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Best Margaritas In Minnesota


The idea of fresh squeezed lime juice and the perfect tequila poured together over ice is enough to make anyone want a margarita, however, the idea often is better than reality. Lots of places opt for premade mixers and overly-soured juices to make a margarita. Even worse, some even use the old stale tequila out of the plastic jug. Save your gag reflex and upgrade your margarita experience. In Minnesota, we have just enough foodies and talented bartenders to create the perfect margarita mixture. So, salt up your rim and make your margarita fantasy a reality.

Cocina Del Barrio
5036 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55424
(952) 920-1860

Instead of a restaurant with a tequila bar, Barrio is more of a tequila bar that serves great food. Their selection of tequila outnumbers any other in the state and their margaritas may be the best. From anejo to reposado, Barrio carries a top shelf tequila to match any mood or personality. Try a spicy margarita, a fruity margarita, or just go for the classic to satisfy your craving for tequila and lime. Barrio has signature cocktails made with mezcal as well for the more adventurous sipper. Be sure to try a side of cerviche with your margarita to make the perfect combination.

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Pancho Villa
2539 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-7014

If you are wondering where to go for a margarita that's bigger than your head, look no further than Pancho Villa. How about a margarita with a beer as a garnish? Pancho Villa has that, too. One of the favorites for good margaritas and just the right amount of a fiesta to drink them at, Pancho Villa has become known for its delicious margarita flavors, simple organic ones, and fish bowl margarita phenomena. During happy hour margaritas are two-for-one, making you want to double your fun. Enjoy a classic or a twist on the classic, but be sure to designate a driver before you venture out for a Pancho Villarita - they don't skimp on the alcohol.

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Chino Latino
2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-7878

Known for a variety of fun dishes and cocktails from the "hot zone" of the world, Chino Latino is also known to serve up a fantastic and tasty margarita. Choose from a large selection of tequila off of their top shelves and let the bartender add the rest. Each refreshing drink is crafted and poured with care along with the freshest produce for garnishes and mixers. Try the Mexican 3-way, which is a margarita with 3 shots of Reposado and one of the Chino Latino faves. Other signature cocktails include The Plantation and the Sonoran Sunrise.

Related: Best Cocktail Bars In Minnesota

Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque
423 Main St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-5375

Pirate cocktails and jerk tacos? Yes, please. Although the Caribbean is a bit east of the land of margaritas, this place understands the complexities and attitudes that go into making them. Sit at the pirate bar and enjoy a famous favorite, the Randy Macho. This margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and strong with the end result being that you want another one but aren't sure if it's the right thing to do. The food itself is also worth the night out and the trip to Stillwater.

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.

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