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The Best Margaritas In DC

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on August 15
A selection of different margaritas from Paradiso.

A selection of different margaritas from Paraiso. (paraisotaqueria/Inatagram)

Whether you like it spicy, slushy, sour, or foamy (?), here are the best spots in town to raise a salt-rimmed glass.

El Chucho: Jerimiah’s Blood & Smoke

All of El Chucho’s margs are stellar, but this one with mezcal, habanero, and blood orange really can’t be beat. All tequila drinks are 20% off on Tuesdays. (Columbia Heights, $12)

Made with coconut and strawberry syrup plus fresh lime, this margarita sounds odd but is absolutely fire. They also have one of the best happy hour deals in the city. (Capitol Hill, $11)

Paraiso: La Clásica Margarita

No bells and whistles are needed at this mezcalería. Reader Katherine D. says, “They keep it simple with fresh lime and few ingredients, but it’s incredibly tangy and flavorful.”  (Capitol Hill, $13)

Israel’s Matador marg at Tequila & Mezcal.

Israel’s Matador marg at Tequila & Mezcal. (Sussanna Broun/City Cast DC)

Republic Cantina: Frozen tap marg

Great for frozen margs, they always have their classic and a fun rotating frozen flavor on tap. (Truxton Circle, $12)

Tequila & Mezcal: Israel’s Matador

Mezcal + pineapple + hibiscus + habanero = the most refreshing (and colorful) marg you can get in the District. (Columbia Heights, $14)

Oyamel: Salt Air margarita

This classic-style marg has 'Salt Air' foam on top, with a hint of lime and pomegranate. Allegedly, it’s José Andrés' personal favorite. (Penn Quarter, $15)

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