Happy Hour starts early Friday and comes with a twist.
Friday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day and it’s an all-day party for America’s most common tequila-based cocktail.
Bars and restaurants across the country are celebrating the spirited made-up holiday with discounted drinks. Some salt-rimmed specials are available frozen and others on the rocks.
According to a survey by CouponFollow.com, 86 percent of Americans like or love margaritas while 3 percent hate them. The deal website found 58 percent prefer frozen versus 42 percent on the rocks.
Participation and offers can vary by location – sometimes because of state and local laws – so check with your closest location before heading out.
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Abuelo’s: Hand-crafted margaritas are $6.95 Friday.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill: Not a margarita, but participating Applebee’s nationwide have $1 Hurricane cocktails. Some locations also will have margarita deals Friday.
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar: Get a $3.50 Badass Margarita on Friday at participating locations. Limit two per customer. In South Carolina, the drink is discounted from 4 to 8 p.m. and for Chattanooga, it’s from 11 a.m. from 9:59 p.m.
Bahama Breeze Island Grille: Classic Margaritas are $2.22 Thursday and Friday until 9 p.m. Plus at 10 a.m. Friday, Bahama Breeze is launching a limited-edition collection of margarita-inspired bath bombs with Latika Body Essentials. Collections will be $15 each and available at www.latikasoap.com/bahamabreeze. Friday is the kick-off of Bahama Breeze’s seven-week Viva La ‘Rita celebration, which includes two cocktails – the color-changing Mystic Margarita and Pineapple Coconut Margarita.
Chili’s: Three margaritas are $5 each Friday including the Cuervo Blue Margarita, Tropical Sunrise Margarita or The Blueberry & Pineapple Margarita.
Chuy’s: Celebrate with all-day drink specials including $1 floaters and $1 off Top-Shelf Skinny Ritas.
Duffy’s Sports Grill: Get $2 Classic Margaritas and $6 Patrón Margaritas on Friday. Served on the rocks and not included in two-for-one drinks.
El Fenix: Get 8-ounce margaritas for $1 Friday through Sunday. Limit three per person, per visit.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Fuzzy’s 12-ounce House Margaritas are $2 each Friday at nearly 150 locations throughout the country.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: Get $3 margaritas Friday.
Margaritaville: Get $3.99 traditional margaritas, $2 float Gran Gala and $5.99 fried pickles Friday at participating Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill locations. There also will be a 4 p.m. class on how to make the perfect margarita and a toast at 5 o’clock at participating locations. Learn more and find out how individual resorts are celebrating at blog.margaritaville.com/2019/02/national-margarita-day-2019.
Max & Erma’s: Max’s Margaritas are $2 and chips and salsa are $1 Friday at participating locations.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Get a $5 House Margarita or a $6 Ancho Chile Margarita.
Miller’s Ale House: House and watermelon margaritas are $2.22 on Friday and upgrade to Patron for $1 more.
Ninety Nine Restaurants: Get a $4.99 House Cuervo Margarita on Friday.
On The Border: Through Friday, the chain’s 1800 Gran ‘Rita made with premium 1800 Silver Tequila is $4. Also for National Margarita Day Friday, get 99-cent Meltdown specials. Considered “the world’s largest Mexican casual dining brand,” On The Border is conducting a nationwide search for a new “Chief Margarita Officer,” and applications were due Sunday. Learn more at www.ontheborder.com/events/chief-margarita-officer.
PT’s Taverns: Margaritas are $6 throughout the day Friday.
Quaker Steak & Lube: Get $2 ‘Well Ritas on Friday at participating locations.
Taco Cabana: Get $2 off any sharable – Kickin’ Grande Nachos, Kickin’ Potato Skins and the Trio Sampler – all-day Friday. During happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., margaritas are $3.50.
Ted’s Montana Grill: The Signature Margarita is $2 off during the weekday happy hour that runs from 3 to 6 p.m.
TGI Fridays: Select appetizers, tap and cocktails are $5 all-day long Friday.
Tony Roma’s: Friday is the chain’s International Romarita Day. Through Friday, classic “Romaritas” are $4 and get $2 off the “Premium Romarita.”
Torchy’s Tacos: Get a special Scallywag Margarita paired with February’s Taco of the Month, the Scallywag, for $10 Friday.
Twin Peaks Restaurants: House margaritas are $4 Friday at participating locations.
Yard House: The new Magic Margarita changes from blue to purple right before your eyes, officials said. The chain has a weekday Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with $2 off margaritas.
More deals: Check smaller chains and local restaurants’ Facebook and Twitter accounts for additional deal announcements.
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