Insider tip: 13 top spots to watch Blues on Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach is Australia’s largest free festival bringing world renowned Blues acts to the humble grounds of the Broadbeach CBD. With five stages and a couple of other live venues scattered around Broadbeach (including The Star and Pacific Fair), there’ll be plenty of spots for you to enjoy this annual spectacle.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast says it's going to be very wet this weekend. But we wouldn't be true Aussies if we let a bit of rain dampen our mood. To ensure you stay dry during Blues on Broadbeach but still get to enjoy all the live acts, we found the restaurants closest to the action.

 

Broadbeach Mall Stage/ 102.9 Hot Tomato Stage

 The Aztec
The Aztec is located along the busy Broadbeach food strip that is Victoria Ave and has been an absolute favourite amongst locals and tourists for over 20 years. Grab a seat, let the Margaritas flow and enjoy some bluesy tunes while indulging in tasty as Mexican food. For bookings call (07) 5538 8477.
16 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach

Red Steakhouse & Burger Bar
Red Steakhouse Burger & Bar went the extra mile, bringing you a special Blues on Broadbeach menu (bookings essential). Get started with some finger-licking baked Bourbon buffalo wings followed by ‘The Smokin Hot' burger (think Angus pattie, double brie, crispy lettuce, salsa guacamole, jalapeno and chipotle lime mayo). For bookings call (07) 5538 0806.
18-20 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach

Hank Dining and Bar
Hank Dining & Bar is a gin lovers paradise combining a love of gin, great food and all things fun. Located in the heart of Broadbeach, Hank boasts a quirky modern bar and a relaxed deck and outdoor area where you can watch the world go by in style. Sound like the perfect spot to listen to world-class musicians? We think so!

Murasaki Teppanyaki
Murasaki Teppanyaki is conveniently located on the corner of Victoria Ave and Surf Parade and provides you with superb views over almost all stages. Perfect if you’re into delicious Japanese Teppanyaki BBQ-style food. They’re open for lunch and dinner, but better be quick ‘cause they don’t take bookings.
Shop 111, 89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

 

Griffith Stage

The Loose Moose
This blokey blokes bar and restaurant is the perfect spot for a couple of cold ones, a burger or two and some great live music. The Loose Moose with its super stylish décor is located just next to Victoria Park overlooking the Griffith Stage. If your feet get to sore from dancing you know where to go!
Insider tip: The James Street Preachers are preforming live every morning from 8.30am – 10am! For bookings call (07) 5613 2356.
75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill
Said to be the Gold Coast’s best steak house and a popular celebrity hang out is Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill. If you like your blues a little bit fancy this is the perfect spot for you. Moo Moo’s overlooks Victoria Park giving you a great place to watch the action. For bookings call (7) 5539 9952.
2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Cardamom Pod
Veggie lovers unite, Cardamom Pod is calling you. Located right next to Moo Moo’s in Victoria Park is this yummy plant based restaurant. The buffet style menu features both warm and cold dishes plus amazing raw desserts you have to try! They even serve breakfast, so make sure you get in quick.
2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

 

Surf Parade Stage

Bin 89
The Bin family is known for their tantalizing tapas-style food and extensive cocktail menu. Being located right in the heart of Broadbeach’s Surf Parade ensures Bin 89 the hipster hot spot. Their open plan dining area creates the perfect atmosphere to watch acts like Lachy Doley, The Darren Jack Band and Bonny Tylor. For bookings call (07) 5538 0055.
89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Koi Dining
Koi Dining, well known amongst locals, is a European-style restaurant boasting the ultimate in al fresco dining. With a blend of sophistication and style, extensive tastes and culinary delights, Koi is casual enough to pop in for a quick bite or the perfect place for a long lazy meal to watch the best Blues on Broadbeach has to offer. Kick back in the lounge area for a drink or by the fireplace. Koi has it all. For bookings call (07) 5570 3060.
Shop 102, Surf parade, Broadbeach

Miss Margarita
Swing by Miss Margarita for some mouth watering Mexican cuisine and tequila-packed margaritas this weekend. The colourful and vibrant restaurant offers you plenty of space with inside and outside seating, friendly staff and an overall relaxed atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy drinks with the whole crew. For bookings call (07) 5538 4463.
Shop 101, 89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Sage Cafe Restaurant
Open from 7am till late, Sage Café’s menus feature traditional favourites mixed with contemporary flavours specialising in high quality steaks, fresh seafood, gourmet pizzas and tapas-style plates. Sage Café Restaurant is one of the few venues that enjoys full sun all day, making it the perfect place to enjoy Blues on Broadbeach. For bookings call (07) 5538 9938.
5/20 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach

Yellowfin Seafood Restaurant
You can’t get closer to the action. Yellowfin is a multi-award winning seafood restaurant much-loved by locals and tourists alike for over seven years. Enjoy the freshest in seafood or just sit back, relax and take in the magic taking place on the Surf Parade Stage during Blues on Broadbeach, but be quick, seats will go fast. For bookings call (07) 5504 5335.
6/20 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach

Buca Di Bacco
Buca di Bacco is one of the new kids on the block and offers classic Italian flavours with a modern twist, including street food, mouth-watering mains, pizza as well as signature cocktails. The Surf Parade Stage is literally right next to Buca Di Bacco’s outside area making it the perfect location for pizza, vino and live music. For bookings call (07) 5592 3636.
26 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach

 

Words by Louisa von Ingelheim