One tequila, two tequila, three tequila….you know the rest. But, did you also know Pittsburgh offers many thirst-quenching margaritas any tequila and non-tequila drinker can enjoy? Saturday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day so we think it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in some classic and maybe not so classic margaritas. Whether you like yours frozen or on the rocks prepare to be amazed at what margs can be found in our beloved Steel City! 

Tres Rios

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If you are interested in authentic, good quality food and craft margaritas. Head to Tres Rios, found on Carson Street. of the South Side. This spot has a margarita list that will rock your world. Fresh produce is chopped and muddled every day to create these one-of-a-kind tequila-based cocktails. If you prefer a cocktail that isn’t too sweet but bursting with flavor, we suggest the Roasted Red Pepper Margarita. Made with Blanco tequila, roasted red pepper, cumin, and lime. Another fan favorite is the Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita. This bad boy is made with Blanco tequila, charred jalapeño, passionfruit, and lime. Don’t let the passion fruit fool you. This margarita is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy! 

Las Velas 

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This Market Square favorite is perfect for happy hour and truly any other time of day you wish to get your grub on while washing it down with a good margarita. Las Velas is offering not only traditional margaritas but also some more unique flavors you don’t see everyday. Flavors like Banana, Watermelon, Agave Basil, and Strawberry Cucumber are to be expected on this fulfilling menu. If you’re still chucking away at your New Year’s resolution of maintaining a healthy diet (I need to get back on track) give their Skinny Margarita a try. This one is sweetened with Splenda. 

Round Corner Cantina 

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Round Corner Cantina is a Lawrenceville staple serving all the looks, not just aesthetically but also with the cocktails and margaritas they are serving. The Lovely Rita Metermaid Margarita made with Hornitos Blanco, Aperol, grapefruit, lime, grapefruit bitters, and salt is pretty and pink and of course, has the perfect amount of tart to its taste. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather this season but still looking for a good time, give the Slow Cookin’ the Carrot Margarita a go. Made with Don Julio Blanco, Carrot, Ginger, Cilantro, Lemon, and Jalapeno. This recipe might help get you back on your feet. Or, at least it’s worth the try, right? 


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This So-Cal surf atmosphere calls Downtown Pittsburgh home and is offering not only fabulous tacos (hence the name) but cocktails and of course margaritas that will always have you coming back for more. If you like your margs frozen, flavor options like your classic lime, passion fruit, blood orange, or strawberry can be expected. Don’t forget to ask your server for their daily special frozen margarita option. If you want something a little different over ice, try their Strawberry Lemonade Margarita made with Blanco tequila, strawberry, lemon, and elderflower or one of our favorites, the Spicy Cucumber Margarita. This one is made with Blanco tequila, bacchant, cucumber, serrano, and lime. 

BBQ Smoke Taqueria 

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Another Lawrenceville favorite that just so happens to also serve fierce cocktails including margaritas! Smoke (which is a cash-only restaurant, so plan ahead!) has a menu full of amazing finds like their creamy mac & cheese, housemade cola, and an array of delicious dips just to name a few. Smoke is home to a spicy margarita you’ll be dreaming about for days after. Order a “Big Boy” size for a $2 upcharge and thank us later. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Shannon Daly

Shannon Daly is the founder and content creator of the social media platform, PittsburghPlates. Her personal and professional life revolve around everything food. Whether she is entertaining, or trying a new local eatery, Shannon loves to use her passion for food and photography to bring together a food focused community, who equally share her passion for all things delicious.

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