El Rico Cinco de Mayo: Moneyed Margaritas

— by Caroline on Crack

Flickr Shot by dotsara

Flickr Shot by dotsara

Want to celebrate this alcoholiday by sipping and savoring high-end cervezas rather than pounding house mixes one after the other til you reach self-oblivion? Forget the usual Cinco de Mayo sports bar mayhem and get serious about your tequila drinking by checking out the following tequila bars/cantinas for some quality and expensivo margaritas.

La Velvet Margarita Cantina: This Gothic chic cantina offers the Platinum Velvet Margarita. At $30 a glass, you get Don Julio 1942, Cointreau and a blend of fruit. Since they tend to pour with a heavy hand here, you’ll feel like you got your money’s worth.

1612 Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 469-2000

L’Scorpion: Unlike the other places listed, this low-lit tequila bar may not have an expensive specialty margarita but they do have $75-a-shot tequilas like Don Julio Real (which is $350 a bottle at BevMo). Ay yi yi yi!

6679 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 464-3026

Sonora Cafe: In this upscale spinoff of El Cholo, you can order the 24 Karat Margarita ($24): Cuervo Reserva de La Familia & Grand Marnier Cinquantenaire.

180 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 857-1800

The Spanish Kitchen: The Buena Suerte Margarita Gigante ($23) is 27 ounces of top-shelf margarita served with your choice of float: Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Citonage, Midori, Blue Curacao, Malibu or Chambord. Sounds divine.

826 N La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90069
(310) 659-4794