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El Techo’s margaritas are available to go, or on its rooftop patio
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12 Excellent Margaritas in San Francisco

Because nothing says patio weather like tequila

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El Techo’s margaritas are available to go, or on its rooftop patio
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Margaritas are one of the most universally loved drinks, with good reason. They're celebratory, easy to drink, and perfect on a hot summer day...or, as is just as often the case in San Francsico, a cold, foggy night. There’s something about a margarita that makes it feel especially suited for outdoor drinking, which in these days of darkened dining rooms is especially apt. Better yet, most of these 12 margaritas aren’t just some of the best in San Francisco, but many are still available for takeout and delivery.

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Celia's by the Beach

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The Outer Sunset original is serving margaritas and meals from its front window, including batched drinks that show the 60-year-old restaurant’s co-founder, Celia Lopez-Rodriguez, clad in a COVID-blocking mask. Walk-up ordering works, delivery is via all the usual apps; indoor and outdoor is now also an option.

Underdogs Too

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This surf Mexican spot has another location on Irving Street near 19th, but the Parkside location is where one can guzzle their broad selections of margaritas while seated outside. Happy Hour is from 4:30-6 on weekdays, with generously-sized $4 house margs. All drinks are available for to go with a food order, delivery is via Caviar, DoorDash, or Uber Eats, while pickup is available online or for walk up.

Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

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If you only drink one margarita from this list, make it a Tommy's margarita. Not only does Tommy's have what's probably the most extensive and well-curated tequila selection in San Francisco, the bartenders have been making the city's best margaritas for over 50 years. Choose from over 30 of their 100-percent agave tequilas for the standard margarita pitchers, all of which have 8 ounces of tequila and fresh, hand-squeezed lime juice. Takeout margs are available for walk-in or phone customers, but an order of food (chips and guac works) is required.

Tia Margarita

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Tia Margarita Mexican Dinners has been serving cartoonish margaritas in classic glasses (including the kind with stems made too look like cacti) since 1963. Large portions — for food and drinks — are a signature aspect of this Outer Richmond old-timer, which is open for outdoor dining and takeout, check the menu out here and call in your to-go order at 415-752-9274.

Padrecito

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This Cole Valley restaurant is a neighborhood Mexican institution, as are its tequila and mezcal margaritas. Split the difference and order a padrecito (blanco tequila, mezcal, lime, agave) for both, and quaff it at one of its outdoor tables, for delivery via Caviar, or for takeout.

Nopalito

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The Latin offshoot of Nopa serves up strong pueblo viejo blanco margaritas by the double or quadruple batch for delivery (Doordash) and pickup, order online here.

The Snug

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The Snug’s nitro margaritas are divisive topic: people either love or hate the creamy, almost shake-like cocktail, but in either case, they can’t stop talking about them. They’re sold to go in batched of two or five (they’re stable for a couple days, so go for the biggie). Outdoor drinking and dining is also available from their menu of burgers, salads, and sandwiches, to-go orders can be walked up or placed online.

These margaritas are simple and to the point, with two choices: the Clasica, with lime and agave, and de Flores, made with mezcal, dry curacao, lime, and orange. Both are available for pickup, delivery via Caviar, or on their Union Street patio or parklet.

Puerto Alegre

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Puerto Alegre is one of the first Mexican spots many San Franciscans go to when they turn 21 because it's the perfect spot to share a couple of affordable pitchers with a group of friends. The good news is that the margaritas stay just as delicious even as you get older. Skip the frozen versions with strawberry and peach and go for the house version on the rocks. You can order all these concoctions at one of their tables along Valencia street, or to go.

The dining room of this cute, colorful restaurant, is closed for now, but they’re still serving up some of the best margaritas (choose from mezcal or tequila) in town for takeout and delivery, order online here.

El Techo

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This rooftop is ideal on a sunny day in SF, even in these days of copious outdoor dining. The classic margarita is a winner, but if you're looking for something a bit more exciting, order the margarita del techo (cabeza tequila, fidencio mezcal, napoleon mandarin, and lime). Takeout and delivery is also an option, both via Caviar.

