Where to Find the Best Margaritas in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
Where to Find the Best Margaritas in Boston

Margaritas are never out of style, but we’re currently living through a tequila boom so this ever-popular cocktail is everywhere. We welcome this development: A festive and fun agave and citrus drink prime for customization, Margaritas range from traditional to spicy to frozen and beyond. Spanning six local Mexican restaurants and tequila bars, we know where to find Boston’s top Margarita destinations. When only delicious Margaritas will do, check out these spots to find the best Margaritas in Boston.

Exterior of Lone Star Taco Bar

This Texas-inspired tacos-and-tequila bar has two locations in Allston and Cambridge. (Both reside on Cambridge Street, because Boston). Whichever Lone Star Taco Bar you visit, the eponymous Margarita is made with a house-secret mix and is available by the half-liter mug. You’ll also find variations including a gimlet-style Mexico City Margarita and the spicy El Diablo, prepared with reposado tequila, smoky mezcal, jalapeño, and habanero-agave syrup. Any drink order should be rounded out with the best Tex-Mex food in Boston, such as the house-specialty Dallas Spicy Beef tacos or Grilled Street Corn with garlic lime aioli.

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

This perpetually packed South Boston tequila bar (that yes, also features oysters) just debuted a second location in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood. Both outposts of Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar boast a lineup of nine Margaritas (among other cocktails). These include El Jefe, classically prepared with blanco tequila; a jalapeno-infused Little Devil; and the Smokeshow mixed with mezcal, yellow chartreuse, and hibiscus simple syrup—and our all-time favorite has gotta be the creamy Coco. If you’re looking for a top-notch frozen marg, Loco is your go-to in the summer season: the iteration here can be upgraded with your choice of passionfruit, strawberry, or blood orange fruit puree. 

Yellow Door Taqueria

Yellow Door Taqueria | Where to Find the Best Margaritas in Boston
Photo Credit: Yellow Door Taqueria

Originally in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood, Yellow Door Taqueria has expanded with two sister-sequels: A larger locale outfitted with a big bar and outdoor patio in the South End, plus a verdant nook in Mission Hill. All three locations have a half-dozen Margaritas De La Casa to choose from. Contemplate concoctions like watermelon-basil, jalapeño, coconut, guava and pineapple, passion fruit, or raspberry-mint over snacks like carnitas-topped Street Corn Nachos. If you like a marg enhanced with ingredients rather than fruity flavors, opt for the drink menu’s Just Bought a Cadillac model, which uses Milagro Tequila, dry curaçao, lime juice, agave sweetener.


Barra Best Margaritas in Boston

The food and drink at Barra in Union Square aims to reflect what you’d taste today in Mexico City. Snacks are surprising, such as refried bean- and Oaxacan cheese-stuffed Teleta corn pockets; and there are traditional dishes like Cochinita Pibil (slow-cooked pork in banana leaves) and beef birria. The drinks, meanwhile, focus on agave spirits as well as lesser-known Mexican liquors like sotol and Xtabentún. Barra’s house Margarita is simply prepared with tequila or mezcal and can be upgraded with a grasshopper rim, employing the crunchy, traditional snack as a unique cocktail garnish.

Casa Verde

Casa Verde Best Margaritas in Boston

Jamaica Plain’s Casa Verde may be best known for its outdoor patio and tacos (think: house-made tortillas loaded with vegetarian-friendly Adobo Tofu or Crispy Yuca, and omnivorous options like Fried Chicken and Beef Barbacoa). But don’t sleep on the beverage program: Along with offering flights of craft beer and agave spirits, Casa Verde shakes up the classic Margarita with mango-guava, coconut, acai-pineapple, yuzu-ginger, and spicy varieties. You can also pull for the self-proclaimed The Best Margarita made with higher-end tequila, or a Nitro Margarita poured from the tap, available by the glass or the pitcher. 

Lolita Boston

Lolita Mexican comes to us from the brain trust behind such elevated party places as Yvonne’s, Mariel, Ruka, and Coquette. Born in Back Bay, where the original location recently reopened following substantial renovations, Lolita’s Fort Point location provides the high-octane atmosphere and well-mixed drinks we’re always looking for from this crew (plus, a channel-side patio). There are a half-dozen Margaritas on the menu, including the classic Lolita enhanced with grapefruit and house orange liqueur; the Spicy Cucumber Margarita made with serrano-infused tequila; and the fiery Diablo, balanced with blood orange, strawberry, and pineapple.

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