There is nothing quite like a cold, refreshing margarita on a hot summer’s day. Recently, spicy versions of this fan-favorite have shown up on cocktail menus all over town, offering all the classic flavors you love — with an added kick. Here at StyleBlueprint, we made it our mission to try these lip-tingling libations, taking note of our favorites along the way.
Where to Find The Best Spicy Margaritas in Nashville
2526 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 289-8226
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
bartaco’s spicy margarita embodies the restaurant’s impeccable attention to detail. Made with exclusive Libélula Joven tequila, Combier, agave nectar, hand-squeezed lime juice, and freshly sliced jalapeños, you’re guaranteed to fall in love after just one sip. We recommend enjoying it alongside an order of their guacamole.
Blanco Cocina + Cantina
530 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 216-2510
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Located in the new Fifth + Broad development, Blanco Cocina + Cantina serves an array of citrusy margaritas, offering three spicy versions. “The Spicy Skinny” is a stand-out, combining Cuervo Silver tequila, agave, lime juice, and coconut water with serrano chiles. This almost-good-for-you version is guaranteed to impress even the most discerning margarita lover.
2403 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 915-0732
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
This Bottlecap option is a somewhat surprising, yet strong, contender. This 12 South neighborhood hang‘s “Margarita De Fuego” packs the perfect punch, and it’s brightened with the addition of orange juice and a smoky Tajín rim. Try one during happy hour, which takes place Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mas Tacos Por Favor
732 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 543-6271
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Mas Tacos got its start serving mouthwatering tacos out of a food truck, and by popular demand, they opened a brick-and-mortar spot in East Nashville. Their margaritas are made from freshly squeezed seasonal fruit juice, and favorites include the watermelon and pineapple versions. Order yours spicy, and they’ll add a hefty amount of jalapeños and a generous sprinkle of Tajín.
202 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 925-3362
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Midtown’s modern Mexican spot is home to the chile-mango margarita, the subtly spicy, upgraded version of the “Nadarita,” Nada’s namesake margarita with house-made tangerine triple-sec. And even better, they’re two-for-one during happy hour at the bar, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4210 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-4086
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., closed Monday
The former auto shop turned cocktail and taco spot takes the spicy margarita to a whole new level with the addition of an authentic Mexican liqueur crafted from ancho and poblano chiles. Every Tuesday, grab one of these stellar spicy margaritas for just $6 or try one during happy hour, which takes place Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pancho & Lefty’s
104 5th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 933-3390
4501 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 647-8763
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pancho & Lefty’s arguably slings one of the best spicy margaritas in town: the “El Diablo.” It’s made with pineapple tequila, jalapeños, and topped with pineapple juice and rimmed with a hot chicken rub, an ode to Nashville’s signature dish.
1907 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 227-4777
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This all-around East Nashville favorite is known as a tequila lover’s mecca. Voted the home of “Nashville’s Best Margarita,” Rosepepper offers more than 80 varieties of premium tequila. The “El Fuego” margarita never disappoints. Simple and spicy, their take features El Jimador Silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and fresh jalapeños. Order one on the rocks, but be warned — they are very strong.
1120 McGavock St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 736-5301
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saint Añejo, the Gulch’s upscale Mexican eatery, boasts an extensive menu of craft cocktails. Their “Fresa Diabla” margarita is a sweet and spicy concoction of Blanco tequila and strawberry puree muddled with jalapeño peppers. Enjoy half-price margarita pitchers Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Gumbo Brothers
505 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 679-9063
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday
The Gumbo Brothers is a new New Orleans-style fast-casual spot serving up Cajun-style fare. The drink menu boasts a selection of classic New Orleans cocktails, such as housemade hurricanes and Tabasco-infused margaritas on tap. Enjoy one with a bowl of gumbo for a little taste of Cajun spice.
The Twelve Thirty Club
550 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 236-0001
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Located directly across from Bridgestone Arena on Broadway, the highly anticipated Twelve Thirty Club is serving up a deliciously spicy tropical margarita made with passionfruit, hot habañero, and dried Arbol chiles. One sip of this punched-up fruity and floral cocktail, and you’ll instantly feel like you’re on vacation.
Which one will you try first? Cheers!
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