Fake food holidays are silly. After all, who needs to be reminded to eat a hamburger on National Hamburger Day? Why is National Oyster Day in August when that’s arguably the worst time of year to eat them?
Wednesday is National Margarita Day, and, yes, it’s just as silly as all the rest. In Houston, any day that ends in “y” is a good enough reason to drink a margarita, especially given this winter’s patio-perfect temperatures.
However silly the idea of National Margarita Day might be, the opportunity to drink good ones at a discount is serious business, and some of Houston’s best margarita purveyors are using the holiday as an excuse to offer patrons a deal.
Here are seven of our favorites:
Picos Restaurant: The Mexican restaurant known for its signature “perfect” margarita will celebrate NMD with two of the Gran Centenario Angels on Earth (so named for the angel on the brand’s bottle), who will be passing out cocktail and tequila samples from 5 to 7 pm. In addition, the restaurant will feature three other margaritas made with Patron silver, Avion, and Herradura. Non-tequila drinkers can opt for two selections from beverage director Monica Richards’ upcoming cocktail menu: the blood orange martini (Grey Goose L’Orange, Blood Orange Puree, and Cointreau) or the Ancho Manhattan (nob Creek Whiskey, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur, Dolin Rouge, Vittone Bianco and mole bitters). 3601 Kirby
La Grange: The Montrose bar known for its massive courtyard will offer $8 house margaritas, $8 frozen Dulce Vida margaritas, $8 Casamigos margaritas, and $10 pineapple-jalapeno margaritas. Wednesday nights are also steak night, which means an eight ounce filet with shrimp and rice is only $15. 2517 La Grange
El Big Bad: The downtown tequila bar and restaurant may love tacos, but it’s celebrating NMD with $5 house margaritas and boiled crawfish for $5.99 per pound. Last year, this promotion attracted a line out the door, so try to sneak out of work early. 419 Travis
El Tiempo: All seven Houston-area locations of the upscale Tex-Mex mini-chain are featuring a Herradura Silver margarita on-the-rocks for $9. Can’t make it on Wednesday? Don’t worry. The special runs through Sunday.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation: Although Julep owner Alba Huerta no longer oversees the cocktails at this Houston institution that’s credited with making fajitas a global phenomenon, her influence still touches the restaurant's cocktail menu. To celebrate NMD, cucumber-mint margaritas are only $8 from open to close. 2704 Navigation
Eight Row Flint: The patio bar devoted to whiskey and tacos also makes a top-notch margarita, and they both frozen and on-the-rocks varieties happen to be $5 every Wednesday. What fortuitous timing. 1039 Yale
El Patio: Those infamous frozen blue margaritas are only $5 or get a regular margarita for only $4. Add an order of chicken fajitas for two for only $22. 6444 Westheimer