“Seems like there’s a day for just about everything these days!” Exclaims your dad over the dinner table after a couple of red wines. “That’s right dad,” you reply, “There’s even a National Margarita Day!” This shuts him up, because every dang day is a great day for a margarita, and if someone wants to celebrate them with an “official” day, we’re here for it.
And February 22 is National Margarita Day, and here’s a few spots that won’t do you dirty when it comes to a well-made mix of tequila, triple sec and lime:
While this sexy Scarborough joint continues to up its food game in recent times, their commitment to magnificent cocktails has always been on-point, starting with the margaritas. And while they make a mean Tommy’s and Classic, it’s the Spicy boi that does it for us; jalapeno blanco, apricot lemon and orgeat – simple combo, max flavour.
Shop 5/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
The spicy little horse down Queen Street may not be open Wednesday, but they’re still celebrating with the BIG MARGARITA HANGOVER from Thursday 23-Saturday 25 February! Head there over those three nights to enjoy $12 Frozen Margs, $18 Papi Chulo cocktails and $110 Margie Trees featuring nine juicy margs for you and your pals.
26 Queen St, Perth
There’s only one thing better than a Sunday arvo session in The Standard’s lush green courtyard out the back, and that’s doing so with one of their Coco Locos in hand. 1800 Coconut Tequila, lime, agave, coconut and chilli salt combine for an untouchable spin on a classic Tommy’s – yum!
28 Roe Street Northbridge
Hermanos en Cantina
If you prefer your Mex with a touch of the Tex about it, Hermanos en Cantina is an unassuming little joint packing big flavours, quick service and well-priced. They also make a very mean, clean and simple margarita to help cut through the cheese.
663 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
Servo in Leederville’s whole menu is big on flavour, so it makes sense they’ve put their own little spin on a margarita with their chilli & coriander tommy’s. Featuring Batango Blanco, agave, chilli and coriander, it’ll sharpen you up quicksmart.
9 Electric Lane, Leederville
Neon Palms burst onto the scene a bit more than a year ago now with a neon blue take on the classic margarita, and it’s been a staple ever since. And if that doesn’t entice you, perhaps their Palms Margarita with pink dragonfruit might, or just stick with tried and tested Tommy’s – all are winners.
245 William St, Northbridge
They may be the specialists when it comes to Japanese whisky in Perth, but that hasn’t stopped them putting their own little spin on the margarita with a SHOCHU Tommy’s. Featuring Pineapple Anejo Tequila, agave, lime and the secret ingredient, Shochu, a distilled spirit unique to Japan.
Basement 40 Irwin St, Perth
One of the OG Mexican spots around Perth, the fact they celebrated their 10th birthday last year is testament to not only the quality of food on offer at La Cholita’s, but an unbeatable cocktail selection including of course, margaritas. They’ve got five different options to choose from: Classic, Verde, Frambuesa, Tamarind and Tommy’s, each with their own unique flavour combos, all damn delicious. They’re celebrating this National Margarita Day with a giant classic margarita, see image below for reference:
279 William St, Northbridge
La Cholita’s local hermana La Condesa may not have been around for as long having just opened last year, but they’re no slouches on the margies front with a few options to choose from including our personal fave, the Spicy Passionfruit & Jalapeño Margarita. They’re also getting in on the fun this Wednesday with a frozen apple and jalapeño option – bueno!
483 Hay Street, Subiaco
Alongside La Cholita as one of Perth’s longest-standing and most beloved Mexican restaurants, they do a classic and a Tommy’s margarita just right, although if we’re feeling naughty we’ll dabble in a Mezcal Tommy’s.
511 Beaufort St, Highgate
From one of the oldest to just about the newest kid on the Mexican block around town, La Cabana nevertheless take their tequila very seriously. While they do a Tommy’s and a Spicy option, we’re more inclined to stick with their classic margarita, and if its a particularly warm day in the courtyard we’ll tuck into a Frozen.
400 South Terrace, South Fremantle
A little further into Fremantle proper and you’ll find a swashbuckling little bar we only finally popped our cherry in just recently, and went straight for their take on a Tommy’s. It was superb, and best enjoyed smashing peanuts and throwing them on the floor, plus if you wander in on the right day you’ll cop ’em for just $10!
36 Henry St, Fremantle