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Where to Find Portland’s Most Enticing Margaritas

From blended to mezcal-spiked, here are the top 14 spots for a frosty marg

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Portland may be widely regarded for its craft cocktail scene but, tucked up in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not exactly lauded for its margarita game. That being said, some stand-out restaurants and bars make no-joke versions of the beloved drink, from the classic tequila, lime, and triple sec to outlandish beer-spiked and fruit-and-pepper-infused versions. We’ve done the arduous task of tasting through them, and here are 14 of our favorite places to grab a margarita in Portland.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Taq

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(971) 888-5687
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An industrial-yet-cozy taqueria and bar with rustic vibes, La Taq is well-regarded for its contemporary take on Tex-Mex, as well as its refreshing margaritas. Visitors can always find classic takes on the ubiquitous drink, plus spicy variations and a variety of fruit infused specials, like tamarind or mezcal and piña.

2. Bunk Alberta

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2017 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 328-2865
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One of Portland’s favorite sandwich restaurants, Bunk serves its frosty, blended margaritas at its stark counter-service locations at Water Avenue, Alberta, and Wonder Ballroom (just not its downtown spot). At each you can find the frosty drink in 12 ounce, 16 ounce, or pitcher size. Or you can get it as an iceberg, floating on top of a pint of lager; it’s bright, boozy, and refreshing in any form.

3. Stella Taco

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2940 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(971) 407-3705
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Casual counter-service joint Stella Taco, with locations on Alberta and Division, knocks it out of the park with the heavenly Austin Rita, a small, blended margarita with a mini corona upended into it. The drink is an exercise in displacement, as the upside-down bottle stays full until drinkers decide to, carefully, lift it up, allowing it to refill the margarita. It’s just $7, and only $6 at happy hour, so there is no excuse for not ordering one when it’s sunny out.

4. Güero

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 887-9258
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The immensely buzzy sandwich shop Güero hit the ground running in February 2017, complete with an agave-heavy cocktail menu served in a bright and airy space. The standard margarita is solid, but the mezcal margarita, with touch of grapefruit rosé for crisp acidity, is perfect for pairing with the spicy mess that is the torta ahogada.

5. Mi Mero Mole

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32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 266-8575
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Mi Mero Mole, a quick counter-service Mexican restaurant in Old Town, quietly has one of the best collections of agave spirits in the city, from tequila to mezcal and even raicilla, a rarely seen spirit similar to mezcal. It also offers a huge selection of margaritas, with flavors like strawberry slushy, tamarind, hibiscus, and even plantain-infused. During happy hour, 2 to 6 pm Monday through Friday, margaritas are marked down by $2.50 and pitchers by $6.

6. Tope

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15 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 770-0500
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A busy, plant-filled rooftop bar at the Hoxton Hotel, Tope specializes in the ultimate dining duo of tacos and agave drinks, including a number of margs and variations on them. The classic Tope margarita is a solidly crafted drink, with Pueblo Viejo and Combier elevating it a bit, and is available by the glass or carafe; those looking for an extra kick will enjoy the hot margarita, which gets some spice from Ancho Verde and habanero.

7. The Goose

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2725 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-2222
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The Goose is another addition to the casual-and-thoughtful Mexican dining scene in a long, dark, rustic bar setting. It offers some unusual margaritas, including zesty blood orange ginger, a juicy mango-habañero, and a pleasantly fresh cranberry-jalapeño margarita. Of course the house margarita — made with tequila, fresh lime, and agave nectar — is never a bad choice.

8. Taqueria Nueve

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727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-1987
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T9, as it’s affectionately known, serves up some killer tacos every night in a modern, fast-paced space. Its serious margarita list includes the fun Piñarita, with pineapple rum and chili-infused tequila. For a fruitier take, the strawberry-orange Amorcita Margarita is a great choice, bright and juicy without being overly sweet.

9. Que Pasa Cantina

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1408 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 230-9212
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A bright, colorful Mexican restaurant and bar, Que Pasa answers its own question with its drink menu—margaritas are what’s up, a whole host of them from the classics to pineapple habañero, as well as a few slushy options including a seasonal fruit margarita. Most are available by the glass or pitcher, all the better to share with friends.

