At Triposo, we believe the best way to experience a culture is through its cuisine — or, in this case, its liquor. This year, if you can’t head south of the border in time for Cinco de Mayo, check out these restaurants and bars, which are the highest-rated for “tequila” on social media according to Triposo’s algorithms. ¡Salud!
Iron Cactus - Austin, TX
Iron Cactus claims to have the biggest happy hour in Texas, but if that isn’t reason enough to visit, then you should definitely check out one of their tequila flights. The three-shot samplers are a great way to familiarize yourself with the kind of tequila that deserves to be sipped rather than sucked down as hastily as possible.
Rosa Mexicano - Atlanta, GA
Queen of the Kitchen Martha Stewart herself declared Rosa Mexicano’s guacamole the “best in the world.” Need we say more? Well, it also bears mentioning that Rosa has a separate breakfast-heavy Cinco de Mayo menu that features chilaquiles, Mexican stuffed French toast and Bloody Marias. Of course, you’d be remiss not to sample La Unica, Rosa Mexicano’s “Cadillac of Margaritas.” We’ll take two.
El Carmen - Los Angeles, CA
The spicy margarita at El Carmen is legendary, though not for the faint of heart. At $5 a drink, their happy hour is not to be missed. The restaurant is famed for being a great bang for the buck, and you really can’t go wrong with $2 guacamole and $6 taco plates. The ambiance is dive-y but romantic, perfect for a date night. And if it’s not going well, their multipage drink menu ought to have something to drown your sorrows, no matter your preference.
Mija - Boston, MA
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. That’s pretty much how the math goes in this Faneuil Hall joint on any given Friday. The crowds — like most of Faneuil’s establishments — consist primarily of tourists and college kids, with a few hapless young professionals thrown in for good measure. The drinks are plentiful and varied, though, and if tequila’s your thing you’ll probably find what you’re looking for at Mija.
Mamacita - San Francisco, CA
“La hora feliz” at Mamacita is feliz indeed, with funky taco concoctions like the Camaron al Pastor (achiote-spiced prawn tacos with grilled pineapple, green apple-mango salsa verde & watercress) anchoring a menu of $2 beers and $5 margaritas. With 7 versions of the classic Mexican cocktail to choose from, there’s something for everyone here — including a pomegranate margarita that features fresh fruit-infused tequila.
Barrio - Minneapolis, MN
Barrio bills itself as “not your average taco stand Mexican.” Not that there’s anything wrong with a good ol’ taco stand, but Barrio’s taking creative Mexican cuisine to a new level with its small plates menu, featuring specialties like Amish chicken and black bean tostadas, crab empanadas and red snapper ceviche. Their bebidas menu is where the magic happens, though, featuring nearly 100 varieties of tequila and mezcal to transport you right to the streets of Mexico City without ever leaving MPLS. ¡Arriba!
Colibri - San Francisco, CA
Colibri features authentic central Mexican cuisine cooked up by a husband-and-wife team with a real passion for the food of their homeland. In addition to such specialties as tamales and fish tacos with papaya-pineapple salsa, Colibiri offers a flight of blanco, reposado and añejo tequilas and $5 house margaritas all day. It’s the perfect place to get in the mood for Cinco de Mayo by experiencing high-quality, authentic grub from south of the border.
COA - Milwaukee, WI
COA is a sophisticated take on the classic street food of Mexico, including tortas and pulled pork, as well as Americanized Tex-Mex favorites like quesadillas. With strawberry, ginger and passionfruit margaritas as well as a selection of 18 tequilas and mezcals, you can’t go wrong with this little Mexican oasis in the heart of Wisconsin’s largest city.
Barrio - Seattle, WA
Though it shares a name with number 5, Seattle’s Barrio restaurant is independently owned and operated. With funky Mexican/Southern hybrid dishes like biscuits and jalapeño sausage gravy and pork belly benedict, Barrio stands out from the traditional Tex-Mex crowd. If your Cinco de Mayo celebration keeps going into Monday (si se puede!), make sure to check out their half-price tequila shots and flights. With a serious selection of tequila and mezcal, all served with a traditional sangrita chaser, you’ll have everything you need to keep the fiesta rocking long after last call.
Mayahuel - New York, NY
Mayahuel takes Mexican cuisine, culture and libations very, very seriously. With a high-end menu featuring delicacies that include black bean and plantain croquetas, chorizo-stuffed shrimp and scallops and an upscale cotija cheese and papaya-mango salsa quesadilla, Mayahuel is perhaps the swankiest choice on our list. They also boast a carefully-selected list of tequilas, mezcals and a sotol, an indigenous spirit from Chihuahua, Mexico that must be harvested from plants that are 15 or more years old.