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Margarita Wars

It's tequila time, Loafers! Creative Loafing's Margarita Wars is back with even more margaritas and more Mexican bites.

Sample unique margaritas created by 17 of the best local mixologists and try your hand at tipsy judging as you help award 'Tampa Bay's Best Margarita' at Margarita Wars! There will also be Mexican and Mexican-inspired bites from six local restaurants—so expect mucho, mucho deliciousness!

The winning margarita will be featured at Creative Loafing's celebration of 25 years of 'Best Of The Bay' at an exclusive party at The Mahaffey presented by Bill Edwards on September 23rd, 2015.

The stakes are high, Loafers—it's WAR!

Don't forget to say hello to Tampa Yankees and Tampa Improv, who both will be on-site at the event!

A special thanks to our sponsors Hornitos Tequila, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime-A-RitaBarproducts.comDunedin Fine Art CenterPremier Photo Booths of Florida, and Roundhouse Creative!

Need a ride to Margarita Wars? We've teamed up with Lyft to help! First-time Lyft users, get your first ride free up to $20. Simply download the app, create an account, and enter the code CLMARGARITAWARS in the ‘Payment’ section. Or click here.

A portion of proceeds from Margarita Wars will benefit Current Initiatives of Tampa Bay.

Featuring competing mixologists from:
Anise Global Gastrobar - Evan Campbell with "Sweet Heat"
Datz - Morgan Zuch with "Crouching Pig, Hidden Dragon"
Hablo Taco - Patrick Poling with "Salsa Margarita"
The Bricks - Kyle Nalls with "Thaigar"
Noble Crust - Tara Mutschler with "Watermelon Basil Margarita"
Mandarin Hide - Justin Stoddard with "Media Noche"
Salty's Gulfport - Kat McKenna with “The Foster Child”
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant - Evandro Brito with "Ultimate Margarita"
Roux - Mark Chiaramonte with "Fuego de Sangre"
Sea Sea Riders - Emine Tzekas with "Efflorescent"
The Bourgeois Pig - Chuck Tobin with "Jalapeño & Grapefruit"
EATS! American Grill - Tracy Guida with "Endless Summer"
Del Frisco's Grille - Jennifer Lind with "Rhubarb Razz-rita"
The Hollander - Leah McCray with "The P.J.C. Margarita"
Sea Salt - Philip Bryan with "Diablo Smoke Margarita"
Acropolis Greek Taverna - Cynthia Legrand with "Opa! Summer-rita"
The Birchwood - Michael Carlton with "BluYu Margarita"

Featuring Mexican & Mexican-inspired bites by:
Datz - Pork tamale with Colorado sauce
Roux - Abita beer braised chicken confit taco, picked mirliton slaw & satsuma creme on a housemade tortilla
Anise Global Gastrobar - Chili & lime zest marinated watermelon, and Boozy brownies with tequila glaze
Taqueria Doña Maria - Chips & salsa, Carnitas, and Churros
Tijuana Flats - Black bean tacos, Beef tacos, and Chicken tacos
Acropolis Greek Taverna - Greek chips & salsa (pita chips with Mediterranean salsa)

Event Details:

Thursday, July 30th | 7 to 10 p.m.
TPepin's Hospitality Centre
4121 N. 50th St. Tampa, FL 33610

General Admission includes 17 margarita samples, Mexican and Mexican-inspired bites from six local restaurants, voting in the 'Tampa Bay's Best Margarita' contest, and more flavorful fun!

$40 - Early Bird (May 11 - May 31)
$50 - Advance (June 1 - July 29)
$60 - Door (July 30)

VIP Admission includes an extra hour of the event from 6 - 7 p.m. for line-free sampling of 17 margaritas, Mexican and Mexican-inspired bites from six local restaurants, an exclusive Margarita Wars tote bag, two house draft beers, and voting in the 'Tampa Bay's Best Margarita' contest!

$65 - Early Bird (May 11 - May 31)
$75 - Advance (June 1 - July 29)
$85 - Door (July 30)

RSVP and invite your friends here. Snag a ticket here.


21+ only

*Programming subject to change. This an indoor event. Rain or shine. No refunds.