Tonic on Chirn

Where on the Gold Coast can you get a cocktail in the quaintest of teacups?


The little local’s favourite- Tonic on Chirn.

Rocking with a mix of Asian fusion and prohibition flair, this cocktail parlour will have you pouring plum wine from a decorative Asian teapot while nibbling on a serve of pork belly.

The industrial chic fit out sees regulars flock to Tonic on Chirn again and again. Think exposed brick, dusky mood lighting and velvet booths all tied together with a feature wall made of recycled timber gathered from the Brisbane Wharf. Bask in the red lights as you enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made fresh by the creative liquid chefs. But be warned, with a libation list five times longer than the food menu, it’s going to be hard to choose just one cocktail. A bit of advice, you can’t go wrong with the teacup drink ‘It’s Quite Delicious’ it is in fact quite delicious and hell, since prohibition is over, you might as well sneak in a cheeky second, the bartenders favourite, the ‘Princess Ruby’.

After several years of being tried and tested by Tonic regulars, the shared plates menu has finally been perfected says owner Shaun Measday. The food menu is short and sweet compared to the lengthy cocktail menu and has been inspired by the flavours of Asia.

Fried chicken pieces dripping in a smoked honey base made are perfect with the addition of a creamy chipotle dipping sauce. Drool over the baked Camembert with rosemary sprinkles and get giddy as you try the delicate scallops in a tamari sauce topped with pink pickled ginger. Sticky honey braised pork belly in soy sauce will surely become one of your new favourite dishes, but don’t forget to share.

The special of the night, a candle lit rich chocolate fondue accompanied by twisted sugar biscuits, marshmallows and fresh strawberries is a house favourite, and the vanilla bean cream brûlée is classically divine (yes it had that solid crack).

With a strong focus on being a local’s bar, Tonic on Chirn has plenty of events on to keep you coming back for more. $12-14 tapas on offer mid week, a weekend happy hour from 4pm-6pm featuring $6 beer & wine and $10 cocktails and on Sundays live music from 4pm-6pm.

And if all these local gatherings don’t get you mingling, don’t miss one of their speed dating nights! Pretty soon you could be sharing that teapot ;)


Open Tues – Thurs 3pm- late and Fri – Sun 12pm – late

Shop 1/37 Musgrave Avenue, Southport

By Marleigh Kelly