UPDATED FEBRUARY 16, 2022

Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy an ice-cold sip that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour. Margaritas top the list of America’s favorite cocktails for good reason, with a magical mix of tequila and citrus that hits all the right notes. Blended or on the rocks — with or without salt — Huntington Beach bars and restaurants excel in crafting these tart and tasty drinks any way you like them. Here’s a guide to the best watering holes where you can enjoy a margarita in Surf City USA.

solita Tacos & Margaritas

Solita Margarita

7631 Edinger Avenue, Suite 1508
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

With an indoor/outdoor agave bar, it’s no surprise this Bella Terra eatery makes the list of the best sips in Surf City. Whether you enjoy your margaritas blended to velvety smoothness or served up skinny style, any of these solita sippers are the perfect accompaniment to a menu of street tacos filled with savory meats and spicy seafood. For date night, order the Grande Casa Noble margarita to watch a tableside preparation for two.

Puesto

Puesto Margarita

7821 Edinger Avenue, Suite 110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Another Bella Terra hot spot, this award-winning modern Mexican restaurant has a menu of specialty margaritas starring tropical fruits and citrus flavors. Try the passion fruit with El Tesoro blanco tequila or the Fruit Cart, a sweet and spicy sip that pairs mango, pineapple, watermelon and cucumber with chamoy and Tajin. Splurge on That Good Good Cadillac, an upgraded option with Siete Leguas añejo tequila and Grand Marnier, or share a bottle of Puesto’s house margarita with the table.

Ola Mexican Kitchen

Ola Margaritas

21040 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite F200
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

For margaritas with a view, check out this Pacific City restaurant that provides nearly every diner in its contemporary coastal dining room a glimpse of palm trees and the Pacific. Fruit-forward options are plentiful here, like the Punta Negra margarita that offsets the sweet tartness of blackberries with the spicy kick of a jalapeño. Come back each month for a new specialty flavor, like strawberry mango finished with a Tajín rim.

Fred's Mexican Café

Fred's Margarita

300 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 201
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Overlooking Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, this quintessential downtown bar and restaurant goes big with its specialty margaritas served in oversized goblets and glasses.  A Fred’s classic is the Corona Rita, which tops a signature house marg with an ice-cold beer bottle. You can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned Cadillac, but don’t be afraid to venture outside the box with the K.A. — two shots of 104-proof Pueblo Viejo that make a drink so strong, bartenders will cut you off after three.

Baja Sharkeez

Sharkeez Margaritas

211 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

It wouldn’t be a trip downtown without a double-shot margarita at Baja Sharkeez. It’s always prime time for a party here, where revelers can enjoy their drinks served in personal bowls and buckets. In addition to frozen fruity margs and hand-shaken Patron varieties served on the rocks, a major draw is the massive 32-ounce El Macho topped with a baby bottle of Grand Marnier.

Mario's Mexican Food Cantina

Mario's Margarita

18603 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

A neighborhood favorite, this Five Points Plaza family-friendly restaurant invites patrons to pull up a seat in the bar or enjoy their margaritas with a full meal in the dining room. Tried-and-true flavors like the spicy mango and jalapeño are generously portioned, served in oversized goblets to pair with sizzling fajitas and complimentary chips and salsa.

Avila's El Ranchito

Avila's Margaritas

318 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The family-run restaurant downtown makes all its margaritas using only fresh ingredients. For a tart sip, try the Paloma, which combines grapefruit and lime juice with Patron Blanco. Avila’s bar team also crafts specialty creations like the blood orange margarita served with the earthy Los Sundays Blanco tequila. Upgrade any margarita to a liter, perfect for sharing with groups of four or more.

Rodrigo's Mexican Grill

Rodrigo's Coconut Margarita

15101 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Find some of north Huntington Beach’s best margaritas at Rodrigo’s Mexican Grill. The coconut margarita is a thirst-quenching pick with fresh fruit puree and toasted flakes, but for something with a little more zip, try the skinny jalapeño that packs a powerful punch at under 100 calories. The colorful restaurant also invites patrons to try a different flavor profile with the Smokey Mezcalito, featuring Agave de Cortes mezcal and a splash of lime juice, cilantro and agave nectar.

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