Tropisueño

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Tropisueño is back for indoor and patio dining, with its full menu of potent margaritas in tow. The classic margarita with its chile salt rim is the favorite here, but the Tropisueño margarita with ginger liquer, lemon, and grapefruit is a citrusy pick-me-up on a warm afternoon, particularly when paired with a plate of grilled shrimp tacos.

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Celia's by the Beach

The Outer Sunset original is serving margaritas and meals from its front window, including batched drinks that show the 60-year-old restaurant’s co-founder, Celia Lopez-Rodriguez, clad in a COVID-blocking mask. Walk-up ordering works, delivery is via all the usual apps; indoor and outdoor is now also an option.

Underdogs Too

This surf Mexican spot has another location on Irving Street near 19th, but the Parkside location is where one can guzzle their broad selections of margaritas while seated outside. Happy Hour is from 4:30-6 on weekdays, with generously-sized $4 house margs. All drinks are available for to go with a food order, delivery is via Caviar, DoorDash, or Uber Eats, while pickup is available online or for walk up.

Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

If you only drink one margarita from this list, make it a Tommy's margarita. Not only does Tommy's have what's probably the most extensive and well-curated tequila selection in San Francisco, the bartenders have been making the city's best margaritas for over 50 years. Choose from over 30 of their 100-percent agave tequilas for the standard margarita pitchers, all of which have 8 ounces of tequila and fresh, hand-squeezed lime juice. Takeout margs are available for walk-in or phone customers, but an order of food (chips and guac works) is required.

Tia Margarita

Tia Margarita Mexican Dinners has been serving cartoonish margaritas in classic glasses (including the kind with stems made too look like cacti) since 1963. Large portions — for food and drinks — are a signature aspect of this Outer Richmond old-timer, which is open for outdoor dining and takeout, check the menu out here and call in your to-go order at 415-752-9274.

Padrecito

This Cole Valley restaurant is a neighborhood Mexican institution, as are its tequila and mezcal margaritas. Split the difference and order a padrecito (blanco tequila, mezcal, lime, agave) for both, and quaff it at one of its outdoor tables, for delivery via Caviar, or for takeout.

Nopalito

The Latin offshoot of Nopa serves up strong pueblo viejo blanco margaritas by the double or quadruple batch for delivery (Doordash) and pickup, order online here.

The Snug

The Snug’s nitro margaritas are divisive topic: people either love or hate the creamy, almost shake-like cocktail, but in either case, they can’t stop talking about them. They’re sold to go in batched of two or five (they’re stable for a couple days, so go for the biggie). Outdoor drinking and dining is also available from their menu of burgers, salads, and sandwiches, to-go orders can be walked up or placed online.

Flores

These margaritas are simple and to the point, with two choices: the Clasica, with lime and agave, and de Flores, made with mezcal, dry curacao, lime, and orange. Both are available for pickup, delivery via Caviar, or on their Union Street patio or parklet.

Puerto Alegre

Puerto Alegre is one of the first Mexican spots many San Franciscans go to when they turn 21 because it's the perfect spot to share a couple of affordable pitchers with a group of friends. The good news is that the margaritas stay just as delicious even as you get older. Skip the frozen versions with strawberry and peach and go for the house version on the rocks. You can order all these concoctions at one of their tables along Valencia street, or to go.

Loló

The dining room of this cute, colorful restaurant, is closed for now, but they’re still serving up some of the best margaritas (choose from mezcal or tequila) in town for takeout and delivery, order online here.

El Techo

This rooftop is ideal on a sunny day in SF, even in these days of copious outdoor dining. The classic margarita is a winner, but if you're looking for something a bit more exciting, order the margarita del techo (cabeza tequila, fidencio mezcal, napoleon mandarin, and lime). Takeout and delivery is also an option, both via Caviar.

Tropisueño

Tropisueño is back for indoor and patio dining, with its full menu of potent margaritas in tow. The classic margarita with its chile salt rim is the favorite here, but the Tropisueño margarita with ginger liquer, lemon, and grapefruit is a citrusy pick-me-up on a warm afternoon, particularly when paired with a plate of grilled shrimp tacos.

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