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Ten Local Spots to Observe National Margarita Day

07:00 February 20, 2024
By: Audrey Campisi

Cocktail enthusiasts rejoice! This Thursday, February 22, is National Margarita Day. On this hallowed occasion, boozers across the country come together to honor a near century-old blend of tequila, triple sec, and lime. Here are 10 of the best local spots in New Orleans where you yourself can observe the holiday.

Where to Get a Margarita This National Margarita Day

1. The Rum House

3128 Magazine St., 504-941-7560, therumhouse.com

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Situated on Magazine Street in Uptown, The Rum House has a vibrant atmosphere, warm hospitality, and great food. Boasting an extensive selection of over 100 rums, alongside enticing specials for Taco Tuesday, this Caribbean taquería's menu implores you to indulge in a margarita or two.

The interior exudes a laid-back vibe reminiscent of a tiki bar, complemented by a sign on the exterior that reads, "Welcome to the don't hurry." Their taco Tuesday specials include $4 tacos, beers and sides, $7 house margaritas, rum punches, and Blueberry Hill mojitos. Pair your margarita with their renowned tacos, which include options like jerk chicken, duck duck goose, chili glazed shrimp, and calypso beef.

2. Barracuda

3984 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2961, eatbarracuda.com

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Barracuda offers a relaxed and eclectic ambiance to your local taco experience. The outdoor seating area, adorned with long picnic tables and colorful string lights, creates a comfortable and laid-back atmosphere.

Known for their incredible menu, Barracuda's must-try item is the queso. For vegetarians and vegetable lovers, their unique tacos featuring broccolini and mushrooms are highly recommended. During happy hour, from 3-6 p.m., they offer $6 house margaritas. Additionally, celebrate with a mezcal margarita or inquire about the "marg of the moment" at the bar window.

3. Johnny Sánchez

930 Poydras St., 504-304-6615, johnnysancheznola.com

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For a more upscale National Margarita Day experience, visit Johnny Sanchez in Uptown. Owned by award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez, known for his appearances on Food Network's Chopped and Cooking Channel's Taco Trip series, Johnny Sánchez offers unique and flavorful dishes such as chipotle adobo wings and tuna tostadas.

Enjoy their signature margaritas, including the Johnny Sánchez margarita, top shelf margarita, or seasonal frozen margarita, all designed to complement their award-winning fare. Some of the special plates include grilled pescado, shrimp and grits, and bone in pork chop al pastor.

4. Tacos Del Cartel

2901 David Dr., 504-381-5063, tacosdelcartel.com

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Celebrate National Margarita Day at Tacos Del Cartel, where the bold pink exterior hints at the lively atmosphere within. Enjoy eclectic decor, including a rose-covered ceiling and vibrant artwork.

The pink-toned bar adorned with stunning stain glass is the perfect spot to indulge in the wide selection of margaritas, including the Catrina rosé and blood orange. If you are craving celebration and doing good, an order of the Sonny's margarita donates $2 to Son of a Saint.

5. Carreta's Grill

Multiple Locations, carretasgrill.com

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With locations in Metairie and Harahan, Carreta's Grill has been offering authentic Mexican cuisine since 1999. Alongside their selection of delicious food fare, Carreta's also has a selection of world-famous margaritas made daily with fresh ingredients and premium tequila brands.

Whether it be strawberry, mango, frozen, or on the rocks, their margarita blends are among the most refreshing that the Greater New Orleans area has to offer. Said margarita's pair very well with any of Carreta's burritos.

6. Felipe's Taqueria

Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

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For over 15 years, the Felipe's franchise has been a consistent choice for anyone looking for quality food and drinks made from scratch. Each of their three conveniently-located New Orleans spots provide a comfortable atmosphere to eat, as well as a fully-equipped bar serving drinks all day. Stop by between 3 and 6 p.m. for their happy hour menu, offering $5 margaritas, frozen or house-made.

To celebrate National Margarita Day, Felipe's will be offering two-for-one margaritas all day long on February 22. Felipe's Taqueria has locations in Uptown, Mid-City, the French Quarter, and Metairie, so no matter where you are in New Orleans, a Felipe's is simply a short drive away from celebrating your National Margarita day right.

7. Mr. Tequila Bar & Grill

5018 Freret St., 504-766-9660, mrtequilanola.com

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Located on Freret Street, within walking distance of Loyola University and Tulane's Uptown campus, Mr. Tequila Bar & Grill is a hip new spot with an emphasis on good Tex-Mex cuisine and a wide selection of cocktails. With over 25 different varieties of tequila to choose from, Mr. Tequila more than earns its name.

It has a handful of inspired margarita selections to pick from as well, with pitcher options suited for larger parties or those with tolerances that surpass the norm. Make sure to save some room for fried ice cream or churros.

8. El Gato Negro

Multiple Locations, elgatonegronola.com

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Nestled in the heart of the French Market, as well as in Lakeview and Gretna, El Gato Negro prides itself on its use of traditional recipes sourced from Western Mexico's Michoacán state. It's also known for its unique spin on the margarita.

Using top shelf liquors, El Gato Negro offers a number of different takes on the quintessential cocktail: muddled pineapple and cilantro, carrot and lime juice, and spicy serrano with cranberry pairings to name just a few. For those with lavish tastes, there are the ultra-premium margaritas: El Rey and El Jefe Supremo, aptly named and priced at $225 and $65 respectively.

9. Rosalita's Backyard Tacos

3304 St. Claude Ave., 504-354-2468, rosalitas-nola.com

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Rosalita's Backyard Tacos is a laid-back taco stand with charming outdoor seating and whimsical string lights, evoking the ambiance of a backyard gathering with friends. Offering colorful margarita flavors including watermelon, pineapple-cilantro, mango habanero, and mezcal, Rosalita's also boasts a diverse menu featuring burritos, tostadas, empanadas, enchiladas, tamales, and more.

All of Rosalita's tacos are served with corn tortillas with cabbage slaw or they can be made "gringa" with a flour tortilla and cheese for an up-charge. Definitely try their mouthwatering sweets, which include a fruit empanada and dulce de leche ice cream.

10. Juan's Flying Burrito

Multiple Locations, juansflyingburrito.com

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With four locations throughout the city, Juan's Flying Burrito offers a casual and fun taco experience with a Creole twist. That feeling is reflected in their margarita collection.

Enjoy customizable frozen margaritas with flavors like strawberry, blueberry, mango, or pineapple, among others. Nearly every margarita on the menu can be ordered as a pitcher, making it the perfect destination for National Margarita Day.

Celebrate National Margarita Day Right with These 10 Spots

Whether you are looking for a spot to bring your family this National Margarita Day, or starting your night with a large group of friends, these 10 restaurants are the perfect places to order a margarita or two.

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