The blood-orange margarita at El Vez

At this intimate tequila bar in Headhouse Square, it’s all about the one-on-one experience. General manager Adam Solomon invites you to pull up a stool at the bar for a tasty drink and good conversation; he knows a thing or two about tequila—and he’s not afraid to talk about it. Try the Xochitl Margarita, made with freshly squeezed lime juice. 408 S. Second St., 215-238-7280

Get ready for a little heat. It’s time to spice up summer at this Latin tapas bar with the Gringo Loco (loosely translated as “crazy American”). This fiery cocktail blends watermelon and habañero peppers with 100 percent blue agave tequila, orange liquor, and a tart citrus mix. 818 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-520-9100

El Vez
This Stephen Starr restaurant is known for its energetic bar, its bright and festive décor, and, of course, its diverse margarita list. Cool down with a frozen blood-orange margarita before sampling some of chef David LaForce’s spins on classic Mexican dishes, overlooking the bustling streets of Midtown Villlage. 121 S. 13th St., 215-928-9800

Gypsy Bar
Look past the megaclubs and the casino floor at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and you will discover this laid-back bar that specializes in tequila and its many forms. Soak in the posh blue- and amber-colored atmosphere, and sample the Mexican-inspired cocktails, all while enjoying live music nightly. 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-1000

Nestled in the heart of Wayne, this Mexican restaurant and tequila bar houses one of the largest premium tequila selections in the area. Take your taste buds on a thirst-quenching adventure with more than 100 selections available for you to sip on. Make sure to try the Mexican Dreamer, a colorful blue and red cocktail set aflame when served. 103 N. Wayne Ave., 484-580-8415

Jose Garces’s two-story modern Mexican restaurant in University City offers a laundry list of tequilas and flights. Suggestion? For those who shy from the “straight, no chaser” method, try one of its crafty cocktails, such as the Hemingway or the Jefe margarita (the chef’s favorite). Want to take your drink “to go”? Be sure to take a seat in the famous Volkswagen Beetle booth. 3945 Chestnut St., 215-222-1657

Blue skies are on the horizon at Mixto. Pop in for one of Philly’s best happy hours, available weekdays from 5 to 7 PM. A rotating selection of icy libations are available, with specially priced margaritas a house mainstay. Mixto also offers outdoor seating with a South Beach-inspired ambience. 1141 Pine St., 215-592-0363

Mexican Post
For adventurous tequila fans, Mexican Post in Love Park is the spot to go. Its specialty cocktail, No Más, Por Favor—a potent blend of two Jose Cuervo Silver tequila shots, smooth Cointreau, sour mix, and a splash of orange and cranberry juices—might have you “pounding the mat,” as staffers are likely to say. 1601 Cherry St., 215-568-2667

Step into this vibrant Peruvianand Cantonese-inspired restaurant and order a delicious Inigo Montoya, made up of tequila, passion fruit, and Thai chilies. Once you’re done with the libations, head on over to the sleek ceviche bar that sits atop a dazzling 16-seat gold communal table, for the ultimate dining and lounge experience. 707 Chestnut St., 215-925-5555

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