Dallas's Margarita Mile (and assoicated map and app) celebrates the city's history as the birthplace of the frozen margarita machine. Restaurateur Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine here almost 50 years ago, freezing its claim to America’s favorite cocktail. That first machine now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Visitors and locals can now enjoy that heritage along the Margarita Mile — tasting their way through a curated collection of Dallas’s best and most interesting margaritas. Use the app to plan which stops you want to visit, check in when you're there, and earn fun prizes along the way. For those planning a trip to explore Dallas’s diverse neighborhoods and culturese or just looking to wet their whistle with a sneak peak at the offerings along the Margarita Mile, here's a guide to some of the best spots (and mouth watering photos).
You can't visit Taqueria La Ventana without trying the La Ventana Margarita. It's the only one on the menu but you wouldn't want to drink anything else. Sit back on the patio, sip a margarita and enjoy the downtown skyline while your taste buds transport you to the streets of Mexico.
Avocados are not just for guac anymore! Meso Maya has created a special twist on this Mexican fruit with their fan-favorite Avocado Margarita. Readers of D magazine have picked this eatery as the Best Regional Mexican Cusine in 2018 and 2019. Chef Nico's margarita includes muddled avocado, freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juices, triple sec, and Espolòn Tequila Blanco.
Treat yourself to a margarita bursting with flavor. Wild Salsa's Wild-Rita features roasted pineapple, jalapeño-infused tequila, hand-pressed lime juice, and agave nectar to balance it all out. Wild Salsa was temporarily closed, so be sure to check before you visit.
Welcome to Beto & Sons Nitro Alchemy Bar where you'll find the wildest table-side drinks in Dallas. Impress your friends and order the Liquid Nitrogen Margarita, which contains hand-selected Beto & Sons Avion Resposado tequila, fresh lime juice, agave, orange liqueur, and fruit encapsulated pearls.
If you've been to José then you know they take their margaritas seriously. The Squozen frozen margarita features the most natural ingredients around including, Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime juice, and organic golden light blue agave nectar.
Gloria's Ginger Margarita is a refreshing cocktail made with Casamigos Silver Tequila, fresh ginger, lime juice, and agave nectar. It mixes perfectly with the historic Bishop Arts neighborhood and it's quaint offerings — including the converted firehouse in which the Salvadoran restaurant is housed.
You can't visit Cafe Herrera without trying the Maximo Margarita. This beautifully crafted margarita, served in a large coup glass over ice with a black sea salt rim, features Maestro Dobel Diamanté Tequila, Salerno blood orange liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and agave. The restaurant, which opened in the 1970s ws temporary closed so call before visiting.
Celebrate 100 years of authentic food and fun at El Fenix with the "Original" El Fenix Margarita. This is the restaurant where the tortilla machine was invented, brining fresh tortillas to dinning establishments around the the world. In 1919, founder Miguel Martinez sold his own invention to Herman Lay – founder of Frito-Lay – for $200.00.
Enjoy Revolver Taco Lounge's award-winning tacos while you sip on the restaurant's Revolver Margarita. This classic margarita is made with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, orange liqueur, and tequila blanco. ¡Salud!
Since 1976, Desperados has been serving their classic La Margarita cocktail. This five-time winner of Dallas's best margarita features freshly-squeezed lime juice, Sauza Conmemorativo, Cointreau, and a little something special.
Rose all day with a margarita twist! Take a seat in the beautifully decorated Jaislco Norte to sip on the 'Rita Champ. Made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, lime juice, Cava Brut sparkling rose and served in a wine glass, with Himalayan sea salt rim, garnished with a lemon twist. The light and refreshing cocktail is a perfect version of a margarita – no matter what season it is!
Get a taste of the Southwest with the fresh, invigorating flavors of Matt's Rancho Martinez Prickly Pear Puree Margarita. This go-to cocktail is made with Milagro silver tequila, real fruit prickly pear purée, and home-made sweet and sour.
Fearing’s Restaurant owner and head chef Dean Fearing is as synonymous with Texas as his signature cocktail, the Dean's Margarita. With ingredients hand-picked by Chef Fearing, it features Patrón Anejo Tequila, which contains a blend of two different barrels exclusive to Fearing's. Damiana, a flowering shrub native to Texas, gives the cocktail herbal and floral notes, while also giving the drinker a boost of vitality, and finally, the margarita is sweetened with agave nectar, and shaken with house-made sweet and sour.
According to Texas Monthly, to make the Dean's at home:
1 1/2 ounces Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
1/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce Damiana Liqueur
1 teaspoon organic agave nectar
Fill large shaker tin with ice. Add contents and shake vigorously until tin is frosted and beaded with sweat. Serve over ice in glass garnished with lime and salt.
Best known as the birthplace of the frozen margarita machine, Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch knows how to whip up a cocktail! You can find this historic machine at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C. But while you're in Dallas, discover new, fresh flavors with The Mariano. Cheers!
Kick back, relax and enjoy one of the best margaritas in the heart of Dallas at The Rustic. The frozen Rimy Rita is a fan favorite thanks to the perfect blend of Dulce Vida Lime tequila, raspberry liqueur, Cointreau, and a sangria popsicle for an extra pop of flavor!
The Loca Rita at Tipsy Alchemist is one masterfully made margarita. You'll want to savor every sip of this drink that features Piña Loca Pineapple tequila, triple sec, jalapeno reduction, nitrogen cilantro, fresh lime juice, and Peychaud's bitters. Tipsy Alchemist was temporarily closed, call before visiting.