These NYC Spots Will Make You Want to Celebrate Tequila Day!

It’s time to celebrate summer and National Tequila Day, this July 24th, is a perfect way. New York City's bars, restaurants, and gastropubs will be saying “salud!” to refreshing tequila drinks and lots of revelry. And this is not just about margaritasthere are a lot more ways to appreciate our favorite Mexican spirit.


Bar Moga

At the recently opened 1920’s-style cocktail destination Bar Moga, innovative Japanese-inspired cocktails are all the rage. The house's Mystery Train cocktail offers a twist on tequila with a mix of rice shochu, tequila, vanilla, and nocino. Other staple (non-tequila based) cocktails at this glam, jazz era bar include Woman in the Dunes—a fusion of barley shochu, coffee liqueur, iron amaro, toasted almond, and heavy cream. A variety of wines and sakes are also on the menu, plus a food menu for table dining and a bar menu for casual bites. 128 W. Houston St., 929-399-5853,


seamore's cocktail viva rip tide

Meatball Shop maestro Michael Chernow's beachy Nolita hang Seamore's is the perfect place to kick back with some quality tequila. They'll be marking National Tequila Day with a custom cocktail, the VIVA Rip Tide by Seamore’s, making use of tropical lime and pineapple, agave syrup, and some very fine VIVA XXXII Tequila. Feel good about it, too—VIVA donates 10% of its net proceeds to animal abuse prevention charities. 390 Broome St., 212-730-6005,

The Flying Cock

This rustic, farm-inspired spot has a bold, memorable name that lures people inside, but it’s the charming gastropub’s great bites and all-new cocktail menu that keep patrons returning. Opt for the Flying High cocktail, which offers a delicate balance of subdued chamomile syrup with the bold flavor of jalapeño, some tequila, and a hint of lime and mint. So refreshing! 497 Third Ave., 212-689-6900,

Industry Kitchen

industry kitchen fuchsia formula 70

By the water in downtown Manhattan is Industry Kitchen—a chic, industrial-style American restaurant with a picture-perfect (Instagram-worthy) view. Industry will be celebrating tequila time with an offering of innovative libations, which include the Formula 70 cocktail—an ideal summer refresher. This cool cocktail boasts a vibrant fuchsia color and a tantalizing fusion of Lunazul Blanco tequila and Cointreau with muddled blueberries and a splash of fresh lime juice. 70 South St., 212-487-9600,

The Garret East

Over on the East side of Manhattan is The Garret East—a cozy cocktail lounge with a posh, retro vibe. Get a taste of National Tequila Day with a spicy, but not-too-sweet, cocktail, which boasts black pepper-infused Suerte tequila, citrusy Cappelletti, and Thai basil-infused Dolin Blanc vermouth. Seasonal cocktails, wine, and beer are also on the menu. 206 Ave. A, 212-228-6231,

The Garret West

It’s caliente! Drawing inspiration from tequila’s Mexican heritage, The Spicy Tequila Drink at the West Village’s The Garret West kicks up the flavor of tequila with broVo chocolate liqueur, Hellfire habanero bitters, Stegra, and a dash of lime and salt. Exposed brick and lots of wood create an inviting ambiance. A decadent chandelier puts the apropos finishing touches on the décor. 296 Bleecker St., 2nd Fl., 212-675-6157,

Tio Pepe


This storied West Village staple Tio Pepe has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine for more than 40 years. Indulge in the flavor of a fine tequila-based cocktail such as the Valencia, which features smooth Heradura Silver tequila with the flavor of exotic blood orange. Spanish beer, wine, and other seasonally driven cocktails are offered alongside tasty and authentic Spanish cuisine. 168 W. 4th St., 212-242-6480,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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