Now Open: Cancun Boat Club Is Quay Quarter's New Mexican Eatery and Margarita Bar That's Taking Cues From the 80s

This vibrant newcomer to Quay Quarter Lanes boasts American-Mexican eats, plenty of margaritas and DJs until 2am on weekends.
Nishika Sharma
Published on May 21, 2024

Get ready to boogie, Sydney — the arrival of Cancun Boat Club is your newest excuse for a night on the town. This new spot doubles as a margarita bar and Mexican diner, and draws stylistic inspiration from the beach resorts, music and interiors of the 1980s Mexico.

Joining the slew of beloved venues that have found a home in Quay Quarter Lanes, Cancun Boat Club is swinging open the doors to its lively venue from Tuesday, May 21. This collaborative partnership between Milpa Collective (Bar Lucia, Carbon) and The WXT Group (La FarmaciaMrs Palmer Sandwich) will reside among crowd favourites such as Grana, Besuto, Marrickville Pork Roll and Lana, as well one of Sydney's best French restaurants, Bouillon L'Entrecôte.

Anthony MacFarlane, WTX Group Co-Founder, said that he's personally "most excited about being part of Sydney's re-emerging nightlife, and being able to turn dinner and drinks into a full-blown night out with cracking tunes and good vibes till late."

Cancun Boat Club's fitout is best described as retro-leaning, with neon signs, vintage surfboards, Ferrari memorabilia and a lit-up wall reminiscent of a Cancun sunset that changes colours throughout the night all adorning the space. Paired with a selection of Mexican-American-inspired dishes taking centre stage on the menu and a margarita-forward drinks list, it's set up to be a joint for dinner, drinks and the afterparty.

"The food is inspired by the legendary lively, and super fun all-day-party Mexican diners that populated the Mex-Caribbean areas in the 80s. Cancun Boat Club brings back Mexican comfort food at it best," said Pablo Galindo, Milpa Collective's co-founder.

The bites span from hefty birria pizzas, fajita plates and Mexican-style hot dogs and tacos, to beef nachos topped with 500 grams of angus rib eye and flame-grilled corn on the cob seasoned with Flamin' Hot Cheetos dust.

But the one you can expect to flood your Insta feed is the signature DoriLocos. This choose-your-own-adventure dish consists of a bag of Doritos dressed with hot sauce, spice mix and a lime juice, which you can then finish with your choice of up to 16 toppings like pork crackling and chilli gummies, all served from a roaming trolley.

For sips, you can grab a marg on your way in from the mini margarita bar in the downstairs lobby, before heading upstairs to sample cocktails with top-notch Mexican spirits such as the Captains Margarita, a gold-plated drink that serves three and is served in a treasure chest.

Cancun Boat Club has ambitions to become another beloved venue for Sydneysiders to enjoy on a night out, so entertainment is a huge focus here — the space is home to a booming sound system which'll play 80s tunes and accompany live DJs as they play gigs until 2am every Thursday to Saturday.

You'll find Cancun Boat Club at 8 Loftus Street in Quay Quarter Lanes, open from 12:00pm–12:00am Tuesday–Wednesday and 12:00pm–2:00am Thursday–Saturday.

Image credit: Jason Loucas.

Published on May 21, 2024 by Nishika Sharma
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