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50% off General Admission to Margarita Wars 2019 ($50 ticket for only $25)

Creative Loafing Tampa

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Your favorite tequila battle is back! Join us for a unique opportunity to sample margaritas featuring Olmeca Altos Tequila created by 20 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!Plus, immerse yourself in live entertainment like salsa dancing and Spanish guitar, enjoy Mexican-inspired hors d'oeuvres, and take advantage of other fun surprises.

This is one fiesta you won't want to miss!

Hosted by Chef Jeff Philbin


Margarita Wars 2019
Friday, July 26th, 2019 • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

TPepin's Hospitality Centre • 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa


General Admission includes unlimited margarita samples from each competitor, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, + voting in the 'Tampa Bay's Best Margarita' contest.


Acropolis Greek Taverna Riverview
“Aphrodites Fury” by Anna Prescott
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Triple sec, sour mix, fresh muddled pepperoncini, watermelon, & lime

Bella's Italian Cafe
“The Red Widow” by Jason Dyer
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, serrano pepper tincture, St-Germain, Campari, Cocchi Americano Rosa, lime juice, salt foam, & serrano pepper grind

Besito Mexican Restaurant
“Besito Sandito” by Monica Goyeneche
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, watermelon purée, agave, lime juice, Jarritos Grapefruit, finished with a bite of watermelon & a mild chipotle rim

Datz St. Pete
“Pineapple ‘The Upside Down’” by Jon Griffiths
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, roasted pineapple syrup, fresh lime juice, garnished with toasted coconut & a black cherry

Fresco's Waterfront Bistro
“Sweet & Salty St. Pete” by Cara Baker
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, orange juice, orange liqueur, salted caramel sauce, & lime juice with caramel & salt rim

Fuzzy's Taco Shop
“Kruncky Kreme Margarita” by Martina Kelly
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, Triple sec, champagne, cored raspberry jelly filling, fresh squeezed lemons, limes, oranges, & agave nectar with a powdered sugar rim, garnished with raspberry & served with a glazed donut

“Key Lime Fly. But like cool, not the insect.” by Hailey McCarthy
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, Triple sec, cucumber, jalapeño, fresh lime juice, & key lime flavors with cookie butter rim, garnished with key lime pie

L Bar at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
“Blueberry Margarita” by Melissa Valdez
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, pineapple juice, Tattersall Blueberry Liqueur, fresh lime juice & simple syrup

Mandarin Heights
“The Outclaw” by Philipp VanHorn
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, Cedilla Acai Liqueur, lime, agave, Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub Cocktail Bitters, Bittermens New Orleans Coffee Liqueur, topped with White Claw Hard Seltzer

Mole y Abuela
“The CoCoPeño Marg” by Jesse Kazo
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, jalapeño lime juice, coconut purée, & orange bitters

Nueva Cantina
“Caliente Picante” by Bex McNulty
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, jalapeño, cucumber, mango purée, lime juice, & agave

The Bricks
“Uncle Al’s” by Kyle Nalls
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Lillet Rosé Aperitif, blueberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, lime, sugar, & cilantro herb salt

The Hall on Franklin
“La Margarita Roja” by Jack Joy
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, Cynar, lime, simple syrup, & Tempranillo, garnished with a lime twist & Luxardo Cherry

The Kitchen & Bar at Safety Harbor
“Thyme After Time” by Tim Dominick
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, PAMA Pomegranate Flavored Liqueur, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, fresh thyme, & lime

The Landing at Jannus
“Tangerine Dream” by Jersey Gassert
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, Orange Hibiscus Rosato, fresh citrus, fresh squeezed tangerine juice, garnished with sugared Cuties

The Lure St. Pete
“Get out of my swamp” by Kendra Zivkovic
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, fresh avocado cream, pressed coconut water, lime juice, agave, & Cointreau

The Lure Tampa
“Ay Dios Mío” by Erisbel Reynoso
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, watermelon schnapps, Cointreau, lime juice, agave, watermelon chunks, & jalapeño slices, garnished with a lime wheel

World of Beer
“WOB B.O.M (Blood Orange Margarita)” by Marc Llauget
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, fresh lime juice, blood orange puree, agave syrup, mint sprigs, garnished with lime, orange salt, & sugar rim

WTR Pool & Grill
“Monkeys from a barrel” by Randy Wetherington
Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, a handmade blend of banana liqueur & banana purée, lime juice, & a dash of Triple sec with a Tajín rim, garnished with a lime & orchid flower

Yard of Ale
“Pineapple Verde Margarita” by Shana Zajkowski
Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, Amaro Montenegro Liqueur, Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur, pineapple juice, & housemade sour mix, garnished with lime & a salt rim



Besito Mexican Restaurant
Bella's Italian Cafe
The Bricks
Fuzzy's Taco Shop (VIP-only)



21+ only. Event takes place rain or shine. No refunds are available.

$50 value. Valid for one (1) General Admission to Creative Loafing’s Margarita Wars at TPepin's Hospitality Centre on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 7-10 p.m. 21+ only. No cash back. No cash value. No refunds on events. Event takes places rain or shine. Programming subject to change. Not valid with other specials, promotions or discounts. Must present valid ID at entry. Expires: 07/26/2019 after event.