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The Complete Guide to National Tequila Day

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BY // 07.18.18

Take life with a grain of salt, a wedge of lime and a shot of tequila next Tuesday, July 24 for National Tequila Day. We’ve tapped into the hottest spots to fiesta in Dallas for the holiday.

These prices won’t leave you feeling salty, but rather in good (blue agave) spirits.

José

Even though this Dallas restaurant is not named after Jose Cuervo, it is known for tequila tables. The authentic Mexican restaurant serves more than 100 tequilas and mezcal, and offers tequila dinners by reservation (for four to eight guests).

On National Tequila Day though, José is entering full-on party mode by dishing out specials all day on tequila flights, deals on some of their house favorites, and half-off the famous blue bottle: Classe Azul Reposado.

José, 4931 W Lovers Ln., 214.891.5673, jose.mx.

The Rustic

Giddy on up to The Rustic for tacos, tequila and Texas charm. For $17.95, enjoy three slow-cooked, meaty Joe Leo tacos with three samples of Tequila Cazadores.

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To fully celebrate, try a Lemon Drop Margarita — which is topped with a whole Deep Eddy Lemon Drop shot. After that drink, you’ll be ready to dance to the local mariachi band at 6:30 pm, followed by San Antonio native Allan Hendrickson’s country jams.

The Rustic, 3656 Howell St., 214.730.0596, therustic.com

Perle on Maple

Located inside the elegant Stoneleigh Hotel, Perle on Maple spotlights French bistro cuisine infused with Texas ingredients. Soirée in style this holiday with three innovative cocktails that showcase Casamigos Tequila, fresh juices and herbs for only $12 each.

Book a reservation in advance. This place’s food, drinks and flavor make it a pearl of Dallas.

Perle on Maple, 2927 Maple Ave., 469.375.5846, perleonmapledallas.com.

El Fenix

This Tex-Mex staple is a double-threat — celebrating its 100th birthday in Dallas and National Tequila Day at the same time. As part of the centennial fiesta, the classic house margaritas are just $1. The downtown Dallas location even has a rooftop with views that span the expansive skyline and beyond.

El Fenix, all locations, 214.747.1121, elfenix.com.

Playground Bar Uptown

This place will remind you of your childhood, except with tequila. Unleash your inner child by hopping on a seesaw, tackling giant Jenga, tossing bags into four-hole corn toss and testing your skee-ball skills. Get $2 off all tequila shots and pair your drink with Playground’s signature $1.85 “gas station tacos.”

Bring your pups to the pet-friendly patio, and they can cool down with free puppy ice cream, too.

Playground Bar, 2908 McKinney Ave., 214.953.6240, playgrounduptown.com

Happiest Hour

With $5 house margaritas, $10 beer-ritas and frozen Rosaritas, and $8 Tequila Ambhar, Código 1530, there’s no reason to feel sour on National Tequila Day at Happiest Hour. Dallas’ largest patio bar and lounge also has a $9 taco special for two juicy grilled skirt steak street tacos.

The hotspot features outdoor games, a rooftop deck with views of downtown, four full-service bars and a menu armed to feed one-person or a groups family style.

Happiest Hour, 2616 Olive St., 972.528.0067, happiesthourdallas.com.

Mi Dia From Scratch

When life gives you lemons, Mi Dia slices them up and makes killer margaritas. This hotspot is known for “The Cloud 9,” a bright orange margarita made from Código 1530 Blanco Rose Tequila, Cointreau Noir, smoked vanilla agave, and lemon and lime juice.

It’s topped with elusive “hibiscus air.” What, you may ask, is hibiscus air? It’s a molecular gastronomy technique that blends sucro and hibiscus in an immersion blender to form the garnish.

M Dia brings a selection of margs, along with $30 and $50 select premium Tequila Flights, and $8 to $10 Infused Flights all holiday long.

Mi Dia From Scratch, all locations, 972.403.7474, midiafromscratch.com

Asador

If this restaurant were a person, it would be known as “the grill master.” Spearheaded by celebrity chef Dean James Max, Asador focuses on open-fire cooking with a menu that changes daily based on what’s available in the local markets. This restaurant (found in the Renaissance Dallas Hotel), is hosting a rare, free tequila tasting experience.

Enjoy samplings from Casamigos, Casa Dragones, Código, and Campeón tequilas. It will book up fast, so reserve ASAP.

Asador, 2222 Stemmons Freeway, 214.267.4815, asadorrestaurant.com.

Henry’s Majestic

Enter into an exploration of agave at Henry’s Majestic with agave fights — including both highland and lowland tequila and mezcal — from Mexico. The flights include tequila, mezcal, sotol, bacanora and raicilla for only $18. With a motto of “good food, strong drink,” be sure to sober up with a meal from a food menu that has nearly everything.

Henry’s Majestic, 4900 McKinney Ave., 469.893.9400, henrysmajestic.com.

Looking for more tequila fun?

There are now more than 1,000 different brands of tequila. Check out this curated list of Dallas’ best tequila bars and restaurants.

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