Cincinnati's Top 29 Spots to Sip on a Margarita

Nothing says summertime quite like sipping on a salt-rimmed frozen margarita in the sunshine — or one on the rocks. Both are good. The Queen City has plenty of top-notch spots for marg-sippin', but these are a few of our favorites.
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La Cantina
326 E. Eighth St., Downtown
La Cantina serves a self-described mix of "contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails." Chef Johnny Curiel, recently the executive chef at Nada, brought his years of experience and "modern-meets-authentic" Mexican style to the new restaurant. The cocktail program focuses on mezcal and tequila, featuring more than 50 agave-based spirits. La Cantina also carries Mexican coke, Topo Chico and horchata.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

La Cantina

326 E. Eighth St., Downtown
La Cantina serves a self-described mix of "contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails." Chef Johnny Curiel, recently the executive chef at Nada, brought his years of experience and "modern-meets-authentic" Mexican style to the new restaurant. The cocktail program focuses on mezcal and tequila, featuring more than 50 agave-based spirits. La Cantina also carries Mexican coke, Topo Chico and horchata.
Maize OTR
1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Maize specializes in a unique fusion menu that honors traditional recipes from across Latin America, with an emphasis on Venezuelan cuisine. The restaurant takes its name from maize, a corn flour dating back some 10,000 years and first utilized by indigenous Mexicans. The flour serves as the basis for the arepas, cachapas and empanadas served at Maize. The restaurant offers up margaritas, sangrias. mojitos and other classic cocktails.

Maize OTR

1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Maize specializes in a unique fusion menu that honors traditional recipes from across Latin America, with an emphasis on Venezuelan cuisine. The restaurant takes its name from maize, a corn flour dating back some 10,000 years and first utilized by indigenous Mexicans. The flour serves as the basis for the arepas, cachapas and empanadas served at Maize. The restaurant offers up margaritas, sangrias. mojitos and other classic cocktails.
OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez
302 W. MLK Jr. Blvd., Covington
Covington’s OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez serves up Mexican-style street food with some extravagant twists. The menu is stacked with your typical street dishes like tacos, burritos and quesadillas as well as loaded nachos and “Guti fries,” which are similar to nachos but made with fries as the base. Enjoy a spicy margarita on the rocks made with tequila blanco, cucumber, jalapeno, triple sec, lime, salt and Tajin.
Photo: Mary LeBus

OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez

302 W. MLK Jr. Blvd., Covington
Covington’s OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez serves up Mexican-style street food with some extravagant twists. The menu is stacked with your typical street dishes like tacos, burritos and quesadillas as well as loaded nachos and “Guti fries,” which are similar to nachos but made with fries as the base. Enjoy a spicy margarita on the rocks made with tequila blanco, cucumber, jalapeno, triple sec, lime, salt and Tajin.
Mazunte
611 Main St., Downtown; 5207 Madison Road, Madisonville
Mazunte has been long-hailed as a "hidden gem," offering a mix of casual order-at-the-counter dining with authentic, high-quality Mexican cuisine. The Madisonville location is the most popular, with typical waits for both dine-in and carry-out. Grab some tacos and a delicious house lime margarita on the rocks or a Mexican beer.

Mazunte

611 Main St., Downtown; 5207 Madison Road, Madisonville
Mazunte has been long-hailed as a "hidden gem," offering a mix of casual order-at-the-counter dining with authentic, high-quality Mexican cuisine. The Madisonville location is the most popular, with typical waits for both dine-in and carry-out. Grab some tacos and a delicious house lime margarita on the rocks or a Mexican beer.
El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill 
940 Pavilion Ave., Mount Adams
El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill opened last fall and takes over the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter. As its name suggests, the eatery is part restaurant — boasting both Mexican street food and bar bites — and part sports bar. The menu ranges from street tacos, piled-high nachos and meat-stuffed burritos to more traditional bar food like loaded burgers, mozzarella sticks and wings. Enjoy your feast and an ice-cold margarita in one of three indoor dining areas, or on the first- or second-floor patios.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill

940 Pavilion Ave., Mount Adams
El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill opened last fall and takes over the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter. As its name suggests, the eatery is part restaurant — boasting both Mexican street food and bar bites — and part sports bar. The menu ranges from street tacos, piled-high nachos and meat-stuffed burritos to more traditional bar food like loaded burgers, mozzarella sticks and wings. Enjoy your feast and an ice-cold margarita in one of three indoor dining areas, or on the first- or second-floor patios.
Mi Cozumel
3100 Vandercar Way, Oakley; 11700 Princeton Pike, Springdale
If you can brave the long wait on the weekends, Mi Cozumel is an amazing place to enjoy a night. Their menu features massive imaginative margaritas (one even comes in a Patron bottle), street tacos and popular flaming fajitas.

