It’s time to salt your rim, break out your Hawaiian print shirt and crank up a Jimmy Buffett Spotify playlist. Or at the very least, hit the bar.

National Margarita Day is back, and with its return comes happy hours, unique twists on the beloved 'rita, and dirt-cheap drink specials.

We’ve rounded up the best deals across Tampa Bay so you can plan your attack accordingly. We also asked readers to weigh in on their favorite places to get margs around town.

Deals in Hillsborough

Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze is offering classic margaritas for $2.22. There are two locations nearby.

Event info: https://www.bahamabreeze.com/events/national-margarita-day

Tampa address: 3045 N Rocky Point Dr. East, Tampa

Lutz-Wesley Chapel address: 25830 Sierra Center Blvd., Lutz

Bartaco

Bartaco in Hyde Park is rolling out a series of unique margarita flavors throughout the months of February and March. On Friday they’ll be debuting the “ernesto en jalisco,” which features tequila, Luxardo Maraschino, grapefruit cordial and lime juice.

Event info: https://bartaco.com/location/tampa/?fbclid=IwAR1NYOTZcIs6TzSuIxe71YMEAMRh59Yo3SW7JjPtYR8Kq66j6OWHB55dpXo

Address: 1601 W Snow Ave, Tampa

Besito Mexican Restaurant

Besito’s celebration lasts throughout the weekend. There’s a different $8 marg special every day, starting with the Wild Blueberry Margarita on Friday. Saturday’s special is Jamaica Margarita (spiked with hibiscus syrup and fresh lime juice) and Sunday’s special is the Tamarindo Margarita (featuring orange liquor, Milagro Blanco, tamarind puree and a chipotle salted rim).

The restaurant is encouraging people to call ahead and make reservations. Here’s the number: 813-287-4800.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/820032105006138/

Address: 205 Westshore Plaza, Tampa

Cantina Laredo

Wesley Chapel’s Cantina Laredo is peddling a $5 Casa Rita all day long. The drink is made with Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lemon and lime juice.

Address: 2000 Piazza Ave, Bldg 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel

Chuy’s

Chuy’s in Lutz has drink specials all day. You can get a Top-Shelf Skinny Rita for $1 or dress up any margarita with a $1 floater. There are also limited edition drinks, including the Frozen Blackberry Margarita and a Pink Cadillac drink made with Cointreau. If you come during happy hour (4 - 7 p.m.) you can get a free fully-loaded Nacho Car filled with queso, ground sirloin and salsa.

Event info: https://www.chuys.com/news/post/national-margarita-day-friday-2-22

Address: 25750 Sierra Center Blvd, Lutz

Ciro’s

Ciro’s in Tampa is turning its private lounge into a pop-up “Rita Room.” Guests get their first margarita for free from 5:30 to 7p.m. Marg specials are $8 throughout the rest of the evening. There’s no entry fee, but make sure to call 813-251-0022 ahead of time to make reservations and get the password first.

Event info: https://allevents.in/tampa/national-margarita-day/20002497822246

Address: 2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Fuzzy’s in Tampa is selling its house rocks margarita for $2. Speciality margaritas with flavors like Watermelon Basil and Coconut Mango are $6.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/497804093957080/

Address: 5621 E. Fowler Avenue, Units 201-207, Tampa

Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas

Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas in Tampa Is giving away a free -5 Degree infused tequila shot with the purchase of a signature marg (only one per customer). You can also get 50% off the house margarita between 2 and 6 p.m.

Address: 2702 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa

Prost Kitchen + Bar

Prost in Tampa is offering $2 margs, $2 Coronas and taco specials.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/370057176916012/

Address: 2802 E Bearss Avenue, Tampa

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

Rocco’s Tacos in Tampa doesn’t appear to have any deals on Friday, but they do have an opportunity for you to give back. Creative Loafing reported that all proceeds from the chain’s Margarita for Multiple Sclerosis will go to funding research on the disease. The drink features açaí liqueur, Maestro Dobel Diamante, agave nectar and lime juice.

Address: 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa


Deals in Pinellas

MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

MacDinton’s in St. Pete is selling $5 Milagro Margaritas and $3 Milagro Tequila shots throughout the evening. The $10 Friday Open Bar also includes margaritas, as well as draft beer and well liquor, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Event info: https://allevents.in/st%20petersburg/national-margarita-day/20002493719368

Address: 242 1st Ave N, Saint Petersburg

VIP Lounge & Mexican Restaurant

Treasure Island’s VIP was one of the most popular restaurants suggested on social media. The restaurant is giving away free “National Margarita Day” T-Shirts. VIP is also serving El Jimador Margaritas for $6 and Casamigos $8 all day.

Address: 10625 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island

Yard of Ale St. Pete

Yard of Ale is serving $5 Suerte Margaritas and $5 Suerte Reposado Shots throughout the evening. Yard of Ale is offering the same $10 Friday Open Bar deal as MacDinton’s, but their hours are from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event info: https://allevents.in/st%20petersburg/national-margarita-day/20002684630319

Address: 260 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg


Deals at chains across Tampa Bay

Applebee’s

If you made it this far down the list, I’m assuming that you’re pro-margarita. But if you aren’t, Applebee’s has a deal for you. The Dollar Hurricane (February’s Neighborhood Drink of the Month) is a mere $1 all month long. Served in a 10-ounce mug, the New Orleans-inspired cocktail features rum, passion fruit, orange, black cherry and lime flavor.

Event info: https://www.applebees.com/en/specials/dollar-hurricane

Find a location near you: https://www.applebees.com/en/restaurants

Chili’s

Chili’s has three $5 margs to choose from: the Tropical Sunrise Margarita, Cuervo Blue Margarita and the Blueberry Pineapple Margarita.

Event info: https://www.chilis.com/restaurant-events/margarita-day

Find a location near you: https://www.chilis.com/locations

Ford’s Garage

Ford’s Garage is selling $4 margarita pints from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating locations.

Find a location near you: https://www.fordsgarageusa.com/locations/

Salt lays heavy on the rim of a fresh-mixed margarita at Woody's Waterfront in St. Pete Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Salt lays heavy on the rim of a fresh-mixed margarita at Woody's Waterfront in St. Pete Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Can’t decide where to go?

I asked readers to tell me their favorite places to grab a margarita. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Facebook commenter Malory Speir recommended Taquitos Mexican in the Bay Pines area of St. Pete:They rim the glass with citrus zest along with the salt and they use agave. 😋”
  • Commenter Scott Snyder’s recommended the golden margarita at VIP Lounge & Mexican Restaurant.
  • Old Key West off Central in St. Petersburg is George Neill’s choice. “Crystal Ellis-Faber and Mitchell Faber always do it right,” Neill said. 
  • John David was a fan of Miguel’s in South Tampa, writing “No one else comes close to their margaritas.”

Readers also took to Twitter to share their faves:

Even chain restaurants got some love.

How do you plan to celebrate National Margarita Day? Let us know in the comments below.