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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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Agua 301

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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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Cantina Marina

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At this waterfront bar, frozen margaritas come in flavors like lime, strawberry, raspberry, or mango for $9.

Chuy's Fairfax

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Tex-Mex fans know Chuy's is a destination for epic-sized margaritas (another location is in Springfield).

Don Tito

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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).

El Camino

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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.

El Centro D.F. 14th Street

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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.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

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El Chucho's margaritas come in such varieties as blackberry poblano (have them on the rooftop).

El Rey

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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.

Espita Mezcaleria

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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.

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

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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.

Impala Cantina

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Margaritas are served frozen or on the rocks for $7 at this H Steeet spot.

Johnny Pistolas

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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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Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

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Lauriol Plaza has a reputation for its frozen swirl margaritas.

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Masa 14

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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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Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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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.

Pepita Cantina

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Mike Isabella's cantina offers both regular and frozen margaritas. Flavors include pomegranate, mango, and prickly pear.

Rosa Mexicano

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Rosa Mexicano's reputation in D.C. lies in its margaritas and guacamole.

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Taqueria el Poblano

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Located in Arlington and Alexandria, give the habanero and jalapeno margaritas a try at Taqueria el Poblano.

Taqueria Nacional

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Classic and flavored margaritas like pineapple are available at this Logan Circle taco joint.

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Tico DC

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The margaritas and all the cocktails at Tico have personality. Try the hibiscus flavor.

Agua 301

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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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Cantina Marina

At this waterfront bar, frozen margaritas come in flavors like lime, strawberry, raspberry, or mango for $9.

Chuy's Fairfax

Tex-Mex fans know Chuy's is a destination for epic-sized margaritas (another location is in Springfield).

Don Tito

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

El Camino

Find both traditional and flavored margaritas in varieties like cucumber at this new Bloomingdale addition. They opened early today for Cinco de Mayo.

El Centro D.F. 14th Street

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.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

El Chucho's margaritas come in such varieties as blackberry poblano (have them on the rooftop).

El Rey

Classic margaritas, served frozen or on the rocks, are $8 for a glass or $28 for a pitcher at this U Street bar.

Espita Mezcaleria

For something different, try this mezcaleria's Mayahuel cocktail. It's made with mezcal (instead of tequila), triple sec, lime, and raw agave.

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

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.