Drive-Thru Margaritas in Houston: How Is This Legal?

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
A drive-thru margarita bar might sound a little, well, illegal. After all, open containers aren't allowed in any state in the U.S. of A. But there are loopholes, and through those loopholes pops up Houston's W Grill and its delicious frozen concoctions.

At this neighborhood spot in the hip Heights neighborhood of Houston, you can sail into the drive-thru on any given day and head home with a slushy cocktail. It's your choice of a piña colada, a cherry margarita, a mudslide, or any number of other boozy treats. But, you might ask, how exactly is this legal?

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According to the drive-thru waitress, the tape on the lids keeps the po-po away. By taping the sippy part of the to-go cup, they've made the beverages transportable.

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This isn't just a Texas phenomenon. Drive-thru daiquiri bars are hugely popular in Louisiana -- and parts of the Sunshine State have drive-thru liquor stores.

W Grill also serves food, but according to the spot's big, bold roadside sign, it's mainly about the margaritas. There's even a hashtag: #margaritastogo.

Twenty-ounce rita flavors include mango, strawberry, cherry, peach, blueberry, sangria, and key lime pie (how very Floridian!). There are even 100-calorie "SlimRitas."

Foodstuffs include jalapeño burgers, hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, and other sammies and sides..

The frozen drinks are a tasty treat, à la Wet Willie's, but I imagine they're a little too tempting for some drivers to have a delicious slushy mudslide riding alongside them on a boiling-hot Houston day.

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And frankly, with the state of traffic in that massive urban sprawl, it's hard to imagine they wouldn't melt on your ride home.

But if you're packing for a nearby tailgate, planning a picnic, or just don't have access to a good blender, it doesn't get much more convenient than drive-thru margaritas.

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