National Margarita Day is almost here! This famous cocktail, made from a mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice, come frozen, flavored with fruit puree, spicy, blue and beyond. Call the sitter and sip one of your faves somewhere on Saturday, February 22.
These Jersey spots have National Margarita Day specials:
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar
Indulge in $5 Perfect Margaritas on the 22nd only. This cocktail’s a mix of 1800 Reposado tequila, Cointreau, Grand Marnier and lime juice.
National Margarita Day is an annual celebration at this island-inspired resto. Head there to sip $2.22 Classic Margaritas, or try the new Blue Curaçao, Dragon Fruit or Coconut-Pineapple variations for full price.
Blue Moon Mexican Café
Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff
This place is known for drinks, Mexican-inspired fare and Sunday brunch. There’ll be a fiesta with giveaways going on all day (Englewood and Wyckoff), plus a delicious $6 house margarita special.
Chili’s Grill & Bar
This fajita-famous chain is slinging $5 Hearts on Fire ‘Ritas all February long. The cocktail packs a punch with doses of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and Lunazul Blanco Tequila, plus sour mix and grenadine.
Mixologists will be shaking up two cocktails especially for the holiday. Try the Summer is on the Horizon, a frozen drink made with Mala Vida Tequila, Cointreau, lime and orange juices and house simple syrup. Or, splurge on the Kingfisher Margarita, the same drink but made with Patron Barrel Select Halifax Tequila, a reposado-style spirit hand-selected just for the restaurant aged in Hungarian oak.
Margaritaville Atlantic City
Calling all budding mixologists! Learn to make an A1 margarita at Margaritaville University at 4 pm before The Great Margarita Toast at 5 pm. Sip on $3.99 Traditional Margaritas for the rest of the night and munch on $5.99 fried pickles.
On The Border
Through February 22, you can take on the $5 1800 Grande ‘Rita. This one’s made with 1800 Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, triple sec and a fresh citrus mix.
Quaker Steak & Lube
Brick, Edison, Pohatcong
If you’re looking for an unbeatable deal, this chain has you covered. It doesn’t get cheaper than a $2 well Lube-a-Rita, made with Sauza Blue agave tequila, triple sec and citrus margarita mix. Flavors include strawberry, mango, wild berry and raspberry.
Tio Juan’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Toms River, Wayne and Woodbridge
All three NJ locations will be slinging $6 flavored margaritas and $5 Hornitos tequila shots. Flavors include strawberry, mango, Lime in the Coconut, Mad Melon, pomegranate, raspberry, ginger, Blue Moon, açai and peach.
Can’t make it out for National Margarita Day? No worries; these spots have food and drink specials worth checking out all year round.
Every weekday but Wednesday from 4-7 pm (plus Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 pm), this spot is slinging $6 margaritas and sangria, $5 drafts and house wine, $3 Pacifico and Negra Modelo. Thursdays are the best bang for your buck, though; the specials last all night!
Escondido Mexican Cuisine and Tequila Bar
Head here any Thursday for $3 house margaritas. Go during happy hour (3-6 pm M-F, 9 pm-close on weekends) for discounted apps like coconut shrimp, guacamole or chicken flautas, plus a ton of beer specials. Go on Saturday for late night trivia.
Hit up Taco Tuesday for $2 empanadas and $2.50 tacos (not to mention $4 Dos XX and $5 sangria). Go Thursday for Partyoke, over the weekend for live DJs and drink specials or Sunday for all-night happy hour, including $6.50 margaritas. Break out one of the board games available for play while you eat and drink.
This spot’s walls, tables, bar and chairs are covered in signs, paintings, sugar skulls and more, giving the vibe a fun, kitschy touch. Margs here come in clay jarritos instead of regular glasses. There’s also live entertainment every night of the week, karaoke on Saturdays and happy hour on weekdays from 2-6 pm.
On the Border
Mt. Laurel, New Brunswick, Paramus, Princeton, West Windsor, Woodland Park
OTB is serious about Happy Hour. Think $2-3 drafts and bottles, $3 house margaritas, $4-5 specialty margaritas, $12 house marg pitchers and $3 shots of Hornitos tequila. There are also tons of food specials (helloooo, $2 queso!).
Órale Mexican Kitchen
Hoboken, Jersey City
Happy hour here lasts all night long on Thirsty Thursday. Best part? Órale has a huge tequila selection (from silver to anejo to reposado), plus a variety of mezcals. Go on Tuesday for half-off tacos (cash only).
New Milford, Nutley
Happy hour at Pancho’s is a daily fiesta at this popular spot. That means epic deals on margaritas (frozen or rocks, flavored or classic) on the 22nd and beyond. Call the sitter so you have the night to tackle the Super Bulldog, a massive margarita with a sangria floater and two Coronitas. Go on Tuesdays for $2 tacos.
This Riverside Square staple has Hora Feliz from 4-7 pm Monday through Friday. Snag $9 cocktails (think frozen margaritas with mango and organic agave) or $7 sangria and wine. If you’re a tequila buff, ask for a menu of the extensive selection.
Margarita Mondays are a permanent way to get your tequila on, and Taco Tuesday has you covered with half-price tacos all day long. Keep an eye on the event calendar for live music.
If going out is a long shot, shake up your own margarita at home.