Toast to National Margarita Day

Madero at El Chingon in San Diego, CA
Madero at El Chingon (courtesy photo)

Whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen, there are plenty of delicious ways to cheers to National Margarita Day on Friday, February 22nd. From classic cocktails with a lime and salted rims, to the more unique blends consisting of different fruity flavors, here are the top San Diego spots to shake, stir and sip some of the very best margaritas!

El Chingon, GBOD Hospitality Group’s “Bad Ass Mexican” restaurant located at 560 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will toast to National Margarita Day with specially priced margaritas all day on Friday, Feb. 22. To celebrate the holiday, El Chingon will offer its classic El Chingon Margarita, made with agave blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and organic agave nectar, for $5 each. Guests may also indulge in El Chingon’s complete menu of signature margaritas and variations, including the Pancho Villa, made with El Jimador blanco, fresh lime, salt and a choice of Jarritos; Madero, made with Azuñia Blanco Tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and Tajín rim; and more. More information about El Chingon and the complete menu is available at

At BANKERS HILL Bar + Restaurant, guests can celebrate with The Stalker, which combines jalapeño-infused tequila, lime, celery syrup, smoked salt and fresh greens on top to create a vibrant, spicy flavor combination.

Primavera Ristorante will pull inspiration from its neighbor to the south to celebrate the holiday with the Primarita, a combination of Sauza gold tequila, fresh lime juice, Triple Sec and a float of Grand Marnier.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen will offer The Natural Red Head, a bright red margarita served on the rocks made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Cointreau, house-made sour mix and red bell pepper syrup. It will be exclusively available on February 22nd and is priced at $15. Oceana Coastal Kitchen is located inside the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa and is blessed with a dazzling view of Mission Bay. It is the perfect setting for enjoying a tropical tequila cocktail.

Corner Drafthouse: Bankers Hill residents can head on down to Corner Drafthouse to indulge in their favorite tequila drinks this holiday. You must try their Sugar and Spice Margarita ($11) which puts a sweet and spicy twist on the classic. Made with their house-infused spicy tequila, fresh cranberries, fresh lime, and agave, you’ll be ready for the next one before you can say “Salud!” Stop on by any other Tuesday for $7 freshly squeezed margaritas and $3.50 tacos.

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Bier Garden: We’re not the only ones celebrating National Margarita Day – this year Bier Garden in Encinitas will be offering $8 Classic House Margaritas all day long. If you want to up your ante this holiday, also try from their selection of tequila-inspired drinks, the Blood Orange Margarita ($12) made with El Jimador Reposado, orange liqueur, blood orange puree, agave nectar, and fresh lime. It is the perfect way to celebrate for the more adventurous drinker. Also, stop on by every Tuesday for $3 Street Style Tacos, $6 El Jimador Margaritas, and $5 Pints of Pacifico.

Hundred Proof: Whether you like your margaritas classic or strawberry, spicy or sweet, you’ll find something to satisfy you from Hundred Proof’s extensive list of specialty cocktails. For this holiday, we recommend the TRUST #2 ($12) made with jalapeño tequila, grapefruit, lime, agave, and firewater bitters. One sip of this tequila cocktail and you’ll understand what makes this a top drinking destination in San Diego. Warning: This margarita may cause an explosion of fiery deliciousness in your mouth.

Trust: If you want to keep things traditional, visit TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest. Their classic-style margarita, EL DIABLO, made with El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Cassis, ginger, lime, and soda water, is sure to live up to its notable and simple reputation. Not only is this a great place to sip on some yummy margaritas, but the menu at TRUST is also award-winning for its rustic, urban food with the addition of wood-fire cookery, which makes it the perfect combination for any tequila-inspired cocktail.

JRDN: Since San Diego’s weather pretty much calls for a margarita every day of the year, it’s only fitting that you celebrate relaxing beachside with a tequila drink in hand. If you like margaritas with a fruity twist, Pacific Beach’s beloved upscale oceanfront dining experience, JRDN, offers a Chili Mango Margarita ($13) with chili infused Campo Azul Blanco, house mix, and mango. After staring at the majestic views of the Pacific Ocean all day, you’ll be planning your next Mexican beach getaway in no time.

South Park’s Del Sur Mexican Cantina knows how to celebrate National Marg Day with happy hour pricing on their House Margarita, made with 100% agave tequila reposado, housemade lime agave mix and triple sec, all day long. Also offered for happy hour pricing all day will be the tasty grapefruit, Squirt and tequila Paloma, both for only $6. What’re you waiting for – grab your friends and make your way to raise a glass for this holiday!

If you’re up in North County this Friday, check out Jalisco Cantina for some of the finest tequila and handcrafted cocktails available. For those who prefer a little spice, try the Pineapple Jalapeño margarita made with house jalapeños-infused tequila, pineapple and citrus. Another must-try is the Ay Peppi, a blend of reposado, red bell peppers, rose syrup, citrus, black pepper and pink salt. Yum!

