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Creative Loafing's Margarita Wars 2016


It’s tequila time, Loafers! 

Join us in celebrating everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure—the margarita—at Creative Loafing’s Margarita Wars 2016!

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to sample margaritas created by more than 15 of the Tampa Bay area’s best mixologists and try your hand at tipsy judging as YOU help award ‘Tampa Bay’s Best Margarita’ at Margarita Wars! 

Not to mention, you'll get to enjoy Mexican-inspired bites from local restaurants and a photo booth by Premier Photo Booths of Tampa! The winning margarita will be featured at Tampa Bay Rowdies Present Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Awards Party at The Mahaffey in September!

Need a ride to or from Margarita Wars? We've teamed up with Lyft to help! First-time Lyft users, get your first ride free up to $20 by downloading the app, creating an account, and entering the code CLTAMPA in the 'Payment' section at checkout.

Event Details:

Fri., July 29th
VIP: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
GA: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
TPepin's Hospitality Centre
4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa

Featuring margaritas by:

The Bricks
Kyle Nalls
“Margie's Revenge”
Mandarin juice, lime, housemade falernum (ginger, limes, almond),
sundried tomatoes, Mezcal, & bitters

The Canopy
Levick Coble
“Home Sweet Home”
Cream pineapple, triple sec, & pineapple shavings

Acropolis Greek Taverna
Tiffany Rhoads
“Smash Kiss Rita”
Fresh lime, Cointreau, Chambord, & black cherry-infused simple syrup

Datz
Morgan Zuch
“Kelly Kapowski”
Edible flowers, prickly pear, & Tidal Boar Ginger Beer

Hula Bay Club
Kat McKenna
“Toasted Kamehameha”
Pineapple & toasted coconut - get transported straight to the islands of Hawaii

Sea Sea Riders
Tricia Wilsion
“Jerked Mango Margarita”
Agave, fresh lime, jerked mago, & black sea salt

Tampa Marriott Waterside
Jake Hiller
“Pina en Fuego”
Pineapple-infused with Spanish citrus mix, & a pineapple peppered rim

District Tavern
Ryan Fitzgerald
“Chupacabra”
Thai chili, watermelon, candied pineapple, avocado, & key lime

Hablo Taco
Erin Schnitzler
“Coco for Coconut”
Coconut milk, orange Curaçao, & creme de coco

Marchand's Bar & Grill
RJ Hunt
“Sandia Silvestre”
Shaved watermelon cucumber ice, blueberry caviar, & citrus foam - an adult snow cone

Besito Mexican
Ricardo Lopez
“Pasion Caliente”
Cointreau, passion fruit, blend of three pepper sauce, fresh lime, & chipotle sugar rim

The Lucky Dill
Mychal Washington
“Caliente Mango Margarita”
Mango, fresh lime juice, & jalapeño simple syrup

Local Brewing Company
Ciara Kelley
“LBC Sexi Mexi”
Cucumber, lime, cilantro, habanero, & agave

Surfside Taphouse
Jessie Babbitt
“The FloRita”
Cream of coconut, lime, agave, & Grand Marnier

Big Easy Bar
Scooby Olivier
“Easy Does It”
Tropical New Orleans-style margarita with passion fruit creole shrub,
Red Bull Tropical, & basil agave

Anise Global Gastrobar
Evan B. Campbell
“Desert Island”
Hibiscus, lime, prickly pear liqueur, & mango

Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas
Kyle Miller
“Spicy & Horny Margarita”
Jalapeño-infused with fresh lime juice, Patrón Citrónge Orange, Grand Marnier, & agave nectar

Catrinas South Tampa
Karol Ortiz
“Corazon Sangrante”
Sour sop, hibiscus, lime, pomegrante seeds

The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar
Emily Schiller
“Watermelon Margarita”
Fresh lime juice, watermelon, homemade raw sugar, jalapeño, elderflower, simple syrup

Featuring Mexican-inspired bites by:

Datz
Sriracha Cheddar Popcorn

Acropolis Greek Taverna
Greek Chips & Salsa

Hablo Taco
Customizable Mini Tacos

District Tavern
Stuffed Poblano Rellenos

Besito Mexican
Freshmade Guacamole & Chips

General Admission: 
$50 Adv. (July 1st - July 28th) | $60 Door (July 29th)
Includes margarita samples from each restaurant/bar, Mexican-inspired bites, 
& voting in the 'Tampa Bay's Best Margarita' contest.

VIP:
$75 VIP (July 1st - July 28th) | $85 Door (July 29th)
Includes early entry for an extra hour of sampling without the crowds from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., margarita samples from each restaurant/bar, Mexican-inspired bites, two beers, one commemorative swag item, & voting in the 'Tampa Bay's Best Margarita' contest.

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners Hornitos Tequila, DACCO, Corona, Besito Mexican, District Tavern, and Lyft, as well as our featured non-profit, Current Initiatives!

#CLMargaritaWars

21+ only. Programming subject to change. Event takes place rain or shine. No refunds are available.