Celebrate National Tequila Day at these local drinking holes


Today is National Tequila Day, a day that I personally like to celebrate with all the enthusiasm of a child at Christmas. As if any of us needed an excuse to have a margarita or eight on a Friday afternoon. In case you need help selecting a destination for post-work imbibing, we have here compiled a short list of some of the most tequila-friendly bars around — so friendly, in fact, that they are running special deals in honor of this hallowed day.

Zócalo Mexican Cuisine 

The press release that Zócalo sent out says the Plaza restaurant will be offering $4 Patrón Silver “sippers” and $5 Patrón Reposado “sippers” all day, which I assume is a classy way of saying “SHOTS!” 

If you’re not the tequila-shootin’ type — which, you know, fine, we all make choices in life — you can make any of the sippers a margarita or cocktail for $1 extra. Also, live entertainment: DJ Perry will be on deck from 10 p.m. to close. 

El Patrón Cocina & Bar

Technically, El Patrón’s happy hour today is no different from what it is every Friday, with margaritas and mojitos for $3.99 from 2 to 6 p.m. But with seemingly endless flavor options for frozen margs (and some of the best ceviche around), you should probably work this in. 

Port Fonda

Westport’s Port Fonda is knocking a few dollars off their tequila flights today and Saturday: $1 off Flight 01 (blanco), $2 off Flight 02 (reposado) and $3 off Flight 03 (añejo). 

When I called, Port Fonda also gave me the features that they’ll be running today and Saturday, and they sound so good.

– Casamigos Blanco hamachi crudo, grapefruit, avocado, spiced quinoa
– Cazadores Añejo-marinated pork tenderloin, kale, peaches, sweet onion
– Shortcake, Eatin’ Eden blackberries, Casa Noble añejo cream

Drunken Worm

Despite its name, Drunken Worm’s National Tequila Day special is perhaps the least dangerous on this list. The Volker restaurant and bar is offering $3 Cafe Patrón XO shots all day. If you haven’t had this, it’s basically Patrón’s answer to Kahlúa: A coffee-infused tequila liqueur that, I’ve found, goes best inside a cup of coffee. Drunken Worm opens up at 11 a.m. 

Extra Virgin

Master barman Berto Santoro at Extra Virgin has developed a special cocktail for National Tequila Day: a blueberry-cilantro margarita with Tequila Ocho Single Estate Tequila for $8. He’s also using the opportunity to get tequila drinkers turned on to mezcal: There will be a $15 mezcal flight, featuring selections from both Del Maguey and Mezcal Vago. 

Salty Iguana

If you happen to be in the Prairie Village area, know that Salty Iguana is offering $5 Gold Margaritas all day, from 11 a.m. to close. It’s the same special that it runs every Friday, actually, but what a delightful coincidence, right? 

This list is not comprehensive — merely a beginner’s guide to enjoying the day. If you have suggestions, please utilize our comments section. Happy drinking! 

If you’re a tequila fan, you should probably check out The Pitch‘s Margarita Wars, held this year on Friday, August 7, at the Waldo Pavilion. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a bunch of rad restaurants serving up their most inventive margs. Get your tickets here

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