If there’s anything we’ve learned from the 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 drank 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.
Turning to their American neighbours, the lads at New York-themed restaurant, Tribeca NYC have sourced their margarita recipe from a little town in Mexico called Tulum. Although, that’s about all they’ll tell us. Much like their American compadre, Colonel Sanders, the secrets of the Tribeca Margarita are the stuff of legend. All you need to know is it’s delicious, it’s definitely not good for you, and it’ll have you saying ARRRIBBBAAAAAA in no time.
Where: 58 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
Bonita Bonita + BonBon Bar
Now that Bonita Bonita has most definitely solidified their spot among the best Mexican restaurants on the Gold Coast, there’s no surprise they’ve also nailed a spot on the best margarita list. At BonBon Bar you won’t find one marg on the menu, but four, each offering up a little something different. From the chilli-salt rim of the Mamasita and Bonita Margarita, to the Organic Agave Nectar of the Mezcal Margarita. Or just to be safe, maybe try all four. What could possibly go wrong?
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Chapter and Verse
Since opening in the Marriot late 2015, Chapter and Verse has made their mark in the cocktail scene. To say cocktails are their speciality would be an understatement, and although they have a huge selection of carefully-curated cocktails, there’s always time for a good ol’ margarita. Using only the best boutique, fair trade spirits, and with experienced bar staff happy to add a little twist on request, every margarita comes out with a little touch of magic.
Where: Marriott Resort and Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
A restaurant bold enough to call itself Miss Margarita needs to have an outstanding margarita selection, and they definitely deliver on that promise. With 10 different mixes on the menu, all made with quality, 100% Agave Espolon Tequila, there’s margs for everyone! Try the Anejo Margarita for the connoisseur, the Chipotle Chilli and Lime Margarita for the daring, and the Strawberry Margarita with a sugar rim for the plain thirsty! Just remember, there’s also a healthy mix of Mexican food available!
Where: Shop 101, Surf Parade, Broadbeach
With a simple Mexican menu for your inebriated munchies, it’s essential Stingray have a margarita to match your sophisticated palate (tongue in cheek, much?). Stingray have come up with the fantastic Largarita, possibly the most Aussie thing we could have done to any cultural beverage, EVER. Yep, in case you haven’t put it together, the Largarita is a mix of Stone and Wood Ale, mouth-watering Herradura Tequila, and your standard marg fruits. However, as it was introduced as a part of Stingray’s Tequila Thursdays, you might have to beg for the bartender to make it!
Where: QT Hotel, 10 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
With a name like Mexicali and a killer location in Nobbys, it’s no surprise these guys do a mean margarita to match. But on top of your typical marg mix, you’ll find delicious and unique fruity concoctions such as their latest weapons: the blueberry lychee margarita and the dragonfruit margarita! Pair that with some of the best mexican food on the Gold Coast and you’ve got a match made in Mexican heaven.
Where: 2231 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Aloha Bar and Dining
If you haven’t made your way to Broadbeach’s epic pop-up bar by Exotic Pets Presents yet, their creative spin on a margarita is a fantastic reason. Encompassing all things twisted, fresh and fun, the Wahaka Kiki is a beautiful mix of un-aged mezcal, Midori, and pineapple juice with a touch of green mango for bitterness and smoothed out with an egg white. The fun part is the cactus stemmed margarita glass, as well as trying to pronounce the name after you’ve had a few!
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach
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… you take that back! Without giving away all their secrets, the Tupe Margarita is a classic mix with fresh limes and a salted rim. Meaning you can enjoy all the glory of a delectable margarita without ingesting all the sugar and fakery of a pre-made margarita mix. FAKERY WE TELL YOU! With all the food specials they’ve got going on you can definitely afford to throw back a marg or two.
Where: Nirvana Building, 1 Douglas Street, Coolangatta
If you ever need to convince yourself the marg you’re drinking is healthy, get to Ze Pickle and down a Fruit Salad Margarita. How healthy does that sound? You can just speak the first half of the name with pride then mumble that last bit, y’know, to trick your brain. Consisting of the most delicious sunny fruits including mango, strawberry, and pineapple mixed with Espolon Blanco Tequila. Regardless of its nutritional benefits, it’ll have ya feeling good!
Where: 35 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
Did we miss your favourite among our pick of the best margaritas on the Gold Coast? Let us know!
Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist