Bars & Pubs

Where To Knock Back Brisbane’s Best Margaritas

By Siobhan Taylor
22nd Feb 2019

best margaritas Brisbane

A margarita is a thirst-quenching staple in any decent bar-hopper’s arsenal, and thankfully, we know the best bars in Brisbane that can knock up a doozey in next to no time at all.

Arm yourself with this list, and get amongst the Brisbane bar scene and sip on the perfect summer cocktail. From frozen to straight up, here’s where to wrap your laughing gear around Brisbane’s best margaritas.

El Camino Cantina

Bowen Hills

Not just famous for their size, El Camino's delectable array of frozen and on-ice margaritas are the ideal thrist-quencher for our balmy QLD days. Choose between their signature margs either frozen or staright up in classic, mango or strawberry, of hit up their signature Cadillac Margarita with a traditional Grand Mariner float.

The Osbourne Hotel

Fortitude Valley

One of the best all rounders in Fortitude Valley, The Osbourne is a no-brainer for knock-offs, but also if you're on the hunt for a 

John Mills Himself

Brisbane CBD

Tucked away in beautiful heritage listed buildings, John Mills Himself does a wickedly refreshing take on the Tommy’s Margarita that was born for Friday knock-off drinks. Margs are the perfect drink to get stuffy co-workers to loosen their ties.

Bloodhound Corner Bar And Kitchen

Fortitude Valley

With their Latin American inspired menu, you better believe that the team at Bloodhound Bar whip up a damn good margarita. Made with grapefruit instead of the traditional orange flavours, one is definitely not enough!

California Native


Putting down some serious Cali' vibes, California Native was always going to whip up a mean margarita. Their 'Coronada Sunset' is sweet, salty, and stiff—a triple threat. We suggest ordering a couple of taquitos and a side of jalepeno poppers, to keep yourself in check. 

Dandy’s Rooftop Bar

South Brisbane

There’s a reason Dandy’s Rooftop at The Fox is such a popular drinking destination with us Brissy locals. With epic city views and kitschy-cute décor, Dandy’s is a stellar spot to chill with pals and enjoy a cocktail jug of margs—or two... Their pine-orange jalapeno margarita is a little on the spicy, but we’d never let a bit of fire get between us and a good margs.

Spicers Balfour Hotel

New Farm

Spicers Balfour's secret rooftop bar is a well-kept secret, only accessible to diners of The Balfour Kitchen. Their Ginger Margarita is a standout on this list, and best enjoyed after dinner whilst enjoy stunning views of Fortitude Valley and the Story Bridge. Ah, bliss.

Limes Hotel

Fortitude Valley

A hot contender for Brisbane’s best rooftop bar, the team at Limes know their way around a classic cocktail list. Plan ahead when you can catch a film in their open-air cinema-come-hot tub rooftop. Summer nights plus hot tub plus margarita in hand… Is there any other way to live?

Gerard’s Bar

Fortitude Valley

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, Gerard’s Bar is a total Brisbane bar fave. Frequented by the ‘cool’ set, we recommend sipping on a Spiced Tommy’s—a neat version of a classic margarita—and settle in for some thrilling people watching.

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for Urban List

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