Say “Salud!” for National Tequila Day across Houston

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Celebrate National Tequila Day Houston 2014 after work and into the evening on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at these great destinations in and around Greater Houston.

There are are countless great spots all over Greater Houston to kick back a margarita or tequila cocktail, or even just sip the agave juice straight. Here are a few of our favorites.

Mexican and Latin Spots for Margaritas and Tequilas

Soak up the Mexican and Latin flavors around you as you indulge your favorite tequila concoction to celebrate the big day.

  • Américas –Enjoy specialty unico and salve margaritas made with Cordúa Restaurant’s private label Herradura tequila and pair it with delicious ceviches, empanadas, tacos or angel wings. Also available at Churrascos, Artista and Amazon Grill.
  • The Pastry War – Tip back some mescal and classic Mexican cocktails at the Downtown headquarters for agave spirits.
  • TQLA – Head to TQLA in the Heights for $ make your own margarita bar, plus $4.50 TQLA margs, $6 Maestro Dobel margs, $5 off tequila flights, $2 off tequila taps and $5 select tequilas all day long.
  • El Big Bad – Also specializing in all things made of the agave nectar, El Gran Malo in the Heights offers up infused tequilas and cocktails and margaritas made from fresh juices. For National Tequila Day, they’re focusing on their Margarita Superior, made from reposado tequila, fresh orange and lime juice, dry curaçao and agave.
  • Batanga Tapas and Drinks – Sit on the beautiful Downtown patio next to Market Square or bask in the ambient air-conditioned indoor spaces. You can enjoy $5 shots or cocktails with Karma Reposado all day during National Tequila Day.
  • El Tiempo Cantina – This old school Houston favorite has five locations around town (four inside the Loop and one in Vintage Park). Sip on a traditional frozen or top shelf margarita on the rocks over some of the best traditional chips and queso in town.
  • Tila’s Restaurant and Bar – Tucked away in River Oaks, next to the curve on Shepherd, you’ll find another great Houston institution serving up authentic and infused tequilas. Pups are welcome to join you on the patio.
  • Hugo’s – Situated on Westheimer east of Dunlavy, Hugo’s focus on regional Mexican cuisine extends to tequilas and the bar has a robust variety of white, dark and specialty tequilas. All are prepared in the traditional regional manner and select flights of tequila are available.
  • Chuy’s Comida Deluxe – Chuy’s seven restaurants across the city are always packed, serving up lime and strawberry ‘ritas. If you opt for frozen margaritas, try the swirl. But they can mix up something on the rocks as well.
  • Berryhill Baja Grill – With 10 locations near the loop and across the Houston metroplex, including The Woodlands, Sugarland, Webster and Champions Forest, there’s a good chance there’s one nearby your home or work.
  • The Original Mexican Cafe in Galveston – Galveston’s oldest restaurant has been serving up Mexican food in this same location in the city’s historic downtown since 1916. They’re just a few years  shy of celebrating their 100th anniversary and it shows. The restaurant’s food and margaritas are typically voted the best in town.

Specialty Cocktail Bars

If you’d like to partake your tequila without any specific Mexican or Latin vibe, check out some of our out favorites as around town.

  • Eleven XI – Head over to this warm, upscale yet casual neighborhood bar on West Gray for happy hour from 4pm to 7pm. They’ll have tequila on hand, along with all of your other favorites. And if you happen to get hungry, your taste buds will be forever in their debt.
  • Anvil Refuge – Brave the regular crowd to see what tequila concoction the artisan bartenders can mix up for you, if they’re willing.
  • Okra Charity Saloon – Located Dowtown on Congress just behind Batanga and Market Square Park, the bartenders at Okra are also skilled at whipping something up based on your liquor of choice, which is sure to be tequila today, naturally. Bonus: you’ll also get to vote on which of the four great Houston non-profits will receive the bar’s July proceeds at month’s end.
  • Bar Boheme – Stop off in this eclectic Montrose hideway to sip your Tequila and other cocktails amidst a warm and curious atmosphere created by owner, world-traveler, and Houston native Morgan Holleman.

Let us know if we missed your favorite. And if you have too many sips of tequila or anything else call a cab or call a friend. Be safe and have fun Houston!