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Where to Sip Margaritas in D.C.

Cinco de Mayo is coming, after all.

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Margaritas aren't exactly hard to find in D.C. — walk into a Mexican restaurant, night club, or even a piano bar and chances are, a margarita will be available.

At its most simple, the margarita combines tequila, triple sec, and lime. People generally have strong feelings about whether they're best served shaken on the rocks or blended and frozen. A giant margarita glass is the traditional vessel, but the drink is now served in everything from pint, wine, and even martini glasses.

Here are 20 places where margaritas stand above the crowd, either for having a loyal following, being new on the scene or just being especially well-made. D.C. also offers a whole range of flavors. There's plenty of options for the most common mango and strawberry, but now hibiscus, prickly pear, and even blood orange jalapeno can be found. Enjoy them on Cinco de Mayo and beyond.

Have another favorite place for margaritas? Share in the comments.

—Missy Frederick and Meredith Bethune

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0301
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At least five different margaritas are on the menu at this Navy Yard restaurant. Choose from flavors like blood orange, frozen lime, and the signature Agua Margarita made with Patron Silver and Patron Citronage.
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2. Cantina Marina

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600 Water St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 554-8396
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At this waterfront bar, frozen margaritas come in flavors like lime, strawberry, raspberry, or mango for $9.

3. El Centro D.F. 14th Street

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1819 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-3131
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Here, strawberry, spicy mango, and cucumber margaritas are served by the half pitcher or full pitcher. The prickly pear flavor is served by the glass.

4. El Rey

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919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 506-6418
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Classic margaritas, served frozen or on the rocks, are $8 for a glass or $28 for a pitcher at this U Street bar.

5. Impala Cantina

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1358 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Margaritas are served frozen or on the rocks for $7 at this H Steeet spot.

6. Masa 14

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1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-1414
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Richard Sandoval's 14th Street restaurant offers a traditional margarita along with a spicy version made woth tequila infused with cucumber and fresno pepper. But the latest flavor is the mango frozen margarita.
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7. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-1005
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Oyamel is one of the most authentic purveyors of Mexican fare in D.C., and their margaritas, served in several styles, are no joke, either.

8. Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

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1835 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-0035
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Lauriol Plaza has a reputation for its frozen swirl margaritas.
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9. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3313
El Chucho's margaritas come in such varieties as blackberry poblano (have them on the rooftop).

10. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

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2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 970-2180
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Fuego is a great Arlington option for classic and fancied-up margaritas alike. The restaurant usually offers several specials for Cinco de Mayo as well.

11. El Camino

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108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 847-0419
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Find both traditional and flavored margaritas in varieties like cucumber at this new Bloomingdale addition. They opened early today for Cinco de Mayo.

12. Johnny Pistolas

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2333 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 817-3255
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Adams Morgan has a margarita option in Johnny Pistolas. Along with classic margaritas, they do flavors like blood orange jalapeno and strawberry.
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13. Rosa Mexicano

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5225 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 777-9959
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Rosa Mexicano's reputation in D.C. lies in its margaritas and guacamole.
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14. Taqueria el Poblano

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2503A N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 237-8250
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Located in Arlington and Alexandria, give the habanero and jalapeno margaritas a try at Taqueria el Poblano.

15. Taqueria Nacional

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1409 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 299-1122
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Classic and flavored margaritas like pineapple are available at this Logan Circle taco joint.
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16. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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The margaritas and all the cocktails at Tico have personality. Try the hibiscus flavor.

17. Chuy's Fairfax

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11219 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 364-5933
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Tex-Mex fans know Chuy's is a destination for epic-sized margaritas (another location is in Springfield).

18. Don Tito

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3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 672-5381
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This Clarendon bar serves a variety of margaritas, along with 60 tequilas on the menu (not to mention a massive roof deck).

19. Espita Mezcaleria

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-9695
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For something different, try this mezcaleria's Mayahuel cocktail. It's made with mezcal (instead of tequila), triple sec, lime, and raw agave.

20. Pepita Cantina

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4000 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 312-0200
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Mike Isabella's cantina offers both regular and frozen margaritas. Flavors include pomegranate, mango, and prickly pear.

1. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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At least five different margaritas are on the menu at this Navy Yard restaurant. Choose from flavors like blood orange, frozen lime, and the signature Agua Margarita made with Patron Silver and Patron Citronage.
301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. Cantina Marina

600 Water St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
At this waterfront bar, frozen margaritas come in flavors like lime, strawberry, raspberry, or mango for $9.
600 Water St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

3. El Centro D.F. 14th Street

1819 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Here, strawberry, spicy mango, and cucumber margaritas are served by the half pitcher or full pitcher. The prickly pear flavor is served by the glass.
1819 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. El Rey

919 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Classic margaritas, served frozen or on the rocks, are $8 for a glass or $28 for a pitcher at this U Street bar.
919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Impala Cantina

1358 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Margaritas are served frozen or on the rocks for $7 at this H Steeet spot.
1358 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Masa 14

1825 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Richard Sandoval's 14th Street restaurant offers a traditional margarita along with a spicy version made woth tequila infused with cucumber and fresno pepper. But the latest flavor is the mango frozen margarita.
1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Oyamel is one of the most authentic purveyors of Mexican fare in D.C., and their margaritas, served in several styles, are no joke, either.
401 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

1835 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Lauriol Plaza has a reputation for its frozen swirl margaritas.
1835 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
El Chucho's margaritas come in such varieties as blackberry poblano (have them on the rooftop).
3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

10. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Fuego is a great Arlington option for classic and fancied-up margaritas alike. The restaurant usually offers several specials for Cinco de Mayo as well.
2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. El Camino

108 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Find both traditional and flavored margaritas in varieties like cucumber at this new Bloomingdale addition. They opened early today for Cinco de Mayo.
108 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Johnny Pistolas

2333 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
Official
Adams Morgan has a margarita option in Johnny Pistolas. Along with classic margaritas, they do flavors like blood orange jalapeno and strawberry.
2333 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

13. Rosa Mexicano

5225 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
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Rosa Mexicano's reputation in D.C. lies in its margaritas and guacamole.
5225 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

14. Taqueria el Poblano

2503A N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207
Located in Arlington and Alexandria, give the habanero and jalapeno margaritas a try at Taqueria el Poblano.
2503A N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207

15. Taqueria Nacional

1409 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Classic and flavored margaritas like pineapple are available at this Logan Circle taco joint.
1409 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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16. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The margaritas and all the cocktails at Tico have personality. Try the hibiscus flavor.
1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

17. Chuy's Fairfax

11219 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Tex-Mex fans know Chuy's is a destination for epic-sized margaritas (another location is in Springfield).
11219 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

18. Don Tito

3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
This Clarendon bar serves a variety of margaritas, along with 60 tequilas on the menu (not to mention a massive roof deck).
3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

19. Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
For something different, try this mezcaleria's Mayahuel cocktail. It's made with mezcal (instead of tequila), triple sec, lime, and raw agave.
1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

20. Pepita Cantina

4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
Mike Isabella's cantina offers both regular and frozen margaritas. Flavors include pomegranate, mango, and prickly pear.
4000 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

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