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Best Margaritas around Australia

At Hunter and Bligh, it’s always margarita-o’clock!

Usually you’d put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up. But here, you put the lime and the tequila together and shake it up.

Tequila is formerly known as the Spanish word for, ‘I don’t remember doing that.’ So venture through this list of the Best Margaritas around Australia and you may in fact not remember them at all.

SYDNEY:

Bar Patrón

Tequila lovers, welcome to Bar Patrón – a tequila haven in the heart of Sydney. Sitting behind Circular Quay station, Bar Patrón specialises in everything tequila with one of Sydney’s largest, and probably only Patrón collection. Apart from their impressive cocktail and drinks menu, the venue also serves up a delicious range of food; from Classic Guacamole to Tiger Prawns, Pork Belly tacos and Lamb Barbacoa to name a few. At Bar Patrón anything with tequila is possible.

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2 Phillip St, Circular Quay Millionaire’s Margarita

El Camino Cantina

Described as “large and loud,” once entering El Camino Cantina in The Rocks or Manly, you’ll never want to leave. El Camino is filled with loud music, delicious margaritas (served both frozen or on ice) in various sizes, sizzling fajitas, colourful sombreros and covered in a blast of neon lighting – Hunter and Bligh’s kind of party! Of course, there’s local and imported craft beers on top of their over 100 tequila and mezcal stock.

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18 Argyle St, The Rocks & Manly Wharf Frozen Strawberry Margarita

SoCal Neutral Bay

Inspired by California and its food, drinks and ambience after a surf trip; founders of SoCal Neutral Bay Ben and Hamish created the venue for Sydneysiders to somewhat immerse themselves in the southern-Californian surf vibe. Serving fresh, modern, share-style street food heavy in Latin American influence, try your luck with a full rack of slow cooked Smoky Pork Ribs served with their house-made AppleJack BBQ Sauce.

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1 Young St, Neutral Bay Classic Margarita

HOBART:

Pancho Villa

Named after the Mexican Revolutionary, Pancho Villa in North Hobart is described as a rebellious, dramatic and creative Mexican kitchen and tequila bar. Inside the gothic styled venue, guests will be charmed by the dim-lighting, stained glass windows and heavy wooden décor to create an overall classy feel. Upon your visit to Pancho Villa, pair your margarita with their renowned Anchos Paella made with a choice of Spiced Tofu and Charred Pumpkin or Seafood.

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Corner Elizabeth St & Pitt St, North Hobart Carlos Herrera 1938

MELBOURNE:

Fonda Mexican

Operating by the motto, “Mi Casa Su Casa”, Fonda Mexican found in the heart of Melbourne is the venue with it all. Decorated in a light pastel palate, guests will surely be amazed by the array of delicious snacks and meals served. Chargrilled Corn, Kingfish Ceviche and Buñuelos (cinnamon dusted tortilla pastry) to name a few. With margaritas as delicious as these, you’ll soon grow to become quite fond of Fonda Mexican.

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31 Flinders Lne, Melbourne Hibiscus

Mamasita

Mamasita’s is one Australia’s most impressive Mexican-inspired eateries. Despite the uneasy entrance, Mamasita focuses on more important things: food and tequila – everything Melbournites love. Inspired by innovative, modern Mexican flavours, guests can enjoy the likes of Chicken pipián, Lamb rib chop or Rockling Ceviche with coconut. Of course, agave lovers will fall in love with Mamasita especially with their in house Mezcalier (an expert on everything revolved around Mezcal).

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11 Collins St, Melbourne Paloma (Grapefruit Margarita)

Mesa Verde

Sometimes there’s no need to boast, but with a collection like this, Mesa Verde in Melbourne surely takes the pedestal. With one of Australia’s largest collections of Tequila and Mezcal that stretches over 61 pages, Mesa Verde is a haven to say the least. On top of the agave overload (there is never too much), the Swanston Street venue serves up an impressive list of cocktails, agave flights, wine and international beer. Also, how does Butterflied Grilled Prawn sound?

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252 Swanston St, Melbourne Margarita De La Casa

ADELAIDE:

La Popular Taqueria

“A traditional Mexican restaurant in the heart of Port Adelaide.” At La Popular Tacqueria, they honour everything taco-based – the taco holy trinity. Nothing beats a handmade tortilla, a scrumptious filling and of course the salsa – all created and made the true traditional Mexican way. Not to mention the drinks. Whatever your liking, La Popular Tacqueria can create it. Margarita, Paloma or Horchata – the choice is yours.

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226 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide Margarita

Mexican Society

Welcome to Australia’s best Mexican! Winning 2017 ‘Awards of Excellence’ National ‘Mexican Restaurant”, Mexican Society must surely know how to shake up a great Mexican meal. Start your experience off at Mexican Society with a Pomegranate Duck Salad followed by Lamb and Mezcal Fajitas and ending on their list of delicious margaritas: Classic, Dirty, Lychee, Orange, Jalapeno, or the daily special Frozen.

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140 Gouger St, Adelaide Lychee Margarita

PERTH:

La Cholita

Sitting on William Street in Northbridge, La Cholita is the perfect destination for some delicious cocktails (not to mention the margaritas) and their mouthwatering food menu that combines an extraordinary vision with freshness. Grilled Octopus with Smoked Potato or Watermelon Salad – the choice is yours. On top of their delectable menu, La Cholita pours up an impressive collection of over 120 tequilas used to create some of the best margaritas in Perth.

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279 William St, Northbridge Margarita

La Vida Urbana

Whatever you desire, you’ll find it at La Vida Urbana. Serving up everything from juices, smoothies, hot drinks, cocktails, tequila and of course mezcal. Operated by a Mexican led team in the kitchen and front of house; La Vida Urbana uses traditional techniques, dishes and drinks that are incorporated with a modern twist. Awarded UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage status in 2010, the Leederville venue uses organic and locally sourced produce for majority of their creations.

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228 Carr Pl, Leederville Mezcal Tommys

DARWIN:

Hot Tamale

If there’s one thing Hot Tamale knows how to do, it’s surely raising the heat in Darwin City. Winning Australia’s Phil Bayly 2017 Award for Tequila Bar of the Year, there’s no doubt that you will surely find the best margarita here. Shaken or served frozen, the choice is yours – especially with their over 300 plus agave spirit range. Despite having the largest collection of agave spirits in the Southern Hemisphere, they also serve an eclectic menu of vibrant cocktails for non-tequila fans out there.

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19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City Vida Margarita

BRISBANE:

Press Club

Inside Brisbane’s leading boutique bar, guests will find themselves indulging in a range of hand-crafted cocktails created by a team of specialists. Press Club is described as a venue that’s understated to say the least. ‘Oozing with warmth and a classic character’, the Fortitude Valley establishment is home to some of Australia’s most award-winning barmen so there’s no denying that the margaritas are in fact one of Australia’s finest. Passionate, creative and classical – ingredients for a must-visit venue.

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339 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Margarita
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