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 doozy 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 And Chermside
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 straight up in classic, mango or strawberry, or hit up their monthly specials, which change regularly and give you an excuse to head back every month.
For a margarita with some serious kick, Same Same should be your go-to. Their Thai Thai's Margarita hides a hefty dose of green chilli and kampot pepper, but with it's thick salt rim, lashings of lime, agave and Olmeca Plata tequila, it all balances out so well you'll be ordering another before you know it.
Not just a banging spot for real deal Mexican fare, Baja’s back wall is well stocked with small batch tequilas and mezcals. On the cocktail menu, they’re joined with ingredients like elderflower, maraschino liqueur, lemon and lychee for a sip that will excite any marg lover. Just want that salty goodness? Order a Snarky Mexican Kiss with tequila, Cointreau, lemon, sugar and watermelon with a sichimi salt rim.
If you will accept nothing less than an apocalyptic level brain freeze, then you need to get yourself to Ivory Tusk with a crew and order up a jug of frozen margarita. Ensconced in their Cali-Mex inspired upstairs bar, you can imagine yourself on a beach somewhere on the west coast of Mexico, and cure the freeze with a few plates of tacos.
Eleven Rooftop Bar
Like your margs a little on the sweeter side? Eleven’s honeycomb margarita might be just your style, blending tequila, Cointreau and honeycomb. And those sunset views will make it all the sweeter.
The Defiant Duck
We’ll never let a bit of heat get in the way of us and a margarita, which is why we’re more than happy to down a couple of The Defiant Duck’s chilli-infused margaritas any day of the week. They’re best on Sundays with a side of live music and a tacos, but don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have margaritas Monday to Thursday.
Fitz & Potts
Not just the spot for a brew and a vegan toastie, Fitz & Potts also happen to have a banging cocktail menu, which features one hell of a margarita. Take it out to the rooftop deck for unbeatable summer vibes.
The Osbourne Hotel
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 sweet and salty margarita. Their current iteration is a watermelon number, but regular updates mean you should definitely visit more than once.
With their Latin American inspired menu, you better believe that the team at Bloodhound Bar whip up a damn good margarita. Made with tequila, campari, agave and lime, one is definitely not enough!
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
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 marg—or five. Their classic margarita is always a winner, but if you’re willing to share, nab a jug of Sultry Surprise, with tequila, Cointreau, blue citrus liqueur, lime, soda, lift, salt and lemon.
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Image credit: El Camino Cantina