How to score a cheap margarita on National Margarita Day

Whether you like 'em frozen or on the rocks, here's a roundup of the best National Margarita Day deals.
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By Lyn Mettler

The margarita is one of America's most ordered and most beloved cocktails, so it's not really surprising that there's an entire day devoted to the delightfully sweet and sour libation.

National Margarita Day, which is Friday, Feb. 22, is a bright spot in the midst of winter that's meant to tide us over until Cinco de Mayo.

There are lots of ways to score margaritas on the cheap, as many restaurants are offering special deals. Some of them even start the day before.

Here's a list of 10 chains with discounts on margaritas. Some deals may not be offered at every location, so call your local hot spot before heading out.

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant

Fans of Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant can choose from a selection of the chain's margaritas for $6.95. There's the Cerveza Rita with Milagro Silver, Agave Margarita with agave nectar, El Jefe Margarita with Agavero Orange Liqueur and a grilled orange topper, or the 1800 Hand Shaken Margarita with 1800 Reposado. Feb. 22.

Bahama Breeze Island Grille

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Bahama Breeze will be celebrating the cocktail-themed holiday for two days. Patrons can order the restaurant's Classic Margarita for just $2.22 in honor of the special day. This year, the tropical chain is also offering two new cocktails: the Mystic Margarita (which changes colors!) and the Pineapple Coconut Margarita — sounds like a pina colada mashup. For die-hard marg fans, the chain is also offering margarita-themed bath bombs in three scents from Latika Body Essentials. Feb. 21 and 22.

Celebrate National Margarita Day with a color-changing cocktail!Bahama Breeze Island Grille

Chili's Grill & Bar

The Tex-Mex restaurant chain will be mixing three unique margaritas for only $5 each: a Tropical Sunrise Margarita with melon schnapps and pineapple juice, the Blueberry & Pineapple Margarita with Jose Cuervo Especial, and the Cuervo Blue Margarita with Jose Cuervo tequila and blue curaçao liqueur. Feb. 22.


Trying to cut calories? Chuy's is taking $1 off of its Top-Shelf Skinny Ritas throughout the day. Bartenders will also be serving $1 floaters of tequila or orange liqueur to add an extra kick to any margarita. And the chain will be offering a pair of limited-time options: the Frozen Blackberry Margarita with Exotico 100 Percent Agave Silver Tequila and the Pink Cadillac Margarita with El Jimador Silver tequila and Cointreau. Feb. 22.

Margaritaville Restaurants and Resorts

Of course, any dining establishment associated with Jimmy Buffett will be serving plenty of margs on Friday. So, naturally, Margaritaville locations will be celebrating its namesake holiday with food and drink specials. The chain, along with LandShark Bar & Grill, is serving traditional margaritas for $3.99 each all day. Select locations will also be hosting a class on how to make the perfect margarita. Feb. 22.

Margaritaville is also a resort chain with locations in Grand Cayman; Hollywood, Florida; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Key West, Florida; and more. The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, location will give guests checking in on Feb. 22 free margarita kits to mix up in their in-room Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Makers.

Max & Erma's

At Max & Erma's, which has 51 locations, customers will be able to pair $1 chips and salsa with $2 Max's Margarita's all day. Feb. 22.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Try On the Border's new 1800 Gran 'Rita, a premium drink that features 1800 Silver Tequila, Gran Gala orange liqueur and the restaurant's own lime sour mix, for just $5. If you want to mix it up, try a "meltdown" for 99 cents, which gets you a custom fruit flavor or an extra pour of blue curaçao, peach schnapps or well gold tequila. Through Feb. 22.

Tony Roma's

Try $4 classic Romaritas (Tony Roma's version of a margarita) or take $2 off any of the chain's premium Romaritas. Through Feb. 22.

Prefer to stay in on National Margarita Day? Check out TODAY Food's favorite margarita recipes!