Why are margaritas such a perfect warm weather drink? We’ve got a couple theories. First, a tequila buzz is of the lighter kind, cheerier than vodka or gin and way more zippy than bourbon or rye. Second, citrus is refreshing and cool — just look at all the lemonade stands that pop up. Put them together and bam, you’ve got a great summer sip.
Any drink is better when it’s discounted. We found 12 great margarita happy hours in Philly. Check ‘em out and get ready for your mini summer fiesta.
Hit up the Center City cantina between 4-6 PM daily for $15 pitchers of classic margaritas. You’ll also find $4.50 craft cans and $2.50 PBRs and Yuenglings.
Half-price margaritas go perfectly with half-price nachos at this Fishtown taco joint, available weekdays from 5-7 PM and weekends from 1-3 PM.
Out in Manayunk, 4:30-6:30 PM weekday happy hour brings $5.50 Feliz margaritas to go with a menu of $5 snacks, $3 beers and $2 off other cocktails.
La Calaca Feliz
At the sister restaurant in Fairmount, those $5.50 Feliz margaritas are available 4-7 PM weekdays and 10 PM-midnight, Friday-Saturday. Also look for $2 off all domestic drafts and other specialty cocktails.
Cantina Los Caballitos
Bring your friends to East Passyunk from 4-6 PM weekdays, because you can share $15 pitchers of classic margaritas on the rocks or $17 pitchers of classic frozen margs.
Cantina Dos Segundos
The NoLibs sibling does a slightly different deal for the 4-6 PM weekday happy hour, offering classic margaritas at half-price — $2.75 on the rocks or $3.25 frozen or up.
The party stretches from 2-6:30 PM weekdays at this Rittenhouse high-end Mexican, and along with other food and drink deals you can enjoy $6 classic margaritas throughout.
Classic margaritas are $6 each from 5-7 PM, Monday-Friday, at this Headhouse Square cantina, along with $3 drafts and $2 food bites.
Deals kick in late-night at Marcie Turney’s Midtown Village modern Mexican, where house margaritas are $6 from 10:30 PM-midnight, Sunday-Thursday. Also look for $5 taco duos and other food and drink deals.
The namesake drink is just $2.99 during 5-7 PM, Sunday-Thursday happy hour at this Northeast Philly Tex-Mex spot, joined on the specials list by $2 domestic pints.
Margarita Mondays brings lots of tequilas deals from 5-7 PM at Jose Garces’ West Philly Mexican, including $6 house and frozen margaritas, $8 seasonal frozen margaritas and $12 Jefe top-shelf versions.
In Old City, this Mexi-’cue house does $5 margaritas from 4-7 PM, Tuesday-Friday, along with $5 mojitos and sangria and lots of $5 snacks.