Sip on margaritas at these Cape Town eateries

February 22, 2024

Whether served frozen, straight up or on the rocks, margaritas carry an appeal that knows no season. While some may question its suitability in this nippy weather, one truth remains: the looming risk of brain freeze renders the external temperature irrelevant.

Here are five eateries that serve margaritas in Cape Town:

1. Hacienda Coastal Mexican


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Hacienda is a restaurant that not only celebrates but elevates authentic coastal Mexican cuisine.

Hacienda on Bree Street brings the vibrant flavours of Baja California to Cape Town, guaranteeing a culinary adventure filled with fresh, handmade masa flour tortillas, Oaxacan mole and a selection of Baja tequila and mezcal. Hacienda’s menu caters to everyone, offering a variety of options for vegetarians and vegans. Immerse yourself in the lively and intimate atmosphere, where natural fibres and organic materials, combined with neutral and earthy tones, create a truly captivating dining space.

From 4pm until 5:30pm every day, Hacienda’s daily special offers half-price margaritas.

  • Location: 92 Bree Street, Cape Town
  • Times: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 10:30pm
  • Contact: 021 422 0128 | [email protected]
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2. The Fat Cactus

The fat cactus margaritas

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The Fat Cactus is a spirited eatery renowned for consistently promising a casual and colourful dining experience. Its Gardens branch is a favourite among spicy food lovers, social butterflies and, of course, margarita enthusiasts. The restaurant’s decor features colourful murals and rustic accents and the menu is a delightful fusion of Tex-Mex and Southwestern-inspired dishes.

Chilli poppers, which are bite-sized treats with a creamy, cheesy filling, are a standout. The drink menu offers a wide range of cocktails as well as refreshing non-alcoholic options.

The Fat Cactus creates a festive atmosphere by cultivating a convivial atmosphere, ideal for a fun meal with friends or a rowdy night out.

  • Location: 5 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Times: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
  • Contact: 021 422 5022 | [email protected]
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The Fat Cactus also has branches in Mowbray, Sea Point and Woodstock.

3. Pancho’s


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Panchos, located on Lower Main Road in Observatory, is a lively Mexican restaurant known for its generous portions and laid-back atmosphere, complete with colourful sombreros and vibrant Mexican artwork, which transports you to the heart of Mexico. Panchos’ crowning glory is its frozen margaritas. These frosty concoctions, available in lemon or strawberry flavours, strike the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.

Don’t miss happy hour, which runs from 5pm to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, with special discounts and generous servings, a lively ambience and themed decor.

  • Location: 127 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
  • Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm to 10pm
  • Contact: 021 447 4854 | [email protected]
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4. El Burro Taqueria

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At El Burro Taqueria, take a culinary journey where each day brings a delightful menu with flavours from Mexico. Hand-pressed corn tortillas form the foundation of their dishes, showcasing authentic fillings that pay homage to the country’s diverse culinary traditions. Vibrant and zesty salsas add tanginess and depth, transporting you to the bustling streets of Mexico.

Beyond tortillas and margaritas, El Burro Taqueria offers a diverse selection of appetisers and mains, prepared with quality and authenticity. The menu captures the essence of Mexican cuisine, offering traditional classics and unique regional specialities.

El Burro’s margaritas are handmade using freshly squeezed lime juice and serve as the perfect accompaniment to complement the bold flavours.

  • Location: Corner of New Church Street and Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
  • Times: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 11pm | Sunday: 12pm to 9pm
  • Contact: 021 422 3554 | [email protected]
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El Burro Taqueria also has a branch in Green Point.

5. Una Más Mezcaleria


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Una Más Mezcaleria in Sea Point has emerged as a culinary force, captivating Cape Town with its authentic Mexican cuisine, extensive tequila selection and mezcal cocktails. Drawing inspiration from Mexican culture and the art of mezcal production, Una Más pays homage to ancient traditions, forging a profound connection with each mezcal cocktail.

Since its opening, the rise of mezcal in Cape Town has been meteoric, making Una Más the go-to destination to explore this enchanting spirit. Immerse yourself in their realm of mezcal cocktails, from classic margaritas to the Una Más Margarita, featuring mezcal and tantalising flavours like watermelon and papaya.

  • Location: Shop 2, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
  • Times: Monday, 5pm to 11pm | Tuesday and Sunday, 12pm to 11pm | Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 12am
  • Contact: 087 470 0296 | [email protected]
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