By Bryan Carey

Margaritas are the most popular cocktail in America and for good reason. The balance of tequila, lime, and other ingredients seem to strike the right balance of boozy goodness. Bartenders have tapped into America’s love of margaritas by concocting some flavorful variations of the popular classic, often with amazing results. Margaritas are usually served straight up or on the rocks, but a frozen margarita can often prove even more satisfying, especially on a hot day. Here are the best bars for frozen margaritas in Houston:

Johnny’s Gold Brick
2518 Yale St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 864-2424

Located in the Houston Heights area, Johnny’s Gold Brick is one of area’s best neighborhood bars. Known for the rotating list of cocktails, Johnny’s Gold Brick is always serving up something new, but one drink to which guests consistently return is the frozen margarita. Made with Persian and key limes, this frozen cocktail is nicely balanced and makes a great choice when you want a classic cocktail without too much complexity. If you’re feeling more adventurous, ask for the El Machete or El Diablo versions, each with added ingredients and flavors for additional taste and fun.

El Patio Restaurant And Club
6444 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0410

Mexican restaurants have a knack for making memorable margaritas. El Patio Restaurant and Club is a place to visit if you want a tasty original margarita that mixes up the lime and tequila is perfect proportions to create an ice cold adult beverage treat. To make a good thing even better, you should ask for the Blue Margarita. It starts with the base margarita then adds blue curacao for a touch of orange flavor and added color certain to get the attention of those around you. Whichever frozen margarita you choose, El Patio Restaurant and Club is bound to please.

The Pastry War
310 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 225-3310

The Pastry War is one of those bars that consistently show up on lists of best bars and best drinks in Houston. There are many reasons for The Pastry War’s critical acclaim and one of them is the margaritas. This establishment specializes in tequila and its house margarita is often rated the very best in the city. You can order it on the rocks, but many prefer it frozen as a chilly and heavenly alternative. Mix things up by ordering your next frozen margarita with a different brand of tequila and have fun comparing the different flavors. You will discover quickly why The Pastry War ranks so highly among Houston bars.

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Spanish Village
4720 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 523-2861

A Spanish restaurant known as much for its drinks as its foods, Spanish Village is notable for many reasons, but its frozen margarita has to rank near the top of the list. This cold, icy beverage features flavors of lime, orange, and tequila for a taste that bounces back and forth between tart and sweet. It’s one of those frozen margaritas that sticks with the classic ingredients, for the most part, and proves the old adage that you shouldn’t mess with success.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar
947 Gessner Ave.
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 831-0950

State Fare Kitchen & Bar, located near Memorial City Mall, is best known for its large and varied beer and wine menu, but there are plenty of delicious cocktails and one of them happens to be the frozen margarita. Made using lime, blanco tequila, dry curacao, and agave, this frozen beverage is more traditional than exotic, and that is precisely its appeal. Perfect for sipping on a hot day, State Fare’s frozen margarita is the perfect marriage of agave, tequila, lime, and orange for a taste that is certain to keep you coming back.

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