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Most Unique Margaritas In Charlotte

May 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Vida Cantina

Photo Credit: Vida Cantina

No one can deny the refreshing taste of a margarita’s sweet and salty combination. Whether you’re looking for a classy, traditional margarita or something with a little twist this Cinco de Mayo, these Charlotte bars and restaurants know how to fill your glass with unique, rewarding tastes.

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La Paz Cantina
1100 Metropolitan Ave, Suite 130
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 332-6322

Hours: Mon to Wed – 11 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thurs to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

La Paz Cantina made its first original margarita on East Boulevard, but has recently re-opened its doors on Metropolitan Ave. The restaurant’s selection may have started with a 30-year-old recipe, but has since branched out to consist of 20 unique options. With Cucumberita, Pineapple Jalapenorita, Red Bull and even Carolina Blue margaritas, you can expect a surprise with every choice. For a full list of margarita options, check out the drink menu.

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Cabo Fish Taco
3201 North Davidson St
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-8868

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – Closed

This NoDa neighborhood favorite is not only famous for its fish tacos, but also its house margarita mix. This restaurant, along with its Blacksburg, Virginia location, has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and continues to serve up to expectations. Visit Cabo’s for an evening out, with margarita prices starting at $5 for the El Cheapo to $12 for the Perfect Wave. What makes this wave perfect? Cabo gets confident with a combination of the freshest house mix, 100% blue agave tequila and a dash of Grand Marnier and Cointreau. For a full list of margarita choices and prices, browse the complete cocktail menu.

Related: Best Restaurants for Fish Tacos in Charlotte

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Vida Cantina
210 E Trade St, Suite 104A
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 971-8432

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Vida’s “skinny” margarita has counted down the calories of a traditional mix. Weighing in at 100 calories per drink, the slimming beverage at this downtown EpiCentre spot helps anyone feel a little less stressed about tightening their belt. The key behind this concoction is freshness. Load up on a few, as they won’t leave you feeling too full. Not a fan of the skinny? Try the classic Vida Margarita with El Jimador Blanco, triple sec, lime juice and cane sugar. Or, stay health conscious with the “no sugar-added, all natural” Partita, made with Jose Cuervo Tequila, agave nectar and freshly squeezed lime juice. Check out the specialty drink menu for additional options and prices.

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Loco Lime
1101 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 333-7837

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – Closed

Loco Lime has been serving up vegetarian dishes and homemade margaritas since opening its venue in 2010. This Charlotte newcomer puts a unique twist on the entire menu, starting with quesadillas filled with plantains, roasted corn relish and zucchini. All margaritas are featured for half price on Margarita Mondays. With over 35 tequilas to choose from, you can try out your skills for mixing the perfect one. Loco Lime’s classic is still the best on the menu. Don’t mess with a good thing, and order your margarita the way it was intended to be made.

Related: Best Mexican Food In Charlotte

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The Prickly Pear
761 N Main St
Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 799-0875

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

This margarita spot takes you a bit beyond Charlotte, but everyone occasionally needs a break from the city, right? The Prickly Pear is a little pricier and out of the way, but the unique atmosphere and tastes are worth it. Skip dessert and order a margarita instead. The options are sweet and satisfying. Enjoy a Prickly Pear margarita that encompasses the perfect pairing of lemon-lime and pear flavors. Another savory option is the Desert Mirage Margarita made with Sauza tequila and raspberry liquor. This Mooresville spot will have you coming back for more in no time.

Kate has literally lived up to her college mascot the Soaring Seahawk, as a flight attendant and graduate of UNC Wilmington, with a degree in Sociology and Communication Studies. When she is not soaring above clouds or at her base assignment in Roanoke, she resides in her hometown of Charlotte. Her work can be found at

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