Bars & Pubs

Sip Your Way Through The Gold Coast’s Best Margaritas

By Ioana Dragnef
20th Feb 2021

If there’s anything we’ve learned from years of Mexican-themed parties and taco nights, it’s that the pros know margs much better than we do.

Tequila, Cointreau, lime, and salt—that’s the only way to do a margarita, right? Wrong! We’ve taken one for the team, having drunk our way around the Coast to bring you the best margaritas on the Gold Coast, so you never need to suffer a sub-standard marg ever again. 

You’ll taste the difference, trust us. Here are the best margaritas on the Gold Coast.

Margarita Cartel

Burleigh Heads

When the place is literally called the Margarita Cartel, you know there’s no funny business when it comes to margaritas. Slinging some of the best around, the crew at Margarita Cartel truly has that magic margarita touch. Some of their best ones include a delicious red chili and cucumber marg, a passionfruit marg, a smoky pineapple marg and a refreshing watermelon marg. They also serve one of the best (if not the best) classic margs around, so make sure you try them all.

a line-up of cocktails

MexiCali

Nobby Beach

We’d be nuts if we didn’t mention the Nobby Beach institution that is MexiCali in our round-up. Pull up a stool on MexiCali’s western-facing upper deck to soak up those late afternoon rays and sip on some of the best margaritas on the GC. You of course can’t go wrong with a classic marg, but if you’re looking to spice it up, their Chilli Marg is just fantastic.

Frida Sol

Palm Beach

Pop down to Palm Beach and settle in at Frida Sol, where everything is as cute as it is delicious. From frozen ritas to Frida Margaritas (with herradura tequila, house triple sec, lemon juice, cucumber juice, agave and a jalapeños and chipotle rim—yum!), to coconut or smoky margs, there’s not one rita on the menu that isn’t tasty AF.

a margarita cocktail

La Diosa Mexicana

Surfers Paradise

While we love the food at La Diosa Mexicana, a special shout out has to go to the margaritas. Choose from eight delicious margaritas, ranging from traditional lime juice to lychee (made with tequila anejo, triple sec, lychee liquor, agave, lime juice and lychee fruit) or strawberry to chili. But if you want something out of this world, you'll want to try The Ultimate: a mix of Tequila reposado, Cointreau,caramelised pineapple extract and lime juice—divine.

Rosella’s

Burleigh Heads

Killer cocktails await you at Rosella’s, including some truly creative iterations on margaritas. Take the delicious Margot-rita Robbie for example: tequila, kumquat liqueur, lime, huacatay, wattle blossom and roasted kelp. Tastes even better than it sounds.

Bonita Bonita

Mermaid Beach

Bonita Bonita has most definitely solidified their spot among the best Mexican restaurants on the Gold Coast, so there’s no surprise they’ve also nailed a spot on the best margarita list. From the delicious classic Tommy's Margarita (tequila, lime and agave) to the Bonita (tequila, agave candied jalapenos, lemon, fresh cucumber juice with a chipotle salt rim) or the mezcal margarita, you’ll want to try them all.

Caracara

Tugun

Located on Tugun’s busy shopping nook, Caracara—named after the majestic falcon on the Mexican flag—is a low-key tequila bar tucked away in the rear and a bright and welcoming cantina in the front. You can expect all the margarita classics, mixed on both tequila and mezcal, with the best seats in the house being at the bar, where the friendly staff love to share their knowledge about this agave-based liquor. 

Hail Mary

Burleigh Heads

There are fifteen margaritas on the menu at Hail Mary and if you're brave and willing, you should try them all (what could possibly go wrong?). We're big fans of anything with chilli in it, but if that's not your vibe, you can go with something like their blood orange marg or their classic Tommy's margarita. Perfection!

Labart

Burleigh Heads

While not the first spot you think of when talking about margaritas, Labart’s Yuzu Margarita is a summer delight. Pair it with some freshly shucked oysters and you’ve got yourself the beginning of a very cheeky lunch of which we strongly approve.

Ze Pickle

Burleigh Heads

We love a good jalapeno margarita and the peeps at Ze Pickle know how to craft one to perfection. If you’re not into spicy stuff, their Gingerita is also muy deliciosa: rooster rojo blanco tequila, liqueur 43 and ginger beer. Salud!

someone pouring a cocktail out of a stainless steel shaker

El Camino Cantina

Robina

If you’re looking for a margarita the size of your head and more flavours than you can fathom, El Camino has you covered. We definitely recommend trying one of their frozen margs, but if you’re in a more classic vibe, we feel you. Their tried-and-true flavours like lime, strawberry or mango are always a solid choice but they also do fun limited-edition ritas every month, like their Retro Ritas range or their Nerd-candy-inspired marg.

Justin Lane

Burleigh Heads

Even though Justin Lane is technically an Italian restaurant, we’ve got two words for you: passionfruit and chili margarita. They infuse their tequila with bird’s eye chillies then mix it with passionfruit, lime and agave and believe us when we tell you it is to die for. Just writing about it is making us drool.

a margarita cocktail with chilli

Tupe Aloha

Coolangatta

The gals at Tupe Aloha call their margaritas “a glass of tropical love”, using only fresh quality ingredients without any of the nasties (and no, tequila is not a nasty…). Without giving away all their secrets, the Tupe Margarita is a classic mix with fresh limes and a salted rim. And with all the food specials they’ve got going on you can definitely afford to throw back a marg or two.

If you're looking for some food to soak up all those margaritas, hit up the best Mexican restaurants on the Gold Coast.

Image credit: Urban List Gold Coast, Kaitlin Maree Photography

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