How to Celebrate National Tequila Day In San Diego
Everyone has a tequila story they likely want to forget…but there’s always room for another one! 😉
That makes National Tequila Day on Saturday, July 24th the perfect opportunity to explore some of San Diego’s best tequila havens and create new memories. Here are a few recommendations to get your next story started!
You can’t go wrong at Tahona in Old Town, whether you are craving tequila, mezcal, or fresh locally sourced food. Enjoy their National Tequila Day flight to get your next tequila story started!
Death by Tequila
The name says it all! Visit Death by Tequila at their original location in Encinitas or their second location in Carmel Valley – either way you’ll find the tequila-loving crowd you’re looking for to make a perfect National Tequila Day!
Alce 101 Kitchen + Tequileria
Alce101, the relatively recent addition to the dining and tequila scene in Solana Beach, has a great outdoor patio, a farm-to-table menu, and amazing tequila-based cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else!
The Cantina Mayahuel restaurant and bottleshop on Adams Avenue has everything you need to create your next tequila story!
If you’d like your next tequila story to be a little more ‘refined’, you can’t go wrong with Javier’s Cantina at the Westfield UTC Mall. They have one of the best tequila and margarita menus we’ve ever found, and their food is second to none.
The Blind Burro
In honor of National Tequila Day, The Blind Burro will be offering a special Mango Paloma, which combines Cutwater Tequila Blanco, Fresh Lime Juice, Mango Puree, Simple Syrup, Splash of Squirt, and a Black Salt Rim. The specialty cocktail will be available exclusively on Saturday, July 24, and will cost $14. To keep the party going, Cutwater Spirits will be at The Blind Burro from 4-6PM, giving out samples of their latest cocktails.
La Puerta, Gaslamp’s 13-year old Cantina known for its quality Sinaloan-inspired food and selection of agave tequila, is the perfect place to celebrate National Tequila Day this year. With well over 100 tequilas to enjoy, ranging from small batch distillers to more recognizable tequila names, La Puerta’s tequila selection represents one of the finest in all of San Diego.
All tequilas served at La Puerta are 100% blue agave and most are from Jalisco, Mexico- the birthplace of tequila. Whether you’re a tequila sipper or cocktail drinker, La Puerta has something for everyone. If you’re a mezcal lover, try one of their new cocktails like the Late Last Night made with Green Chartreuse, Mezcal, Luxardo and Lime or the Dance Yourself Clean with Lemon, Grapefruit and Cinnamon Syrup, Dry Vermouth, Mezcal, Soda and Mint. Best of all, head to La Puerta during happy hour on July 24 and get half off the entire bar from 3PM-5PM.
Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen and Bar
Nothing beats a Puesto Perfect Margarita made with blue agave reposado tequila, fresh lime, and organic agave nectar, but the agave spirits collection at Puesto runs deep thanks to Beau du Bois, Bar & Spirits Creative Director at Puesto. Mango, watermelon, cucumber —oh my! And those are just the margaritas, which use a variety of high-end tequilas to create the most balanced and tasty cocktails.
If you want to take a deeper dive and sample more of the tequila options at Puesto, opt for the tequila flight which features three 4 oz. pours. If you are all for celebrating with friends, Puesto has you covered on National Tequila Day when they will be offering a free order of any of their delicious guacamoles, including the Puesto Perfect Guacamole when you order a bottle of Puesto Perfect Margaritas ($52) to share with friends.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Celebrate National Tequila Day at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, the hacienda-style retreat, where you might even want to spend the night after enjoying all their tequila day specials. Stop by Mustangs & Burros between 4PM and 9PM on July 24 to enjoy complimentary Dobel & Herradura Tequila tastings, 15% off agave flights and specialty cocktails for $16.
In honor of National Tequila Day, the specialty cocktails include Ranch Water made with Herradura Tequila, Lime and Topo Chico, the Tequila Michelada with Coronita made with Tanteo Tequila, Lime, Clamato, Corona, Hot Sauce and a Tajin Rim, and the Tequila Mojitarita made with Dobel Tequila, Lime, Brown Sugar and Mint Soda.
Vistal at Intercontinental San Diego
Water views, bay breezes and fireside tables provide the ideal spot to cheers to National Tequila Day at Vistal, the Intercontinental’s signature restaurant. The Bird Across the Bay, made with Volcan Tequila, Angostura Bitters, Fresh Pineapple, Lime and Ginger Beer is a vacation vibe-inducing libation that puts tequila front and center. Boozy and refreshing, this tiki-inspired cocktail even comes in a festive parrot glass. Grab a friend and head to Vistal for this tequila cocktail that may replace your favorite margarita as a tequila-focused drink.
The Gaslamp restaurant and bar will feature great deals on Teremana Blanco and Teremana Reposado -both of which can be enjoyed on their own or as a margarita for $4 more. The team at barleymash will also offer speciality cocktails, which include the refreshing Strawberry Fields, made with Teremana Blanco, lime, strawberry, and basil, and the Jalisco Nights, consisting of Teremana Repo, averna, and bitters.
Pair any special with one of Chef Kevin’s tasty dishes, like the scratch-made Spiced Shrimp barley Flatbread with peppers and onions, pickled chilis, pepper jack, and Cajun sauce, or the Citrus Vodka Shrimp Ceviche, a light and tasty sharable dish made with charred sweet corn, cucumber, salsa fresca, spicy guacamole, taro chips, and barley crackers.
Pick up a bottle of the Tequila of the Year from IZO Spirits
The 2021 Tequila of the Year is from IZO Spirits, a brand here in San Diego! And trust us…it’s damn good! You can pick up a bottle at Old Town Tequila Factory or find it behind the bar at Javier’s Cantina in La Jolla!
See you out there….and stay healthy, San Diego!