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Barrio in Capitol Hill offers a variety of margaritas, including blood orange.
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8 Super Cool Seattle Spots to Drink Margaritas

There’s coffee-infused tequila, of course

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Barrio in Capitol Hill offers a variety of margaritas, including blood orange.
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Whether served on the rocks or blended into a mind-numbing slushy, margaritas are the perfect party cocktail. But there’s no need for a special occasion to enjoy some of the best Seattle has to offer. From classics with triple sec and lime to smokier specialties made with reposado tequila (aged two months to a year in oak) to, yes, even a coffee margarita, here’s a look at the city’s margarita landscape, along with some fantastic Mexican food to help absorb all that alcohol. Cheers.

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1. Señor Moose Cafe

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5242 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-5568
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A Ballard mainstay — attracting crowds of diners for more than 13 years — Señor Moose is most well known for its delectable Mexican dishes, including an extensive selection of moles. But those rich sauces are washed down best with one of the house’s special margaritas. Try the potent La Ultima, with Roca Patrón reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and a float of Grand Marnier.

2. Pecado Bueno Fremont

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4307 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 457-8837
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The longtime Seattle chain has found a formula that works with its house margarita at a wallet-friendly $3.50 (or make it a double for $7). Nothing too fancy. Just El Jimador, triple sec, and freshly-squeezed lime juice, but it goes down well when munching on wild white fish ceviche around a fire pit at the Fremont location’s outdoor patio.

3. El Camino

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607 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-7303
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Not too far from the Fremont troll, this neighborhood favorite — with a lovely backyard patio — has been slinging fantastic Mexican fare and cocktails for more than 23 years. While the house margarita has always been a crowd-pleaser, don’t sleep on the Picante, made with serrano chile and cucumber-infused reposado tequila, or the frozen pineapple-jalapeno margarita, which doesn’t skimp on the booze.

Frozen pineapple-jalapeno margarita
El Camino

4. Nacho Borracho

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209 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 466-2434
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This always-packed Capitol Hill bar has been a boozy slushy destination for years, with various rotating flavors. But it really hits the mark with the creamy avocado margarita, which seems especially engineered to deliver an invigorating brain freeze. New taco window El Xolo is in the house now, serving up slow-roasted pork in tortillas nixtamalized from scratch and airy light queso-topped chips.

Margarita slushies
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5. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-0506
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The sibling bar to the iconic La Carta de Oaxaca has a gorgeous design and an open rooftop in Capitol Hill perfect for savoring an impressive selection of smoky mezcal-based cocktails (as the name indicates). But the margaritas are underrated, especially the Del Cantinero with a refreshing touch of cranberry. And, yes, the one made with the house specialty mezcal is a winner as well.

Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s eclectic decor
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6. Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar

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1420 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 588-8105
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One of the keys to a good margarita is to let the tequila shine, as long as it’s quality stuff. This popular Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant does just that, with ghost-pepper-infused reposado and a select blanco tequila paired with tamarind. The blood orange margarita (pictured) is also a favorite among those who like citrus and a soft color palette.

Blood orange margarita
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar

7. Casco Antiguo

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115 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 538-0400
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Mezcal and margaritas are on tap at this intimate cantina located in the heart of Pioneer Square, serving up plantain empanadas, grilled octopus, and braised beef tongue tacos. But the most intriguing drink draw may be the sotol margarita made with an increasingly-popular liquor distilled from a desert plant native to the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The flavor is a little earthy, combining well with the cocktail’s orange liqueur and agave syrup.

8. Bang Bang Kitchen

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4219 South Othello Street Suite 111B and C
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 420-3146
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Even though this new restaurant in Othello — on Eater Seattle’s list of Hottest Restaurants for May — mostly specializes in New Mexico cuisine, it’s already upping the margarita game in the city with the Seattle Margarita, using coffee-infused tequila and St George Nola coffee liqueur (naturally). Pairs well with the hatch chili burger with dry-aged beef or the vegan pozole with marinated jackfruit and hominy.

Seattle Margarita, with coffee-infused tequila and a sugar rim
Bang Bang Kitchen

1. Señor Moose Cafe

5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

A Ballard mainstay — attracting crowds of diners for more than 13 years — Señor Moose is most well known for its delectable Mexican dishes, including an extensive selection of moles. But those rich sauces are washed down best with one of the house’s special margaritas. Try the potent La Ultima, with Roca Patrón reposado tequila, orange liqueur, and a float of Grand Marnier.

5242 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Pecado Bueno Fremont

4307 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

The longtime Seattle chain has found a formula that works with its house margarita at a wallet-friendly $3.50 (or make it a double for $7). Nothing too fancy. Just El Jimador, triple sec, and freshly-squeezed lime juice, but it goes down well when munching on wild white fish ceviche around a fire pit at the Fremont location’s outdoor patio.

4307 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. El Camino

607 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Frozen pineapple-jalapeno margarita
El Camino

Not too far from the Fremont troll, this neighborhood favorite — with a lovely backyard patio — has been slinging fantastic Mexican fare and cocktails for more than 23 years. While the house margarita has always been a crowd-pleaser, don’t sleep on the Picante, made with serrano chile and cucumber-infused reposado tequila, or the frozen pineapple-jalapeno margarita, which doesn’t skimp on the booze.

607 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Nacho Borracho

209 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Margarita slushies
Nacho Borracho/Instagram

This always-packed Capitol Hill bar has been a boozy slushy destination for years, with various rotating flavors. But it really hits the mark with the creamy avocado margarita, which seems especially engineered to deliver an invigorating brain freeze. New taco window El Xolo is in the house now, serving up slow-roasted pork in tortillas nixtamalized from scratch and airy light queso-topped chips.

209 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

5. Mezcaleria Oaxaca

422 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s eclectic decor
Suzi Pratt for Eater

The sibling bar to the iconic La Carta de Oaxaca has a gorgeous design and an open rooftop in Capitol Hill perfect for savoring an impressive selection of smoky mezcal-based cocktails (as the name indicates). But the margaritas are underrated, especially the Del Cantinero with a refreshing touch of cranberry. And, yes, the one made with the house specialty mezcal is a winner as well.

422 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar

1420 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Blood orange margarita
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar

One of the keys to a good margarita is to let the tequila shine, as long as it’s quality stuff. This popular Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant does just that, with ghost-pepper-infused reposado and a select blanco tequila paired with tamarind. The blood orange margarita (pictured) is also a favorite among those who like citrus and a soft color palette.

1420 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Casco Antiguo

115 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Mezcal and margaritas are on tap at this intimate cantina located in the heart of Pioneer Square, serving up plantain empanadas, grilled octopus, and braised beef tongue tacos. But the most intriguing drink draw may be the sotol margarita made with an increasingly-popular liquor distilled from a desert plant native to the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The flavor is a little earthy, combining well with the cocktail’s orange liqueur and agave syrup.

115 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Bang Bang Kitchen

4219 South Othello Street Suite 111B and C, Seattle, WA 98118
Seattle Margarita, with coffee-infused tequila and a sugar rim
Bang Bang Kitchen

Even though this new restaurant in Othello — on Eater Seattle’s list of Hottest Restaurants for May — mostly specializes in New Mexico cuisine, it’s already upping the margarita game in the city with the Seattle Margarita, using coffee-infused tequila and St George Nola coffee liqueur (naturally). Pairs well with the hatch chili burger with dry-aged beef or the vegan pozole with marinated jackfruit and hominy.

4219 South Othello Street Suite 111B and C
Seattle, WA 98118

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