Where to celebrate National Margarita Day in Austin
This year, National Margarita Day falls on a Friday. You know what to do, right? Many bars and restaurants in Austin will have margarita deals in celebration of this most important national holiday. The ones that don't are nonetheless offering pretty terrific margaritas. Here's where to go.
Guero's Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave. The margaritas at this prime people-watching spot are famously strong and come either frozen or on the rocks. If frozen, they're available in a rainbow of flavors, like mango and strawberry.
Las Perlas, 405 E. Seventh St. Take a trip to Oaxaca without ever leaving Austin. Modeled after the sort of hideaway mezcalarias you'll find in that culturally rich city, Las Perlas has several pages of mezcal and tequila options that you can sip neat in a clay copita. But the cocktails are nothing to disregard. Try the mezcal margarita with a float of Ilegal Joven and sal de chapulines on the rim. (Grasshopper salt, that is. Be brave.)
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, multiple locations. In celebration of National Margarita Day, all locations of this popular Austin-based burger chain is offering $2 Little Larry margaritas (a miniature classic frozen margarita topped with Grand Marnier) and $5 classic frozen margaritas, featuring Gold Tequila, citrus juices, Triple Sec and a black lava salt rim, all day.
Prohibition Creamery, 1407 E. Seventh St. Booze and ice cream combine on a regular day at this sweets shop, but Prohibition is going all out for National Margarita Day, teaming up with Playa Real Tequila for a margarita-inspired dessert. Available starting tomorrow through Feb. 24, the Playa Piña Rita blends Prohibition’s house-made Sangria Sorbet with Playa Real Tequila Pineapple, lime juice, orange bitters and a spritz of orange blossom water.
The Switch, 166 Hargraves Dr Suite G-100. The Dripping Springs barbecue outpost from the folks behind Stiles Switch is taking the opportunity to unveil "a giant new margarita menu" today, and the restaurant certainly isn't exaggerating about its size. There are both frozen and on-the-rocks options, such as the Big Red Rita — a frozen margarita served with a bottle of Big Red soda dunked into the glass.
Mean Eyed Cat Bar, 1621 W. Fifth St. The downtown hangout devoted to Johnny Cash loves margaritas, too. The Mean Marg takes the heat up a notch, with tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, habanero-lime syrup, muddled orange and jalapeños, and a Tajin salt rim combining for a spicy twist on the classic Mexican drink.
Fonda San Miguel, 2330 W. North Loop. This colorful hacienda-style restaurant has been serving Mexican cuisine for 40 years for good reason. Everything is of the highest quality here, and that's no different with the drinks, which include the Silvercoin Margarita with watermelon-infused Patron tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime juice.
Licha's Cantina, 1306 E. Sixth St. The cozy bungalow bar on East Sixth Street has a roster of classic cocktails that get a tequila twist, but you can bet the margarita on the menu isn’t changed much at all, with Exotico Reposado Tequila, Combier, lime and agave. It’s $5 during happy hour.
Cyclone Anaya's Tex-Mex Cantina, 3120 Palm Way #170. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be $6 jumbo margaritas waiting at this Domain Northside spot. Need we say more?
El Naranjo, 85 Rainey St. You can choose your own margarita adventure at this highly rated Rainey Street restaurant. Once you've chosen your favorite tequila or mezcal, El Naranjo's bartenders will add Naranja orange liqueur and lime juice. Or not — for National Margarita Day only, all margaritas and agave cocktails will be 20 percent off.
Torchy's Tacos, multiple locations. The Austin-based taco joint has an all-day deal going at all of its restaurants that won't just offer a pretty sweet deal on margaritas. Order the special Scallywag Margarita (reposado tequila, triple sec, habanero jam, and a Captain Crunch and coconut rim) with February's Taco of the Month, the Scallywag (coconut-battered shrimp, bacon, green chilies, Jack cheese, pickled onions, cilantro, and homemade peach habanero jam).
Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S. Lamar Blvd. Mariachis, $2 El Jimador margaritas and Carnitas nachos on special all day — this South Austin bar is toasting National Margarita Day with the Do512 folks.
Yard House, 11800 Domain Blvd #700. What could be better than a regular old margarita? Well, how about this beer bar's color-changing Magic Margarita? The cocktail, featuring Don Julio Tequila, starts out blue, but it turns purple when you pour in a sidecar of a house-made citrus agave mix. The Instagram-ready drink is $2 off during happy hour.
Chuy's, multiple locations. Though now owning 99 restaurants in 19 states, Chuy's started small in Austin and become beloved in part because of its margaritas. These are on special Friday — namely, the Top-Shelf Skinny Ritas are $1 off, and floaters of either extra tequila or orange liqueur will be $1 to give your margarita an extra kick.
Sour Duck Market, 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The casual eatery from the Barley Swine and Odd Duck team keeps its margarita divinely simple, using tequila, lime, lemon and agave to deliver a drink you'll want to sip on the patio when the weather is nice. Today, it's only $6.
Fast Eddie's Billiards & Sports Bar, 13945 N. Hwy. 183 Ste. D122. Take the edge off your week with Friday night pool, margarita in hand. Fast Eddie's has drink specials through Feb. 24 in honor of National Margarita Day.
MORE MARGARITAS IN MARCH
One of Austin's burgeoning tequila brands, Tequila 512, has always been about slow, steady growth — but will make a big leap forward with the launch of a new margarita next month featuring the tequila at most of Torchy's Tacos' more than 50 locations in three states. (Not all of them have a full bar.) That's a huge deal for any brand, which must have a regular supply for all those restaurants.
Tequila 512 founder Scott Willis is especially excited about Torchy's major presence in Houston, which has helped him expand the tequila's visibility there.
"Their being a huge player in that town makes us a huge player," he said.
The margarita with Tequila 512, called Austin Rocks, launches on March 1. It's considered a top-shelf option and stays pretty true to a classic example of the cocktail, with Cointreau and lime juice. Enjoy it during Torchy's Monday through Friday happy hour, starting at 3 p.m. each day.
Tequila 512 is also the spirit used in the Switch's margaritas on the rocks.