Sit Back, Relax, and Take a Shot: Where to Drink Tequila in LA

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As much as you’ll want to remember National Tequila Day, you’ll probably black out and forget it. The origins of the holiday are fuzzily browned out, but we’ll take a shot anyway. If you aren’t maxed out on margaritas yet this summer, here’s where to get the best tequila in LA. Kick back, drink up, and pass the lime and salt. And if you’re planning on staying in, mix up some of these tequila punch recipes, passed down from the consistently sexiest leading man ever, George Clooney.

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Las Perlas

107 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA

Five dollar margaritas and tequila shots might sound dangerous, but… well there’s no refute for that, really. However, aside from the killer Monday through Friday happy hour, Las Perlas also offers a more refined cocktail menu with options like Olmeca Altos tequila topped off with agave and fresh lime juice.

What to order: Spiced Daisey

Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA

This is place is a vegan’s daydream wrapped in a soft cashew crema blanket. But aside from tasting the plentiful Earth-friendly Mexican dishes, you can also browse through a diverse selection from the cocktail program menu; there’s everything from habanero infused elderflower liquor to tequila blanco.

What to order: Purista

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Photo: Gracias Madre, Purista

La Cuevita

5922 N. Figeuro Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Themed around Dia Los Muertos and decked with skulls and bats, La Cuevita is 30% kitsch and 70% Mexican cocktail haven. The tequila cocktails are nuanced, reasonably priced, and won’t disappoint—no bones about it.

What to order: Jalapeno Margarita

Palmilla Cocina

39 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA

This swanky, home-style Mexican joint offers artful dishes and a breezy beachside patio. You can keep your tequila celebration classy with a market fresh margarita and some spicy papaya guac.

What to order: Muddled fruit margarita

Mercado

 7910 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA

Though Mercado proudly boasts having “the best flan in the universe,” one could argue that their extensive tequila menu is definitely more of a hung-on-mom’s-fridge achievement. Pick and choose from the eclectic Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, and extra Anejo lists, or indulge in their holiday special– the Watermelon Basil Margarita

What to order: La Piña, Watermelon Basil Margarita

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Photo: Mercado, La Piña

Red O

8155 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA

Think high wood-paneled ceilings, palm leaves refracting dim light from rustic chandeliers, fresh shucked oysters by the dozen. Or for those with other, more boozy things in mind, think Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila on the rocks. It’s classy cantina at its best.

What to order: Alacran Margarita

La Velvet Margarita Cantina

1612 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

Comprised of age-old hand-me-down family recipes and plush velvet walls, this is the perfect place to indulge in a little southern comfort. Try your hand at a classic margarita or one of the many beer selections.

What to order: Platinum Velvet Margarita

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For more places to eat and drink right now in LA, check out the BlackBook City Guides.

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