From a distance, La Margarita, an inviting place, perfectly situated on The Cultural Trail and Virginia Ave., appears to be your standard Mexican restaurant, e.g. just another place for locals to grab some chips and salsa, a little guacamole, maybe a Dos Equis or two and enjoy al fresco dining on the patio, or beautiful bar and main dining room.
However, once you are actually sitting at the bar, that’s when it hits you, this is no ordinary mexican restaurant. The owner has meticulously cultivated a craft beer, tequila and cocktail list that has resulted in one of the most comprehensive in all of downtown Indy, and has elevated the experience to make this a destination for anyone that loves craft beer, tequila, and well yes, their namesake, Margaritas.
Whether you are interested in trying a flight of tequila or mezcal-from one of the many flight options such as, the “I Only Drink Organic Flight”-which includes 3 Amigos Silver, 123 Reposado, and Cas Noble Anejo, to the “A Moment of Mezcal”which includes Scorpion Joven, Los Nahaules, reposado, and Alipus, to their “Fountain of Youth Flight”, which includes Backbone Bourbon, Templeton Rye Whiskey, and Aberlour, a 16-year single malt scotch.
Also rather comprehensive list of Bourbons, Vodkas, Gin and Rum available.
If you are more into cocktails, they’ve got you covered with an excellent Margarita options abound with their standard House Margarita, and options for upgrades-The Diamond, Top Shelf, Triple Citrus, and Fresh Juice Margaritas.
I love a good Margarita but I also enjoy the Burro de Moscow, with Oso Negro Mexican Vodka, Gosling’s Ginger Beer and fresh lime. Perfectly compliments the spicy Mexican Fare.
Burro de Moscow
And if that isn’t enough for you there is the craft beer list. There are no Macrobrews to be found, save a few mexican beers, but other than that it is pure craft beer goodness. With 10 Indiana breweries on the list.
Taps are constantly rotating, at the time of this writing:
Against the Grain 70K
Fountain Square Steam Dream
Sun King Oktoberfest
Oaken Barrel A.M. Wheat
Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
as well as an impressive list of 52 bottles and 10 cans. Beer flights also available.
While the food is good here, I would be lying if I didn’t say that my main priority for my visits here are the drinks. Many times we stop in and grab some chips and salsa and check out the always impressive and amazing tap list.
La Margarita is located at:
1043 Virginia Ave