The 10 Best Places For Margaritas in Raleigh

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What’s (cocktail) shakin’ Raleigh? This summer, we’re cooling off with a summertime classic.. the marg! Whether you like yours a little spicy, a little fruity, or traditional, these Raleigh favorites will hit the spot. Here are a few of the best places to grab margaritas in Raleigh!

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La Santa will have you rethinking everything you know about Mexican food. Their menu is full of bright, fresh flavors perfect for hanging out with friends on a Friday night. All of their margs are made with fresh fruit and organic agave nectar; they are the real deal! Order queso and guac for the table to pair with your margarita of choice and you’re good to go!

Our Fave Marg: Cilantro Mango

πŸ—“ MONβ€”THURS | 11AMβ€”2:30PM; 5PMβ€”10PM

πŸ—“ FRI | 11AMβ€”2:30PM;Β  5PMβ€”12AM

πŸ—“ SAT | 11AMβ€”12AM

πŸ—“ SUN | 12PMβ€”9PM

πŸ“ 2400 Hillsborough St
πŸ“žΒ 984-242-0898

You can’t beat the classic Mexican restaurant experience. The margs at La Rancherita are perfect for washing down their tasty tacosβ€”like our personal fave the agave chicken tacos. Plus, some of their margaritas come in adorable shakers, perfect for two. Or, go all out and order a monster marg for when you’re really feeling the fiesta!

Our Fave Marg: Strawberry Margarita

πŸ—“ Daily: 11AM–8:30PM

πŸ“Β Apex
102 N Salem St
πŸ“žΒ  919-303-2448

πŸ“Β Six Forks
7420 Six Forks Rd
πŸ“žΒ  919-844-6330

πŸ“Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave #3000
πŸ“žΒ  919-785-1951

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Whether you’re cruising down Hillsborough Street, checking out North Raleigh, or relaxing in Cary, you’re never too far from a Gonza Tacos y Tequila. With a fully stocked bar and a long list of margs, there’s something for everyone. And you have to order a taco to pair with your drink of choiceβ€”the resto is literally called tacos y tequila!

Our Fave Marg: Passionfruit Margarita

North Raleigh

πŸ—“ TUEβ€”FRI | 11:30AMβ€”2PM

πŸ—“ TUEβ€”SUN | 5PMβ€”8:30PM

Downtown Raleigh

πŸ—“ TUEβ€”SUN | 5PMβ€”8PM


πŸ—“ TUEβ€”SUN | 5PMβ€”8PM

πŸ“North Raleigh
7713-39 Lead Mine Rd

πŸ“Downtown Raleigh
2100 Hillsborough St

525 New Waverly Pl #104

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If you haven’t been to Virgil’s yet, you’re seriously missing out. The decor, the DJ, the cocktails, the food… it’s all a 10/10. Their cocktail list is full of classics and unique libations that pair perfectly with their cocina menu. Try the sopes (you won’t be disappointed)!

Our Fave Marg: Margarita Estacional

πŸ—“ TUEβ€”THURS | 5PMβ€”9PM

πŸ—“ FRIβ€”SAT | 5PMβ€”11PM


πŸ“ 126 S Salisbury St

πŸ“ž 919-833-3866

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After being shut down for close to a year, Raleigh’s mezcaleria is finally back to shaking up amazing concoctions. Reservations are required so if be sure to snag your table ahead of time! Gallo Pelon is perfect for getting one of the best margaritas in Raleigh and a snack to celebrate getting to the weekend.

Our Fave Marg: Smokestack Lightning

πŸ—“ FRIβ€”SAT | 6PMβ€”10PM

πŸ“ 106 S Wilmington St

πŸ“ž 919-835-4729

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Grab a bite at Driftwood Cantina next time you’re strolling through the streets of Lafayette Village! This is the perfect spot to cool off and relax after an afternoon of shopping. With an array of snacks, tacos, and entrees, there’s something for everyone at the Cantina. Plus, their drink menu has lots of options that range from sweet to spicy to smokey!

Our Fave Marg: Hibiscus Margarita

πŸ—“ TUEβ€”SAT | 11AMβ€”9PM

πŸ“ 8460 Honeycutt Rd #1112

πŸ“ž 919-977-8360

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Taste the flavors of the Baja peninsula at Salt and Lime Cabo Grill! With a menu full of tasty, bold flavors and an extensive cocktail menu including sangrias, margaritas, and tequila flights, Salt and Lime is perfect for grabbing dinner and drinks with friends!

Our Fave Marg: Habanero Peach Margarita

πŸ—“ SUNβ€”THURS | 11AMβ€”9PM

πŸ—“ FRIβ€”SAT | 11AMβ€”10PM

πŸ“ 6006 Falls of Neuse Rd

πŸ“ž 919-872-2230

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This is the ultimate bang for your buck! Coco Bongo is perfect for college students and young professionals alike. The menu is full of classic favorites that won’t break the bank. Visit on a Tuesday and take advantage of 99 cent tacos and marg specials!Β 

Our Fave Marg: Mango Margarita on the Rocks

πŸ—“ MONβ€”SAT | 11AMβ€”10PM

πŸ—“ SUN | 11AMβ€”9PM

πŸ“ 2400 Hillsborough St

πŸ“ž 984-242-0898

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Our fave margarita in North Hills? Head over to bartaco! We’re obsessed with their mix and match tacos and we always order a side of fresh pineapple with lime escabeche (trust us, you’ll thank us later). Their cocktail menu is full of super fresh, summery flavors perfect for cooling off during a hot Raleigh day. When looking for margaritas in Raleigh, make sure bartaco is at the top of your list!

Our Fave Marg: Smoke on the Water

πŸ—“ Daily | 11AMβ€”Late

πŸ“ 4121 Main @ North Hills St

πŸ“ž 919-626-8226

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Looking for something authentic? Chido Tacos’s owner Salvador Alvarez wanted to bring authentic flavors from his childhood to the Triangle food scene, including cocktails. Growing up where tequila is made means one thing: they know their way around a margarita!

Our Fave Marg: Strawberry Basil Margarita

πŸ—“ MONβ€”THURS | 11AMβ€”8PM

πŸ—“ FRIβ€”SAT | 11AMβ€”9PM

πŸ—“ SUN | 11AMβ€”8PM

πŸ“ 2330 Bale St

πŸ“ž 919-594-1930

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Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Orlando City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on Instagram and Facebook.