The start of this week just got a little easier with one of the best possible excuses to drink — it’s National Tequila Day. Celebrate the Mexican agave spirit we can’t get enough of at one of these Austin bars and restaurants (or at any one of the many top Mexican food spots in town with a liquor license).
Corner at the J.W. Marriott: This hotel bar got its start specializing in tequila cocktails, so you can bet on a drink like the Jalapeño Hibiscus Marg, made with Tanteo jalapeño tequila, organic hibiscus, lime, orange and smoked salt.
Curra’s Grill: Arguably one of the most classic margaritas in Austin is Curra’s bright green avocado margarita, but the Mexican restaurant on Oltorf Street has a variety of other ones to try as well, like the Lucky ‘Rita with Suerte Tequila, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lime juice and Jarritos grapefruit juice.
El Alma: Any one of the dining spots with El Chile Restaurant Group is guaranteed to have good tequila drinks (especially during brunch), and El Alma, on Barton Springs Road, is no exception — whether you want a basic Charlie’s Special or get a little more complex with the frozen Piñarita margarita, with tequila-marinated pineapple purée and coconut milk.
Fonda San Miguel: This elegant eatery focused on interior Mexican food knocks a $1 off margaritas and takes half-off select appetizers during Monday night happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., so prepare for an early-in-the-week indulgence.
Guero’s Taco Bar: The South Congress Avenue restaurant is offering $2 off the 512 ‘Rita, made with Tequila 512 Blanco, Cointreau and fresh-squeezed lime juice. Plus, everyone who stops by Guero’s today will be given a raffle ticket and entered to win a $50 gift card. So, you know, you have another excuse to drink and fill up on tacos at a later date.
The Hightower: Margaritas aren’t the only drink that taste great frozen. Try the Frozen Tequila Fresa at this East Seventh Street restaurant, which serves it with tequila, strawberry shrub and basil and tops it with a mezcal float if you’re feeling extra fancy.
The Roosevelt Room: By far the most labor-intensive cocktail on this list is the Silver Meadows, which the downtown bar’s co-owners played with over the course of six months as a way to show how a drink’s clear color can belie its complexity. With house-made foie gras-washed St. Germain, tequila ocho plata, kappa pisco, junmai sake, clarified lime, grapefruit, agave and sweetgrass tincture, it’s not easy to make but “well worth it,” according to co-owner Justin Lavenue.
The Salty Sow: The Manor Road restaurant has happy hour every day as well as a small list of margaritas to choose from. Only one of those ‘ritas is on the happy hour menu, but you can splurge for the special occasion today and have the Curly Tail, with Pepe Z, cilantro, serrano, blood orange and a smoked salt rim.
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking: In Round Rock, the seafood restaurant from the Jack Allen’s Kitchen team has a whole host of tequila cocktails you can choose from, whether that’s Pepe’s Hibiscus Paloma (Pepe Z Blanco Tequila, hibiscus liqueur, grapefruit, lime, grapefruit soda, citrus salt) or the 512 Cocktail (Tequila 512 Reposado Tequila, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, pineapple syrup, jalapeño and Del Maguey Vida mezcal).
Zelicks: Live in San Marcos? You don’t have to drive far for this tequila-soaked party, which will have margaritas on special, palomas, tequila flights, giveaways and street tacos from 3 to 8 p.m. You’ll also get to meet the people behind Tequila 512, an Austin-based brand.
Not wanting to drink so early in the week? That’s OK, too: Cover 3 is celebrating National Tequila Day on Thursday with Dulce Vida Tequila and special paired bites from Executive Chef Kirk Doyle.