend started.
When I heard La Puerta were doing a chimichurri margarita I’ll admit to some initial scepticism. Chimichurri after all is a parsley and garlic based Argentinian sauce, commonly paired with steak. Doubts were swiftly squashed however. It’s refreshing, zesty, and packs a punch. The perfect drink to pair with those rich Latin flavours.
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