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PlaceList: Best Margaritas in LA with Aaron Melendrez

PlaceList: Best Margaritas in LA with Aaron Melendrez

According to mixologist Aaron Melendrez, here’s where you should be drinking margaritas in Los Angeles.

Words by Belinda Gosbee

What: Margarita PlaceList

Where: Los Angeles

Who: Aaron Melendrez, formerly of SalazarThe Normandie ClubThe Walker Inn and Pistolais a self-taught cocktail rebel who mixed up his first libation at age 13 from ingredients he found scrounging around the kitchen. Now he’s one of LA’s best bartenders. Here are his top margarita picks in the city. Spoiler alert: they aren’t all in Mexican restaurants.

The Best Margaritas in Los AngelesImage courtesy of @salazarfrogtown


Aaron Melendrez: The easy-like-a-Sunday-morning margarita: The Salazar margarita is special for a number of reasons. 1) It is priced so you can drink five or six of them and not break the bank. 2) It’s on draft, so it’s always consistent. Most importantly, it tastes incredible because it’s the staple of the house.

The Best Margaritas in Los AngelesIluggy works his magic at Bestia. Image courtesy of @bestiadtla

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DTLA, $14
AM: The crafty margarita: Ask for Iluggy—you can’t miss this guy, he has silver hair and he’s a legend. The man is a cocktail whisperer. Everything they do at Bestia is always consistent and well thought out. The margarita is no exception.

The Best Margaritas in Los AngelesMargaritas and video games at EightyTwo. Image courtesy of @wekeepitnerdy


DTLA, $12
AM: The fun margarita: Ask for Andrew. This guy makes a great tequila Ocho margarita. Nothing better than a margarita and video games!

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