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Top 10 Ways to Raise a Glass on National Margarita Day - LA Weekly

National Margarita Day is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more ready to celebrate. While every day is a good day for a marg, the beloved cocktail’s own holiday this February 22 is certainly the best time to indulge. Honor the timeless classic by hitting one of our top 10 spots for observing National Margarita Day in Los Angeles.

Te’Kila

Serving up handcrafted margaritas with more than 300 types of agave spirits is what earns this Mexican restaurant and bar the top spot on our list. The proud owners of one of the largest tequila collections in the city, the entire restaurants’ entire concept revolves around the happy spirit.  From small-batch, family-owned, and renowned brands to rare, esoteric Mexican spirits, Te’Kila has it all. Try their Avocado Margarita, made with tequila blanco, avocado, cilantro, St. Germain, lime, lemon, and agave, or stick to the classic Te’Kila Margarita made with fresh lime juice and 100% blue agave tequila blanco. Visit their locations on Hollywood and Ventura Boulevards.

Prickly Pear (Courtesy Salazar)

Salazar

This Frogtown favorite is a no-brainer when it comes to the best margaritas in L.A. Beverage coordinator Adan Maldonado, who heads Salazar’s bar program, has crafted an expert cocktail menu with a heavy focus on tequila and mezcal. A single drink is never enough, so for one day only on National Margarita Day, February 22, you can order anySalazar house margarita as a fishbowl for $25. We can imagine no better afternoon than relaxing on their outdoor patio while sipping a giant bowl of margarita.

 

Trejo’s Tacos/Cantina

Possibly the best deal we’ve seen for National Margarita Day in L.A., Trejo’s will be offering $3.99 OG Margaritas all day at all locations on February 22. Nothing goes better with an all-day drink special than some spicy shrimp and carnitas taco.

 

El Cholo

As a USC student, El Cholo was a staple. This L.A. institution has remained a steadfast favorite, and one of our go-to spots to celebrate National Margarita Day. With a vast list of margaritas, all are sure to please. However, we suggest Zapata’s Widow, made with Casamigos Silver, fresh lime juice and a Don Julio 1942 float. Looking for a special? All locations will be offering the famous El Cholo Margarita at happy hour pricing ($8). This place is popular, so reservations are encouraged.

Lil Jon and his party pack (Courtesy Postmates)

At Home

The best part about drinking at home? You don’t have to leave. Skip the Uber fare, ditch your pants and settle in on the couch, because thanks to Postmates, you can order a complimentary Don Julio Party Pack on National Margarita Day if you live in Los Angeles, Long Beach, or Orange County. Curated by Lil Jon, no purchase is necessary to order this cool gift, which is full of everything you need to make your  “Lil Marg ” at home: fresh limes, coasters, lime squeezer, cups, reusable metal straws and more. Tequila is sold separately, so use code DONJULIO for free delivery on Don Julio Blanco if you’re of age.

 

Madre

Madre is known for their authentic, small-batch tequila and mezcal brought in straight from Oaxaca, Mexico. Featuring an incredible 440 bottle selection of mezcal, the Palms and Torrance location tips the scale with an additional 20+ types of tequila. Here, there really are hundreds of ways to make the perfect margarita. To celebrate National Margarita Day, Madre is offering their Madre Margarita on special for $5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for $9 after that.

Azulé Taqueria

Looking to go big on National Margarita Day? Santa Monica’s Azulé Taqueria is selling pitchers of their famous Sabé Blanco margarita all day for $22 each. Not able to make it this Saturday? You’re in luck : every Monday they serve up margarita pitchers for half off, all day.

The Cliffdiver

What’s a better place to celebrate National Margarita Day than gorgeous Malibu? On Saturday, February 22, the Cliffdiver will be offering $8 margaritas all day, satiating local surfers and tourists alike. Whether you’re looking for brunch or for a nightcap, stop in and cheers to the wonders of tequila and mezcal. Our favorite? The Diver Margarita; we can’t resist a good chili salt.

Courtesy Surfer Rose

Surfer Rose

A new venture from the team behind Cliffdiver, this Santa Monica pizza joint serves more than just stereotypical pie. Their Chicago-style thin crust pizza comes with a vast array of artisanal toppings, creating dishes that are as pretty as they are tasty – the perfect accompaniment to a stiff drink. Along with tiki cocktails, Surfer Rose will be serving a special $8 margarita all day long on the 22nd in honor of National Margarita Day. A simple marg with a twist of orange, it’s a delightfully refreshing way to celebrate.

 

The Abbey Food & Bar

Not the biggest fan of margaritas, but still love any reason to celebrate? We’ve got you – with over 200 speciality cocktails on their menu, The Abbey Food & Bar has a little something for everyone. If you love tequila as much as we do, you’ll love The Abbey’s Patron Margaritas (make it spicy with our favorite, mango chili) for $16. Enjoy a little flavor? Ask for one of their fresh juice margaritas: Espelon Blanco Watermelon, Hornitos Plata Skinny Boy or Strawberry. If you get there early enough you’ll snag a spot to enjoy your drink during their infamous Saturday Drag Brunch.