Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Margaritas

Categories: Best of Houston

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Photo courtesy Hugo's
The classic margarita at Hugo's is a summertime must.
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon appétit!

We usually do a margarita round up every February to coincide with National Margarita day. But as much as we love margaritas, February isn't usually a time of year we want to sit outside on a deck and sip something frozen. Whoever decided that a holiday celebrating chilled tequila and lime should take place during the winter is dumb.

But enough about arbitrary food holidays. We drink margaritas year-round in Texas, though we're especially inclined to indulge during the blisteringly hot summer months, when few things can cool you off like a frozen marg and a bit of a buzz. So now that the season calls for 'em, we're rounding up the best margaritas in Houston. It's a tough job (they're all pretty damn good), but someone had to get drunk conduct a scientific taste test.

You're welcome, Houston.

Best Fancy
Alamo Drafthouse
For George Clooney's film The Monuments Men, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas introduced The Clooney, a margarita made with Clooney's Casamigos tequila. Don't let the fact that it's a movie theater margarita dissuade you -- it's one of the best in town. It's a simple margarita done right with reposado tequila, Cointreau, Grand Marnier and the ideal balance of simple syrup and lime juice served on the rocks. I don't know if it's the Clooney tequila or the old Hollywood atmosphere that makes the drink feel fancy, but either way, it's a treat.

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Photo courtesy Bodegas Taco Shop
Bodegas calls it a Corona-Rita, but we just call it lunch.
Best Beer-Rita
Bodegas Taco Shop
Ahh, the beer-rita. No, not that nasty concoction that places without a liquor license serve and call a margarita. We're talking a frozen margarita with a beer dumped right in. Once upon a time, these beers (always Mexican like Dos Equis or Corona) were balanced in the large margarita glass. Today, there's a special beer bottle holder that sits on the rim, ensuring your beer bottle doesn't spill or fall out. The frozen margaritas at Bodegas are tart and fresh, and when coupled with a beer, they're even better.

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Location Info

Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park

114 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Bodegas Taco Shop

1200 Binz Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Big Bad

419 Travis St, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Patio Restaurant and Bar

6444 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Tiempo Cantina

3130 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Pastry War

310 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Pico's Mex-Mex

3601 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spanish Village

4720 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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32 comments
Nancy Shae
Nancy Shae

Ashley Abbey Sarah... challenge accepted. Lol

hennigan
hennigan

La Fisheria....habanero marg is always good!

Hank Lewis
Hank Lewis

Jimmy Buffett & his lawyers want a word with y'all... ;)

Keith Freitag
Keith Freitag

Donerakis on Mondays or maybe it's happy hour too but I swear those margaritas are $1.50 and fairly strong..

Cynthia Moreno
Cynthia Moreno

Steve Liceaga thanks I really liked this article, lets try them all before summer is over!

BobbyFreshpants
BobbyFreshpants topcommenter

Pistoleros does some great margaritas with a great selection of tequila. Surprised they weren't on here.

Corrie Pannell Fleming
Corrie Pannell Fleming

Totally disagree on the picos one! But nailed it on el Tiempo and Hugo's! Looks like we've got a few more places to try!

texasleftwich
texasleftwich

Big cheers that you discovered the secret Spanish Village margarita! It's a margarita that's strong, well balanced, but most of all has the texture of glass shards, which sounds weird but it's truly addictive.

Makes the others seem kinda pedestrian by comparison. 

Ryan Rendon
Ryan Rendon

enough with the damn countdown/lists already

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

Chachos has a mean one and super strong!

Anse
Anse

The margarita can be a rather elegant cocktail if done in the simplest way: lime juice, tequila, Cointreau, and nothing else. 

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@BobbyFreshpants I have always found Pistolero's margaritas to be too sweet and very weak. I love the bar itself, but so far I've been disappointed in the margaritas, and I've tried a lot of them. I want to like them, I really do!

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Anse I completely agree. While I like all the ones highlighted here, my favorite is the one I make at home :)

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