Top picks for Tequila in San Diego
Top Tequila Bars in San Diego

From Old Town to Barrio Logan and beyond, finding tequila bars in San Diego isn't hard. But with so many options, finding your new summer spin on the classic Mexican liquor can be hit or miss. Whether innovative organic tequila drinks or classic margaritas are your thing, Metrowize highlights the city's best places to satisfy your cocktail craving.

El Camino
2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhoods: Middletown, Little Italy
With $3 specialty margaritas served daily from over 25 unique tequila, resposado, blanco and anejo blends, Little Italy’s colorful bar/lounge/club gives San Diego bragging rights for bars that truly have it all. Savor craft cocktails like the bartender recommended “Super Sport,” a refreshing fusion of Sauza Hornitos, Cointreau, sweet and sour mix, muddled strawberry and fresh lime.

Cantina Mayahuel
2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
Neighborhood: University Heights
With over 200 tequilas and 55 mezcals on shelf, this award winning and classically charming cantina knows the fine art of margarita making. Try the unforgettably smooth (and hangover-retardant) Fortaleza resposado (my personal favorite) served shaken with organic agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of Royal Mountaine. Want a custom recommendation? Ask the friendly owner Larry for an education on the best of the best in the tequila industry.

El Agave
2304 San Diego Ave Ste B
San Diego, CA 92110
Neighborhood: Old Town
For serious tequila drinkers, El Agave in Old Town a must-stop spot to sample thousands of unique varities that line the walls of this elegant resturant. Try craft concoctions like the Chocolate Margarita or Jalapeño Cilantro Margarita, or summertime favorite, the Ginger Peace Margarita made with fresh-squeezed peach juice, El Agave Artesanal Reposado tequila, fresh pureed peaches, ginger syrup, and lime.

Barrio Star
2706 5th Ave
(between Nutmeg St & Olive St)
San Diego, CA 92103
Neighborhood: Banker's Hill
From the “Mamasita” a jalepeno infused tequila cocktail made with fresh cilantro, muddled cucumbers, egg whites and fresh lime, to the beloved “Mexican Mule,” made with ginger beer, angostura bitters, slivered Serrano chilies, and fresh lime, innovative organic takes on tequila fuse with funky décor at this fun Banker’s Hill gem.

La Puerta
560 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhoods: Gaslamp, East Village
For happy hour specials that are to beat (half off all appetizers and drinks), head to downtown to La Puerta. Known for their 12 delicious varieties of margaritas like the sangria infused “Purple Haze,” or the “Angel of Harlem” made with hibiscus tequila and muddled strawberries, head to this high-energy tequila tavern.

Casa Guajalajara
4105 Taylor St
(between Juan St & Sunset St)
San Diego, CA 92110
Neighborhood: Old Town
Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant,” and “Top Margarita of San Diego,” Casa Guadalajara’s margaritas remain a favorite for their quality fresh flavor and break friendly pricing (flavored margaritas start at $3.25!). Try “La Naturla,” a concoction made with Hornitos Reposado, fresh lime and lemon juices, agave nectar and triple sec, or brave the mean Cadillac Margarita, a blend of Sauza Hornitos, triple sec, sweet & sour and a dash of Grand Mariner.

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
4050 Adams Ave
(between Kensington Dr & Terrace Dr)
San Diego, CA 92116
Neighborhood: Kensington
A SD staple, this Kensington eatery remains popular for margaritas that pack a serious punch. Though low-key in vibe, Ponce’s is known for getting loud (and having a line around the block) thanks to killer margaritas made from fresh juices that come a variety of DUI inducing STRONG flavors. Home to the legendary $28 Rio Grande margarita made with Don Julio 1942 Tequila Anejo by Ponce himself, championship margarita drinkers be warned, come with your game face on.

El Dorado
1030 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Sophisticated downtown lounge affectionately dubbed “El D,” puts a one of a kind spin on classic margaritas such as their specialty, El Pepino a tequila gimlet with muddled cucumber, simple syrup and cracked salt. With shifting seasonal menus that highlight the latest cocktail trends, though margaritas weren’t among the bars top summer picks, the knowledgeable bartenders will happily whip one up a custom tequila creation on request.

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