National Margarita Day Serves Up Summer Fun — in February! Where to Get Yours Tomorrow

National Margarita Day Serves Up Summer Fun — in February! Where to Get Yours Tomorrow

Daily Gather / photo by Sabrina Miskelly

ALTHOUGH TEXANS NEVER need an excuse to drink one, National Margarita Day on Tuesday, Feb. 22, gives watering holes a reason to dress up an old favorite with bells and whistles. And after a long, cold winter, who doesn’t want a sunny vacation in a glass? Here are 11 creative sips to celebrate in Houston — with bargains to boot. Bottoms up!


Pier 6 / photo by Becca Wright

SPICY

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House Escape the urban jungle for a patio on the water in San Leon! Choose from a Spicy Rita with reposado tequila, agave, citrus and a zesty kick ($10), classic House Frozen ($8; $6 happy hour) or the new premium Casamigos Blanco margarita ($20). Balance the booze with tempura-fried-fish tacos.

Daily Gather The inventor of National Margarita Day, Nashville realtor Todd McCalla, has reported that he created the February holiday because winter is such a sad, drab time of year. At Daily Gather, an innocent-looking yet tongue-tingling spicy marg will lift the blues with Lalo Blanco tequila, Dolfi orange liqueur, fresh lime, jalapeño and agave ($13; $9 happy hour). Pair with Tex-Mex-inspired dishes, like roasted poblano guacamole and citrus avocado salad with creamy burrata.

Eight Row Flint

Moxies' mezcal margarita

SASSY

Dish Society Looking for a brunch ‘rita? The Prickly Pear is a sweet and sassy combo of tequila, prickly pear, simple syrup, orange liqueur and lime ($8/glass; $20/carafe). Pair it with your taco mood: Breakfast, 44 Farms Chimichurri steak, pineapple-shrimp, or vegetarian.

Moxies Celebrating with a discerning bunch? Moxies features six custom margaritas starring the Millionaire Margarita with Herradura Legend Añejo, Cointreau, organic agave, and fresh pressed lime. Others include The Ghost with Ghost tequila, St. George Green Chile vodka, fresh pressed lime, cane syrup, twang chili-lime salt; The Mezcal with Casamigos mezcal, Cointreau, organic agave, fresh pressed lime; the Pineapple Basil margarita, and more.

Eight Row Flint Fate has it that National Margarita Day falls on Taco Tuesday this year, making this Texas Heights icehouse a go-to stop for both. Myriad margaritas on offer include Eight Row’s Frozen Margarita – Pueblo Viejo Blanco, Marie Brizard orange curacao, lime oleo, lime juice, salt tincture ($12), and the Pink Rattlesnake with Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila ($13).

Savoir's rose-lemonade and tamarind margaritas

CHIC

Savoir Anticipate five fresh flavors including a Spicy Watermelon Margarita with tequila, fresh watermelon, agave, lime, and Fresno; a Cucumber Margarita with cucumber-infused tequila, lime oleo and basil; and a Rose Lemonade Margarita with tequila, lemon oleo, rose petal and Topo Chico. Its Tamarind Margarita presents the perfect balance of dry curacao, tamarind and tajin. Savior's margaritas will be $6 all day for the holiday.

Taste Bar + Kitchen Jazz up your National Margarita Day festivities with the handcrafted Jalaback Margarita ($14) with Código Rose flavored tequila and chili liqueur. For a sweeter option, choose the Lavender Blueberry Margarita ($12) with El Jimador reposado tequila, crème de violette, blueberry-cucumber puree and lime simple syrup with a salt-and-sugar rim. Final flourish is a flavorful rock candy stick.

Taste Kitchen's Jalaback Margarita

Tobiuo's watermelon-mint marg / photo by Dragana Harris

EXOTIC

Tobiuo Sushi + BarPull up a chair at the bar for a kaleidoscope of value-packed (and pretty!) margs. Choose from traditional in lime, strawberry or mango; fresh watermelon mint or prickly pear; or torched Palomas, each specially priced at $5 all day.

Kin Dee If you’re ready to be swept away from the Gulf Coast to the Gulf of Thailand, try the Saneh Jan, a little sweet, a little spicy, with tequila, lime juice, passion fruit juice and a Thai chili garnish. Or go with the Butterfly Pea Margarita featuring homemade butterfly-pea syrup, Don Julio Blanco, lime juice and triple sec.

Kin Dee's margarita / photo by Saneh Jan

Pico's

TRADITIONAL

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos This Upper Kirby gathering spot known for its signature shaker margarita has a number of tempting Margarita Day options, including the El Jefe with Patrón Roca Silver tequila, Patrón Citronge Orange Liqueur and fresh lime juice; La Elegance with Don Julio 1942; and the Ilegal Rita made with Ilegal Mezcal joven, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, lime, orange and agave.

Molina’s Cantina Ready to revisit a classic drink at a Houston classic? Molina’s Cantina was one of the first in the country to install a frozen margarita machine and serve margaritas alongside beloved Tex-Mex plates. On Feb. 22, visit any Molina’s location for an all-day happy hour: 100-percent agave tequila, Triple sec and fresh lime juice, served frozen or on the rocks ($6.50 all day).

Molina's margaritas / photo by Isabel Protomartir

Food
Chapman & Kirby Launches Free Concert Series for Spring

Danny Ray and the Atlantic Street Band performs May 31 (photo from dannyrayatlanticstreetband.com)

CHAPMAN & KIRBY, THE premier event destination in Houston’s East Village, is thrilled to announce the launch of its Spring Music Series, kicking off on Friday, April 12. Chapman & Kirby has become synonymous with top-tier events and unforgettable experiences, many attended by celebrities both local and worldwide. With concert ticket prices soaring to hundreds and even thousands of dollars in the last year, this eight-week music series promises to be a welcomed opportunity to engage with live music for free, showcasing an eclectic lineup of talented acts.

Keep ReadingShow less

Badolina Bakery in Rice Village (photo by Kirsten Gilliam)

WHAT MAKES A restaurant patio great? Beauty, comfort, uniqueness? Check. Stellar food? Check. The feeling that you got away from it all? Triple check. Whether you’re looking to whet your whistle, grab a bite in a treehouse, dine under the stars, or catch a sunset over the urban landscape, Houston is rich with patios, balconies and rooftops. Get some air and celebrate the glorious season at these newbies and stalwarts.

Keep ReadingShow less

Local Foods sandwiches

ONCE UPON A time on a charming vintage corner of West University Place, chef Tony Luhrman cranked out tacos and other Mexican specialties in his tiny restaurant El Topo. The newcomer earned recognition from Texas Monthly and elsewhere, but couldn’t pull out of the post-COVID slump. Enter Maximo in the same space, a new Mexican concept owned by Benjy Levit (Local Foods, Lees Den, Eau Tour), Luhrman, and Dylan Murray of Local Foods.

Keep ReadingShow less
Food