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A new, Moroccan-inspired rum bar opens in Kirra

In our opinion there aren’t enough dedicated bars on the Gold Coast. Obviously the ones we do have are five-star and we love them very much but the more the merrier when it comes to drinking holes.

Particularly ones that come with a side of salty ocean breezes in one of the most beautiful beachside destinations in the world (biased, but also true).

If you’re keen on exactly that kind of bar too a. let’s be friends and b. here’s some good news for you.

A brand new rum bar opened in Kirra just last week and it does indeed come with a side of salty ocean breezes, not to mention it’s pretty as a picture and the perfect spot for those summer Sunday sessions that make our lives that much sweeter.

The BASKK Rum Bar is yes, located within the stunning Kirra venue that has been a fave of everyone’s since it opened in 2017 and, in keeping the delightful theme, the new bar is all dusty pink hues, flowing fabric curtains and Moroccan-inspired furnishings. So all of the things we most adore.

It’s a private little area offering an array of rums from around the world along with selected spirits, wines and local beers.

The drinks list will be carefully curated and include tipples like the Caipirinha Sticky Finger made with Husk Pure Cane rum, finger lime and honeycomb, the Mr David with Husk Pure Cane rum, Davidsons plum and blended lychee and The Myrtle with spiced rum, ginger beer, orange peel and lemon myrtle.

Baskk (image supplied)

YUM. We’ll take one of each please.

There’s also an array of tasty bar snacks on offer including a BBQ pork rum-glazed bao, spiced rum chicken wings and a sailor’s fruitcake dessert with spiced cherries and vanilla rum custard. Again, all of those please.

Of course, if you’d prefer something more substantial, BASKK Kirra Point offers exceptional woodfired pizzas, stacked seafood platters and some of the prettiest charcuterie platters you’ve ever laid eyes on.

So there’s epic rum cocktails and some of the very best eats around in a beautiful setting and those salty sea breezes, what more could you want?

Pencil in a date with BASKK Rum Bar this weekend and get those Insta-snapping fingers ready.

LOCATION: 2/52-58 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
HOURS: Friday to Sunday 5pm until late

Words by Kirra Smith

Three sons walked into a Coolangatta café

What would we do without coffee Gold Coasters? It’s a fate worse than death if you ask us but luckily we are not short of an exceptional coffee slinging spot around here.

The latest addition to the bean scene (you’re welcome) can be found down Coolangatta way and it’s by a few local folks you’ve probably come across before.

Three Sons Coffee Cartel is the work of Carmen and Tory Hirst who have owned a coffee cart of the same name for quite some time. The portable home of life-giving elixir frequented farmers markets across the Coast and soothed many a caffeine-starved soul out and about on early morning shopping adventures. Still does in fact and it’s a beautiful fully restored 1968 Millard coffee caravan so it’s worth going to visit just to check it out (and drink coffee, obvs).

Now souls may be soothed by the same in-house roasted beans by the same lovely couple just opposite the beach in Coolangatta, complete with balmy ocean breezes and unobstructed views of the big blue.

It’s an intimate little space on Marine Pde, where Black Sheep Espresso Baa once lived and it’s perfectly at home in the seaside suburb. Carmen’s Dad Christopher Hogan painted a stunning mural (complete with sugar skulls – love) down the length of one wall and a few little potted plants high up on a shelf along the other.

The coffee is of the smooth, taste sensation variety and is best enjoyed with a side of eats made with local produce, sourced from the farmers Carmen and Tory have met throughout their many years at the markets.

The menu is filled with tasty brunch-style treats including old favourites like bacon and egg rolls but made with Burleigh Baker organic, probiotic buns for extra amazingness.

There’s a Seared Tofu Banh Mi, which includes lemongrass-infused tofu and is entirely vegan not to mention Tijuanan Breakfast Tacos and a little Mexi-inspired baked egg dish called Huevos di casa which also includes chorizo and beans.

The goods.

Of course, there are plenty of baked treats for dessert or take home options (or breakfast if you like, we won’t judge) and everything in infused with a flavour of local love. Know what we mean?

So if you’re in the market for a laidback, yummy brunch with views of the beach in one of the very best places in the world, you know what to do.

LOCATION: The Strand, Marine Pde, Coolangatta
HOURS: 6am until 2pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Francie’s Pizzeria

Pizza and puns are, without a doubt, two of the best things ever created. Oh and also wine and GUESS WHAT, you can get all of those things at Cooly’s new kid on the block.

In a move that quite frankly has skyrocketed Coolangatta into coolest suburb on the Coast status, Francie’s Pizzeria is bringing over 15 pizza flavours, their own range of wine and a whole lot of soul to the south and we are stoked (and also very full).

The intimate space has all your favourite things, a glossy white brick feature wall, a neon sign, perfectly placed greenery and vintage-style photographs depicting some of the coolest characters in entertainment history. You might even catch a glimpse of owners Claudia and Tony’s model-esque parents and grandparents.

The pair have dubbed their style of eats Neo-nepolitana which we’re pretty sure translates to super delicious and also aesthetically pleasing. All attempts at humour aside, the pair have done their research (tough gig). Prior to opening Tony travelled from New York to Philadelphia to gather ideas and inspiration including paying a visit to Pizzeria Blanco, who are apparently the cult leaders of the pizza world. Hence, the venue being a north American style of pizzeria.

On his travels Tony learnt that the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating big, bold flavours and thus friends, that’s exactly what he did.

Here’s your favourite part: the names of the pizzas are puns and what could be better in the world honestly.

The Pears Brosnan is made with pear, Gorgonzola, speck, thyme and fior de latte. The Fennel Countdown is house made fennel sausage, red onions, parmigano reggiano, tomato and a garlic crumb. The Kale Me Maybe is Tuscan kale, roasted chilli, buttered mushroom, garlic and aged cheddar. Too good.

Get this, there’s also an entirely vegan menu with seven pies, plus entrees and seriously, be still my heart.

Claudia and Tony make their own sourdough, lemonade, sweet tea and hummus (you’ll want to bath in it) and they’ve created something completely unique and perfectly befitting of Cooly’s super chill vibes.

Get it gang.

LOCATION: 102 Griffith St, Coolangatta
HOURS: Wednesday to Monday 11am until 2pm and 5pm to 9.30pm

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

The Strand at Coolangatta

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