Where to Drink Margaritas in London
The sun's out and immediately you get that feeling: you need a margarita. Quite possibly the perfect intersection of refreshing summer drink and sharp party beverage, yet for some reason it's only served by the most exciting venues. Sometimes, it seems like no one knows where to drink margaritas in London... except us! So whether you’re celebrating the warmer months or need a stiff drink to get you through the winter ones, here’s our list of the best margarita bars in London to make sure you drink it properly.
Last updated on 31st March 2017
What better place to drink margaritas in London than a whole festival dedicated to it! The Yard are hosting the event, where the capital’s premier bar tenders create a seemingly endless amount of cocktails for you to sample. Think you know your margaritas? Well, it’s up to you to decide who is crowned the best margarita maker in London!
You know you’re going to have a fun time when you walk into a London Cocktail Club, but their Oxford Circus addition wins out thanks to one thing: it’s decked out like a gangster’s tequila paradise. The walls are covered in street art, the bar staff don their finest ‘gang’ clothing, and they’ll serve you up one of the finest margaritas in town.
Laid back and colourful, Benito’s Hat is the perfect London margarita bar if you want a fun, casual experience. Offering delicious South American food – including hearty burritos – and a cocktail list specialising in everyone’s favourite tequila mix, this is a great place to catch up with friends over food and drink.
Barsmith is one of those bars that radiates cool. Situated in the middle of Farringdon, they offer unique takes on classic cocktails – which means you won’t be getting just any old margarita. Apart from the mixed drinks and contemporary interiors, the main draw is that, no matter what drink you order, they all come at the flat rate of £8.95.
Encant means ‘charm’ in Catalan, and the name is a pretty good description of this intimate restaurant. Serving up delicious yet elegant tapas dishes and wonderful cocktails – including a great margarita – it still maintains a friendly, informal service, meaning you don’t sacrifice fun in exchange for quality.
Consistently proving that you don’t need to go to a Spanish bar to drink good margaritas in London, JuJu is a Chelsea venue offering up delicious drinks in a stylish interior. Known around town as a bit of a party bar, if you want flair with your night and a drink prepared by expert mixologists, you should make the trip to King’s Road.
If you’re looking for a good bar to drink margaritas in London, you can’t go wrong with Wahaca. Their Azulito Bar in Soho is a cool hang out, boasting foosball tables, swinging basket chairs and a full size projector for when the sport’s on. So grab a taco, sip on a margarita and have fun in this cool central London bar.
If you’re going to drink margaritas in London, you’ve got to have fun at the same time. This is where Salsa comes in, seemingly made for the soul purpose to drink that cocktail, it’s fun, energetic and filled with Latin music. To sweeten the deal, not only does it have a happy hour, but the drinks aren’t too harsh on your wallet from the get-go.
Camino Bankside has many things going for it: an ideal location moments away from the Thames and the Tate Modern, a consistently buzzing atmosphere from the workers and tourists surrounding it, and delicious Spanish tapas food. But what should really sell it as a bar to drink margarita is that, not only do they offer the classic mix, but they also offer a lagerita. That’s a lager and margarita in one. Perfect.
The Jam Tree is a restaurant bar that offers both style and substance. The cool main area serves up a selection of tasty seasonal British food, but find the hidden bookshelf and you’ll enter their amazing secret bar. The secret bar has its own patio, which happens to be the perfect place to soak up some rays and drink margaritas in London.
When you’re looking to drink one of the more exciting mixed beverages, the first venue that should come to your mind is Barrio. The bar is packed with colourful wooden interiors and quirky objects, and the basement bar comes alive once the DJ starts playing tracks. But if you’re looking for where to drink margaritas in London, wait for their ‘Amigo Hour’ and you can get the delicious tequila drink at an amazing discount.
Dirty Martini’s notoriously amazing happy hour should be enough to get you in the doors. But after a massive refurbishment, the Minories addition is one of the most attractive bars in their collection. Get yourself down, order a margarita, and soak in the fun. Try out their Bishopsgate, Monument and St Paul’s venues for a good time around the city.
Looking for the best margaritas in London doesn’t mean you restrict yourself to bars – restaurants in the capital are a force to be reckoned with. Cantina Laredo boasts an impress tequila section, which they use to create some mean margaritas – including their trademark watermelon margarita – to be enjoyed while you tuck into their gorgeous Spanish tapas.
Salvador and Amanda captures the flame and sass of Spanish culture in one venue, with its atmospheric, candlelit tables, broody leather seats and commitment to a fiesta! Alongside partying and delicious tapas dishes, they also have a cocktail menu brimming with amazing mixes, making it the best margarita bar in London for those pining for that Spanish spirit.
What may just look like your typical Breakfast Club harbours a fun little secret: find a mysterious fridge and you’ll be led down to the Mayor of Scardey Cat Town, a secret speakeasy bursting at the seams with character and cocktails. Once you’re comfortably seated, order in a margarita and let the fun times roll in.
It’s all in the name at Tequila Mockingbird: shots, partying and cocktails, particularly ones that involve a healthy dose of tequila. So get yourself down to Putney for three levels of fun, and make sure you take advantage of their cocktail offers so you can really enjoy margaritas in London.