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Bubbly fans, get a load of bliss

The Island says it’s Champagne Season and we’re all invited.

Champagne Season at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Champagne Season at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

As the unmistakable GC symphony of birdsong and jet skis absolutely *sending it* again fill the air – it’s abundantly clear, spring is in full swing on the GC.

Of all the synonymous sounds that signify the return of warmer weather – the absolute music to our ears that is pop, fizz, followed by a chorus of clinking glasses – may well our absolute favourite #CheersBigEars.

Champagne Season at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Champagne Season at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Fortunately for GC fizz fans that share in this same sentiment, The Island, one of Surfer’s finest summertime pozzy’s, is gearing up to bring us Champagne Season – a dreamed-to-life concept we warmly embrace with open arms palms and palates.

In a serious upgrade to one of our very favourite spring past-times, the months of November and December deliver untold ‘sip-portunities’ for champagne lovers to swing by one of our finest rooftop destinations to sip, savour and bask in sun-soaked hangs ‘till our heart’s content.

Island Penthouse, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Island Penthouse, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Among the mix of sip-focused spring/summer soirée’s – a crafted 5-course Champagne Dinner experience to delight fine foodies, along with contenders rife for rooftop revelry – the Rosé, Champagne and Caviar Pop-Up, and the ‘Perfect Pairings’ grazing board option (to quell our champagne and cheese fix any old time we please).

And with November upon us, we officially have so little time, so much to see sip. So, let’s pop the cork on this stellar season of sips at The Island, shall we?

Priority numero ono needs to be checking – followed by immediately clearing – Friday, December 1 in the calendar #canceleverything, because the iconic pairing of champagne and caviar immediately trumps whatever was tentatively scheduled.

Black sturgeon caviar on small pancakes blinis with sour cream and a glass jar with caviar on a slate (image supplied)
Black sturgeon caviar on small pancakes blinis with sour cream and a glass jar with caviar on a slate (image supplied)

Gather the sip squad, get poolside and charge your glass to a blissful evening of rooftop bubbles, revelling at the Rosé, Champagne & Caviar Pop-Up. ‘Sip’ back and savour 4x generous 50ml glasses of premium wines whilst sampling a fine selection of blinis, wood fired bread, dips and a bump of caviar – yes to all of that!

Perhaps the most tantalising part of all, this encounter combines two of our favourite French things for only $45pp + BF (not a typo, we checked). A fact that will no doubt go down an absolute treat (not unlike the sips), so get fizzy booking ASAP Champagne fans.

RSRV, Champagne Season at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
RSRV, Champagne Season at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

The next absolute must on the agenda for foodies and fine wine enthusiasts – the RSRV Champagne Dinner, which will be popping off as of Thursday, December 7. A decadent long table dining experience will be guided by guided by Maison Mumm Champagne, delivering perfectly pared dishes with a top-tier RSRV Grand Cru wine selection.

At the helm for the evening’s fanciful feast will be G.H. Mumm Ambassador Emeline Troger who was born and raised in Cognac, France – while to compliment, The Island’s Executive Chef, Andrew Musk will be delighting diners with five curated courses.

Island Penthouse, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Island Penthouse, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Wondering just what delights to expect? To set the scene on this sumptuous little soirée, guests will be treated to an Amuse-bouche of Pacific oyster, cucumber and elderflower mignonette on arrival, followed by the likes of Blackberry cured salmon crudo, burnt grapefruit, citrus crème fraîche, finger lime, squid ink tuile – all washed down with the selection of expertly matched premium sips.

Tickets to this tantalising little affair will set you back $190 pp and are strictly limited – (did someone say early Christmas present?!)

The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Champagne Season Pairings at The Island, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

And last but not least – to tide us through the in-betweens of these indulgent encounters, the Perfect Pairings option is perfectly poised to provide our tipple fix any old time we please.

