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.
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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. Check out these spots to find the best Margaritas in Boston.
This perpetually packed South Boston tequila bar (that yes, also features oysters) boasts a lineup of nine Margaritas on its cocktail menu. Among these are Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar’s classically prepared El Jefe; a jalapeno-infused Little Devil; and the Smokeshow mixed with mezcal, yellow chartreuse, and hibiscus simple syrup. And if you’re looking for a top-notch frozen marg, Loco is your go-to: the iteration here can be upgraded with your choice of passionfruit, strawberry, or blood orange fruit puree.
Yellow Door Taqueria
Located in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood with a larger, sister-sequel boasting a big bar and outdoor patio in the South End, Yellow Door Taqueria has six Margaritas De La Casa to choose from. Contemplate concoctions like lime leaf and ginger, jalapeño, coconut, red bell pepper, cucumber, or pineapple 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.
The food and drink at Barra in Union Square reflects what you’d taste today in Mexico City. The former includes refried bean- and Oaxacan cheese-stuffed Teleta corn pockets, a spicy grilled Octopus Tostada topped with chicharrón, and cured-beef-and-cactus tacos. 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.
Jamaica Plain’s Casa Verde may be known for its outdoor patio and tacos, like the vegetarian-friendly Adobo Tofu, 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 prickly pear, coconut, watermelon, passionfruit, and spicy varieties. You can also pull for The Best Margarita made with higher-end tequila, or a Nitro Margarita available by the glass or the pitcher.
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 is currently undergoing 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 made with serrano-infused tequila; and the frosty Frolita, available classic or flavored with strawberry, mango, or coconut.