On a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than sipping a cold margarita! No matter if you prefer your margarita on the rocks or frozen, the tequila-based cocktail is the perfect summer drink to enjoy on a patio with friends.

Here in Ottawa, there are tons of great spots to enjoy a margarita. Around the city, you can get everything from margarita tasting flights, giant cocktails with an extra bottle of alcohol in them, and huge pitchers to share with your friends.

Now that the warm weather has arrived let the patio season begin! Here are the ultimate margarita spots in Ottawa that you need to try this summer:

Banditos

Where: 683 Bank St

Banditos has a gorgeous Southern California inspired patio, which is the perfect spot to enjoy a margarita in the summer. In addition to the classic margarita, they also offer a bunch of exciting flavours like Thai chilli lemongrass, kaffir lime grapefruit and hibiscus watermelon.

The Soca Kitchen

Where: 93 Holland Ave

The Soca Kitchen is the perfect spot in the summer to enjoy Spanish and Latino tapas with a margarita.

El Camino

Where: 81 Clarence St

El Camino has two locations in Ottawa on Elgin Street and the ByWard Market, and the restaurants specialize in tacos and tequila. In the summer, the ByWard Market location's rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing lime margarita.

Burrito Borracho

Where: 105A Clarence St

This Mexican restaurant is the perfect spot to split a pitcher of margaritas with your friends. If you are looking for an innovative twist on the classic margarita make sure to order the Mariachi Margarita which is a mix of tequila, triple sec, cilantro, lime and beet reduction!

Taqueria La Bonita

Where: 1079 Wellington St W

Taqueria La Bonita makes an epic margarita garnished with a massive piece of pineapple and a cocktail umbrella. Make sure to try this spot this summer!

Lone Star Texas Grill

Where: 128 George St

Available only at their Byward Market location you can order a flight of 3 margaritas from any of the following flavours (lime, raspberry, blue curaçao, strawberry and mango). At all Lone Star locations, you can order delicious margaritas by the glass, such as lime, strawberry, mango, or watermelon.

Zak's Cantina

Where: 10 Byward Market Square

You'll want to head to Zak's Cantina to enjoy Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm. During this time you can get $6.50 margaritas and $20 margarita pitchers! For these low prices, you'll want to head here after work for drinks with friends.

Feleena's

Where: 742 Bank St

Go to Feleena's to enjoy some delicious tacos and a margarita on their patio this summer.

Blue Cactus Bar And Grill

Where: 2 Byward Market Square

The next time you are in the ByWard Market head to Blue Cactus Bar And Grill to try one of their giant 'cactus size' 3oz strawberry or lime margaritas. Centrally located and offering tons of seating, it makes an excellent spot to go to with a group.

Eldorado Taco

Where: 170 Preston St

Ottawa's newest Mexican restaurant offers amazing tacos and tequila cocktails. Make sure to check this spot out!

Pancho Villa

Where: 361 Elgin St

Pancho Villa in Ottawa is a great spot to enjoy margaritas in the summer! In addition to the classic lime margaritas, they have tons of other flavours like strawberry, banana, and tropical. Plus they offer refreshing non-alcoholic versions, the regular cocktail size, or giant "mucho grande" 3 oz margaritas too!

Social

Where: 537 Sussex Dr

With a beautiful patio that is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine, Social is a fantastic spot to go for summer cocktails. If you visit on Saturday nights they also have a live DJ.

Tavern On The Falls

Where: 1 John St

Tavern On The Falls offers a gorgeous patio where you can enjoy the view of twin waterfalls. On Wednesday and Friday nights you can relax on their outdoor patio and enjoy live jazz. Go here this summer to enjoy a margarita and one of their signature gourmet hot dogs!

El Furniture Warehouse

Where: 77 Clarence St

El Furniture Warehouse is the perfect spot to go to enjoy affordable food and cocktails. They have a vast assortment of food like pizza, burgers, poutine and tacos all just for $5.95! Meanwhile, you can get a classic margarita for only $6.75. If you are looking for an over the top margarita, order their Warehouse Margarita for $12.75, which is a double Sean Forbes margarita spiked with a bottle of Corona! 

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