For $79 sidle up to the ultimate palate pleaser – get amongst your choice of grazing board piled with sweet and savoury morsels to accompany a crisp bottle of sparkling Mumm Marlborough Prestige for your sipping pleasure. Choose from the Charcuterie board or Cheese plate — and let the good times flow.

The Island Rooftop, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
The Island Rooftop, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

The only thing left to do is summon your squad for some next level rooftop fun in the sun, savour sublime sips and soak up the sweeping alfresco views to Surfers. One thing’s for sure, the arrival of Champagne Season at The Island is a fizzy fever-dream worth raising a big ‘ol Gatsby-sized coupe to, old sport.

Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
When: Various activations across November and December

Words by Kellie Leader.


Boxing Day at The Island Rooftop (image supplied)
The Island Rooftop, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

11 next-level Gold Coast rooftop bars

The Exhibitionist Bar (image supplied)
The Exhibitionist Bar (image supplied)

If Queensland weather doesn’t shout rooftop bars at you in a high-pitched squeal, we don’t know what will. Our climate, coupled with the amazing hospitality scene here in our city, means these open-air meccas of good times and delicious libations are the prime place to find yourself — any time of the year! It’s all about drinks in the sunshine and snapping selfies with picturesque backgrounds for Insta-bragging purposes. 

So, in honour of bars in high places, here are 11 next-level rooftop bars you should make it a priority to visit this weekend — and next weekend, and the weekend after…

The Exhibitionist Bar
When HOTA opened its brand new state of the art gallery building last year (the biggest outside a capital city, by the way), we all knew the art scene was about to go up a level or two. What we didn’t realise was that a sublimely positioned rooftop bar was a part of the deal also. The highly talented Tom Angel heads up a bar and creative cocktail list, which is a seriously good spot for a sundowner — and the ideal place to take out of towners!
Where: Level 5/135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Clockwise: Kingfish ceviche, Creamy coconut rice with dulche de leche and Patacones with black beans at Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Clockwise: Kingfish ceviche, Creamy coconut rice with dulche de leche and Patacones with black beans at Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Tropic Vice
Glitzy, glamorous, and generally a wonderful time all around, Tropic Vice was the rooftop bar Nobby Beach was yearning for, and it came to fruition in 2021. The ideal spot for a weekend catch up, a mid-week cheeky cocktail, or an epic bottomless brunch every Sunday. Do yourself a favour: find yourself here sipping a cocktail whilst drinking in the gorgeous hinterland view.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

The Island Rooftop
Find the Gold Coast’s largest open air and much-loved rooftop bar perched on top of the The Island in Surfers ParadiseThe Island Rooftop is part nightclub, part bar, part live music venue, and all the parts are a fun time no matter the day of the week. Head there for the epic weekend Grazy Days lunch or just to feel like you’re on Island time.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Nineteen at The Star poolside (image supplied)
Nineteen at The Star poolside (image supplied)

Nineteen at The Star
The fanciest of the bunch is undoubtedly Nineteen at The Star, complete with velvet booth-style seating, an infinity pool and ocean views for days. Found atop the The Star Gold Coast’s The Darling, Nineteen is the perfect place for people-watching, dressing up and sipping on fancy tipples while dancing the night away. Oh and be sure to take a snap on the runway that stretches out in the pool!
Where: The Darling, Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach 

Frida Sol
The Palm Beach Mexi restaurant doubles as a rooftop bar with views out to the ocean and lots of salty ocean breezes. The eats are fresh and flavoursome, and there’s many a margarita on the list to soothe that sweltering summer humidity we’re currently experiencing. Get into Frida Sol.
Where: 1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Mr PP's Deli & Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)
Mr PP's Deli & Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2017 Inside Gold Coast)

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar
A game-changer in Southport’s food and beverage scene was Mr PP’s, a deli and rooftop bar boasting city views and plenty of good vibes in the century-old postal building. There is a generous menu full of pizzas, tapas and charcuterie boards and this, folks, is the reason we love rooftop bars. Plus cocktails and local tipples, of which there are many at Mr PP’s. Live music on Sundays too.
Where: 43 Nerang St, Southport

