5 to Try: Tequila Bars

With Dallas so close to Mexico, tequila has become the star of many city menus. But only select restaurants and bars know which brands to stock and how to properly serve them. Check out the following stops that will have you thinking you've crossed the border after a few tequila totties. (Photo: Kravchenko Marina/Shutterstock)

Updated: July 27, 2009

Tasty Tequilas


Agave Azul

1114 S. Elm Street, Carrollton, TX 75006

Get your tequila fix straight-up at the bar or drizzled on top of the soapapillas at this Agave inspired restaurant in downtown Carrollton. Claimed to be the first tequila bar in Dallas, they serve 100 Agave Azul tequilas, including Cabo Wabo, 1800 and 1921 to name a few. Cazadores Reposado 100Agave Azul is the chosen margarita tequila--which is also Mexico's No. 1-selling reposado tequila.


Trece

4513 Travis St, Dallas, TX 75205

If you like to sip or shoot a variety of tequilas, this Mexican kitchen and Tequila Lounge has more than 120 labels. Reposado-aged tequilas and robust anejo are just a few featured and your choice is available on tap or served at a shivering five degrees. And if you just can't drink it straight then order the popular stode-a-rita. Flights are also available.


Iron Cactus Dallas

1520 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

A rooftop patio creates a great backdrop to experience 80 different types of tequilas and tequila-inspired cuisine. Overlooking Main Street and Pegasus Plaza, this traditional Mexican restaurant affords a prime spot to check out downtown Dallas happenings. Enjoy the view with an El Agave Margarita--made with Margaritaville Tequila Silver--or the Z Silver tequila showcased in the Sweet Heat cocktail.


Rj Mexican Cuisine

1701 N Market St Ste 102, Dallas, TX 75202

Take straight shots of Blanco silver, reposado rested or anejo-aged, or try the Vampire Cocktail mixed with RJ sangrita, fresh lime juice and Tabasco. The concoction boasts the fine falvors of el Tesoro Anejo tequila. For fruitiness, down the Chimaco Sunrise, which spotlights Chimaco reposado tequila, orange juice, grenadine and lime. And if that doesn't get you soaring, the flights certainly will.


Blue Mesa Grill

5100 Belt Line Rd Ste 500, Addison, TX 75254

Live music comes with a shot of tequila at this bar in Addison. The tequila bar "unplugged" not only offers more than 100 premium tequilas but acoustic performances from local musicians. Whether you're a novice or connoisseur, the variety of blanco, reposado and anejo varieties and cold tequilas on tap will keep you plenty buzzed.