Ten Favorite Margaritas in Metro Phoenix

We don't really go for all the hoopla over the made-up holidays that have crept onto the calendar in recent times, thanks to clever marketers. You know, like Orange M&M Day and Brown Rice Tortilla Week. (We made those up, don't worry.) But there's one fabricated celebration we're more than happy to honor: National Margarita Day. Cheers, Phoenix. Here are 10 of our faves. What are yours?

10. Margarita at SideBar The classic combo of Jose Cuervo Gold, triple sec and fresh lime juice in SideBar's margarita might elicit a yawn - but not if you've ever had a cocktail at this wonderful bar tucked atop a Pei Wei/Starbucks combo just west of downtown Phoenix. And if you've ever had the margarita, well, forget about it, we know you're in love. For us, it's the little things - like the muddled half-lime at the bottom of our glass - that make life worth living, and make the narrow staircase at SideBar worth navigating, time and again.

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Erica O'Neil and Amy Silverman