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Best places to celebrate National Cocktail Day

Best places to celebrate National Cocktail Day

Best places to celebrate National Cocktail Day


22 March 2021

Mark your calendars, and refine your taste buds for some locally-inspired bevvies to celebrate National Cocktail Day (24 March).

These days it seems that literally every single day there is someone celebrating National something day, it is because it is true. At some point in history, the National Days Wizard joined the ranks of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Mother Nature, and the Tooth Fairy as some omnipotent holiday powerhouse telling us when to celebrate. But hey, we love celebrating with a drink in hand, so mark your calendars - because its National Cocktail Day (24 March) - and we're here for it!

It's no secret that the ultimate picture of a tropical holiday in Townsville North Queensland is one spent in paradise with a cool drink in hand. And with outstanding restaurants and bars making up the region's vibrant dining scene, we've got you covered with our top picks for places to spend this auspicious occasion.

classic tropics

Recently awarded a Chef's Hat in the annual Australian Good Food Guide awards, JAM aims to provide you with a taste of North Queensland while offering a warm and welcoming experience. Their Gourmet Traveller awarded wine list offers over 100 wines ranging from small Australian producers through to stunning international champagne and wines. Their exclusive offering for National Cocktail Day mixes Australia's best produce with world-class spirits for a tantalizing Cooper VS.


A combination of Australia's best locally sourced pineapple from Rollingstone (only 45 minutes north of Townsville) with one of the best spirits in the world - Martel VS cognac. 

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Led by well-known chefs Matt Merrin and Tyron Samuel, Bridgewater will reset dining in Townsville by offering something brand new and fresh for guests to enjoy. Also awarded a Chef's Hat, this boutique restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere and dining experience like no other. Take in the view of Ross Creek with views to Castle Hill, and relax with this locally-inspired refresher.


The Davidson Plum fizz with rosemary & cucumber using Townsville Gin from The Brewery.

no smoke and mirrors

It's all in the name with The Ville Resort Casino's Quarterdeck - serving Cocktails and Dreams. Townsville's premier location to relax with friends or family on a sunny afternoon, a chilled bottle of wine and tapas delights before you or an ice cold beer in hand as you gaze east to region's island paradise - Magnetic Island. Join us at the Quarterdeck as we say a big ol’ cheers to our pride and joy – the cocktail. Enjoy all your favourite QD signature cocktails as well as our National Cocktail Day Premium Cocktail – the Kentucky Honey Smoke.


Featuring Wild Turkey American Honey + Rosa sweet vermouth + cherry liqueur + smoke cube + dehydrated cherry smoked bacon.


Winner of a 2020 Diner's Choice Award, the Shorehouse focuses on fresh locally sourced produce with the intention to share. Sit and watch the world go by from the beachfront location on the Strand, from the glorious deck in casual lounge dining, at the bar in our architecturally designed casual beach house with North Queensland resort highlights. The perfect place to wine and dine, and enjoy iconic Townsville views to Magnetic Island.


Not for the faint hearted! A bite of chilli with this classic cocktail to pair seamlessly with the stunning Asian menu! Local tip: the 'Just Feed Me' option is pure genius!

But that's not all - Townsville North Queensland has a buzzing bar and dining scene, so venture through City Lane in Townsville, hit the road and stay in the region's for an authentic Australian experience at a local pub - you'll be surprised by who you might meet. And as always, remember to enjoy responsibly!

Why not make the most of your stay with one of our holiday packages - from island adventures, to romantic escapes, there's something for everyone to Find Your Shine! Latest packages & deals 

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