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National Margarita Day

February 23, 2012 by staff 

National Margarita Day, So you’re looking to get a bit wastey-faced on National Margarita Day, are you? If not, you should be—and obviously there are quite a few locations to hit up. It’s almost 5:00—time to get started!

Our wonderful Editor-in-Chief, before his ascension to power, has already provided us with a list of great margarita bars as well as places that specialized in Cinco de Mayo parties (save that list—it’s almost here as well). Of those lists, the favorite locations seem to be San Loco (specifically the Brooklyn location), El Cantinero and Blockheads. Of course, there are so many other locations to choose from—but we’ll start with the basics:

San Loco’s happy hour ends at 6 p.m. with half-priced frozen margaritas, so high-tail it out that way to partake before the price change. The food is also cheap and fairly delicious, perfect after your fifth or sixth drink to keep you running. Meanwhile, El Cantinero, at 86 University Place, is the NYU student/alum favorite for pitcher-sharing (and yes, their frozen mix is strong).

Manhattan also provides quite a few Blockheads locations, which feature affordable $3 margaritas as well as some nifty concoctions—like the Mexican Bulldog, a margarita with an upside-down Coronita and a float of booze on top. Last call, however, is 11 p.m., so get there early.

In Hoboken? Hit up East LA at 508 Washington Street. We hear they only let you have two of their margaritas because they’re “so strong,” but we have yet to try—anybody feel like reporting back? We hear the food is great, and everything is affordable. At least our writer Stephanie Ortiz seems to be a fan (and it’s surprising she didn’t mention it in her Margarita Day piece)…

Still, Brooklyn is the best borough, and while their San Loco is great, Turkey’s Nest Tavern also offers a basic yet fulfilling slushy margarita. Head up to 94 Bedford Avenue at N 12th Street, just off McCarren Park, for a huge Styrofoam cup full of tequila-laden, icy goodness—these guys don’t mess around. They even have an absinthe margarita for the daring. Also, a 32 oz. cup of beer is $4 if you get the urge to switch it up. Dive bars are great!

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