5 Best Micheladas in Tucson

Whether you're nursing a hangover or need a post-shift pick-me-up, a michelada will do you good.

Last modified on October 1st, 2018 at 10:38 am

Around Tucson, the michelada usually consists of a Clamato base with lime juice, hot sauce, and any combination of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or Maggi Jugo served on ice in a Tajín-rimmed glass.

Don’t be afraid of the Clamato. In some strange twist of fate, it pairs beautifully with lagers and pilsners for a savory, sour, spicy, and salty salivating drink.

Here are our picks for the best michelada in Tucson.

El Berraco

2960 N. First Ave.
Shish and Michelada at El Berraco (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shish and Michelada at El Berraco (Credit: Jackie Tran)

El Berraco doesn’t fuss around with any exotic ingredients. Their michelada garnishes include cool cucumber and a mouth-puckering saladito. It’s essentially the same recipe as the beloved michelada from sister restaurant BK Tacos.

For more information, visit el-berraco.com.

La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos

3200 N. First Ave. • 5526 E. Grant Rd.
Botana Michelada at La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Botana Michelada at La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

La Botana has its own dedicated michelada menu section. Get a classic with tamarind, or with shrimp.

For more information, visit labotanagrill.com.

Mariscos Mi Mazatlan

5601 E. 22nd St.

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I definitely appreciate the entire shrimp that comes with each giant michelada at Mariscos Mi Mazatlan. Take advantage of the wide array of hot sauces at the table to custom-season your own mug.

For more information, call (520) 790-2888 or visit mazatlanseafood.com.

The Neighborhood

3940 E. 29th St.

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As a judge of the 2016 Michelada Challenge where The Neighborhood won both the people’s choice award and the judge’s choice with blind tasting and scoring, I can confirm this michelada is ‘too legit to quit.’

I’ve been back for one since then and enjoyed the Titanic Michelada as a meal of its own with all the Mexican snacks contained within the mug.

For more information, visit yourneighborhoodbar.com.

Sir Veza’s Kitchen & Kantina

220 W. Wetmore Rd.
Michelada at Sir Veza's Kitchen & Kantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Michelada at Sir Veza’s Kitchen & Kantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sir Veza’s creatively used their excellent michelada for a Michelada-Battered Fish & Chips special during Lent. That special has sadly passed, but it’s not too late (and never too early) to enjoy one of their micheladas on their own.

For more information, visit sirvezas.com.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
  • Chris Bowen

    How about BK’s on 1st!!! Best in town….

    • Jackie

      We clumped them with El Berraco since it’s the same recipe and owner. And it’s just a few blocks away from that BK, you should use this as an excuse to check out El Berraco if you haven’t already!

      • Chris Bowen

        Did not know that. They do look identical though…

  • Nick Pollard

    Neighborhood ones are trash. If you want nothing but candy in your drink then go here. If you want the best michelada then go to BKs

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