For the month of February, Miss B’s Coconut Club has partnered withAzuñia Tequila for their featured Cocktail of the Month, the Straight Fyre. It’s no scam (unlike the music festival), the mix of coconut oil washed Azuñia Reposado Tequila, celery cordial, serrano pepper, fresh mint and citrus with Squirt soda is delicious and oh-so-refreshing. But the margarita will only be available until the end of February, so visit Miss B’s, in Mission Beach, to try it today.

For National Margarita Day, head to where Grand meets the sand for unobstructed ocean views and some seriously good sips. Though known for their Red Bull Vodka Slushies, PB Shore Clubalso has an impressive lineup of margaritas including the Purple Rain. Avion Silver Tequila, lavender syrup, lemon and lime juice, grapefruit bitters and pear soda all make this drink a great option for celebrating on February 22nd.

Known throughout San Diego as a top party destination, PB’s Mavericks Beach Club is a multi-level entertainment complex with indoor and outdoor bars, 38 televisions, Baja-inspired fresh food and colorful cocktails! You can’t go wrong with the classic Mavericks Margarita with El Jimador Silver, desert pear syrup and fresh lime juice. You can also opt for the sweeter Pineapple Vanilla Margarita, a concoction made of EspolònBlanco, vanilla syrup, fresh lime juice and pineapple juice.

Nothing pairs better than a refreshing margarita and tasty tacos, and luckily City Tacos has both! With locations in both North Park and La Mesa, locals and visitors can nosh on some of the city’s most innovative, delicious and unique bites, and wash it all down with a Classic Margarita. On National Margarita Day, treat yourself to the Surf & Turf taco, with grilled steak, garlic sautéed shrimp over melted cheese. Just don’t forget the marg!

Abuelo’s: Get a selection of hand-crafted margaritas for $6.95 on National Margarita Day.

Applebee’s: If tequila just isn’t your thing, try the Applebee’s drink special of the month, a $1 hurricane with rum, passion fruit, orange, and black cherry and lime flavor.

Bahama Breeze: Celebrate National Margarita Day on Feb. 21 and 22 with $2.22 Classic MargaritasSee details.

Blue Goose Cantina: Drink $5 house margaritas all day on Feb. 22.

Chili’s: On Feb. 22, get these three margaritas for $5 each: The Cuervo Blue Margarita, Tropical Sunrise Margarita and Blueberry & Pineapple Margarita. See details. Plus, all month long enjoy the limited-time $5 Grand Romance Margarita, which features Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier, Fresh Sour and Pomegranate.

Chimy’s Cerveceria: Get $1 off margaritas on National Margarita Day.

Chuy’s: Enjoy drink specials all day on Feb. 22. Featured options include the Frozen Blackberry ‘Rita, Top Shelf Skinny ‘Rita, Pink Cadillac and Corona and Pacifico.

Cyclone Anaya’s: The original jumbo margarita will be $5 on National Margarita Day.

Dos Caminos: All day long on Feb. 22, try the featured Kiwi Coconut margarita.

El Bolero: Get house margaritas for $5 all day long on Feb. 22.

Kohl’s: Need a blender or glassware to concoct and serve the perfect margarita? Blenders from Calphalon, Ninja and Oster as much as $30 off. Plus, use this promo code to get a discount on orders over $100.

Mad Mex: House margarita specials on Feb. 22 include 12-oz. margaritas for $3, 5-oz.-margaritas for $5 and 22-oz. margaritas for $7.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Get $6 flavored margaritas (including original, strawberry, raspberry, ginger, peach, mango, and blue moon) and $5 Hornitos shots on Feb. 22. See details. If you’d rather celebrate at home, Margaritas offers a Take-Home Margarita Kit, complete with tortilla chips, a pint of salsa, a half pint of guacamole and a quart of Margaritas Squeeze (its signature margarita mix).

Margaritaville Restaurant: Enter to win the Pitcher Perfect giveaway (entries accepted through Feb. 28) for a chance to win a Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker with salt rimmer and a $100 Margaritaville gift card. See details.

McCormick & Schmick’s: During happy hour on Feb. 22, get $6 Gold Margaritas.

Miller’s Ale House: Get House or Watermelon margaritas for $2.22 on Feb. 22. Upgrade to Patron for $1 more. Locations and times available vary by location and state. See details.

Ninja: Margarita Day presents the perfect opportunity to upgrade your blender. Choose whichever Ninja model fits your needs and get an instant 10% discount with this promo code.

On the Border: Get $4 1800 Gran ’Ritas through Feb. 22 plus 99 cent Meltdowns. Options include Blue Curacao, Peach Schnapps, Dekuyper Sour Apple or Well Gold Tequila. See details.

Walmart: Order everything you need to enjoy margaritas at home, including chips, salsa and mixes via Walmart Grocery. New customers get $10 off orders over $50.

World Market: Find unique margarita mixes, glassware and pitchers and get an extra 10% off your order with this coupon code.