NOT Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo, this Saturday, is a day to commemorate Mexico’s unlikely victory over Napoleon III’s French forces during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Needless to say, the day has morphed into a veritable drinking holiday where we table discussions of history (and cultural appropriation) to suck down toxic numbers of “margs” at local restaurants and bars — but, where can YEW find the best margaritas in San Diego?
Yikes, in a town where tequila flows more liberally than tap water, that’s a tough one to answer!? Here at YEW!, we certainly have our favorites when it comes to quality, or STRONG, margaritas paired with a rad atmosphere.
Here are five of our favorite establishments to put on your Cinco de Drinko radar:
photo courtesy of Ponce’s Facebook
A neighborhood classic, Ponce’s is a bustling retro restaurant / bar serving authentic family-style Mexican food and some of the deadliest margaritas in town. One, you’re good. Two, you’re wobbling. Three, you’re flying…
Address: 4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Photo credit: Jarnard Sutton
With an unbelievable selection of fine tequila and mezcal, this Normal Heights rustic cantina is an absolute gem for the margarita purist.
Address: 2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
A vibrant, friendly hang in the heart of Hillcrest, La Vecindad serves authentic Mexican food and cocktails — including “Bird Bath” margaritas (pictured) — amidst colorful decor and awesome picnic table seating.
Address: 3827 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
A gold standard for margaritas in the Gaslamp, this chill Mexican spot offers killer signature drinks and a HUGE tequila selection alongside quality Mexican food (and DJs after dark.)
Address: 560 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Located in P.B., locals line up for inventive fusion fare and rad weekend brunches in this dim, wood-trimmed beach space. Great post-surf margaritas.
Address: 966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109