You’ve seen the CBS Local article on the best frozen drinks in Pittsburgh, but now it’s time for the best frozen margaritas. Summer’s favorite cocktail, this splashy, frothy and always crisp beverage can kick any party up a few notches. Below lists the five best margaritas (and their equally scrumptious counterparts) at various locales in Pittsburgh, so be sure to stop in and sip your way into summer.
Emiliano’s Mexican Grill & Bar
2557 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If you’ve never tried a sangria margarita, you’re sorely missing out. A little bitey, a little sweet – this delicious frozen cocktail is everything you need to start your weekend with a bang, or wind your Sunday down with a cool, refreshing end. Emiliano’s also has a host of other tasty beverages, and a knockout dip trio to complement its unlimited chips and salsa. With three convenient locations to choose from, Emiliano’s will surely become your new favorite hangout this summer.
Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
A great back patio for lounging on those steamy summer nights with a fabulous, frosty drink – what could be better? Check out Round Corner Cantina’s organic margarita, which will blow your mind. On Mondays, half-price tacos abound, and Round Corner is always good for a live band or DJ – and the latest feature is private cabanas complete with 40″ TVs for your sports, news or (go ahead, admit it) trashy reality television fix. If you’re only looking to imbibe, Round Corner also has an extensive spirit list, with a to-die-for homemade sangria.
Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
5491 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
A super-modern feel complements this cool, artistic bar right in the heart of Pittsburgh. Prepare for a margarita that will make your night. It comes perfectly blended, freshly made to order and is the strongest on this list. You’ll leave Verde completely satisfied with your drink selection. Be sure to stop by on Margarita Monday, where all specialty margaritas are $2 off. If tequila is more your speed, order from Verde’s extensive spirit list.
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El Toro Loco
2512 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Weekly margarita specials ($6.99 for an 18-ounce drink) will have you running from work to get to El Toro Loco, located on Pittsburgh’s iconic South Side. Combined with delicious, authentic Mexican food, El Toro Loco will hook you from the start with its friendly waitstaff and fun, open atmosphere. This bar is fairly new to Carson Street, so if you visit, be sure to tell the management that you’re on your maiden voyage – they’re always happy to personally welcome a new patron.
21 Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A tall, house-special margarita always goes down well with yet another margarita. The most wallet-friendly frozen drink on this list, Las Velas’ margaritas will definitely hit the spot after a long work week. Happily, the restaurant’s kitchen is open late, so whether you go for happy hour or for a late-night spirit, you’ll always be able to pair your tasty beverages with freshly made and locally sourced dishes. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you arrive, as this seemingly invisible restaurant is rather easy to miss downtown. Private, cozy and intimate, Las Velas will quickly become your favorite hot spot in Pittsburgh, complete with a gorgeous view of bustling Market Square.
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