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Top Ten Spots to Celebrate National Margarita Day

From on-the-rocks to frozen with salt, here are our picks.

By Lauren Cohen | February 22, 2017, 10:05 am

-Courtesy of Clavel
On The Town

Top Ten Spots to Celebrate National Margarita Day

From on-the-rocks to frozen with salt, here are our picks.

By Lauren Cohen | February 22, 2017, 10:05 am

-Courtesy of Clavel

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One might think that National Margarita Day would fall sometime during the warmer months, but with the abnormal spike in temperatures lately, it almost seems fitting. Whether you’re an on-the-rocks type of person, or a fan of fancy tequila drinks garnished with chili flakes and pineapple wedges, the local bar scene offers plenty of ways to partake on February 22. To celebrate in style, spice up your average post-work happy hour by heading to any one of these local watering holes.

Alma Cocina LatinaAmong the city’s many margarita purveyors is this Canton spot that pays homage to owner Irena Stein’s roots in Venezuela. In addition to the decor and cuisine, the restaurant’s Latin American vibe also shines through in its cocktail list, which boasts a signature “La Isla” house margarita made with barrel-aged tequila, lime juice, fresh agave nectar, and orange liqueur. 2400 Boston St., 667-212-4273

Clavel: From the interior greenery to the house-made tortillas, everything about this Remington hangout is meant to mimic the atmosphere of owner Lane Harlan’s beloved Oaxaca, Mexico. The top-notch beverage program—which makes use of house-grown ingredients like hibiscus and squash flowers—features a collection of unique margaritas including a fresh cilantro honey version and the signature “Mezcalita” garnished with grasshopper salt. 225 W. 23rd St., 443-900-8983

Barcocina: Follow the Fells Point cobblestone to this waterfront hangout, which pairs its signature dips and tacos with a menu of refreshing cocktails. Aside from the house margaritas on tap, the bar crafts sips including “Rosemary’s Margarita” (crystal tequila, rhubarb liqueur, and agave nectar), and a smoky margarita that fuses mezcal, Cointreau triple sec, and house-made sour mix. 1629 Thames St., 410-563-8800

Blue Agave: This Federal Hill favorite is an ideal spot to catch up with friends over classic margaritas on the rocks and a basket of house-fried tortilla chips. To switch things up, sample flavors such as mango, prickly pear, pomegranate, red pepper, or the “Spicy Guavarita” mixed with guava syrup and a splash of pineapple juice. If you’re really feeling adventurous, go for the restaurant’s signature “Agave Shipwreck”—a 42-oz. frozen house margarita blended with blue Curaçao. 1032 Light St., 410-576-3938

Gunther & Co: All diners visiting this Brewers Hill spot on Thursday evening will be treated to complimentary chips and salsa to celebrate the holiday. In addition, enjoy $12 pork belly tacos while sipping $6 El Jimador Blanco classic margaritas, $8 mezcal margaritas, and $8 prickly-pear margaritas made with El Destilador repasado. 3650 Toone St., 443-869-6874

La Food Marketa: There’s no shortage of Spanglish fare at this Baltimore County newbie located in Pikesville’s Quarry Lake at Greenspring. Chef Chad Gauss’s spinoff of The Food Market in Hampden boasts a beverage list highlighting everything from draft beer and Mexican sodas to mojitos and sangrias. But the restaurant’s margarita menu—featuring classic, cranberry-orange, and spicy grilled pineapple varieties that can be ordered by the glass or pitcher—is the true claim to fame. 2620 Quarry Lake Drive, Pikesville, 410-415-0606

La Tolteca: With locations scattered everywhere from Canton to Bel Air, this casual cantina has become a go-to for diners across the state. Marvel at the Mexican murals while chowing down on cultural classics like nachos, burritos, and deluxe salads. Be sure to wash it all down with massive strawberry, raspberry, peach, mango, coconut, or lime-flavored margaritas. Multiple locations including 2324 Boston St., 410-617-0959

Nacho Mama’s: This Canton Square stalwart, which recently debuted a second location in Towson, has a longstanding reputation for putting its own Baltimore spin on the classic Mexican cantina. But aside from the crab quesadillas, Orange Crushes, and Natty Boh tallboys, the restaurant’s true specialty is its hubcap margarita. In keeping with the Elvis-themed interior, the drinks—served in actual hubcaps—come in varieties like the “Graceland” (house tequila, triple sec, lime margarita mix), the “Blue Suede Shoes” (El Jimador and blue Curaçao), the “Priscilla” (Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau triple sec, and lime juice), and the “Memphis Mafia” that combines Jose Cuervo and Grand Marnier. Multiple locations including 2907 O’Donnell St., 410-675-0898

Papi’s Tacos: There’s something for everyone at this Fells Point taco joint, which showcases a lengthy list of unique margarita flavors including passion fruit, watermelon, peach, cheesecake, and pineapple chili. A special “Margaritas Locos” menu lists drinks like a jalapeño-infused “Rita En Fuego,” and a “Cinnamon-Peach Rita” that combines cinnamon tequila and peach schnapps. 1703 Aliceanna St., 410-299-8480

Points South Latin Kitchen: Travel to South America by way of Fells Point at this festive destination, which offers plenty of beverages to pair with its flavorful dishes. In addition to a collection of pre-bottled house cocktails, the bar serves a signature Minas Margarita (El Jimador, agave, and Cedilla acai liqueur,) as well as a spicy chili version with chili flakes, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime. 1640 Thames St., 443-563-2018

Zen West: This York Road haunt, located just a stone’s throw away from Belvedere Square, is known for its strong sips and tasty Tex-Mex plates. Line your stomach with eats like Texas chili, fajitas, and quesadillas before downing a blood-orange margarita, cranberry-infused “Mamacita” margarita, or the bar’s signature “Sangrita”—a frozen house margarita swimming in sangria. 5916 York Road, 410-323-3368

Meet The Author

Lauren Cohen is a digital associate editor for Baltimore, where she blogs about food, events, lifestyle, and community news.

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