Hospitality scenes throughout the world have undoubtedly been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, particularly amid lockdowns and restrictions. Some venues disappeared, others buckled down and lived to fight another day, and some new venues managed to not only open but go off with a bang. Enter, The Burrow.
An easy-going bar with great cocktails on Cabarita Beach’s main street feels like it has been a long time coming for locals and for those who like to flock to the southern gem habitually.
Sure, the local trusty surf club and pub are both options, but what The Burrow offers is some carefully curated and inventive cocktails, appetizing food and good old-fashioned friendly rural charm.
Upon entry, you’ll see proudly hung on the wall of the bar a 1960s black and white aerial photograph of Cabarita Beach right next to a car license plate from Alberta, Canada; which once belonged to a Winnebago used to travel across North America. The space aims to combine the past and present, old and new with a big emphasis on solely bringing people together to connect over quality drinks and food.
Grab a stool by a tall old wine barrel now acting as your tabletop, or slip into a secluded and snug booth where the sea breezes from Cabarita Beach will keep you refreshed as you work your way through a neatly put together drinks list. International favourites join locally made spirits from Husk, Brookies, and Stoken to deliver tasty refreshments.
You’ll also see some local brews — such as Earth Brewery — on tap and a comprehensive offering of differing wines from around our fair and lucky country. We strongly suggest you don’t go past one of Maggie’s Margaritas in Classic, Go Coconuts or our favourite Her Friend Chilli with house infused jalapeno syrup and a lip-smacking chilli salt rim.
Food-wise the food styling sits somewhere between Mexico and the Middle East with spicy, zesty fresh flavours in abundance. The Pita This & That Share Plate with house-made falafels is the perfect answer for a few hungry fingers to do some dipping and perhaps warm-up for some further eats.
A dedicated section to Signature Pockets, a nod to Lebanese cuisine, will have you tossing up between the five different delicious fillings such as the Lambo, slow-cooked Greek spiced lamb or El Cerdo, BBQ pulled pork. Can’t decide? Why not get both? And don’t forget to test everyone’s favourite: the Twisty Potato Fries! served with jalapeno mayo and BBQ bourbon sauce — Drool!
We highly recommend taking the time to commute over the border and dive into The Burrow for a drink and bite to eat, away from it all.
Where: 1/36 Tweed Coast Road, Cabarita Beach
When: Tuesday-Saturday noon — 10pm & Sunday noon — 8pm
Words by Alex Mitcheson.