Top Margarita Spots in Galveston, A Cocktail With Island Roots

While the origins of the margarita are still widely debated, many stories say it was invented right here in Galveston!

What pairs better than a day on Galveston Island and an ice-cold Margarita? Learn more about Galveston's historic ties to this popular cocktail and where you can grab yourself one on your next visit below.

The Margarita was Invented in Galveston, Texas?

While the origins of the margarita are still widely debated, many stories say it was invented right here in Galveston by Balinese Room head bartender Santo Cruz back in 1948.

Santos Cruz created the Texas Margarita at the Balinese Room in Galveston in 1948. The Balinese Room hosted a lot of big-name entertainers and when singer Peggy Lee came to town, Santos Cruz made a drink that Peggy Lee and her husband, Harry Barber -- fresh from a trip to Mexico -- were sure to enjoy. Lee liked the drink, and she asked what it was called. Cruz told her she could call it whatever she wanted.

Her husband, according to accounts passed down through family legend, eventually named it the "margarita" – a take on Peggy's more formal name, Margaret. The Cruz family resides in Galveston today.

Galveston Margarita Spots
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One of Galveston Island's most popular establishments, Island Famous offers five venues in one location! Insider tip: Ask for the 100oz Island Famous Rita to share with friends!

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Located on Postoffice Street in historic Downtown Galveston, Taquilo's award-winning margaritas are sure to satisfy your marg cravings.

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Tsunami is a Galveston tequila emporium offering over 45 tequilas, 12 types of margaritas and a guaranteed good time!

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Spend a day poolside at Float and enjoy their assortment of food and margarita options! Our favorite: Strawberry Margarita!

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While BLVD Seafood is widely known for its boat-to-table dining, its cocktails are also top-tier. Try the Coconut Margarita with 1800 Coconut, Triple Sec, Coco Lopez, Lime and Lemonade.

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At Brewchachos Cantina a great outdoor dining environment awaits you! The wonderful staff is ready to quench your margarita thirst.

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Tortuga, located right on the Galveston Seawall, offers some of the best coastal Tex-Mex cuisine and margaritas with amazing ocean views.

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East Beach Cantina is located on the far eastern tip of Galveston Island at East Beach. Head up to the bar in the pavilion during the spring/ summer for an ice-cold margarita on the beach!

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Jimmy's on the Pier is a unique establishment situated on the historic Galveston Fishing Pier and boasts a restaurant offering up some tasty margaritas with the best Gulf views.

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