Daydreaming of a Mexican beach break? Try these Melbourne margaritas for a sensory getaway. Close your eyes and sip on that classic combo of tequila, triple sec and lime.

Signature margarita at Mejico

Mejico is mad for mezcal and tequila. Their margarita menu swings from the classic to the spicy jalapeño. For our pesos, we love Mejico’s signature margarita – El Jimador Plata tequila, lemon, triple sec, agave and egg whites. It’s like a whisky sour by way of Oaxaca. Mejico has a huge range of tequilas. They showcase a different one every month, and you can even take a tequila masterclass here. Plus there are $10 margaritas every Monday.  

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Margs at Mejico

$12 frozen margaritas, all day every day

B.EAST has landed with new digs on Swanston Street. Get caught in the ultimate thirst trap and knock back refreshing towers of icy margarita slushy. Pair with the crispy tonkatsu pork burger, crunchy pickle plate and sinful poutine for good measure. For big weekend hungers, check out their epic bottomless brunch.

Secret street art margaritas

Hosier Lane has a new fave Mexican cantina in the form of Tres a Cinco. Fresh bites like herb loaded tostada, jalapeno agave oysters and crispy fish tacos make for a refined street food feast. The marg menu is just as stacked, with 8 different styles on rotation. There's strawberry margs, passionfruit margs, frozen margs, classic margs, margs served with charred pineapple and so much more.

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Tres a Cinco

Classic margarita at Mamasita

Make tracks for Mamasita, that most Melbourne of Mexican restaurants. Head up that narrow staircase, take a seat at the bar and have a chat with the in-house mezcalier. Order their classic, made with Coralejo Blanco, Triple Sec, agave, lime and salt. Feeling sopicy? The tamarind margarita with smoky chilli salt is a hot bev you can't skip.

Orange and passionfruit margarita at Hello José

This super fun, laid-back taquería doesn’t overthink the margarita. At Hello José, they like to keep things straight up. You can get a classic or, if you want some heat, you can add jalapeño. Want to beat the heat? You can get either of them frozen. But we like the tropical vibe of the orange and passionfruit marg.

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Sunny days at Hello Jose

Ghostface Killah at Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde has been letting the Mexican good times roll for a long time now. Being home to one of the country’s largest collections of tequila and mezcal helps. The margarita menu here is expertly crafted, with room for creativity. You can even customise your marg with black truffle. But we think their devilish Ghostface Killah is where it’s at. It has jalapeño-infused mezcal, dark agave nectar and bonfire-smoked salt.

Tommy’s margarita at Bodega Underground

Slip into this basement bar at the top end of Chinatown and sip on a restrained classic – Tommy’s margarita. This one is a simple combo of tequila, lime and agave on the rocks. Bodega Underground also offers tequila flights. Sample a range and hone in on your personal favourite. Don't skip their weekend bottomless brunch either!

A skillet filled with Mexican food beside a cocktail
Margaritas and Mexican food, a match made in heaven

Frozen margarita jug at El Sabor

This super cute Mexican restaurant in North Melbourne knows margaritas are best enjoyed with a few amigos. At El Sabor, they can set you up with a one-litre jug of frozen margaritas for summery good times. Make a meal of it with a bumper share plate of cheesy fajitas - served on hand-painted traditional Talavera trays.

Rooftop spicy margs

Pair your farm-to-table bar snacks with a kick-loaded drink on the Farmer's Daughters rooftop. This lush green space serves all Australian spirits with garnishes grown on site. If the spicy margarita isn't quite your speed, the saltbush Tequila Blanco Paloma is a tangy grapefruit treat.

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