Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day 2019 in Houston
This year, National Margarita Day conveniently falls on Friday, February 22 and we’ve put together a list of the best specials to be had in Houston. Some restaurants are even making the specials available starting at lunchtime because obviously, National Margarita Day is a great day for a long lunch or teambuilding exercise.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby: With nearly 400 tequilas behind the bar, it’s always margarita time at this institution. Picos is celebrating with four specials: $10 classic margaritas with Don Julio Silver and $10 Altos Reposado frozen tamarind margaritas, both of which normally sell for $13. There are also be $6 Picorita frozen margaritas with Cazadores Silver tequila during lunch and happy hour and $5 El Jimador Silver and Reposado shots (only during happy hour). Picos is also home to La Billionaria, which at $75 is Houston’s most expensive margarita. La Billionaria’s hefty price tag is due to the inclusion of the $300 Herradura Selección Supremo tequila and Grand Marnier Cuvé du Centenaire, a blend of cognacs aged up to 25 years each.
Casa Ole, various locations: This list is full of margaritas with premium tequilas and housemade syrups, but if you’re looking for a staple margarita at an excellent price, venture out to your neighborhood Casa Ole. The house margarita sticks to the classic lime juice, tequila and triple sec recipe and is only going to set you back $1 per margarita.
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale: Patrons are certainly going to get more than the staple whiskey, beer and tacos at Eight Row Flint this year. There are four featured margaritas at fantastic prices along the launch of 8RF’s Real Ale Single Barrel whiskey. The Pink Rattlesnake features hibiscus and serrano pepper for a spicy kick. Howdy Ma’am and Midnight Cowboy are both on the sweeter side with passion fruit and papaya or mixed berries respectively. Port of Call: Galveston is a more beachy coconut and pineapple mixture. All margaritas are available frozen or on the rocks and are only $7 during the 2 to 6 p.m. happy hour and $11 after. The Real Ale Single Barrel whiskey is 100 proof and twice distilled only in Texas. Half and full pours will be $5 and $10, normally $8 and $16 and each pour comes with a raffle ticket to win a Real Ale gift basket.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer: The longtime Montrose restaurant is offering a taste of something special at a very special price. The Greatest Margarita Ever Sold regularly is usually $29, but for National Margarita Day, it’s discounted to $15. So, what makes it the greatest? That would be the 25-year aged Grand Marnier combined with Gran Centenario añejo tequila. If quantity is the name of the game, try the margarita-paired tasting menu. Three courses are each paired with a different margarita, and the menu is available for $58 only for the holiday. The same special is featured at Xochi at 1777 Walker in downtown Houston and at Caracol, located at2200 Post Oak in the Galleria area.
El Big Bad, 419 Travis: It’s party time downtown and El Big Bad is turning its 10,000 square foot space into the biggest Margarita Day party in the city. El Big Bad is featuring $5 fresh squeezed house margaritas all day long beginning at 4 p.m. There is also a limited amount of Herradura Ultra Cristalino clear Anejo tequila. El Big Bad is known for its selection of house-infused tequilas. With more than 70 flavors, that means there are just as many margarita options (even more if you mix and match). There’s no charge for this party, but you will need to RSVP on the event Facebook page.
El Patio, 6444 Westheimer: The classic joint that’s the home of Club No Minor is is famous for its strong margaritas and wild parties — and National Margarita Day is no exception. Happy hour specials are available all day long. The regular house margarita is $6, while the infamous frozen blue margarita is $7 and the purple margarita is $7.50. There are also beer specials with domestics and Bohemia only $2.75 each. Arrive early, as Club No Minor is always an extremely popular destination.
On The Kirb, 5004 Kirby: This organic eatery and sports bar is featuring its Buddha’s Kombucha Margarita, a mix of Buddha’s Brew blueberry tequila, Espolon tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and muddled blueberries. It sounds like a wonderfully refreshing way to take advantage of kombucha’s reputed health benefits while celebrating the day. Buddha’s Kombucha margarita is $10 all day.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation: In addition to its famous The Original Ninfarita (a proprietary recipe with 100-percent agave silver tequila) and Navigation Margarita (made with Codigo 1530 Blanco Tequila) and flavors including Sparkling Apple, Pumpkin, Mango Habanero and Cucumber Mint, The Original Ninfa’s is offering a special Jalapeño Piñarita featuring a jalapeño infused tequila and splash of mezcal for $10 on National Margarita Day.
Pistolero’s, 1517 Westheimer: Pistolero’s is the place to be in Montrose with a parking lot party that begins at 4 p.m. Hornitos margaritas are $5 and those who prefer a bit of smoke can opt for the Kimo Sabe Mezcal margarita for only $6.
Royal Sonesta, 2222 West Loop South: This Uptown hotel is offering a margarita and tacos combo. Choose either the Traditional Margarita made with Patron Silver tequila, Patron Citronge orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup or the Mango Habanero margarita made with Patron Silver, Patron Citronge Mango liqueur, lime juice and house-made habanero simple syrup. Then, pair the drink with an order of steak, chicken, shrimp or carnitas tacos for $18.
Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer: If being seen is your scene, head to this hot spot. The River Oaks Rita, made of Don Julio Blanco tequila, Rhum Clément Creole Shrubb (a blended rum with Creole spices), agave nectar and lime juice and is $18 all day. It’s one of the more expensive options, but that’s the price you pay to be seen.
Josh Armendariz is Houston Food Finder’s lead freelance beer and cocktail writer. He can often be found on a stool at your favorite bar, sipping a hoppy craft beer and talking about the Astros with anyone who’ll lend an ear. Follow him on Instagram at @drinkwithjosh.