What’s Your Margarita Personality Type?
Twelve local options for getting your margarita party on
By Emily Beyda,
7:00AM, Fri. Feb. 22, 2019
We’re not sure why National Margarita Day happens in February either, but this booze-laden holiday won’t fall on a Friday for several more years. Carpe diem!
1. Your ideal weekend includes:
a. A day trip to somewhere cute and Instagrammable
b. Beer, barbecue, and hanging out in an old friend’s backyard
c. Hanging outdoors somewhere with a big group of friends and acquaintances
d. Wine tasting in the Hill Country
2. In your opinion, what’s the best meal of the day?
a. Brunch, duh
b. Whatever meal involves the most steak
c. Anything I can buy from a truck and share with my friends
d. Dinner: I'm a big fan of sit-down meals.
3. Your musical taste could best be described as:
a. Contemporary with an indie twist
b. Classic to the extreme: If it was released after 1976 I'm not interested.
c. Top 40, baby! If everybody likes it, it must be good.
d. Esoteric: I like to do a little research and find amazing tunes nobody else has heard of.
4. What dog best represents your personality type?
a. A Welsh Corgi who lives in Tokyo and has a huge social media following
b. A ranch-dwelling Blue Lacy
c. A Golden Retriever owned by a big family
d. A Finnish Spitz belonging to a New York architect
5. What’s the one thing you'd bring to a desert island?
a. My Supergoop hydrating sunscreen
b. A case of Lone Star
c. My friends! Does that count?
d. My record collection
Mostly As: Bad Boujee & Boozie at El Alma Cafe y Cantina
You’re a bad bitch and you know it, and you’re here for the highly ‘grammable #nationalmargaritaday. See and be seen at the rooftop bar of this hip Barton Springs spot, where you can sip in style. With a menu full of margaritas ranging from the traditional tequila-cointreau-lime juice melange to spicy watermelon, coconut pineapple, and even avocado and ghost pepper varieties, El Alma is the ultimate in colorful, flavorful, photographable margarita experimentation. Sidle over after work and snap a few flatlays so people know you’re celebrating in style.
Mostly Bs: An Old-School Austinite at Texas Chili Parlor
Trendy restaurants and bars come and go, but for you, the classics can’t be beat. You want your margaritas no nonsense, no fruit, and served with minimum fuss at a place where they’ve been doing things right longer than you’ve been legally allowed to drink. It doesn’t get more classic than the Texas Chili Parlor, where the beer is cold, the chili is hot, and the bartenders won’t try too hard to make small talk. And if the Mad Dog Margarita, which uses mezcal rather than tequila, giving it an extra smoky kick, was good enough for Guy Clark, it’s good enough for you.
Mostly Cs: Party Monster at Polvos Mexican Restaurant
Your taste in margaritas is simple, straightforward, and rooted in a deep appreciation of fun. You’re not here for connoisseurship or tequila expertise; you’re here to party, and margaritas are the ultimate party drink. Polvos is famous for their frozen margaritas, which you can order one at a time (yeah, right) or in pitchers to share with your many friends. Taste your way through their menu of fruity varieties, or stick to the refreshing and crisp classic frozen lime – the perfect accompaniment for a shared platter of nachos de lujo or choriquizo.
Mostly Ds: Mezcal Maniac at Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar
You’d never admit it, but this is a safe space so let’s fess up to the fact that you probably look down your nose a little bit at the excesses of margarita culture. You dream of going to Oaxaca for a mezcal-oriented road trip, but until then, the next best thing is sipping through the tasting menu at this craft intensive mezcal bar, where they take the spirit as seriously as you do. You might even stick your neck out and sample their frozen mezcal margarita, which is not super sweet, and low key enough to let the flavors of the spirit shine through.
Eight Alternatives for Those of You Who Couldn’t Be Bothered to Take the Quiz
• On Feb. 22, Hopdoddy will be slinging their $2 mini marg, aka Little Larry, topped with Grand Marnier. Or for $3 extra, upgrade to full-sized with gold Tequila, fresh citrus juices, Triple Sec, and a black lava salt rim.
• Industry in San Marcos is celebrating with $3 house margaritas from 11am-5pm.
• Fast Eddie’s Billiards & Sports Bar is running margarita drink specials through Feb. 24.
• Lala’s will be slinging their Naughty Little Nugget margarita, made from habanero-infused tequila, fresh squeezed lime, and blue agave syrup, and topped off with fresh orange juice.
• At Mean Eyed Cat, the Mean Marg features El Jimador silver tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, habanero lime syrup, muddled orange and jalapeños, served on the rocks with a Tajin salt rim.
• Lavaca South Lamar will be serving a light take on the classic inspired by the Austin oasis, with their Greenbelt Cocktail, which includes 1800 Tequila Blanco, Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur, fresh citrus, and Richard's Sparkling Rainwater.
• At Trace at the W, the La Berraca features Dulce Vida tequila infused with habanero, Liber & Co. passion fruit syrup, lime, pineapple, and chili lime salt.
• Playa Real Tequila is partnering with Prohibition Creamery to create the Playa Piña Rita, a blend of Prohibition's house made Sangria Sorbet, Playa Real Tequila Pineapple, lime juice, orange bitters, and orange blossom water, garnished with a pineapple wedge, available Feb. 22-24. On the 22nd, the folks from Playa Real will be on-site to host a tequila sampling and hand out complimentary swag.
“One could argue that every day is Margarita Day in Austin,” says Playa Real Tequila founder Matt Davis. “A classic margarita always hits the spot, but we wanted to shake things up for National Margarita Day. We love what the team at Prohibition Creamery is doing to have fun with spirits, a mission that aligns with our own, so this partnership combines the best of both worlds.”