Bottoms Up: 8 Hottest Bars on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast skyline and Surfers Paradise beach at sunset

Beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, ultra-luxe hotels, incredible restaurants and world-class bars… the Gold Coast is a hedonist’s paradise. However, if you’ve only got a short amount of time to spend on the GC, you’ll want to make the most of it, right? That’s why we’ve devised the ultimate guide to the best bars on the Gold Coast. Bottoms up!

1. The Island Rooftop, Surfers Paradise

Who doesn’t love a good rooftop bar? Perched atop Surfers’ iconic Island resort, this bar boasts some of the city’s best cocktails, bar food (think grazing platters and woodfired pizza), live entertainment, views and good vibes.

2. Aloha Bar & Dining, Broadbeach

The award for the best cocktail glasses on the GC (if not the entire east coast) has to go to these guys. This hidden tiki bar is quirky, intimate and tons of fun, serving up incredible cocktails in everything from fresh pineapples to mini pool inflatables.

3. The Cambus Wallace, Nobby Beach

Home to the biggest rum selection on the GC, The Cambus Wallus is a cosy nautical-themed bar set just a few streets back from Nobby Beach. Their cocktails are next-level, and there are plenty of delicious small plates (chorizo, arancini, skewers and sliders) to share with your crew.

4. Quarterdeck Kitchen & Bar, Coomera

This little gem is Coomera’s best-kept secret. Serving up waterfront views, fresh seafood and, of course, killer cocktails and an impressive wine list, the team at Quarterdeck are all about local produce, beer, vino and spirits. Right now, you can get $50 credit for just $25 with Scoopon. Get sippin’!

5. Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads

We dare you to find a better view on the Gold Coast than the one at Burleigh Pavilion. But the views are just half of the Pavilion’s appeal. Stop by and you’ll be treated to summery cocktails, unpretentious pub faves like burgers, fish and chips and pizza, plus a constant flow of great tunes and salty breezes.

6. Eddie’s Grub House, Coolangatta

Love a dive bar? Eddie’s Grub House does dive with style. We’re talking massive juicy burgers, American-style wings and fried chicken, live music, quirky cocktails and great beer. Oh, and they do karaoke on Thursdays if you’re keen to show off your pipes.

7. Nineteen at the Star, Broadbeach

Award for the most luxe bar in the city has to go to Nineteen at the Star, the ultra-chic lounge perched 19 storeys above the Goldie’s vibrant streets. No, food and drinks here don’t come cheap, but it’s a must-visit for the experience alone.

8. Sandbar, Surfers Paradise

A little bit closer down to earth, you’ll find Sandbar. Located just across the road from the beach, this Surfers hotspot is all about relaxed, open-air dining, classic and modern cocktails (some of which’ll only set you back a tenner) and great company.

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