When images of sipping margaritas come to mind, the scene often looks like an island escape or a vibrant south Florida scene. There are plenty of well-crafted margaritas offered here including classic and specialty recipes and almost countless tequilas to choose from. Two oceanfront venues are included on this list with one in Fort Lauderdale and one in Key Biscayne. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s Cantina Beach even has a professional Tequilier on hand to offer tequila recommendations and pairings and to share interesting tidbits on tequila.

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Mangos Restaurant & Lounge
904 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 523-5001

People watching and lounging outdoors go hand in hand with margaritas and Mangos Restaurant & Lounge offers both. Guests may dine and enjoy cocktails indoors or outdoors on the patio right on Las Olas Boulevard. The featured margarita is The Original Margarita, crafted with the original Acapulco recipe in mind and hand-shaken. It’s made with Cointreau Premium Liqueur and Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila. Wednesday is Margarita Day with $6 margaritas all day long.

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Sunset Lounge
1100 West Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 514-1500

Sunset Lounge is a favorite lounge locale for day or night in South Beach. Located at the Mondrian South Beach hotel, the lounge offers guests delicious dishes to eat indoors or outdoors at cabanas, poolside or directly in front of the bay. Sunset Lounge’s professional mixologists craft high quality cocktails using exotic ingredients to deliver unexpected and extraordinary tastes. The signature margarita offered includes Cazadores tequila along with fresh pressed lime juice and orange liqueur for a delicious and refreshing pop of flavors.

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Steak 954
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 414-8333

Steak 954 is a luxurious boutique steakhouse located at the popular W Fort Lauderdale Hotel. Premium margaritas are offered with brunch, lunch or dinner indoors or on the romantic al fresco oceanfront balcony. The signature margarita is the Steak 954 made with Milagro Silver, Cointreau and a float of Crema Mezcal. The restaurant’s menu also consists of steakhouse fare, seafood and fine wines.

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Cantina Beach
455 Grand Bay
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 365-45008

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s Cantina Beach is the place to sip margaritas in relaxed sophistication. It is one of the most attractive locales in the area and feels as if guests have left on an island escape. Cantina Beach boasts as being the only oceanfront Mexican restaurant in the city. The scene is complete with tiki torches, a fire pit and more. Margarita lovers can enjoy the Cantina Beach Margarita specially prepared with Double Barrel Herradura Reposado and a Chamboard float or the Millionaire’s Margarita of fresh lime juice and a blend of Gran Patron Platinum tequila and 150th Anniversary Grand Marnier. Cantina Beach takes their tequila seriously with an impressive offering of over 100 premium tequilas, daily complimentary tequila tastings for hotel guests and an in-house Tequilier, Heriberto Ovideo.

1022 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-9191

Balans on Lincoln Road is a favorite hot spot for Miami Beach locals because of its great scene, beautiful location, delicious food and top service. It’s also a top pick for sipping margaritas with the best people watching in South Florida and the delicious options of mint and mango margaritas or pitchers of Cuervo Gold or Patron margaritas. They may be enjoyed alone or alongside brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour bites. Balans is also located in Brickell, Dadeland and on Biscayne Boulevard.

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