National Margarita Day
No one seems to know exactly how the Margarita was invented because it seems that everyone and their best friend wants to take credit for inventing this delicious drink. Whether you believe it was Carlos “Danny” Herrera in 1938 or Vern Under in 1945, everyone knows tequila, triple sec, and a little lime juice creates one hell of a good time. So we want to tip our sombreros (and suggest you do the same) to the marg and celebrate National Margarita Day in style. Despite the frigid winter weather, Pittsburgh is still a top notch city to get your margarita fix.
Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina in Garfield is not holding back on the celebration. They know a little something about margaritas and want to spread their knowledge to the Burgh. They are hosting a tequila and margarita class where in one hour, you will go from Jose who? to shaking up your very own drink. Their alcohol guru will teach all about the different types of tequila and how to order them like a drinking champ. You’ll then get a crash course in bar tending by making your own margarita. Did we mention you get to drink your concoction? Make sure to purchase your ticket ahead of time so that you reserve a spot at this in-demand class.
Okay, we know not everyone wants to go through the effort of making their own margarita. Sometimes it’s just a lot easier to have it done for you. If you’re looking to just order and drink, check out any of these spots around town. Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Shadyside has decided to take it easy on your wallet by serving up $5 margaritas all day long. For the more ambitious celebrator, be sure to try their Yinzerita equipped with an upside down Corona. Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant and Bar in Southside has their Saturday Margarita special in place with $7 Sangria and Blue Margs. If you’re coming with friends, look into getting a pitcher or fishbowl instead. For all you picky drinkers, they also have a make your own margarita option where you get to call the shots. If you’re feeling a late night venture, Mad Mex has their Late Mex special from 9PM to midnight where all of their Big Azz Margs (22 oz.) are only $7. Definitely catch their flavor of the month, Passion Fruit, before it leaves in a couple of days.
These next few places may not have any specials, but their margaritas are still worth every penny. Round Corner Cantina in Lawrenceville has a great vibe with six different kinds of margaritas to choose from for only $6-10. If you find yourself across the Monongahela, Yo Rita in Southside also has six different types of margs for $6-10. Las Velas in Market Square cranks it up a notch with seven flavor varieties on the menu ranging from $6-10. Definitely grab yourself some dinner while you’re there, you’ll need it. Down in the Strip District, Casa Reyna pushes the limits on the serving size of their margaritas. While you may be paying $12, you are basically getting two drinks for the price of one. Once you finish what’s in your glass, you can dive into what’s in the shaker that is served with your drink.
So forget the cold. Throw on a couple of extra layers and head to your “holiday” venue of choice. Besides, we’re sure after you have a couple of drinks at any of these places you won’t be feeling chilly anymore.