Mi Cozumel

3100 Vandercar Way, Oakley; 11700 Princeton Pike, Springdale
If you can brave the long wait on the weekends, Mi Cozumel is an amazing place to enjoy a night. Their menu features massive imaginative margaritas (one even comes in a Patron bottle), street tacos and popular flaming fajitas.

Mesa Loca
2645 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Mesa Loca is situated right in Hyde Park Square. Serving expertly prepared Mexican fare in a cool, contemporary setting, they also don’t skimp on the cocktail list. Instead of the standard salt rim, Mesa Loca accents margarita glasses with Tajin, a mild chili/lime/salt mix. Flavors include the classic ‘rita, blood orange, mango and pomegranate.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Mesa Loca

2645 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Mesa Loca is situated right in Hyde Park Square. Serving expertly prepared Mexican fare in a cool, contemporary setting, they also don’t skimp on the cocktail list. Instead of the standard salt rim, Mesa Loca accents margarita glasses with Tajin, a mild chili/lime/salt mix. Flavors include the classic ‘rita, blood orange, mango and pomegranate.
Bandito Food Park + Cantina
3543 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum
Bandito Food Park is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and event venue with an outer park-like atmosphere with fun food and beverages to match. Their menu is stuffed with delicious stuff from barbacoa-topped mac and cheese and stacked nachos to the Dude Seriously taco. Pair that with one of their imaginative margaritas like the Ranch Water, made with Topo Chico, or grab a classic marg made with triple sec and fresh lime.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Bandito Food Park + Cantina

3543 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum
Bandito Food Park is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and event venue with an outer park-like atmosphere with fun food and beverages to match. Their menu is stuffed with delicious stuff from barbacoa-topped mac and cheese and stacked nachos to the Dude Seriously taco. Pair that with one of their imaginative margaritas like the Ranch Water, made with Topo Chico, or grab a classic marg made with triple sec and fresh lime.
Condado Tacos
195 E. Freedom Way, Downtown; 3329 Vandercar Way, Oakley
Condado’s build-your-own taco concept first took Columbus by storm in 2014 before opening their first Cincinnati location on The Banks and expanding to a second spot in Oakley. Their delicious housemade margaritas have also gotten the stamp of approval from the taco and tequila loving masses of the Queen City. Go for the standard house margarita or choose one of 10 other flavors, from prickly pear and muddled jalapeño to pomegranate and blood orange.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Condado Tacos

195 E. Freedom Way, Downtown; 3329 Vandercar Way, Oakley
Condado’s build-your-own taco concept first took Columbus by storm in 2014 before opening their first Cincinnati location on The Banks and expanding to a second spot in Oakley. Their delicious housemade margaritas have also gotten the stamp of approval from the taco and tequila loving masses of the Queen City. Go for the standard house margarita or choose one of 10 other flavors, from prickly pear and muddled jalapeño to pomegranate and blood orange.
Gomez Salsa
2437 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills; 107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
What once began as a humble walk-up window for fueling Washington Park lunch dates and satisfying the post-last call cravings blossomed into a haven for all salsa-adjacent fare in both Over-the-Rhine and Walnut Hills. Gomez’s housemade margaritas and cocktails are the best way to wash down a Turtle — a Frankenstined burrito wrapped around rice and beans, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, meat, veggies, cheese and a crunchy tostada and sealed with a layer of crispy cheese.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Gomez Salsa

2437 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills; 107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
What once began as a humble walk-up window for fueling Washington Park lunch dates and satisfying the post-last call cravings blossomed into a haven for all salsa-adjacent fare in both Over-the-Rhine and Walnut Hills. Gomez’s housemade margaritas and cocktails are the best way to wash down a Turtle — a Frankenstined burrito wrapped around rice and beans, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, meat, veggies, cheese and a crunchy tostada and sealed with a layer of crispy cheese.