All hail the margarita! This refreshingly zesty salt-rimmed cocktail is a firm favourite with The Urban List team, so much so that we’ve scoured Melbourne’s best cocktail bars and Mexican hideouts to bring you the best of the classics and the tastiest tequila tipples with a twist. Keen to find out where to get your hands on the best margaritas in Melbourne? Read on, and get ready to rack up a hefty cocktail bill!
Margarita La Casa, Mesa Verde
Roughly translated as ‘the margarita of the house,’ Mexican restaurant and bar Mesa Verde serves a cracking margarita, as you might expect. Choosing to use Milagro silver tequila, combined with a hint of Citronge Patron, these guys really know what they’re doing when it comes to mixing up one of the best margaritas in Melbourne. One for the traditionalists who wouldn’t touch a pre-mix with a barge-pole.
Traditional Margarita Jug, Beach Burrito Company
Fitzroy’s monument to all that’s cool, Beach Burrito serves up one of the best cocktails in Melbourne by way of its traditional margarita jug. Perfectly mixed and served ice-cold, this is a great option if you’re out with a group of mates, especially if you’re pairing it with some of the venue’s epic burritos and tacos. A killer way to start any night. Or end it. You decide.
House Margarita, Madame Brussels
CBD cocktail institution Madame Brussels’ house margarita comes with the added bonus of the venue’s stunning rooftop terrace. The cocktail itself is refreshingly light and makes the ideal accompaniment to the kitchen’s delicate sandwiches and iced cupcakes. The most ladylike margarita in Melbourne.
Black Salt Margarita, The Black Pearl
The Black Pearl is one of the best cocktail bars in Melbourne for those who really know their spirits. With an expert team behind the bar who have always managed to get their hands on a bottle of something special (how, we’ll never know…), you can be guaranteed a twist on any cocktail classics when you’re sipping in its cosy lounge. The black salt margarita is one of Melbourne’s best cocktails that matches flavour with a drink that just looks really freakin’ good.
Standard Margarita, Los Hermanos
The margaritas at Brunswick’s hidden Mexican restaurant Los Hermanos (seriously, this place is on the wrong side of the wrong side of town…) deliver real bang for your buck! If you’re a fan of a simple cocktail that contains tequila, lemon, salt, and not much else, you’ll love this Los Hermanos staple.
Tommy’s on the Rocks, Acland St Cantina
Short, sharp and perfectly shaken, Acland St Cantina’s Tommy on the Rocks is what happens when you take a margarita and compress it into something harder, better, faster (drinking, that is), and stronger. Shunning the sweetness of some margaritas, this particular incarnation uses agave syrup and comes with a hefty block of ice. Acland St Cantina, we like your style.
Signature Margarita, Mamasita
While it’s known for its mouth-watering food menu, some of Melbourne’s best cocktails that take inspiration from Mexico can be found in Mamasita’s much-lauded restaurant. The margaritas here are rich, tasty and generous—we guarantee you’ll be ordering a second (…or third) before the night’s out!
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