Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a refreshing margarita. Here are six spots serving up some of the best takes on this classic cocktail.
Although you’ll head to Byblos for its succulent lamb ribs and tangy shakshouka, be aware that the Mediterranean hot spot’s version of a margarita is simply divine. Essentially a spiked strawberry tea, the habibi marguerite is made with Avion Reposado tequila, house-made strawberry tea, lime juice, and chili syrup. The fact that it’s served in a teapot only adds to this beverage’s appeal. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-508-5041
Billed as a Baja California-inspired eatery, Lolo’s Surf Cantina is set within Miami Beach’s emerging South of Fifth neighborhood. If the menu of deliciously shareable dishes is dangerous (think duck confit tacos and crispy pork quesadillas), the cocktails are killer. The cocktail program was envisioned by Mexico City native Jose Luis Leon, a skilled mixologist who really knows how to make a margarita (really anything with tequila in it). If you want to switch things up, order the blood orange granizado con mezcal, also known as a grown up's take on the snow cone. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-735-6973
This vibrant spot on Miami Beach’s Española Way is the ideal locale if you’re looking for an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration. With traditional Mexican eats and live mariachis and Mexican dancers, you’ll feel transported out of the Magic City and in the heart of Mexico. As for the margaritas, the frozen version is Oh! Mexico’s specialty—and with varieties like sinfully delicious choices like mango and tamarind, you’ll have no choice but to try them all. 1440 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-532-0490
The ideal destination for drinks and a casual bite, Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. is situated in the up-and-coming Collins Park neighborhood of Miami Beach. Tommy’s margarita—a nod to San Francisco’s Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, where the classic margarita was first crafted—puts a spin on the traditional libation with the addition of agave for sweetness. It’s also important to note that this version is offered during Sweet Liberty’s happy hour, taking place every day from 5-7 p.m. 237-B 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-763-8217
Since the launch of its first Florida locale on Lincoln Road late last year, this Los Angeles-based fast casual concept has garnered acclaim for its locally sourced, organic Mexican food. The menu highlights unique dishes like the chop and roll wrap made with chipotle-dusted tofu and vegan mozzarella cheese. And the cocktails are just as fabulous. On May 5, lose the hangover with their hibiscus margarita, a refreshing concoction made without added sugar or syrups. 920 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-909-0799
A new concept from the creators of Baru Latin Bar, Candela Gastrobar is situated in the heart of Mary Brickell Village, and is destined to be the main attraction during Downtown Miami’s Cinco de Mayo festivities. After hours, this Peruvian restaurant and bar transforms into a late night lounge, making it the ideal locale for continuing the party with a variety of margaritas to satisfy everyone in your entourage. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-360-5569