Whoa, National Margarita Day falls on a Saturday this year. This Saturday. Two days from now. You know what that means: We have very good reason to enjoy Austin’s favorite alcoholic beverage this weekend. Especially since we have ample bars and restaurants in town to choose from that offer sterling examples of the tequila drink.
Here’s where to go for National Margarita Day festivities in Austin.
Anthem, 91 Rainey St. All about tiki cocktails most of the time, Anthem adds Asian flair to Tex-Mex dishes, so it holds that this Rainey Street restaurant would have the EXSW Margarita, too. With Texas Saké Co. sake for a far East twist, the drink also has El Jimador Silver Tequila, yuzu, lemon and frozen blood orange. Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit.
Doc’s Backyard Grill, 5207 Brodie Lane. The Sunset Valley restaurant is throwing its National Margarita Day bash with $4 margaritas all day long, a live mariachi band, swag, giveaways and more. Among the ’ritas to expect at the family-friendly spot is one with mango and chamoy, which will run you through the flavor gamut in one sip.
El Alma Cafe y Cantina, 1025 Barton Springs Rd. The whitewashed rooftop patio shaded with umbrellas at this South Austin spot is beckoning for a visit. Sit back with one of El Alma’s colorful margaritas — which include everything from avocado to ghost pepper tequila — but if you’re coming in for brunch Saturday, go with the Mangorita, on special for $7.
Eldorado Cafe, 3300 W Anderson Ln #303. Picky about the tequila that gets added to your margarita? After all, the spirit made from the agave plant can range so widely in flavor. Well, don’t worry: Eldorado lets you choose the tequila to use in the top-shelf 'rita. The house version can also come in flavors such as mango, prickly pear and watermelon.
El Naranjo, 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. The restaurant focused on Oaxacan cuisine might have moved last year from a yellow bungalow on Rainey Street to a multi-use complex on South Lamar Boulevard, but the margaritas, at least, haven’t changed in quality and flavor. On National Margarita Day, El Naranjo is offering 25% off all margs on the menu.
Fonda San Miguel, 2330 W. North Loop Blvd. You’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant with more atmosphere and history than the sprawling, hacienda-like Fonda San Miguel. Sip the Sueño de Fresa, which is served with a select-barrel reposado tequila and Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, while enjoying good company and even better service.
Guero’s Taco Bar, 1412 S Congress Ave. Relax at Guero’s Oak Garden from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on National Margarita Day, when there will be Tequila 512 specials, live music and a raffle. The raffle benefits Change 1, a local nonprofit that seeks to help children, young people and families by working to improve the welfare system and related services.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, multiple locations. Make sure you bring your whole squad to celebrate National Margarita Day here. Starting Friday through Sunday, Hopdoddy will offer a full liter of the Doble Fina Margarita, made with silver tequila, triple sec, lime, agave and a black lava salt rim, for $25.
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Licha’s Cantina, 1306 E. Sixth St. Inside a tidy white bungalow along a bustling section of East Sixth Street, Licha’s puts agave twists on a number of classic cocktails, such as an excellent Mezcal Sidecar. But the house margarita is top-notch, too, and simple like a good ’rita should be, with reposado tequila, Combier, lime and agave. It can even come in a $45 pitcher if you’re out with friends.
Manuel’s, 10201 Jollyville Rd. Is there a prettier patio in town? The Arboretum-area Mexican restaurant isn’t closing anytime soon after all, and you’ll find paradise at the gorgeous garden patio, with outdoor sofas, tropical gardens, 200-year-old live oak trees and even a waterfall. Sit under the trellis with El Amado, a margarita with reposado tequila and the kick of pequin.
Odd Duck, 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. You may do a double-take reading the specials menu as I did a news release about Odd Duck’s National Margarita Day plans. From 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, the South Austin restaurant will have a $68 margarita featuring Clase Azul Tequila, Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880, lime and salt foam. Talk about top-shelf.
Taquero Mucho, 508 West Ave. In the former Frank & Angie’s building downtown, the team behind Gabriela’s Downtown has opened this pretty-in-pink taqueria (a combination of words I never expected to write, but just look at this Instagram page). So it holds Taquero Mucho would have pink margaritas, too, that will be $5 on National Margarita Day.