An intricate balance of sweet, salty, sour and bitter, the margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the U.S., and for good reason. Let’s toast to National Margarita Day on February 22nd with these top San Diego restaurants and their variations of the beloved beverage!
If authenticity with a twist gets you going, then Del Sur Mexican Cantina is your go-to spot. A fun and friendly setting, Del Sur offers a large selection of margaritas to choose from, including their classic House Margarita, Cadillac Margarita, Black Diamond Margarita, Mango Chili Margarita and the Tamarind Margarita. With a selection like this, you’re bound to find your dream ‘rita!
Seeking a beachy chic atmosphere to pair with your exotic cocktail? Located in eclectic Solana Beach, Pillbox Tavern & Grill offers its signature Margarita De Pillbox, made with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, agave syrup, a splash of housemade sweet n sour and served on the rocks for a refreshing and zesty blend of premium ingredients and flavors.
In the mood for an innovative take on the Mexican classic? Backyard Kitchen + Tap offers a coastal atmosphere representative of its location in Pacific Beach paired with an unmatched cocktail list, crafted to complement their diverse food menu options. The Border Dispute cocktail, made with Herradura Reposado tequila, cherry Luxardo, fresh lime juice, agave, and a serrano tajin dusted cucumber wheel, consists of the inherent lime, tequila and agave flavors that everyone loves, but incorporates cherry to sweeten and cucumber to add earthy flavor notes.
If a standard margarita glass just won’t cut it this year, feast your eyes on Brian’s 24’s new El Holy Grail Fishbowl Margarita. This glorious cocktail is served in a 54 oz. fishbowl and is ideal for sharing. Made with Hornitos Reposado tequila, Triple Sec, Sierra Mist, Grand Marnier, lemon, lime and pineapple juices, and garnished with lemon, lime and orange slices, this margarita lives up to its title as The Holy Grail of tequila-bearing drinks.
What is more San Diegan than a Margarita? A Margarita made with award winning craft beer! Oggi’s Beerita is made with the breweries fan-favorite California Gold Blonde Ale, tequila, Sprite and sweet & sour for $7. Various locations across Southern California.
Known for their innovative cocktail menu and difficulty getting a table on a Saturday Night, Hillcrest’s hot spot TRUST offers a delicious twist on the classic. The Trust Cocktail #2 is a satisfying mix of Jalapeno Tequila, grapefruit, agave and firewater bitters. $11
Tucked away in San Marcos is Decoy Dockside Dining. Spend National Margarita Day sipping on a delicious blend of Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, lemon & lime juice, jalapeño and mango purée dockside. $12
Drink Italian style with the Cuprite cocktail at Bottega Americano: a mix of tequila, grapefruit, agave and served with a sweet & salty rim. Bonus, if you head in between 3-6 you can get it for half off! $12
Toast to Margarita Day while sipping the JRDN Margarita, made with chili mango infused tequila, mango, and house mix, by the beach. Watch people biking along the Pacific Beach boardwalk and take in the sunset for a perfect evening. $12
Looking for a fiesta for National Margarita Day? Downtown’s Hard Rock Cafe offers an extensive margarita menu with some huge taste (literally the glasses are HUGE!). Can’t decide on a flavor? Hard Rock also offers flight of margaritas that comes with chips & salsa. You can even take the souvenir glass they come in home with you for an extra charge.