Let it be known, we are quite the fans of basking in the sunshine and drinking icy cold tipples whilst gazing appreciatively at pretty views. In fact, those three things are right up there when it comes to our top reasons for living on the Gold Coast in general.
We suspect you might feel the same so, in celebration of spring and getting amongst all the goodness on offer, we’ve collated a list of the 13 best spots to drink frosty daytime beverages for maximum sun soaking opportunities (from north to south).
Aviary Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are up high (surprise) so it makes sense they would get even more sunshine and even more balmy breezes, making them the perfect spot for daytime drinks. Aviary Rooftop Bar, Southport’s latest, has a sweet little outdoor section called The Nest. It’s an uncovered space with cute pops of colours and 180 degree views toward Surfers Paradise. See, perfect.
Where: Melia Ct, Southport
Mr PP’s Rooftop Bar & Deli
Another bar up high bar is Southport’s Mr PP’s, overlooking the Southport cityscape and with plenty of space for all your pals. Found in the old post office building, there’s a deli downstairs for all your charcuterie needs plus plenty of pizza options to go with those tasty cocktails you’re sure to consume. The perfect spot for a long lunch that stretches into the evening.
Where: 43 Nerang St, Southport
Southport Yacht Club
Talk about jaw dropping views. The Southport Yacht Club is perched on the edge of the marina in Main Beach and, with a huge outdoor deck and lawn space and even a white sandy beach, there are plenty of spots to kick back with a drink in hand and pretend one of those multi millions dollar yachts is yours. Drinking and dreaming, it’s definitely allowed.
Where: 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach
Garden Kitchen & Bar
It goes without saying a venue with the word garden in it is a good choice for day drinking. Garden Kitchen & Bar, found in The Star Gold Coast, is a delightful mix of pretty insides and expansive, outdoor sunshine-filled spaces so you can alternate between the two and cram in as many good times as possible. One of our absolute favourites.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach
You know the one, all yellow striped umbrellas reminiscent of the European holiday you just relived 800 times through all the people who can’t stop, won’t stop on Instagram. Anyway. That’s one of the many reasons Bar Hellenika is a guaranteed good time. Plus, balmy sea breezes, a retractable roof (because rooftop bar) and some of the very best cocktails around. Love.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Lost Palms Brewing Co.
Miami’s pretty pink brewery is the GOODS guys. There is a basketball hoop for your playing pleasure and what could be better than sinking beers with your pals, while also sinking hoops and being outside in the fresh air. Not much we say. If running around isn’t your thing, pull up a seat along the fence and sledge those willing to give it a go. Or don’t and just drink beer.
Where: 11 Oak Ave, Miami
Burleigh’s much-loved rooftop bar is a no brainer when it comes to day drinks. Sunshine pouring in, an open roof and LOTS of other fun lovers enjoying the frivolities. Treat yourself to a pizza to go with those cocktails and that is one of the best days out you can possibly have. Oh and did we mention there are ocean views and people watching opps aplenty. Yes please.
Where: 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Another Burleigh beauty, Rick Shores recently reopened with an updated menu and drinks list. Not that you need any extra incentive to go there because, bug rolls. With uninterrupted ocean views, and maybe even a salty splash or two, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to spend your drinking days. Get dressed up and grab the girls, this one is unmissable.
Where: Shop 3, Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Laidback beers around a table full of mates is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Particularly when said beers are local made by a team of absolute legends who know what’s up when it comes to brews. Burleigh Brewing Co. is all those things and more, found just off the beaten track and ready to cater to all your day drinking needs. Weekend sorted.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club
Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular venues on the Gold Coast in terms of five star views is Currumbin Vikings. It rises directly out of the ocean and offers views of the city to the north and as far as Tweed Heads to the south. It’s a little bit magical to be honest and an absolute cracker of a spot for day drinking and counting your lucky stars you’re a Coastie.
Where: 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
Another of our epic breweries is the one and only Balter Brewing, found in Currumbin’s cool-as industrial area. The indoor space is good enough but there’s also an outdoor strip with umbrellas and bench seating and colourful cushions for lazing about with a beer in hand. Get a designated driver and taste test every single one. Best spot for a Sunday session.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters
Lester & Earl
A big old verandah wrapping around an even bigger restaurant is the name of the game at Lester & Earl. Not to mention the beautiful Palmy ocean views and huge array of beers on tap and a few sweet cocktails to boot. Lester & Earl is one of the best Palm Beach spots for spending hours relaxing with the ocean breeze in your hair and a cold one in your hand.
Where: 1097 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
If lazing by the pool with a drink in hand is your thing, look no further than Komune Resort in Coolangatta. It’s more of an afternoon drinking type situation but still, it’s a good time. There are views to the beach, the possibility of taking a dip and cushions to rest your relaxed bones upon. It can get rowdy so get involved in several margaritas and join in the crazy if you dare.
Where: 146 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
Words by Kirra Smith