Frozen or on the rocks, we love all Margaritas
Let’s be real. National Margarita Day shouldn’t be limited to just one day… but it is a day where you can drink as many margaritas (responsibly) without the judgement of others because, “…it’s National Margarita Day guys!” (extra kudos for this fun holiday falling on a Saturday this year).
I ventured out on these streets of Tempe to find the best options for you to celebrate this revered holiday. You’re welcome. I’ve had my fair share of margaritas in all its glorious forms (on the rocks or frozen and salt or sugar and house to specialty). My poor liver just wouldn’t be the same without the wide variety of margaritas.
Most popular in Arizona, you’ll find each place has their own tasty version of Prickly Pear Margarita. In all honesty, I usually get it just to see how pink it is going to be at that particular place, as you’ll notice there’s a variation of a blush pink all the way to electric, 80’s pink. I personally look for the pink that is MOST Instagrammable. #millennial #doitforthegram
Another trend you will find is a spicy margarita, whether it be habanero, jalapeño or chilé. Your mouth will be watering in more ways than one. Not only do they look so delicious and dangerous at the same time, but the spice just might make you wince. Some of these spicy margaritas aren’t for the faint of heart. As for me? I L-O-V-E spicy.
Here’s a quick roundup of the best margaritas in Tempe.
A fun place with incredible patio space to knock out several margaritas. They want to celebrate National Margarita Day with an awesome special! Coin Style Margs made with Pete’s Patrón—Patrón reposado selected by Pete, himself—will be just $5 all day long (while supplies last). I know I personally love to pair their Chicken Quesadilla with any margarita because it allows me to reach all my food pyramid needs.
525 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (623) 233-4311
This local hub of great food and craft cocktails inspired by Latin America and the Caribbean. When I can, I hang out on the patio to enjoy drinks and have fun around the fire pits with a group of friends. This spot is also filled with photo-ops including lounging on the hammocks outside or under their iconic neon vibes light against the palm wallpaper. I recently tried their Spicy Strawberry Margarita and loved it (so much that I had two… but who’s counting?).
715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 747-3851
Take a break from shopping at Arizona Mills and celebrate National Margarita Day! The options are almost endless here. Choose from a Skinny Margarita, that’s under 100 calories, Blackberry Citrus, Strawberry Mango, Caribbean Blue and the Cilantro Mango Cucumber, a combo of 1800 Silver Tequila, muddled cucumber, cilantro, mango puree and chili powder, shaken to perfection. And, that’s just the beginning of the full list.
Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 838-9610
If Jimmy Buffet had described his choice of margarita in the infamous “Magaritaville” hit, he would be talking about the Pink Cadillac from Culinary Dropout! Not only does it have refreshing pink coloring, but it also has a great taste. This knock-you-off-your-feet margarita encompasses silver tequila, three citrus sour, prickly pear curaçao and yuzu. Enjoy on Culinary Dropout’s over-sized patio with cornhole games, ping pong tables and live music on the weekends – all illuminated under twinkling lights!
149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601
This new kid on the block did not miss a beat on the margarita game. If you are a kombucha fanatic or just want to try a fun new drink, the Sunbar Margarita is something you need to get your hands on. A margarita is already an amazing cocktail on its own but adding fizzy, fermented watermelon wonder kombucha to it? Talk about refreshing! It’s just the perfect afternoon drink for the upcoming hot days ahead. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself on their spacious outdoor patio and even stay a while to see performances by various music artists! Check out the latest lineup of live music by visiting their website.
24 W. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 687-8409
Margaritas + Shopping? Yes, please! Let Thirsty Lion Gastropub at Tempe Marketplace quench your thirst for the finer things. Their Signature Blood Orange Margarita is an exceptional twist on a classic drink. P.S. it’s so pretty! Blood Orange is also very Arizona of us to have. If you haven’t seen (or tasted) a blood orange, do it. ASAP. It’s nice to walk off the food and drinks afterwards by strolling through The District at Tempe Marketplace. Here, you’ll find lots of shopping, places for a sweet treat or go bar hopping at other eateries. Earn those calories!
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920
I’m obsessed with this place. The décor and the food are exploding with gorgeous colors. Like OMG #doitforthegram
I recently went there with a group of friends and tried their oh so delicious Prickly Pear Frozé (pictured). You read that right… Prickly Pear Frozé is that perfect drink blending a quality blanco tequila with rosé, prickly pear and lime. When the team at Ghost Ranch described it to me… I about died and then quickly demanded it. “it’s a frozen margarita that fell in love with a glass of cold rosé and had the most perfect, well-balanced, cocktail baby.” Tell me that does not make you want to demand this very photogenic drink!! I dare you.
1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 474-4328
Family-owned Serrano’s has been in the East Valley for decades and for good reason. Their Mexican dishes are consistently delicious and their chips come with what might be my favorite salsa in town and bean dip. The bowls are always empty long before my meal is finished! Pair one of their signature menu items like Machaca or Sonoran Style Enchiladas with one of their refreshing margaritas. Options include House Margarita made with Sauza Blue Tequila or the Serrano’s Special Rio Margarita made with Hornitos, 03 Premium Orange and Agave Triple Sec.
6440 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 345-0044
Voted one of the “15 Best Patios in Phoenix” by azcentral.com, Pedal Haus is a cool place to hang out from the inside out. Their Haus margarita features sauza blue webber agave tequila, Haus made sweet & sour, orange liqueur, half rim of salt is only $5 during happy hour. As a social being, I usually go hard on their appetizer lists because it’s usually $2 off and then get a marg to round out the meal. After work or on the weekend, I’ll find myself lounging in the fold up patio furniture around the fire pit with great friends. Don’t mind if I do.
730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337
Where will you be heading for National Margarita Day in Tempe?
Here’s a list of where to get a margarita in Tempe:
- Illegal Pete’s
- Social Hall
- Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe
- Thirsty Lion Gastropub at Tempe Marketplace
- Ghost Ranch
- Pedal Haus Brewery
- La Fonda Mexican Restaurant
- Sunbar Tempe
- Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
- Loco Patron
- Tres Tempe
- Aunt Chilada’s
- El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria
- Macayo’s Depot Cantina
- Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant at Arizona Mills
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @tempetourism #ourtempe #nationalmargaritaday
National Margarita Day is February 22!
Reminder: Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive. These are recommendations of places to enjoy great Margaritas, not necessarily featuring National Margarita Day specials. Call restaurant for more information about their current specials.