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Tropic Vice

Seafood-heavy dishes, boozy slushies and salted caramel espresso martinis are a big feature at this Gold Coast rooftop spot with California-meets-Florida vibes.
By Sarah Ward
February 09, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
February 09, 2022
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If you like venues with punning names, the Gold Coast is already home to an ace one thanks to Chinese restaurant Miami Rice. Also taking its moniker from the same source of inspiration: newcomer Tropic Vice, which you'll now find sporting big summer vibes on a Mermaid Beach rooftop.

In this instance, the nod to a certain 80s TV crime drama — and 2006 Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx-starring movie remake — stems from the bar's Palm Springs-meets-Miami vibe. And with pastel hues almost as far as the eye can see, umbrellas aplenty, oh-so-much greenery and even neon flamingos around the place, it certainly looks the part.

Patrons have multiple sunny spaces to choose between — starting with the grassy-heavy garden bar with its brollies, and also including a deck covered with creeping vines and high tables, as well as a neon-lit podium space. And yes, almost every surface here is either pink, teal, green, white, or covered in tropical prints and/or plants.

While you're pretending you're on a holiday without actually going on holiday — although, for Brisbanites, a night or two on the Gold Coast definitely counts as a getaway — you can tuck into a menu that takes its cues from Caribbean and South America. Highlights span oysters topped with watermelon chilli vinaigrette, kingfish ceviche, fish and potato balls, jackfruit and black bean salsa tacos, as well as chilli and garlic prawns paired with fresh mango salsa. For dessert, you can pick between coconut rice with homemade dulce de leche and fried bananas.

The cocktail list sticks to the venue's theme, starting with the Miami Spice (with whisky, vanilla liqueur, lemon juice and spice syrup), Flamingo Spritz (pink gin, prosecco, blood orange seltzer and soda water) and Vice Martini (vodka, passionfruit puree, pomegranate syrup and mint leaves). Three kinds of margaritas are on offer, too — guava and goji, coconut and mandarin, and lychee and chilli — plus boozy slushies and salted caramel espresso martinis.

And if you're keen to stick around for the long haul on a Sunday, there's both $79 and $89 boozy bottomless brunches from midday each week.

Images: Mondae Studio.

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