Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Chicago’s Best Margaritas

It’s just about time to break out the lime. Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by grabbing a round (or two) at some of Chicago’s top spots for amazing margaritas.


720 N. State St. (River North)

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Located just west of the Magnificent Mile, Tzuco offers an elevated dining experience with Michelin Star Chef Carlos Gaytán’s Huitzuco-inspired menu – complemented by a full selection of margarita and margarita-inspired beverages. Given the celebrity chef appeal (and equally incredible food and drinks), Tzuco is usually busy by 6:00 PM, so make sure to get a jump on the crowds. If you’re feeling lucky after dinner, check out Bally’s Casino Chicago located in the Medinah Temple two blocks away.

Esmerelda’s Lounge

2539 W. Division St. (Humboldt Park)

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If adventure and unique drinks are your speed, Esmerelda’s is a must-visit. Caribbean cocktails are the staples at this charming lounge – but that’s just the beginning. During happy hour, you can snag a classic margarita for just $5 – a steal in Chicago. If Cinco de Mayo is your excuse to go big, order a bell pepper margarita made with mezcal and a secret twist.

After grabbing a drink, take a stroll through nearby Humboldt Park to cap off your night out.

La Mejikãna

1820 S. Ashland Ave. (Pilsen)

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There are hundreds of combinations and ingredients that can go into the perfect margarita – and La Mejikãna offers up countless options. Grab a table or spot at the bar and mix-and-match your perfect drink or choose from their go-to list. Our favorite is La Macarena, a classic lime margarita made with sparkling wine.  After grabbing a drink, head over to the nearby National Museum of Mexican Art and check out Arte Diseño Xicágo II. This new exhibit showcases works by Mexican and Chicago artists.

La Josie

740 W. Randolph St. (River North)

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With a DJ and a lively atmosphere, family-owned hotspot La Josie is a perfect place to raise a glass. With a solid cocktail list perfect for even the most discerning drinker, La Josie is a great spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  And even if you’re holding off on tequila this year, you’re in luck – La Josie makes mocktail versions of their popular cocktails, ensuring you get all of the flavor without the buzz.

La Vaca Margarita Bar

1160 W. 18th St. (Pilsen)

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Each year, La Vaca celebrates Cinco de Mayo by opening its enormous outdoor patio, just in time for the first warm days of the season. Snag a spot and pick your favorite margarita from their impressive list, which includes mango, strawberry, jalapeno, cucumber, and more sweet and savory options.

After the festivities, head west and check out Pilsen’s vibrant street art or the nearby Thalia Hall, home to legendary musical performances. On Cinco de Mayo, Thalia Hall will welcome alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub along with Sweet Baboo. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Antique Taco

1360 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Wicker Park)

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A rustic feel and bold, colorful interior make this fun, relaxed restaurant the perfect Cinco de Mayo go-to. Here, blood orange margaritas tend to draw the crowds, as does a diverse menu packed with classic faves like the crunchy tacos and antique taco salad.

Located on Milwaukee Ave in bustling Wicker Park, Antique is close to the action – so if you’re looking for a night out, you’re in luck. Check out Heaven Gallery for some avant-garde art, or head to the Robey and take in the breathtaking views of Chicago.

Bar Sótano

443 N. Clark St. (River North)

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Despite – or maybe because of – its unique location (in the alley behind Frontera Grill), Bar Sótano is a consistently popular hotspot. Bold, modern interiors make for the perfect atmosphere to sip on your favorite margarita.

If you’re looking to keep the night going, make your way to House of Blues, just a few blocks south. Or if you’d rather wrap the night on a sweeter note, walk to the Museum of Ice Cream, just east of Bar Sótano.

Old Pueblo Cantina

1200 W. Webster Ave (Lincoln Park)

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Old Pueblo Cantina is a popular fusion joint, bringing together Mexican and Arizonian influences. While you’re here, grab a margarita in a wide-brim glass, and savor the experience – especially the seasonal fruits the bartenders use to mix up their masterpieces. Bonus: their open patio is dog friendly, making this spot a perfect pit stop for you and your pup.

Lonesome Rose

2101 N. California Ave. (Logan Square)

5310 N. Clark St. (Andersonville)

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In Chicago’s there’s no shortage of authentic eateries, but it’s hard to beat the Lonesome Rose. Sporting a rich Tex-Mex theme in everything from decor to its menu, the Rose can back up the hype, having earned several selections on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list. Frozen and classic margaritas are a specialty here, with guests raving about their flavor – and potency. Our favorite? The homemade Chaco-taco.

Did we miss your favorite margarita spot? Let us know in the comments!

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