Manchester is known for having a diverse range of restaurants and bars to suit all appetites, and in recent years the city has fallen in love with Mexican food and drinks. So with Cinco de Mayo coming up, why not celebrate Mexican culture with a margarita or four? Here are five/cinco of the best places to grab a margarita in the city centre.
Although many people will see Jimmy’s as a place to catch some of the biggest up-and-coming musicians from across the UK, they also do a cracking margarita. Walk into the bar and ask if they’ll make you a classic or a Tommy’s margarita. It’s one of the best Tommy’s in town. If the traditional tastes of a margarita don’t take your fancy, Jimmy’s have recently updated their cocktail menu to include a grapefruit margarita that will really make your cheekbones visible. Be sure to sit and drink it in their main bar area – their neon lighting will really get you in that fiesta mood.
Crazy Pedro’s is the home of wacky pizza toppings, far out furnishings and an out of this world agave menu. While you’re waiting for your nacho-loaded pizza, why not sip on the true taste of Mexico? Crazy Pedro’s have four different flavours of margaritas ranging from the classic to mango and chilli-flavoured, which isn’t for the faint-hearted. The best thing about their margaritas is that they’re all frozen, meaning if the sun has got its hat on then you have no excuse not to try a twist on a childhood classic slushy. Both Crazy Pedros in the NQ and Bridge Street serve up these crazy drinks, so no matter what side of the city you’re on, you’re never far from a frozen margarita.
If rowdy music bars or bizarre Mexican-themed pizza parlours aren’t your thing then perhaps Cabana could be the place for you to grab a classic margarita. Although they pride themselves on Brazilian-themed food and drinks, Cabana offer the classic no-fuss margarita for those wanting it the traditional way and the best thing is, it’s two for one. If you’re feeling brave, why not try the Brazilian version of a margarita? Cabana are proud to serve caipirinha’s, the national cocktail of Brazil. Cabana can get pretty busy, especially at weekends, so if it’s a margarita and a meal you’re after, make sure to book a table on their website.
El Capo has been serving up the best Mexican food and drinks since 2014. There would be no more fitting place to drink a margarita in honour of cinco de mayo than at this Tarriff Street bar. El Capo serve the real deal, a range of margaritas to suit anybody’s taste but there’s one ingredient of the margarita that has people coming to the bar. It’s safe to say that El Capo is the home of tequila. They are proud to have a tequila and mezcal menu meaning you can try a range of shots from the classic Jose Cuervo to Hacienda Chihauhua.
Sandinista channels music and food to create a two-floor bar like no other. The good people of Sandinista offer discounted food and drink for those going to and from gigs in Manchester whilst also supporting humanitarian causes supporting Amnesty International. Be sure to try their immortal margarita, but don’t come to us when you need a McDonald’s to cure your hangover the day after.