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Buca di Bacco

A new Italian flair adds to Broadbeach's dining scene.

Unfortunately, this restaurant has now closed – but you should stick around and check out these other restaurants!

Meaning cave of the goddess of food and wine, recently opened Buca Di Bacco is bringing a unique Italian flavour to the popular Broadbeach restaurant precinct.

Head Chef Christopher Norris has handcrafted a menu comprising of locally sourced seasonal produce after spending time in Italy honing his craft.

Specialised breakfast dishes include Italian-inspired Caprese Toast (made up of artisan sourdough with avocado smash, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomato and fresh basil leaves, finished with a sticky balsamic drizzle) and a never-seen-before Peanut Butter Porridge which is bound to be popular in the cooler months to come.

In the spirit of keeping things Italian, mini breakfast pizzas are also on offer.

For lunch and dinner, Italian street food has proven popular. Buca Di Bacco’s signature share plates include Truffle Mushroom Arancini Balls, Pork Puffs with Salt and Vinegar Crystals and Crumbed Mushrooms with Rosemary Salt.

For those in search of an interesting combination, why not try lasagna stuffed baby peppers for a modern spin on a traditional favourite.

Of course, when dining in an Italian restaurant, it would be remiss to go past an authentic pizza.

Top picks include Salsiccia – mozzarella, Italian pork and fennel sausage, cream, broccoli, chilli, parmesan and fresh basil or Philly Cheese Steak – tomato, mozzarella, roma tomatoes, shaved beef, two-toned peppers, red onion, jalapeños, cheese sauce, and rocket.

Perhaps a delicious pasta is more your style; for those keen on the real deal, Spaghetti Sciué Sciué is made up of fresh tomato sauce, sweet basil, heirloom tomatoes, touch of chilli garlic, and shaved parmesan cheese.

To wash it all down, an extensive, hand-picked wine list graces the bar including several Italian stunners.

Inspired by their Italian heritage, Buca Di Bacco is family owned and operated with a vibrant atmosphere and beautifully presented drinks and meals.

La buona cucina!

HOURS: 7am to 10pm daily.

LOCATION: 24-26 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach (underneath the Phoenician Resort).

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.


Soho Place Bar

In a first for our foodie-centric city, Broadbeach has recently welcomed a London-style speakeasy known as a small bar in hospo-land. The drinks-only concept is popular around the world and now (hallelujah) the Gold Coast has joined the party.

Soho Place, opposite the Convention Centre, is marked only by a red door with no signage encouraging passers by to pop their heads in and discover what’s going on in the moody, candle-lit space.

Spray-painted scenes depicting London landmarks draw your eyes around the room until they land on the substantially stocked bar which, of course, is where the magic happens.

Owner Scott Imlach and his team, of Bine Bar & Dining and Hideaway Kitchen & Bar fame, have done their research and the result is a cocktail menu to rival any you’ve ever laid eyes on before. Combining some of the world’s most-loved concoctions along with plenty of their own unique creations, Soho Place is your new favourite watering hole.

Here’s why:

The Painkiller was first served on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the 1970’s and quickly became popular at Tiki bars around the world. It’s a sweet little drink made up of Pusser’s dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juice, nutmeg and maraschino cherries. It’ll certainly soothe what ails ya.

The Bacardi Coconut Bomb is a delight to both behold and consume. It’s simply a whole coconut with a tiny little bottle of Bacardi inserted into the side and it will indeed, knock your socks off.

The Monk Movie is one of the most interestingly delicious things you’ve ever put in your mouth. Green Chartreuse, Gin Mare, popcorn syrup and lime juice combine for a punchy, popcorny flavour that has to be tasted to be believed.

The cocktail list is a long one so set out in search of the red door and choose your own adventure.

LOCATION: Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach (between Queensland and Victoria Aves)
HOURS: 5pm to midnight seven days

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Beachside Pavilion

It’s a seafood extravaganza at Beachside Pavilion, the latest addition in a long line of recently revamped spaces in the Broadbeach Mall.

Formerly Alto Cucina & Bar, at the beach end of the foodie strip, the restaurant has been transformed into a bright, airy eatery with a street side terrace area and decked out in suitably cheery beach theme.

