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Published December 1st 2013
Finally, somewhere to properly celebrate Margarita-o'clock
Laguna Jack's, the pub on the terrace overlooking the intersection of Hastings Street opposite the Surf Club in Noosa proper, has never drawn my attention before. In summer, the place is pumping. Winter finds it a little quieter, much like the rest of Noosa. It also found me at a table on the sunny terrace a few weekends ago.
The terrace is what drew me. Hastings Street has shed quite a few of its bars and cafés in recent years, and a chilled-out space to spend an afternoon can be difficult to find in winter.
The bar runs a number of specials for lunch, and the menu doesn't change drastically for dinner. For a modest sum you can get a variety of pub food, which is on the nicer edge of your average pub food. You can venture into higher prices if you really feel the need, but I wasn't tempted. I had a $12 Wagyu burger, which came with just the right amount of chips for lunch, and it was decent, not greasy, and generally unobjectionable.
The cocktails, though – oh, the cocktails. Going into Laguna Jack's, I thought, well, it's a Noosa bar, and I can't expect too much. The cocktail list at Laguna Jack's is fairly cheaply priced, with traditional cocktails at $15, while house creations are $13.
Then I gave in and ordered a Margarita. The first good sign was when the bartender asked me whether I wanted it blended or shaken. Now here's someone who knows how to make a Margarita. Shaken, please.
It arrived crusted with just the right amount of the right kind of salt (slightly flaky), and an extra lemon wedge in case it was too sweet. It wasn't. It was perfect. I had another.
The place started to get a bit noisy as the day headed toward dinner time, so I didn't stay to sample dinner. But finding a perfect Margarita in such an unexpected place was a very nice surprise indeed.
Laguna Jack's, you have my heart.
I should note that I can't speak for the place in peak. Noosa is a different animal in the summertime. But if you're after an afternoon off-season drink and the terrace isn't crowded, it's good.