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Top Spots to Celebrate National Margarita Day

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

By Lauren Cohen | February 22, 2019, 8:30 am

-Courtesy of Clavel
On The Town

Top Spots to Celebrate National Margarita Day

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

By Lauren Cohen | February 22, 2019, 8:30 am

-Courtesy of Clavel

One might think that National Margarita Day would fall sometime during the warmer months, but we'll take a strong tequila drink—especially one that conjures thoughts of beaches and warm breezes—any time of year. Whether you’re an on-the-rocks type of person, or a fan of smoky cocktails 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 Latina: Among 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 house margarita made with barrel-aged tequila, lime juice, and fresh agave nectar. 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 spicy version with tres chiles shrub 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 a blackberry iteration (blanco tequila, cointreau, lime juice, house sour mix, and blackberry-rosemary simple syrup), as well as the signature "Margarita En Fuego" made with jalapeño-infused tequila. 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

El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen: It should come as no surprise that this Canton mainstay is going all out with its drink deals in honor of the tequila-filled holiday. Stop by for specials including $2 Coronitas, $7 margaritas, $7 sidecars of Don Julio, and two free Coronitas for every 53-oz. mega margarita purchased throughout the day. 2921 O'Donnell St. 410-814-0594

La Food Marketa: There’s no shortage of Spanglish fare at this Baltimore County favorite 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, blood 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 also features 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, mango, 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. On National Margarita Day, enjoy specials like the 20-oz. "Dos Manos" for $9 and the signature Camarena silver tequila margarita for $12.1703 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

Vida Taco Bar: The strictly tacos-and-tequila menu at this Harbor Point hangout makes it an ideal spot to celebrate National Margarita Day. Though there are plenty of tequila drinks (including a citrusy Paloma and the hibiscus and cinnamon-infused "Purple Drank") to choose from, Vida is donating $1 from every "24 Carrot" margarita sold throughout the day to No Kid Hungry's Chefs Cycle—which executive chef Josh Brown will be participating in this May. Sip the health-conscious cocktail, crafted with Casamigos tequila, apples, ginger, house margarita mix, and a salt-and-pepper rim, to partake in the holiday while supporting a good cause. 1401 Point St. 443-835-3474

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 the digital senior editor at Baltimore, where she covers food, events, lifestyle, and community news.

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