Food / Drink

Cinco Awesome Margaritas For Cinco De Mayo

YEW Staff
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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:


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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…
Address4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Cantina Mayahuel

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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.
Address2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

La Vecindad

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.
Address3827 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

La Puerta

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.)
Address560 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Isabel’s Cantina

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.
Address966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

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