Open Daily Until 2 am
$5 Xochitl Margaritas
$3 Draft Beer
The words “cozy” and “margarita” are rarely used in the same sentence, but when you describe Xochitl, those are two words you just might line up together. At this Headhouse Square staple (pronounced “so-cheet,” meaning flower in the Aztec language, Nahuatl), you’ll find flickering candles, Mexican tiles, carved woodwork, brightly painted walls and music that transports you out of America; cozy properly sums it up. It’s the type of place you might stop by for happy hour and find yourself sitting in the same barstool three hours later.
After changing ownership in the summer of 2012, Xochitl’s quality hasn’t wavered. The service is as friendly and attentive as ever, and the vibe remains relaxed. While the food has its ambitious moments — like the deconstructed tamale served without its typical corn husk — there’s no pretension, simply a solid, modern play on classic Mexican fare. Both custom-ordered guacamole and ceviche serve as perfect starters, and from there, it can become a Tecate and taco night. Or you can make it a tequila flight, short rib and red snapper affair. Either way, prepare to leave wanting to return to Xochitl.
402 S. 2nd Street (at Pine Street)
Metered Parking Available: Meters free on Wednesdays
Garage Parking: Park America 2nd & Lombard (right hand side)
Sun-Thurs $6 with validation | Fri-Sat $15 with validation (see server or bartender for parking validation)