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Celebrate the crazy days of Karneval at Wirtshaus on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy authentic German Karneval music on both days, along with food and drink specials. Festive decorations and a fully-costumed staff welcome guests to arrive in costume for a chance to receive a free boot of their favorite beer. On Feb. 25, come watch the UEFA Champions League matches. Wirtshaus opens at 11:30 a.m. for guests to settle in before the game at noon. 345 N. La Brea Ave., (323)931-9291.
Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden
Come dressed in costume to Mar Vista’s inaugural Karneval celebration featuring authentic Karneval music on Feb. 21-22 starting at 6 p.m. Dressed in authentic costumes, the staff will serve food and drink specials. The revelry will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. for the UEFA Champions League game. Bavarian Night festivities debut on Saturday, Feb. 29, with German music, food and drink specials. Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be served by the staff dressed in dirndls and lederhosen. 3817 Grand View Blvd., (310)439-2938.
National Margarita Day, February 22
Toast to Mardi Gras at YAPA Little Tokyo
On Saturday, Feb. 22, master bartender Joshua Goldman and L.A.’s Pacific Food and Beverage Museum will be making hurricanes and other New Orleans drinks. Learn about the history of three Crescent City cocktails – the hurricane, the Sazerac and Vieux Carré – from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. RSVP at fareharbor.com/embeds/book/natfab-museum/items/118373. 236 S. Los Angeles St., Ste. G.
Special margarita bowl at Salazar
Beverage coordinator Adan Maldonado heads the bar program at Salazar in Frogtown with a strong focus on tequila and mezcal. On Feb. 22, the Sonoran-style outdoor oasis is having a margarita promotion. Customers can order any of the house margaritas in a fishbowl for $25. It pairs perfectly with Salazar’s barbecue fare. 2490 Fletcher Drive, salazarla.com.
Madre margarita special
Madre’s bar program, helmed by beverage director Bryant J. Orozco and owner Ivan Vasquez, offers authentic, small-batch tequila and mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico. Known for its impressive 440-bottle selection of mezcal, the Palms and Torrance locations also have 20-plus types of tequila. Madre will be offering its Madre Margarita, made with tequila reposado, lime, house-made Curacao and spicy salt for $5 on Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and $9 after 5 p.m. 10426 National Blvd., (310)559-4732; 1261 Cabrillo Ave #100, (310)974-8005.
The Abbey Food & Bar margarita
The friendly-to-all bar offers a menu of over 200 specialty cocktails and plenty of margarita options to celebrate National Margarita Day. The Abbey’s Patrón margarita is mixed with house-made sour mix, spices, citrónge liqueur and fruit. Make it spicy with jalapeño lime or mango chili, or order a flavored margarita made with fresh juices, organic agave nectar and fruit. Open on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Order a round during the Drag Brunch show from 1 to 3 p.m. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., (310)289-8410.
New Surfer Rose pizza destination
Santa Monica’s newest pizza destination, Surfer Rose, offers Chicago-style, thin crust pizza with artisanal toppings. Hearty sandwiches, appetizers and bites are on the menu, and tiki cocktails. Every Tuesday, Surfer Rose offers a #TacoTuesday special with $6 tacos and $8 margaritas. On Feb. 22, margaritas are $8 all day. 2460 Wilshire Blvd., (310)828-2115.
Margarita Day at Azulé Taqueria
On Saturday, Feb. 22, pitchers of Sabé Blanco margaritas that are made with agave, fresh lime and served with salted-rim glasses are $22 all day at Azule Taqueria. On the second floor of the Gallery in Santa Monica, this California beach taco spot also serves nachos and tostadas to enjoy with a margarita. Make National Margarita Day a weekly go-to during “Marg Mondays” with half-off margarita pitchers all day on Mondays. 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (424)317-5429.
The Diver Margarita at Cliffdiver
Come to Cliffdiver’s bar on Saturday, Feb. 22, for simple and classic margaritas all day for $8 each. The cervezas, frozé and a vast selection of mezcal and tequila will also be offered at an accessible price point. Sip one during brunch after a morning surf session or late night before bed. The Diver Margarita is made with Jimador tequila, fresh lime, agave nectar and citrus chili salt. Other weekend brunch specials include $7 bloody marys and $20 bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 21337 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (424)235- 2595.
Cassoulet night at Lucques
The annual Cassoulet Night is Sunday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Chefs Suzanne Goin and Javier Espinoza prepare a three-course Southern French country classic supper for guests. The menu features a salad of young greens and Saint Agur with local walnuts; Cassoulet de Maison, with duck confit, pork confit, garlic sausage and white beans; and a crème caramel with Armagnac prunes and orange blossom dessert. The one-night-only Cassoulet Night is priced at $65 per guest, and advance ticket purchase is required. To reserve tickets, contact Lucques or reserve at Open Table Ticketing. 8474 Melrose Ave., (323)655-6277.
Shuck House happy hour
The counter concept from executive chef Cindy Loren and owner George Loren at the Westfield Century City Mall offers a weekday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Beers on tap include a white ale, amber ale, pilsner and IPA. Shuck House also offers handheld favorites that include a “fishwich,” lobster roll and four different types of tacos: grilled fish, Baja-style fish, shrimp and lobster. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)746-4048.
Casamigos tasting at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
On Feb. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., join executive chef Steve Benjamin, beverage manager Matthew Zacharias and a Casamigos mixologist to learn about and taste some of the best Casamigos tequila and mezcals. Benjamin will pair a series of delicious bites that include a taste of Casamigos blanco paired with caviar, a blini and lemon crème fraiche. The reposado is paired with striped-bass ceviche, pineapple and citrus. Sip the añejo with eggplant and beef skewers. Finish with a taste of mezcal with a vanilla donut with chocolate. This special tasting is $120 per guest. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6700.
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