National Margarita Day: Celebrations and Specials

National Margarita Day:  Celebrations and Specials

No need to wait for Cinco de Mayo. It’s time to raise a glass…or a pitcher to National Margarita Day, coming Saturday, February 22.

The celebrations actually kick off tonight at 5 p.m. at Nacional 27 in River North with an array of seven margaritas including: Piscorita, Mezcalrita, Grapefruit, Classic, Meyer Lemon, Passion Fruit, and Mango. Margaritas are $8 each, or flight of 4 for $27.27—(get it 27.27 at Nacional “27”).

On Saturday, February 22, the official National Margarita Day, things really get going…

Head to Lincoln Park mainstay R.J. Grunts (2056 N Lincoln Park W) for special $4 margaritas and $20 carafes all day long. Add some chips, salsa & guac or quesadillas and nachos and you’ll forget all about the wind chill. (773) 929-5363.

If River North is more your thing, HUB 51 (51 W Hubbard) is bringing back their signature Prickly Pear Margarita ($8 glass; $32 pitcher), featuring Tequila Avión.  Pair that with a choice from their pulled chicken nachos, tacos or their all-natural braised chicken, slow-cooked pulled pork, premium grilled fish or filet mignon steak for the perfect combo. (312) 828-0051.

Nearby at Bub City (435 N Clark), your hardest decision could be which flavor to sip on. On National Margarita Day, the country bar and BBQ joint will offer three takes on the traditional ‘rita, featuring Tangerine and Key Lime flavors ($9 each) or Bub City’s signature frozen drink, the Mexican Firing Squad (featuring Corazon Blanco Tequila, lime, pomegranate and angostura bitters) for $10. Their new Green Chili Scrambler pairs beautifully with any of their ‘rita’s with its spicy combo featuring scrambled eggs, tomatillo salsa, pork carnitas and tortilla strips (served at brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or later in the day you might want to try their TNT Taquitos with chipotle smoked brisket and guacamole. (312) 610-4200.

Cantina Laredo (508 N. Clark) celebrates National Margarita Day on Saturday with their “Tres Amigos” margaritas that combine Casa Rita with a sidecar shot of Sauza Hornitas Silver and a Coronitafor at $7 each.   Other specialty margaritas include the Ginger Mint Mango, Passion Fruit and Hornitos Skinny Rita–also available for $7 each.

In celebration of National Margarita Day on February 22, Municipal Bar (216 W. Ohio) will feature $5 Margaritas and $7 nachos.  (312) 951-2125.

Guests who visit Bellwether (302 East Illinois Street) on National Margarita Day, Saturday, February 22, will enjoy a specialty margarita created by Bellwether Mixologist Amy Grant. The Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita (Don Julio Reposado, fresh lemon, lime, simple syrup, splash of grapefruit juice and muddled jalapeno) will be available for $14 each.

Other Year-round Chicago Favorites for Mexican Fare and Margarita’s are:


  • Frontera/Topolobampa with Rick Bayless, who’s even written a book on Margaritas, in charge…what’s not to love.  445 N. Clark. (312) 661 1434.
  • Salpicon offers a choice of over 100 tequilas and an awesome menu.  1252 N. Wells.  312 988 7811.
  • Adobo Grill makes an outstanding Margarita that pairs beautifully with their fresh guacamole made tableside. 1610 N. Wells. (312) 266 7999.
  • Regulars say the buzz comes a little quicker from El Jardin margaritas. Go anytime, but make sure to come back in the summer to sit on their outdoor patio where you can hear the sounds from Wrigley when the Cubbies are in town.  3355 N. Clark, (773) 528 6775.

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