Denver is known for great Mexican cuisine from no frills taco joints to bougie fine dining! When National Margarita Day rolls around its easy to highlight fabulous places to celebrate in Denver. What’s not easy is deciding which ones. Here’s a curated guide to 8 great Denver restaurants that exude style and serve up delicious margaritas.
1. SOL Mexican Cocina – Cherry Creek
You can’t walk by this splashy corner Cocina in Cherry Creek North and not want to go inside! Sol Mexican Cocina’s atmosphere and stylish decor calls your name, and the margaritas never disappoint! Inspired by the flavors of the Baja Peninsula, Sol Mexican Cocina offers wood-grilled tacos, fresh seafood ceviches, savory and healthy Coastal Mexican cooking and over 100 types of tequila and fine mezcals!
While the bill at Sol can get a little pricey, we love that the bougie bar offers such great deals at Happy Hour and on Taco + Tequila Tuesdays! From 3pm to close on Tuesdays, house margaritas are $5!
2. Machete Tequila + Tacos – Cherry Creek
When the weather is nice, there is nothing more festive and fun then sitting outside at Machete on Third Avenue in Cherry Creek North and soaking up all the great Denver vibes. The entrees at Machete are so so so good, and the drinks even better. In addition to 18 tacos to choose from, there are lots of different kinds of quesadillas, chile rellenos and specialty entrees.
The margaritas are some of the finest in Denver with 16 on the menu to choose from in addition to dozens of special Mezcals and Tequilas. Machete offers a number of Mezcal and Tequila flights where you can try a few at a time. Come for the margaritas, but DO NOT leave without the Pan de Antier: a corncake with pecans and vanilla ice cream.
3. North County – Lowry
This Lowry neighborhood favorite mixes up some of the best hand crafted margaritas in the City! North County’s original margarita in nicely priced under $10 and includes Exotico Reposado, Triple Sec, agave and some house-made sweet and sour love. You can also order it spicy with a splash of serrano syrup! My favorite is The Original Strawberry margarita with fresh strawberry puree. North County is a great value where even the fancy margaritas with high end tequilas only cost $11.
In addition to its 100 different premium tequilas, North County is known for its fresh fish flown in daily that is served in delicious street tacos and salads. On Taco Tuesdays all the tacos are $1 off. If you are feeling decadent, get the cinnamon sugar dusted churros with spiced Abuelita hot chocolate! Healthy alternatives are made easy too – carb avoiders can get fish tacos with mango salsa on Jicama instead of tortillas. For more on North County and other great restaurants in Lowry, check out our article Lowry I Love.
4. Perdida – Washington Park
One of the newer restaurants on the Denver margarita scene is beautiful Perdida on Old South Gaylord. Perdida offers coastal Mexican cuisine with style. Today for National Margarita Day, Perdida is offering $5 house margaritas all day! You can also sample a variety of margaritas on the happy hour menu any day to save some cash with $8 drinks, because Perdida can otherwise get expensive. Entrees run from $20 to $30 each, but are totally worth it with items like wood fired striped bass and seared scallops. The fajitas are phenomenal and you have to get the yucca fries!
In addition to a bunch of margarita options, Perdida’s mezcal signature cocktails are the jewels of Wash Park. We were remiss in going for lunch once and not ordering drinks. DON’T DO THAT! As good as the food is, if you want the full Perdida experience you really need to have one of their gorgeous drinks by your side.
5. Tamayo – LoDo
Along Denver’s historic Larimer corridor in lower downtown (LoDo) you will find one award winning restaurant after another. Chef Richard Sandoval’s Tamayo has been a long time anchor with its rooftop hot spot overlooking the lights of Larimer. Luck would have it – Tamayo is going big for National Margarita Day! You can make a reservation to play mixologist with Tamayo’s Build Your Own Margarita Menu. Choose your favorite tequila, house-made purées and juices, rim and garnishes and toast the day. If you prefer to stay home and order in margaritas, Tamayo has a great special this Tuesday. Use code MARGDAY2022 to receive 20% off all to-go and delivery orders from Tamayo placed through their website on National Margarita Day,
Chef Sandoval is one of the country’s top chefs known for exceptional presentations of Mexican cuisine. Sandoval’s desserts are especially enticing with homemade churros and Tamayo’s signature warm three milk break pudding. Moreover, the rooftop at Tamayo is hands down one of the best perches to plant yourself in all of Denver!
6. Kachina – Dairy Block
Abundantly flavorful, Kachina Cantina in the Maven Hotel is an exciting place to be on National Margarita Day and other special occasions! Kachina’s inspiration comes from the Four Corner region of Southwest America and Baja Mexico. The fresh margaritas and sipping tequilas stand out among the many choices in Denver’s Ball Park neighborhood.
Special for National Margarita Day, for $15 you can sip on a flight of our signature margaritas: the Kachina Marg, Blood Orange Margarita and the Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita. Plus, you can enjoy $2 tacos for Taco Tuesday.
In addition to drinks, the menu overall is bursting with flavor with specialty dishes like pollo con mole and Calabacitas enchiladas. Definitely get the Mexican bread pudding with roasted plantain ice cream for dessert!
7. Comida – Central Park, Stanley Marketplace
Comida, a favorite of all the restaurants at Stanley Marketplace. We especially love to go in warm weather when you can sit outside and listen to Stanley’s free concerts. Given the freezing temperatures today for National Margarita Day, we won’t focus on that thought. We will talk about the fiery Mexican street food and caliente margaritas that warm you inside. Comida keeps the menu small but diverse – serving tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and a daily assortment of rotating goodness made from scratch using the freshest ingredients.
We had the pink Comida food truck cater an event for us this year. The tacos were the total hit of the party. The food is authentic, flavorful and truly special! When you eat at Comida you get true quality! Just writing this is making me want to go there for happy hour ASAP!
8. Blanco Cocina + Cantina – 9+CO
One of Denver’s newest restaurants, Blanco Cocina + Cantina opened last fall in the newly developed 9+CO located at 9th and Colorado Boulevard. The food is really good and the drinks even better. Blanco Cocina + Cantina is a fun place to celebrate National Margarita Day and throw down one of the best tortilla soups in the Mile High.
This artistically designed restaurant and its sister restaurant next door Culinary Dropout (also a good place for margaritas) brings a fun new vibe to Denver that exudes style and pizazz. If you haven’t checked these two restaurants out yet, be sure to swing by. Definitely worth a visit!
We wish you a happy Margarita Day and hope we’ve give you some new ideas for enjoying this exciting city we all love! It makes us so happy to hear from you! Please let us know where you love to drink margaritas in Denver and how you decide to celebrate National Margarita Day in Mile High style!