Top spots in the nation’s capital to celebrate National Margarita Day 2018

Thursday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day.  And while Washingtonians never need an excuse to drink, it certain doesn’t hurt to have an official “holiday” as a reason.

To help you celebrate this high holy tequila day, here are our picks for where to get a worthy margarita.


A staple in DC’s Penn Quarter since 2007, chef Jose Andres’ Oyamel sets a high bar for margaritas. Andres’ personal favorite, is the Oyamel with Milagro blanco tequila, Combier L’Original, lime juice, and a ‘salt air’ foam.

PS – If you cannot make it to Oyamel for National Margarita Day, check out its kick off party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 5 for its annual Tequila & Mezcal Festival.


Steps from the White House, MXDC offers a creative drink menu including an awesome blackberry cilantro margarita made with Milagro blanco tequila, MXDC cordial, lime juice, and a housemade blackberry cilantro syrup. And if you have some extra cash in your pocket, there is also the “Millionaire Margarita” made with Don Julio 1942, Grand Marnier, agave nector, and lime juice (it is regularly priced at $40 a glass).

For National Margarita Day, MXDC is offering all of its margaritas — with the exception of the Millionaire Margarita — at $7 per glass and $38 per pitcher (regularly priced at $12 per glass and $52 per pitcher) all day.

Agua 301

Located in Yards Park with large windows offering awesome views of the Anacostica River, Agua 301 knows margaritas. It offers a great combo of them on-the-rocks and frozen. Our favorites are the frozen version of its classic margarita made with Sauza blanco tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, and a splash of fresh orange juice, and its cucumber margarita made with Maestro Dobel, Patron Citronage, simple syrup, lime juice, diced cucumbers, and a splash of soda.

In honor of National Margarita Day, Agua 301 is offering its classic margarita (on-the-rocks or frozen) for $5 and a Sauza Hornitos Reposado margarita on-the-rocks for $8 all day.

El Centro DF. Photo credit: Rey Lopez

El Centro D.F., located in the heart of D.C.’s 14th Street neighborhood, takes tequila very seriously. It has a tequila sommelier and a cool underground Tequileria with more than 200 available tequilas and mezcals. It’s especially known for its spicy margaritas. The “Pepino” is made with serrano infused blanco, agave nectar, fresh lime, and fresh cucumber, and the “Spiña” made with pineapple and serrano infused blanco, agave nectar, lime juice, and chili ginger.

To celebrate National Margarita Day, El Centro D.F. is hosting an extended happy hour from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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