It’s National Margarita Day on Monday
Try these local options for some good booze and (finally) fun
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
8:00AM, Sat. Feb. 20, 2021
Mmmmmmargaritas – and so soon after Snowmageddon 2021, too!
Well, no, there are still consequences being dealt with here. There are still plenty of people trying to 1) recover from that freezing assault and its effects on the state’s unregulated power grid, and 2) generate enough bile-infused spit with which to shower a certain Ted “Cancun” Cruz …
[Note to the Senator: Don’t be so stupid next time, OK? The place you really want to fly to is Cabo San Lucas – right, Steve?]
… but, still, working under the assumption that it’s always a good time for margaritas – especially on National Margarita Day – and double especially in the town where Jimmy Buffet wrote his classic “Margaritaville” – we’re offering this quartet of where the getting’s good:
HOPDODDY’S This place is already so beloved in Austin and beyond, you’d think they might forget the whole celebration thing and just be all business-as-usual. But, no, even these purveyors of superior burgers and more are, ah, juicing up the tasty margarita love this weekend. From Sat., Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 22, you can “Go Big,” with either of Hopdoddy’s batched, to-go margaritas ($20) – The Rocks is a 32-ounce bottle of their signature Doble Fina Margarita, and The Roadie is a half-gallon bag of the House Frozen Margarita. Or you can “Go Small,” with any of Hopdoddy’s single-serving margarita variations ($5) to enjoy in-person or at home. Note: These are available from all Austin locations except Lil Doddy on William Cannon.
SUERTE The LALO Margarita is the most requested cocktail on this Eastside eatery's cocktail menu. Why? Oh, c'mon: LALO tequila, lime juice, Naranja orange liqueur, and a splash of simple syrup? From the House of Noms that Fermín Núñez built? This is the high point, we'd suggest, of quintessential Austin goodness – especially on a Monday, baby, especially on a Monday.
Z’TEJAS Of course these folks are splashing the ’rita specials on Monday. They’re almost as known for their margaritas as they are for the delicious Southwestern cuisine their kitchen’s so busy dishing out, right? And so their Little Larry margarita will be – Oh, right. Listen: It’s called a Little Larry because it was named after Larry Foles, one of the restaurant’s founders, who would always order a taste of the house margarita via a four-ounces pour. Get it? And these smaller-yet-powerful delights will be on sale for $2.22 at both Z’Tejas locations in honor of National Margarita Day. Suggestion: Check out that lovely new Z’patio in the Arboretum venue.
THE ROOSEVELT ROOM This is the Downtown watering hole where you’ll get, we daresay, the classiest margaritas. No goofy-ass accoutrements, no tipsy Parrotheads reminiscing about that one time they saw Jimmy in a Key Largo grocery store, just straight-up, top-notch cocktails created by some of the finest bartenders in the city. Case in point for Monday: $6 Reposado margaritas and $7 mezcal margaritas. Tip of the hat to you, citizen.