The Most Delicious Bars To Celebrate National Margarita Day In SF


The official origin of the margarita is widely disputed. Nobody knows who actually came up with the concoction. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the drink evolved from a cocktail known as the daisy. This was a mixture of alcohol—mostly gin or whiskey–and citrus juice popular in the 1930s and 40s. Naturally tequila daisies were also sipped. The Spanish translation for the word daisy? Margarita. Wherever the beverage came from, it’s now regarded as a classic. So much so that it has its own holiday—Thursday February 22 is National Margarita Day. Wondering where you find the best margs in SF? We list the restaurants and bars where you can get them below. Salud!

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Flores meets all of the Marina’s Mexican food needs—margaritas included. Tortillas are hand made daily and the food is authentic and delicious. Order their classica margarita by the glass or pitcher. It’s a simple mixture of tequila, lime, and agave. If you’re feeling daring add a shot of Corralejo Reposado floater. 920x920

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

Julio Bermejo, the son of Tomas Bermejo, is credited with creating a new type of margarita. Known as Tommy’s style or a skinny marg, this concoction features high quality tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and agave nectar. It’s a refreshing and superb take on a margarita that can now be found in bars across the globe. However it got its start here in San Francisco at Tommy’s in the Richmond District.

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There are two locations of Nopalito in SF—at both you’ll find excellent margaritas. Nopalito makes their margs with Combier, a French orange liqueur, lime, and agave nectar. Pair with their addictive and flavorful totopos con chile and you’re in for a real treat.



In the heart of downtown SF, you’ll find a lively Mexican restaurant that is packed any time of day, Tropisueno. Weekdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. is the best time to enjoy a margarita at Tropisueno. It’s happy hour and the house marg (a mixture of Jimador tequila, lime, and agave, with a chile salt rim) is only $7. There’s also specials on guacamole, ceviche, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas.

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Over the years Tacolicious has become a Bay Area institution. There are three locations in the city and two in the South Bay. At every one, hungry diners dig into Tex-Mex-inspired queso, made-to-order guacamole, and an assortment of finger-licking good tacos. Tacolicious has three different types of margaritas on its menus. A traditional Tommy’s style, a spicy one with red chile shrub, and another made with Meyer lemon and hibiscus.


Velvet Cantina

Over in the Mission is the beloved dive, Velvet Canteen. This is one of the best places in the city for an impromptu group dinner. A crowd can pack into a booth and split a hearty plate of nachos or mushroom empanadas. The thing that makes Velvet Catina’s margaritas unique? They use a mixture of fresh lemon and lime juice. With Herradura Silver and Cointreau, their Perfect Margarita is just that: perfect.