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Three places to celebrate National Tequila Day on Oahu

July 21st, 2016
COURTESY ESQUARED HOSPITALITYThe Karma Cherry Margarita makes its debut Sunday at BLT Steak Waikiki.


The Karma Cherry Margarita makes its debut Sunday at BLT Steak Waikiki.

Looking to start an argument with your friends? Ask them where to find the best Mexican food in Hawaii.

Some people think it’s impossible for authentic Mexican flavors to successfully make it thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to restaurant kitchens here. Others — myself included — believe you just need to know where to look.

Good thing tequila tastes the same no matter where you serve it. With National Tequila Day coming up on Sunday, here are some places to visit and enjoy a cocktail made with the liquor... or maybe a few shots with some salt and lime!


Head to Waikiki on Sunday for your first chance to try BLT Steak’s newest cocktail, created exclusively for National Tequila Day. The restaurant is partnering with Karma Tequila, which is owned by local big wave surfer Reef Mcintosh, to offer the Karma Cherry Margarita ($16) made with the brand’s silver tequila, Luxardo cherry juice and fresh lime. The drink will be available at the restaurant through September.

BLT Steak is located in the Trump International Hotel Waikiki, 223 Saratoga Rd. The restaurant’s bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Sunday; call (808) 683-7440 for dinner reservations.


A few blocks away from BLT Steak at Buho Cantina, tequila fans have the option of choosing cocktails made with brands like Avion, Cabo Wabo, Casamigos, Cazadores, Milagros, Olmeca Altos and Patron. You can’t go wrong with a margarita, but consider a Spiced Strawberry ($12) made with fresh strawberry or a Smoking Cadillac ($12) with chili pepper-infused tequila and guava puree.

Buho is on the rooftop of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2250 Kalakaua Ave., and opens at 11 a.m. Sunday. Call (808) 922-2846.


With three Oahu locations — 1247 N. School St. in Kalihi, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. on the second floor of Ward Centre and 600 Kailua Rd. in Kailua — Mexico Cantina offers one of the largest margarita menus on Oahu, serving up more than a dozen varieties of the drink. My guilty pleasure is the Li Hing Mui Margarita ($10), but you’re sure to find your own favorite among the different options available.

Both the Kalihi and Kailua locations open at 10 a.m. Sunday; the Ward Centre restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Head to the Kalihi restaurant for happy hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, or check out the Kailua restaurant from 3 to 5 p.m. and Ward Centre from 3 to 6 p.m. for drink specials at those locations.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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