If there was one thing that Surfers Paradise was missing, it was a stylish brewery complete with it’s very own range of epic beers and a menu that is unlike anything you’ve seen in a brewery before. But that one thing is missing no longer thanks to the long-awaited opening of BOBs Beer this week.
Found on the corner of Elkhorn and Orchid Aves, in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the stunning new brewery is a must-visit not only because of an impressive range of frosty brews on tap and the aforementioned impressive menu but because the fitout is one of the very best we’ve seen in a while and you’re going to absolutely love it.
Being on a corner block means the venue offers plenty of window seating so you can sit back and watch the bustling world of Surfers Paradise roll by. There’s a little outdoor seating section if you’re keen to catch a breeze but inside is where all the Insta-worthy goodness can be found.
The first thing you’ll notice are the growlers suspended from the roof that have been transformed into light fittings and second, the bar made with beer taps that are actually huge copper pipes and behind that, the brewery itself. It all comes together absolutely perfectly and we are huge fans.
Now let’s chat beer because that’s what we all came for and BOBs is of course, a working brewery led by famed (former) Melbourne brewmaster Ryan Fullerton who knows what’s up when it comes to beer. He and his team have been busy brewing and already you can get four BOBs Beers on tap ( a lager, IPA, XPA and a Saison), with four more on the way.
The idea is to always have eight in-house brews on offer and the rest of the taps to be taken up by other Australian brewers.
If you’d prefer a cocktail there are sips like the Monkey Business with Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, Flor de Cana 5yo rum, banana and coffee and the Buffalo Berry with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fino Sherry, Raspberry, Orange and Soda. So lovely. There’s also an extensive wine and sparkling list and A LOT of thought has been put into every single aspect of it.
To eat, as we said, there’s an incredible menu filled with bites you might not expect to find at a Surfers Paradise brewery — for example savoury profiteroles with craquelin, ricotta and King Island Mousse, oysters with mignonette, shallots, shitake and topiko and a chicken dish with carrot and pumpkin gels and purees and a chicken jus. All extremely delicious (tried and tested by us).
Of course there’s also a Waygu Beef Burger (so good), premium steaks and fries with aioli.
The entire venue boasts a few finishing touches that really make BOBs Beers something special – for example a stamp to brand the ice cubes (played with that for way too long) and plates made out of leftover grain from the beer production (how good).
Not to mention the team is planning to open a whisky bar downstairs in the coming months. It’s all happening in Surfers Paradise Gold Coasters, you’re not going to want to miss this one.
LOCATION: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 12pm to 12am daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Surfers Paradise is playing a big game in the food department these days and that is just fine by us.
We’ve put together a list of 10 must-dine restaurants around the place if you get through them all, never fear, there’s plenty more to try.
Alfresco Italian Restaurant
After 11 years as Surfers’ favourite Italian restaurant, it was time for a facelift at Alfresco. The venue has recently completed an extensive reno using recycled timbers, textured walls and mood lighting by Owen Thompson and the team. They have created intimate spaces for a romantic dinner, areas perfect for your next celebration or function and anything in between. The new bar is warm and inviting complete with a new signature cocktail menu inspired by the South of Italy. Early favourites are Tony’s chilli margarita, the long island limocello and the alalfi mule. Of course, they are offering the same amazing pizza, pasta, seafood, weekly specials and friendly hospitality. Open seven nights from 4.30pm. Bookings essential. Takeaway and delivery available.
Where: 2/3 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Shiraz Persian Restaurant
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Shiraz’ menu consists of authentic Persian style entrees, kebabs, lamb shanks, marinated lamb cutlets, chicken skewers, baklava, tiramisu and much more. Vegetarian options are also available and all dishes are enriched with unique, delicious spices that are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. It’s perfect for couples, families and large group bookings with easy access to parking, central location and prompt friendly service. Do yourself a favour and sample it all for yourself, owner Erfan Jalilian looks forward to welcoming you.
