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Where to Get Your Margarita Fix in Raleigh for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a bit like St. Patrick’s Day… everyone likes to celebrate, no matter what their heritage! Raleigh is home to many Mexican and Tex-Mex bars that offer top-notch margaritas. On the rocks or frozen? Salted rim or no salt? Fruity or spicy?

No matter how you like them served up, these Raleigh spots have the perfect margaritas to get you in the festive mood. ¡Salud! 

1. Cantina 18 in Cameron Village

Celebrate guilt free with Cantina 18’s “Skinny Girl Margarita,” which is full of flavor and easy on the calories. It’s the perfect way to wind down after a long week and features Blanco tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime.

Hitting happy hour on an empty stomach? Order the chips and freshly-prepared guacamole to really hit the spot.

2. Jose and Sons

Jose and Sons believe that American and Mexican flavors make for great friends, as evidenced by their comfort-food-meets-Mexican food menu. Nosh on some gouda mac n’ queso while you enjoy a “Farmer’s Margarita,” a locally inspired drink that incorporates the best the season has to offer.

Add a Grand Marnier float on any margarita to make the night even more enjoyable!

3. Dos Taquitos

This restaurant has been a Raleigh favorite for nearly 20 years, and it’s easy to see why. Dos Taquitos knows what they are doing when it comes to authentic and fresh Mexican food, and they are no amateurs at creating refreshing margaritas that fit the bustling atmosphere in their dining room.

Every inch of the restaurant is painted in bright colors, and the patio overlooks Glenwood Avenue. Choose from a solid “House Margarita,” “Gold Margarita” with Jose Cuervo tequila, or a unique “Cilantro Margarita” featuring house tequila, triple sec, cilantro and sweet & sour mix.

4. Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Get ready to party the night away at Gonza Tacos y Tequila! The atmosphere is cheerful, festive and exciting and the food and drinks are delicious! The house margarita is a favorite among regulars, who frequent the joint for its delicious tacos, enchiladas, funky decor and loud music.

Specializing in hand-crafted Latin cocktails and an extensive variety of tequilas, you can find a drink to suit any mood.

5. Salt & Lime Cabo Grill

What happy news that Cinco de Mayo is on a Friday this year because that means happy hour specials are a go!

At Salt & Lime Cabo Grill you can score $5 wings, nachos, and Cabo rolls while you enjoy a “Grilled Grapefruit” margarita or savor a “Million Dollar” margarita with Roca Patron Anejo.

6. Calavera Empanada & Tequila Bar

If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere but still want to be surrounded by color, the Calavera Empanada & Tequila Bar is the place for you. The bar offers reasonably-priced empanadas alongside an extensive selection of premium tequilas drink on their own or to mix with.

You can find any number of margaritas here, from a sweet “Apple Cider” margarita to a “Spicy Pineapple” margarita!

Pick your favorite spot on this list, grab some friends, and get ready to fiesta on Cinco de Mayo and beyond. If you find yourself in Midtown before beginning your festivities, be sure to stop by and say hello! We’re always more than happy to show you around. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 800.528.1282.

Hope to see you soon!