UK's Best Bars for a Margarita

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We won’t deny that this is a big shout, but we've rolled in and out of some of the best bars across the country to bring you our definitive list. Margaritas are the ultimate party drink, whether you like ‘em frozen, on the rocks, or as a Tommy’s, these beauties are just the thing to share with friends or accompany some spicy food!! We've done the hunting, your turn to do the gathering....

La Bodega Negra (London)

With a Mexican taqueria upstairs and hacienda-style tequila bar downstairs, the guys at La Bodega Negra guarantee you a good time. To really get into your Margarita groove, you’ll want to head downstairs, keep an eye out for the sex shop look-alike on old Compton Street and you’re there. Once you get past the doormen (a booking is helpful) you’ll wanna get a sneaky stool at the bar before your table is ready. The House Margarita is made with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, fresh lime and home-made orange liqueur, it’s served on the rocks with salt. But even better are their frozen Margaritas (even if it’s cold outside), made with Herradura Tequila and their flavour of the day. Sexy.

16 Moor Street, London W1D 5NH

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XOLO (Manchester)

Think Day of the Dead, tequila, mezcal, tunes and space for around 400 people and you’re half way to Xolo. It’s a bit like if the word YOLO was a bar and changed its name to sound more Mexican. Kinda. Whatever. This place is awesome and from the guys behind Black Dog Ballroom, Liars Club and Cain and Grain so you know it’s gonna be good. They do slammin good Margaritas, order a Herradura Tommy’s like you know the guy and party like you’ve got a Mexican fiesta on your hands. Oh and this place is a Thursday to Saturday kinda place so save your energy ‘til the weekend baby.

11-13 New Wakefield Street, Manchester M1 5NP

Neon Cactus (Leeds)

If you want to party, you want to hit Call Lane in Leeds. It's like a street full of house parties and you're invited to every one of them. If you want some headway into which joint to pick we're going with Neon Cactus. It's got the vibe (the DJ is suspended in a bird's nest 15ft above the ground), the tunes (90s RnB, hip hop and our kinda funk) and most importantly they have a ridiculous selection of tequilas on offer. Kick off with a Margarita for sure, take your pick from the Neon Cactus (made with ginger and grapefruit), the classic or the Tommy’s, or dabble with the rest of their incredible cocktail selection.

35 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BT

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Azteca (London)

Twenty years on and this place is still our favourite Latino hangout. It’s sure got some core ingredients to credit its double-decade existence; Sombreros? Check. Enormous tequila selection? Check. Mexican mayhem? Check. And if you’re fun enough then table top dancing is a go go. They make the cut with their fabulous Margarita menu, and don’t make any late night plans, because there’s enough choice to keep you there a while - you can thank us in the morning.

329 Kings Road, London SW3 5ES

Benito’s Hat (London)

Burritos and Margaritas is Mexico's answer to the Pie and Pint!!! Benito’s Hat is your one-stop-shop. Tacos, burritos, baby burritos, salads and salsas can all be washed down with a strong menu of Margaritas. Choose from a classic, a Tommy’s (agave), pomegranate, watermelon, frozen classic or frozen strawberry. Want more? Well coincidentally they’re also doing a special Margarita for Margarita Day (22nd Feb): Margarita Verdita - El Jimador tequila, fresh pineapple, corriander, mint and lime juice sweetened with a touch of agave nectar.

Various Locations

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Ham Yard Hotel (London)

If you’re attempting to blend your meeting in with a Margarita then the Ham Yard Hotel bar is where to come. It’s deceivingly business like and they do some damn good drinks too. Sit against a bright silk wall or perch up on one of their Mayan red bars stools. First up on their cocktail list is their Black Margarita, made with fat-washed Herradura Plata with lime, agave, homemade blackberry puree and a black salt rim. Sure this is not what Mexico had in mind when they thought up the Margarita but if you’re giving a classic a twist it should taste just like this.

1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT

Maya (Liverpool)

Hidden beneath the small, Mexican restaurant Lucha Libre, is Liverpool’s answer to Mexico. Nowhere else in town greets you with a giant neon cross, cabinets full of Mexican skulls and bountiful bottles of tequila. Take a seat on one of their saddles (no kidding the stools are horse saddles), pick your flavour, then sit back knowing that these guys know how to make Margaritas like the pros. Get stuck into the Jalapeno and Ginger one, they make it with fresh jalapenos which give it a good kick... nothing you can't handle with a salt rim though.

96 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ

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Verve (Leeds)

We like this place; it’s got fun staff, free comedy nights, live music and just when you think it can’t get any better it hits 9pm on a Friday night and BAM their downstairs Mariachi bar opens! Grab your amigos because this place is Leeds’ best kept secret - we will have ordered in the Margaritas before you can say “hola".

16 Merrion Street, City Centre, Leeds LS1 6PQ

The Basement Bar (Edinburgh)

We love a good basement bar and this one up in Edinburgh ticks all of our boxes, most importantly the Margarita one. The decor is fresh, ghetto Mexican and the place is usually packed so either book or get here early. They have a whole menu of tequila cocktails including an banging El Diablo and Bloody Bibiana (aka the Bloody Mary) but we're sticking to the subject and their Margarita always hits the spot. Have it on the rocks and order the guacamole that's made fresh in front of you!

10a - 12a Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RH

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Paradise Palms (Edinburgh)

Welcome to Paradise Palms; diner, cabaret club and dive bar all rolled into one. Inside it’s quirky (for sure) with leather booths, palm trees, neon lights and odd lamps about. What they do best though is a frozen Margarita, they've nailed it and it arrives in a jar. For only £3.50 it's a no brainer and especially when the sun's out and you can enjoy it with some rays on their outside terrace.

41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HB