1 Jalapeños Big Mama
With enough tequila to provide an all-night buzz, the original“Big Mama” margarita has earned notoriety around Bellingham. It’s best to try this huge, classic cocktail on the rocks during happy hour (daily 3–5:30 p.m., 9 p.m.–close, all day Sunday and Tuesday) for $7.95. Opt for the classic lime margarita, or add a flavoring like mango or strawberry for a little extra sweetness.
Multiple locations, Bellingham
360.671.3099 | jalapenos-wa.com
2 Hermosa’s Traditional Margarita
Head to Friday Harbor to try a classic blend of Tequila Blanco, a house-made margarita mix, and fresh muddled orange and lime at Hermosa on San Juan Island. Fresh and simple, this cocktail pairs perfectly with their homemade tamales.
140A, First St. N., Friday Harbor
3 Taco Lobo’s Mango Margarita
A sweet treat with an alcoholic kick, the mango margarita ($8) at this downtown Bellingham spot is the perfect upgrade to the traditional drink. Try it on the rocks or blended with salt for a tongue-tingling experience.
117 W. Magnolia St., Bellingham
360.756.0711 | tacolobo.net
4 El Gitano’s Margarita
This classic Mexican restaurant with locations in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, La Conner, and Burlington serves up one of the best classic concoctions around town. Stop by for a $4.99 lime margarita on the rocks during happy hour.
360.714.1065 | elgitano.net
5 Tadeo’s Cadillac Margarita
Tequila, triple sec, Grand Marnier, and sweet and sour mix served on the rocks comes together to create the Cadillac margarita ($8.95) at Tadeo’s in downtown Bellingham. Slightly sweet and deliciously rich, this is a cocktail you won’t want to miss.