While you might not be taking a trip to the sunny land of Florida anytime soon, you can be there in spirit—with a cheeky marg in hand, of course—at Tropic Vice. The expansive rooftop space overlooking the iconic Nobby’s strip has transformed into a bold, bright and quirky rooftop restaurant and it’s just the kind of happy place we need in our lives right now. The bright, modern rooftop space oozes laidback Palm Springs meets luxe Cali-cool vibes—with a Gold Coast twist, of course.
Venture upstairs into the bright, sun-drenched space and you’re greeted with a luscious garden bar setting—colourful garden chairs pepper the green lawn, while palm trees, reminiscent of the California desert, pop up around the lawn, all drawing your attention to the star of the show. A bright pink fountain stands tall in the centre of the garden bar, commanding attention and reminding you that this is what Tropic Vice is all about—the quirky, the fun, the unexpected.
The undercover dining space has sweeping, uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast and is the prime spot for sipping a cold drink, as a balmy sea breeze rolls through. Once you’ve soaked up the incredible views, make your way to the neon podium, where you’ll want to sink into the booths hugging the pink walls and let the evening pass you by in this dreamy spot.
Lust over eclectic features, like the bold neon signs, the candy-pink umbrellas and the iconic pair of flamingos. The pair of one-metre high flamingos have their own unique tale (you’ll have to visit to find out) and represent the sublime combination of Cuban and Argentinian food that Tropic Vice has brought to the Gold Coast. Melbourne restaurateur, James Tantsis-Hall, is the brains behind this gem and has carefully curated the customised details that mark Tropic Vice out as truly one-of-a-kind.
The standout menu is described as ‘Florribean’ cuisine (yes, we’re curious too), which is a tantalising combination of the flavours of the Caribbean and South America and already has us drooling. Heading up the kitchen is a talented team of South American chefs, who have carefully curated the menu to authentically represent their heritage while incorporating a refined twist.
Think delectable dishes like chilli garlic prawns with fresh mango salsa, pickled coriander and char-grilled lime, achiote pork tacos with tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo and grilled pineapple and red prawn and fish ceviche. In harmony with their modernity, Tropic Vice dishes up plenty of vegan options, like the jerk eggplant with lime and coriander and the crispy eggplant miso and honey tacos.
The authentic eats are complemented by an extensive drinks menu, perfectly designed to soak up all the goodness you’ve just inhaled. The signature Vice Martini is a concoction of passionfruit, vodka, pomegranate and mint and will transport you to a sun-drenched Caribbean beach far, far away. If cocktails aren’t your bevvy of choice, don’t worry because you’ll be busy deciding between the huge array of spritzes, wine and local beer on tap.
Tropic Vice is quickly working its way into our hearts—and social lives—this season. Prepare to fall in love with this delightful spot, where cold drinks are pouring, fingers are happily digging into delicious plates and people are celebrating the best things in life.
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