Where: 3106 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
The Island Gold Coast
Goldie’s is the perfect bar and bistro for those wanting the best casual drinking and dining experience on the sunny Gold Coast. With impressive burgers, seafood, steaks, wood oven pizzas and fresh locally-sourced produce, what better way to round out the perfect dining experience than an accompaniment of cocktails, delectable wines and the coldest beers? You can also head on up to The Island Rooftop Bar for beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline plus a range of delicious cocktails, share platters and more wood-fired pizzas. The perfect spot to spend the day.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
With 180-degree ocean views and an interior that is absolutely to die for, Hyde Paradiso burst on the Surfers Paradise scene to rave reviews and MANY an excited Insta-loving local. The new weekend breakfast menu offers patrons the chance to have your morning coffee and Bacon & Eggs with a spectacular view of the beach. A revamped lunch and dinner menu features tasty dishes too like the Cape Grim ribeye steak, Sea barrumundi and Grilled Portugese chicken, washed down of course, by a stunning (and delicious) cocktail or two. Perfection.
Where: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
One of the newer venues on the block, White Rhino is a spacious, double-storey venue bringing all your Jumanji dreams to life. The menu offers both fine and casual styles of dining (turning into a pumping bar later in the evening) and it is all of exceptional quality. Think pasta dishes, plenty of high quality seafood, pizzas, dishes from the grill and a Slow Cook Beef Ragu that’ll absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. The cocktails are a good time too with one in particular a bit of a show-stopper – Beauty & the Beast. Trust us, order it. White Rhino is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so plenty of time to try everything.
Where: 55 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
Always a good time with cold beer, tasty eats and live music, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden can be found in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Recently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation the interior has changed from an entirely indoor area to a sunlit courtyard complete with bench-style seating. The menu is large and filled with goodness which is, of course, our favourite kind of menu. Think eats like share-style seafood and antipasto platters, small plates to share along the lines of Blue Corn Nachos, Pulled Pork Sliders, BBQ Pork Ribs and Southern Fried Chicken. Make sure to grab a spot along the balcony to take in the bustling Cavill Avenue below.
Where: Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
La Diosa Mexicana
La Diosa Mexicana is the perfect addition to the Circle on Cavill precinct and if you’re a fan of high quality, flavour-filled feasts, you’re in for a treat. The entire menu is a dream come true if you ask us, filled with all your favourites including Tostadas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Nachos and, of course, the beloved Burrito. We recommend starting with a share plate or two, the Grilled Mexican street corn with coriander crema, paprika, queso and lime because they are the absolute goods and the Albondigas is meat balls with house beans and queso fresco. Flavour sensations. Order yourself a margarita and you’ve got yourself a time.
Where: Shop 11, Circle on Cavill, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Seascape Restaurant + Bar
If beautifully prepared seafood, tasty beverages and a stunning view are for you, Seascape Restaurant + Bar is the place to be. Specialising in the freshest of seafood, it’s hard to go past the shellfish cold platter with oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and Harvey Bay scallops and the soft shell crab tempura with a glass of crisp white wine. If seafood isn’t your thing, try the Braised Pork Belly or Cape Grim Sirloin Steak and gaze out over the ocean, thinking about how lucky you are.
Where: Level 1 & 2, Soul Boardwalk, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Oh Japanese food how you have our hearts. Yamagen is the goods guys and if you haven’t been, bump it up to the top of your list. Featuring traditional Japanese food overseen by Executive Chef Adam Lane with a modern twist, you can devour everything from sashimi to skewers AND watch it all being prepared before your eyes. Wash it down with some Japanese whisky and life made.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
If a perfectly cooked, high-quality steak is what you’re after, look no further than Black Angus. Having moved to Surfers Paradise earlier in the year with a very loyal fanbase already in place, the Black Angus team have continued to deliver their exceptional dishes. We’re big fans of the Hot Rock dish which is your choice of meat brought out slightly seared and you can cook it to perfection yourself on a rock that’s heated to 300 degrees. So good.
Where: 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith