Updated: 6 p.m. ET with more discounts.
National Margarita Day starts before 5 o'clock Thursday.
After all, drinkers hoping for an early start to their imbibing always say, "It must be 5 o'clock in the world somewhere."
At bars and restaurants across the country, National Margarita Day is actually an all-day celebration of America’s most common tequila-based cocktail marked with discounted drinks.
Some salt-rimmed specials are available frozen and others on the rocks and a few come with a freebie for the made-up holiday.
The day's deals
Participation and offers vary by location — sometimes because of state and local laws — so check with your closest location before heading out.
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar: Get the “Badass Rocks Margarita” made with fresh limes for $5 Thursday.
Bahama Breeze: Classic margaritas are $2.22 Thursday. Plus, each location will give away 100 free bottles of margarita-inspired nail polish with purchase of food or drink Thursday. The special nail polishes are also available for $5 each starting at 10 a.m. Thursday at www.sophinailpolish.com/margaritas.
Baja Sharkeez: The Cadillac 18k Margarita is $5 from 11 a.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday at the California-based company, including Panama Joe’s in Long Beach. Sister restaurant Palmilla Cocina y Tequila has a $5 Cazadores Tamarind Margarita Thursday.
Blue Goose Cantina: Frozen margaritas are $2 all-day Thursday.
Buffalo Wild Wings: The chain is celebrating Thursday through Sunday with $5 House Margaritas, $4 Street Tacos and $3 chips and salsa.
Carlos O'Kelly's: On Thursday and Friday, lemon-lime rocks jumbo margaritas are $3 and served in a take-home collector’s cup while supplies last.
Chevys Fresh Mex: Participating locations will have happy hour from 3 p.m. to close or 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, depending on location, with $4, $5 and $6 specials.
Chuy’s: Celebrate with all-day drink specials including $1 floaters and $1 off seasonal Frozen Blackberry and Frozen Blood Orange Margaritas.
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen: The Internal Affair, made with Tequila Avíon, jalapeño, pineapple and basil, is $7 during Thursday’s happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
Duffy's Sports Grill: Get $3 Sauza Tequila and $7 Patron margaritas all-day Thursday.
El Fenix: To celebrate National Margarita Day and the Texas-based chain’s centennial anniversary get eight-ounce margaritas served on the rocks or frozen for $1 through Feb. 28.
Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria: Get a buy-one-get-one deal on the chain’s “Key-Lime Margarita” Thursday.
Hy-Vee: Get $2 margaritas at Hy-Vee Market Grille and Market Grill Express locations Thursday.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Get a margarita flight of four flavors for $10. Plus, two winners from every location will win a pair of Boston Bruins tickets.
Margaritaville: Get $3.99 traditional margaritas Thursday and $10 off any $50 retail purchase. There also will be a 4 p.m. class on how to make the perfect margarita and a toast at 5 o’clock at participating locations.
Max & Erma’s: Max’s Margaritas are $2 and chips and salsa are $1 Thursday at participating locations.
Miller’s Ale House: House and watermelon margaritas are $2.22 Thursday.
On the Border: Through Thursday, the signature House Margarita is $2 when you ask for the special. Price and participation varies and in select markets including Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina the House Margarita may be priced at $3 because of local liquor taxes and surcharges, according to a news release.
Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina: All margaritas are two for one, any size and flavor Thursday.
Rocco’s Tacos: From midnight to close Thursday night, all Florida locations will offer $2 tacos and $5 specialty cocktails and margaritas, and half-off select shots from the Wall of Tequila as part of the chain’s After Midnight Happy Hour.
Taco Cabana: Get $3 margaritas and $2 off any size quesadilla all-day Thursday at the fast food chain.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina: Milagro Margaritas are $2.22 Thursday.
Tony Roma’s: Through Sunday, get a hand-shaken Classic Romarita for $4.
Twin Peaks Restaurants: Margaritas are $4 Thursday at participating locations.
Voodoo Doughnut: Get a free Jose Cuervo-themed margarita doughnut Thursday at all doughnut shops except for the CityWalk Hollywood location, according to the company’s website. One per customer while supplies last. The special doughnuts also will be available Friday and Saturday.
Wood-n-Tap: All house margaritas are $3 all-day Thursday.
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Kelly Tyko is a columnist for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. This column reflects her opinion. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista and follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest.