15 great places to grab a margarita

Nido's in Oakland serves up a tasty margarita. Photo courtesy of Nido's Backyard.

Whether you prefer your margarita on the rocks or blended, with or without a salt rim, in a pitcher or just a glass, taking BART is the best (and safest) way to try all these delicious libations.

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East Bay

The bar at Agave Uptown. Photo courtesy of Agave Uptown.

19th Street Oakland

Agave Uptown
Don't limit yourself to just the margarita at Agave Uptown. With different varieties of mezcal and tequila to choose from, you'll discover a new favorite spirit. Sit indoors or outside on the patio. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland, exit towards Broadway and walk four minutes to 2135 Franklin St.

Located right across from Drake’s Brewing Co. in Uptown Oakland's buzzing "The Hive," Calavera is famous for their Salt Air Margarita, that’s topped with Oaxacan salt foam. Take BART to 19th Street/Oakland, exit towards Broadway and walk seven minutes to 2337 Broadway.

The backyard at Nido's. Photo courtesy of Nido's Backyard.

Lake Merritt

Enjoy Nido’s extensive drink menu of traditional margaritas, as well as innovative, new cocktail concoctions in their garden. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk eight minutes to 104 Oak St.

Downtown Berkeley

Margaritas aren’t the only thing on the menu; be bold and try a tequila and mezcal tasting flight at Comal. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to 2020 Shattuck Ave. 

The bar at Fuego Tequila Grill. Photo courtesy of Fuego Tequila Grill.


Cholita Linda is an Oakland favorite that never disappoints with flavorful Latin American food plus $8 margaritas. Take BART to MacArthur and walk 13 minutes to 4923 Telegraph Ave.

Walnut Creek

Fuego Tequila Grill
There's fresh squeezed juice in every margarita served at Fuego Tequila Grill. Fuego's bar boasts over 1200 bottles, 25 signature recipes and is stocked with only the finest selections of tequila, vodka, rum, scotch, whiskey, pisco, cachaça, imported wines, and champagne. Take BART to Walnut Creek, exit towards N California Blvd, walk 14 minutes to 1359 Locust St.


La Piñata
La Piñata serves margaritas by the pitcher, so bring a couple of friends to share. Take BART to Concord, exit towards East St, and walk nine minutes to 2301 Willow Pass Road.

San Francisco

Cocktails from Tropisueño. Photo courtesy of Tropisueño.

Powell Street

You won’t find your typical lime and salt margarita at Tropisueño. Enjoy delicious infused versions, like the mango, strawberry or hibiscus margarita. Take BART to Powell St and walk two minutes to 75 Yerba Buena Lane. 

Matador serves authentic Mexican food with unique margaritas, on the rocks or frozen. Take BART to Powell St, exit towards Powell St and walk 12 minutes to 679 Sutter St.

The bar at West of Pecos. Photo courtesy of West of Pecos.

16th Street Mission

West of Pecos
Grub on yummy Tex-Mex food and sip on margaritas with a twist at West of Pecos. Crowd favorites include the traditional house and prickly pear margarita. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk three minutes to 550 Valencia St.

Nosh on tacos from Tacolicious (which is right next door) while washing them down with an ice-cold margarita at Mosto. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk eight minutes to 741 Valencia St. 

Puerto Alegre
Puerto Alegre is known for their affordable margarita pitchers, so save some damage to your wallet and plan your next meet-up with friends here. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk four minutes to 546 Valencia St. 

The rooftop at El Techo. Photo courtesy of The Infatuation.

24th Street Mission

El Techo
Sip on margaritas while marveling in the breathtaking views from El Techo’s rooftop. It’s the perfect spot to catch a sunset, unless Karl the Fog makes an appearance. Take BART to 24th St Mission, exit towards Mission St and walk five minutes to 2516 Mission St.

The aesthetically appealing Loló serves delectable bites as well as gorgeous drinks that pack a punch. Get your phone ready because you'll want to snap a picture here. Take BART to 24th St Mission, exit towards 24th St and walk 10 minutes to 974 Valencia St. 

Latin American Club
Warning: the margaritas here are strong. Drink with the full SF spectrum (old-school locals to new-school tech people). Take BART to 24th Street Mission, exit towards Mission St and walk five minutes to 3286 22nd St. 

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