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5 Great National Tequila Day Specials in Metro Phoenix

Taco Chelo is one of many spots to get your tequila fix.
Taco Chelo is one of many spots to get your tequila fix. Melissa Fossum
If you love blue agave plant-based liquor, then Tuesday, July 24, is the day for you. It’s National Tequila Day, and the aromatic alcoholic beverage is popping up in drink specials and classic cocktail orders all over town, even at places you might not expect. From cocktails with fresh watermelon to Sriracha Moon margaritas to the classic Tequila Sunrise, there’s one thing you can be sure of – they all have tequila.

click to enlarge CRUjiente Tacos is celebrating Tequila Day with this beauty. - DEBBY WOLVOS
CRUjiente Tacos is celebrating Tequila Day with this beauty.
Debby Wolvos
CRUjiente Tacos
3961 East Camelback Road
From 3 to 6 p.m. on National Tequila Day, order a CRU Margarita at CRUjiente Tacos for $5 a pill. Each marg is a blend of house agave syrup, fresh squeezed lime, muddled orange, and of course, 100 percent blue agave tequila. And it looks pretty, too. Be sure to check out the progressive tacos here as well. That Korean Fried Chicken taco sounds like a nice sidekick to a drink or two.

click to enlarge The Watermelon Crush cocktail is great for National Tequila Day and summer in general. - COURTESY OF GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA
The Watermelon Crush cocktail is great for National Tequila Day and summer in general.
Courtesy of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Many Locations
With locations throughout the Valley, Grimaldi's Pizzeria has a perfect-for-summer Watermelon Crush cocktail. This murky guy is made with Casamigos Blanco tequila mixed with Cointreau, watermelon puree, lime juice, basil, and chunks of watermelon. It’s available for National Tequila Day ...  and all summer long.

Jake's Unlimited
1830 East Baseline Road, Mesa
The newly renovated Jake's Unlimited has a number of National Tequila Day specials to go along with the bowling, laser tag, and games. At one of the two full bars – either Elixir in the bowling alley bar or Jake's After Dark opening at 8 p.m. daily – pick up a $5 margarita in Sriracha Moon, Prickly Pear, or Mexican Moonshine.

click to enlarge Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants is offering $7 margarita flights with tons of flavors. - COURTESY OF MACAYO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANTS
Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants is offering $7 margarita flights with tons of flavors.
Courtesy of Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants
Macayo’s Mexican Restaurants
Multiple Locations
Of course, Macayo's is busting out the drink specials for National Tequila Day. During business hours (usually 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Tequila Tuesday brings $7 margarita flights, which you may absolutely customize. Mix and match flavors like apple, mango, peach, prickly pear, raspberry, strawberry, wildberry, or stick with the classic house margarita.

click to enlarge The Taco Chelo house margarita is like an adult slushie, and it's very good, too. - COURTESY OF TACO CHELO
The Taco Chelo house margarita is like an adult slushie, and it's very good, too.
Courtesy of Taco Chelo
Taco Chelo
501 East Roosevelt Street
This Roosevelt Row taco and margarita joint is partnering with Terralta Tequila to celebrate the big day. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Taco Chelo, it will only cost you $15 for three pours of Terralta blanco, reposado, and anejo. This is great tequila drinking. Happy hour still applies from 4 to 6 p.m., knocking down house margaritas to $5. Also, if you purchase a flight on National Tequila Day, you can score a Tacos and Tequila shirt.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.