With an emphasis on fresh seafood, Beachside Pavilion has brought a unique menu to Broadbeach inspired by their close proximity to one of our most popular beaches.

To start, try the cooked-to-perfection Oven Baked Scallops on the shell with spiced tomato cream, wakame, sesame seeds and fish roe. If you love raw fish go for the Hiramasa Kingfish Ceviche with rockmelon, coriander, red onion, lime and radish.

For a lighter main the Ocean Trout Poke Bowl with quinoa, avocado, radish, sesame seaweed, edamame, red onion, spinach and kewpie is perfectly fresh and oh-so good for you.

Of course if you’re after the cooked variety, there are plenty of options. Try the Baked Whole Snapper with lemon, mustard, olive oil, dill, chips and a mixed leaf salad or Squid Ink Orzo Pasta with blue swimmer crab, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, scampi bisque and chilli.

If you’re out for a special occasion don’t think about ordering anything other than Beachside Pavilion’s Signature Chilli Mud Crab. It’s served with tomato, coconut cream, egg, coriander, special tomato chilli sauce and charred sourdough. It’s everything good about going out for dinner.

Beachside Pavilion is the perfect casual dining space, just a short stroll from the beach and with a soon-to-be-opened takeaway area, perfect for when you need a quick bite before heading back to the sand.

HOURS: 7am until late every day

LOCATION: The beach end of Oasis Shopping Centre Mall, Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Top spots to catch Blues on Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach 2023 (image supplied)
Blues on Broadbeach 2023 (image supplied)

It’s almost a rite of passage of our youth, sloshing (stumbling) around in muddy fields for days on end, the never ending festival queues and lost mates. So what do you do when your love of live music remains but the mere thought of that sentence makes you feel like a nap and your mud tolerance left right around the same time the bottle-o stopped asking you for ID? Well *drumroll pls* because one of Australia’s largest free music festivals is swooning and crooning its way back to us for another year.

The beloved annual beachside Blues on Broadbeach festival that never misses a beat is kicking off from Thursday 18th May until Sunday 21st. Now a GC institution, and you just know a festival that’s celebrating it’s 22nd year knows a thing or two about showing us a blue-dy good time.

Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)
Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)

Prepare the toes to get tapping, and the boots to get a scootin’, because the lineup slaps. Headliners include the likes of Australia’s guitar slinging virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, and we just know Melbourne SKA Orchestra is really going to blow us away #goosebumpsalert. Don’t fret, we’re only just getting started – there’s also Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks, Chris Cheney, The Kevin Borich Express and Marcus Scott and the Bo-Keys.. (and we haven’t even got down to the little fonts yet!)

Blues on Broadbeach has crammed this carpal-tunnel inducing list of acts (srsly, it just keeps going) into 17 of Broady’s finest venues and stages, so of course we had to compile the ultimate guide of all the best spots to grab a bevvy and bite while you soak up the best of the fest. Who’s ready to get into the swing of things?

Sofia's Restaurant & Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Sofia's Restaurant & Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Kurrawa Park Stage
The Oasis Shopping Centr
e bars and restaurants
It’s the perfect place for a stage and Blues on Broadbeach know it! With oodles of space and the picturesque Kurrawa Beach right next door, live music in this setting just sounds better! If you need a pre, mid or post-festival feed, or an hourly festival cocktail, The Oasis Shopping Centre’s hot spots have you covered. The likes of Elk Espresso, Mario’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Sofia’s Restaurant & Bar and Spice Kitchen & Bar are all up to the task!
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Victoria Park Stage
Gemelli Broadbeach
A perfect place to take in the many genres of Blues dropping in Victoria Park is the Italian Stallion of GC restaurants, the rustic Gemelli Broadbeach. With products imported from Italy infused with locally sourced seafood and meat, the menu is the real deal. Their wine list is also off the charts, awarded “One Glass” by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine and who doesn’t love a fancy wine with their tunes?
Where: 2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

Unicorn Seafood Restaurant interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Unicorn Seafood Restaurant interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Federation Park Stage
Unicorn Seafood Restaurant
With a name like Unicorn Seafood Restaurant, Captain Obvious has spoken and declared this new Mediterranean seafood-infused restaurant o-fish-ally worthy of Blues Festival hangs. Boasting an all-day menu including a seafood platter to die for, why wouldn’t you?! Set in a space rich in relaxing blue and white hues and ocean murals, grab yourself a cocktail or five and settle in for the long-haul.
Where: Phoenician Resort, 24-26 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)
Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)

Surf Parade Stage
Let the sweet melodies fill the air, and the luxe cocktails fill your heart, or stomach (technically). The aptly named House of Delicious, smack bang in the heart of the action within the prime Surf Parade position earns them rights an offish festival Dine and Watch spot. Book yourself a table at Marilyn’s swanky retro-chic digs, kick back with the American-style eats and keep the bevvys a flowin’ – the only thing sweeter than the Watermelon Sugar cocktails on repeat will surely be the dulcet tones serenading you from the main stage.
Where: Shop 10, East Tower The Phoenician Building, 90/104 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Marilyn's Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Marilyn's Bar, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Oracle Boulevard Stage
Mamasan Kitchen & Bar
With awards up the wazoo, Mamasan Kitchen & Bar’s traditional and modern South East Asian chow will give you sustenance to bust many-a-move! Shining the spotlight on the popular share food philosophy, the authentic flavours have earned local street-cred and not just critical acclaim. The zesty Asian-inspired cocktails are all the motivation we need and side note: they also serve up a mean Sake.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Mamasan, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Mamasan, Broadbeach (image supplied)

Den Devine Stage
It’s the home of jazz and blues so duh, naturally it was the logical choice for a Blues on Broady stage provider! Serving up an eclectic variety of homely, Mediterranean foods along with your favourite beers, wines and spirits, its old school, moody but pumping jazz bar vibes are a winner with blues and jazz enthusiasts. Even if you don’t drink whisky, trust us – you’ll start!
Where: 12/15 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach

Harajuku Gyoza (image supplied)
Harajuku Gyoza (image supplied)

The Oasis (Level One) Stage
Harajuku Gyoza
Gyoza load of all the festival action, then hop on over to Broady’s very own beer stadium and dumpling bar, Harajuku Gyoza to refuel. It’s dinner and a show x2, since you get to watch the chefs prep goodies through the kitchens open glass windows too. Serving an array of Japanese craft beer on tap – there’s even frozen beer if you need a little more pep in your step after all those questionable dance moves.
Where: 2/26 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)
Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)

The Loose Moose Stage
We’re a sucker for a North American-style bar and restaurant and it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones! The Loose Moose is THE spot for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat…and also now the perf spot to listen to tunes bellowing from their own special Blues on Broady stage! Plus, should you find yourself depleted after bopping away all day/night long, there really is no better place to refuel and grab a well-deserved drink.
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

The Broadbeach Tavern Stage
The hub for locals to meet up for a chinwag, a bite and some brewskis is also one of the music hubs for the festival! Pull up a pew either in the Family Bistro, Sports Bar or our vote, the large outdoor deck to soak up both the music and the Autumn GC rays. It’s also just over the road from Kurrawa Park Stage so you get the best of both worlds!
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)
Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)

The Lucky Squire Stage
Beer and jazz are a match made in heaven so this joint was born to stage (literally) some Blues on Broady bangers. In case you haven’t put 2 and 2 together, The Lucky Squire brings to life the story of Australia’s first brewer, the rogue swindler James Squire. Celebrating quality craft beers and modern pub grub, it’s a must-visit on your festival rounds.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Fat Freddy’s – Beach Bar & Diner Stage
Who doesn’t crave burgers, fries and all things American diner-style after drinking, scat singing and dancing up a storm? Another venue boasting a stage, you’ll not only get front-row seats to a bunch of cool acts, but also a feast of drool-worthy classics. It’s one big par-tay here so you can imagine the levelled-up fun factor when you add Blues on Broadbeach into the mix.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Words by Bianca Trathen & Kellie Leader.

Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)
Blues on Broadbeach 2022 (image supplied)
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