10. Cha! Cha! Cha!

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3433 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-1100
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Local chain Cha! Cha! Cha! offers casual Mexican dining, from burritos to enchiladas, with quick counter service in its colorful restaurants. Also available is a line of fruity margaritas, including juicy, well-balanced hibiscus and rich tamarind. The chain also serves two margaritas made with a Herradura Reposado tequila made specifically for Cha! Cha! Cha!, available with grapefruit or orange.

11. Teote House Cafe

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1615 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 888-5281
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Teoté House Cafe is a counter-service restaurant serving knockout arepas (South American corn cakes), rice bowls with beans, vegetables, and meats, and a sizable menu of agave spirits. The house margaritas, built in a collins glass over ice, are deliciously refreshing to sip out on the covered patio, but it’s the mezcal margaritas that really shine. These juicy, lightly smoky drinks get a dash of orange juice to balance out the heat from the mezcal.

12. Nuestra Cocina

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2135 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-2135
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Husband-and-wife-owned Nuestra Cocina is one of Portland’s original high-end Mexican restaurants, an inviting space full warm-colored wood furniture and tiled countertops serving “old peasant style cooking.” Along with tortillas made in house daily from the open kitchen, the Cocina offers a long list of margaritas, served in chunky jam-jar glasses. The standard marg, tamarind-mezcal marg, and chipotle marg are all solid, but the true standout is the Cocina Especial Margarita—chile-arbol-infused tequila gets muddled with fresh citrus. The result is sweet, boozy, and spicy without any one note overwhelming the others.

13. Xico

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3715 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 548-6343
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Another fabulous Mexican spot is Xico, which boasts one of the largest collections of mezcal in the city in a breezy space full of natural colors, with a hidden patio out back. That collection is put to good use in the La Miela margarita, made with mezcal, lime, and a honey syrup instead of sugar or triple sec. The rim of each glass is lined with a hot chile worm salt, so imbibers can choose with each sip how hot the drink is.

14. Verde Cocina Hillsdale

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6446 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 384-2327
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The gluten-free, paleo-friendly chain Verde Cocina has numerous stores across town, each using Pacific Northwest ingredients to make some stellar Mexican dishes. The colorful, family-friendly restaurants offer a list of agave cocktails, like tequila old fashioneds and bloody marys, but the margaritas, made with a reliable recipe of tequila, agave syrup, lime, and a salt rim, are solidly built with high-quality ingredients.

1. La Taq

1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

An industrial-yet-cozy taqueria and bar with rustic vibes, La Taq is well-regarded for its contemporary take on Tex-Mex, as well as its refreshing margaritas. Visitors can always find classic takes on the ubiquitous drink, plus spicy variations and a variety of fruit infused specials, like tamarind or mezcal and piña.

1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

2. Bunk Alberta

2017 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

One of Portland’s favorite sandwich restaurants, Bunk serves its frosty, blended margaritas at its stark counter-service locations at Water Avenue, Alberta, and Wonder Ballroom (just not its downtown spot). At each you can find the frosty drink in 12 ounce, 16 ounce, or pitcher size. Or you can get it as an iceberg, floating on top of a pint of lager; it’s bright, boozy, and refreshing in any form.

2017 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Stella Taco

2940 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Casual counter-service joint Stella Taco, with locations on Alberta and Division, knocks it out of the park with the heavenly Austin Rita, a small, blended margarita with a mini corona upended into it. The drink is an exercise in displacement, as the upside-down bottle stays full until drinkers decide to, carefully, lift it up, allowing it to refill the margarita. It’s just $7, and only $6 at happy hour, so there is no excuse for not ordering one when it’s sunny out.

2940 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Güero

200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

The immensely buzzy sandwich shop Güero hit the ground running in February 2017, complete with an agave-heavy cocktail menu served in a bright and airy space. The standard margarita is solid, but the mezcal margarita, with touch of grapefruit rosé for crisp acidity, is perfect for pairing with the spicy mess that is the torta ahogada.

200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

5. Mi Mero Mole

32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Mi Mero Mole, a quick counter-service Mexican restaurant in Old Town, quietly has one of the best collections of agave spirits in the city, from tequila to mezcal and even raicilla, a rarely seen spirit similar to mezcal. It also offers a huge selection of margaritas, with flavors like strawberry slushy, tamarind, hibiscus, and even plantain-infused. During happy hour, 2 to 6 pm Monday through Friday, margaritas are marked down by $2.50 and pitchers by $6.

32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. Tope

15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

A busy, plant-filled rooftop bar at the Hoxton Hotel, Tope specializes in the ultimate dining duo of tacos and agave drinks, including a number of margs and variations on them. The classic Tope margarita is a solidly crafted drink, with Pueblo Viejo and Combier elevating it a bit, and is available by the glass or carafe; those looking for an extra kick will enjoy the hot margarita, which gets some spice from Ancho Verde and habanero.

15 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

7. The Goose

2725 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214

The Goose is another addition to the casual-and-thoughtful Mexican dining scene in a long, dark, rustic bar setting. It offers some unusual margaritas, including zesty blood orange ginger, a juicy mango-habañero, and a pleasantly fresh cranberry-jalapeño margarita. Of course the house margarita — made with tequila, fresh lime, and agave nectar — is never a bad choice.

2725 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Taqueria Nueve

727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

T9, as it’s affectionately known, serves up some killer tacos every night in a modern, fast-paced space. Its serious margarita list includes the fun Piñarita, with pineapple rum and chili-infused tequila. For a fruitier take, the strawberry-orange Amorcita Margarita is a great choice, bright and juicy without being overly sweet.

727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Que Pasa Cantina

1408 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

A bright, colorful Mexican restaurant and bar, Que Pasa answers its own question with its drink menu—margaritas are what’s up, a whole host of them from the classics to pineapple habañero, as well as a few slushy options including a seasonal fruit margarita. Most are available by the glass or pitcher, all the better to share with friends.

1408 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. Cha! Cha! Cha!

3433 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Local chain Cha! Cha! Cha! offers casual Mexican dining, from burritos to enchiladas, with quick counter service in its colorful restaurants. Also available is a line of fruity margaritas, including juicy, well-balanced hibiscus and rich tamarind. The chain also serves two margaritas made with a Herradura Reposado tequila made specifically for Cha! Cha! Cha!, available with grapefruit or orange.

3433 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

11. Teote House Cafe

1615 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Teoté House Cafe is a counter-service restaurant serving knockout arepas (South American corn cakes), rice bowls with beans, vegetables, and meats, and a sizable menu of agave spirits. The house margaritas, built in a collins glass over ice, are deliciously refreshing to sip out on the covered patio, but it’s the mezcal margaritas that really shine. These juicy, lightly smoky drinks get a dash of orange juice to balance out the heat from the mezcal.

1615 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

12. Nuestra Cocina

2135 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Husband-and-wife-owned Nuestra Cocina is one of Portland’s original high-end Mexican restaurants, an inviting space full warm-colored wood furniture and tiled countertops serving “old peasant style cooking.” Along with tortillas made in house daily from the open kitchen, the Cocina offers a long list of margaritas, served in chunky jam-jar glasses. The standard marg, tamarind-mezcal marg, and chipotle marg are all solid, but the true standout is the Cocina Especial Margarita—chile-arbol-infused tequila gets muddled with fresh citrus. The result is sweet, boozy, and spicy without any one note overwhelming the others.

2135 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

13. Xico

3715 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Another fabulous Mexican spot is Xico, which boasts one of the largest collections of mezcal in the city in a breezy space full of natural colors, with a hidden patio out back. That collection is put to good use in the La Miela margarita, made with mezcal, lime, and a honey syrup instead of sugar or triple sec. The rim of each glass is lined with a hot chile worm salt, so imbibers can choose with each sip how hot the drink is.

3715 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

14. Verde Cocina Hillsdale

6446 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239

The gluten-free, paleo-friendly chain Verde Cocina has numerous stores across town, each using Pacific Northwest ingredients to make some stellar Mexican dishes. The colorful, family-friendly restaurants offer a list of agave cocktails, like tequila old fashioneds and bloody marys, but the margaritas, made with a reliable recipe of tequila, agave syrup, lime, and a salt rim, are solidly built with high-quality ingredients.

6446 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

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