The Gold Coast has increasingly become more restrictive on the live music front but it appears we’re making up for lost time with countless venues now offering the chance to lace up your dancing shoes and hit the town. Here’s 14 of the best to get you started from north to south.
NightQuarter is the northern Gold Coast’s creative playground, featuring over 120 specialty food outlets, designers, craftspeople and a unique live music space. Every weekend, find a line-up of the Gold Coats’s best emerging artists, travelling musicians and the country’s biggest touring acts.
Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
When: Every Friday and Saturday 4pm – 10pm
The largest AFL club in Queensland, Southport Sharks has been up and running since 1961. Every weekend they showcase local musical talent including tribute bands and good old rock and roll. There are also three restaurants and a café to choose from when it’s time to eat.
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Aves, Southport
When: Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 6pm
House of Brews
Every weekend the House of Brews feature rock and blues artists. No need to book, just come along to start up your Saturday or wind down your Sunday and make yourself comfortable for some of the best performers on the Gold Coast.
Where: 17 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 6pm
Hard Rock Café
Climb the stairway to heaven and enjoy handcrafted cocktails and freshly prepared American cuisine over some local rock music, what better way to start your weekend?
Where: Cnr Cavill Ave and Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Friday 8pm – 11pm
Mandala Organic Arts Café
Every Thursday night the Mandala family teams up with the guys from More+55 and hold a jam session in the garden, under the moonlight. Sharing songs over pizzas, homemade drinks and craft beers all you need to do is bring your instrument (optional), your voice and your appetite!
Where: 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach (opposite Little Mermaid)
When: Every Thursday 9pm – late
The Cambus Wallace
Come aboard and set sail to a destination full of food, rum and live music. The Cambus Wallace awaits you for a night filled with live blues, acoustic sets and vinyl delights. The whiskey is exceptional too - check it out here.
Where: 2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby’s Beach
When: Wednesday from 8pm and Sunday from 6.30pm
Get down to Nobbys Arc and bathe in good tunes, great food and fine wine every Thursday through to Sunday. Got no weekend plans yet? Nobbys Arc has you covered just follow the music!
Where: 28 Chairlift Ave, Nobbys Beach (underneath Santorini)
When: Thursday to Saturday from 8.30pm and Sunday from 4.30pm
Every Friday and Saturday night Miami comes alive with foods from all around the world and local blues, jazz and roots independent artists. Open from 5pm, Miami Marketta is a place to eat, drink, play, listen to live music, laugh, dance, live and love.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm
Finders Keepers Bar
Every Sunday Finders Keepers hosts James Street’s only Sunday session. Doors open at 2pm, with live music starting at 2.30pm. If you are looking for a laid back and live Sunday, Finders Keepers is the place to be!
Where: 49 James Street, Burleigh Heads
When: Every Sunday 2.30pm
Burleigh Brewing Co.
They’re all about balance, character and soul and they’re bringing live beats and cold beers to Burleigh. Local acts are paired with food trucks and your favourite brews from Friday through to Sunday. There’s also the occasional art show and theatre performance for good measure.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
When: Friday from 3pm and Sunday from 12pm
Miami Shark Bar
Miami Shark Bar has to be the bee's knees amongst Gold Coast live music venues when it comes to local bands and alternative talent. But even international acts like to visit this iconic place. Grab a beer downstairs in the sports bar before heading up and banging your head to funky tunes.
Where: 2043-, 2047 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami
When: Friday - Sunday from 7.30pm
It’s one of the Gold Coast’s favourite live music venues having hosted local, national and international acts. Upstairs at Currumbin RSL, Soundlounge hosts acts from folk soloists to rock and roll bands. Food options include pizza from the bar, an a la carte restaurant and bar snacks.
Where: 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
When: Friday and Saturday nights from 7.30pm
Iron and Resin Garage
Primarily a clothing store and coffee shop, Iron and Resin Garage was made for rockers and motorbike riders. The reclaimed industrial space features a famous Sunday session with live music from the best local musicians and your favourite food trucks.
Where: 6 Stewart Rd, Currumbin Waters
When: Every Sunday from 9am to 12pm
The Coolangatta Hotel
One of the Gold Coast’s largest live music venues, The Coolangatta Hotel features both national and international touring bands and DJ’s on any given weekend. Their huge live music space has long been popular for dancing the night away and there are plenty of food options within the hotel once you’ve worked up your hunger.
Where: Cnr Warner Street and Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Friday and Saturday from 2pm.
By Kirra Smith