The Collective
Everyone’s favourite multi-restaurant establishment, The Collective also boasts a sweet rooftop bar with some epic cocktails for your sipping pleasure. You can also order eats from one of the five menus on offer and watch the sunset over the ocean while you’re at it. We HIGHLY recommend.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Justin Lane (image supplied)
Justin Lane (image supplied)

Justin Lane
A much-loved favourite and the Gold Coast’s first official rooftop bar, Justin Lane is still one of the most popular rooftop’s since it’s opening in 2011. The space is intimate with booth-style seating overlooking Burleigh and plenty of cocktails to tickle your fancy. Downstairs is all the delicious pizza you could possibly need, so fill up on that, then head upstairs to mingle with the gang.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Last Night on Earth
Pretty sure that if it were, in fact, your last night on Earth, you would want to spend it at a sweet rooftop bar with bulk cocktails at the ready. Which maybe isn’t the point of Southport’s Last Night on Earth but a good intro nonetheless. Last Night on Earth is the work of local legend Arran Wollams and his crew; it’s a somewhat underworld themed rooftop bar in the heart of Southport offering good times aplenty. It’s a dive bar, but not as you know it. Check it out.
Where: 50b Nerang St, Southport 


Moxy's Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Moxy's Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Moxy’s Rooftop Bar
This rooftop bar located down in southerly Coolangatta has beautiful glimpses of the ocean, lots of live music and an impressive cocktail menu that’ll keep you coming back for more. Whilst they may not do eats, you can order from the Mexican joint downstairs, and we’re fairly sure there’s nothing that pairs better than bulk cocktails and tacos. Always lively and worth the trip down the Coast.
Where: 2/152 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Aviary Rooftop Bar
Perched atop Mantra on Sharks, Aviary Rooftop Bar’s views are as stunning as their extensive drinks list. With 180 degree views over the Surfers Paradise skyline and the ocean, it’s the perfect place for an after work beverage or Sunday arvo session with the crew. Ohh and don’t even get us started on their authentic Italian pizza’s, and tapas… if you know, you know.
Where: Mantra at Sharks, Melia Ct, Southport (next to Southport Sharks)

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

9 reasons locals love Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beach - Photo by Will O (Image from Unsplash)
Surfers Paradise Beach - Photo by Will O (Image from Unsplash)

Ah, Surfers Paradise. The jewel in the crown that is our fair city. The place visitors first picture in their minds and have done for the last several decades. While it is the most tourist-dense part of our Coast, what is it local’s love about it? Here we fill you in on the six best reasons locals love Surfers Paradise.

Belt out karaoke at Tune Up
The definition of karaoke, Tune Up is THE place to test out your vocal cords after you’ve had a few cocktails at bar instution The Avenue or a few schooners of ale from House of Brews. It’s an intimate environment that feels much like a house party where you can choose to mingle with everyone in the main bar or take up residence in your own little private room and sing your heart out. Count us in!
Where: Level 1, 23 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (above Gold Coast Real Estate)

Have a Guinness at the D’Arcy Arms
Wet your whistle with a pint of Guinness at D’Arcy Arms where the historic first Guinness keg was brewed in Queensland (and arguably Australia), tapped onsite in 1988. This locals’ Irish pub fave offers a welcome change of pace if you want to take things slow, keep warm by the fireplace or if last night happened to get the better of you. There’s always great home-style food to be had, live music and a few friendly faces with some good craic.
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Pavilion (image supplied)
Surfers Pavilion (image supplied)

Have a luxe afternoon at Surfers Pavilion
Aptly positioned with ceaseless waterfront views and boasting a substantial mooring site of 400sq metres, means if locals would like to arrive GC-style by boat or jet ski — so be it! Setting and glam aside though, the new arrival is perfect for enjoying our fantastic year-round weather with an outside frosé bar, and for those with a discerning palette, a dedicated oyster and Champagne station keeps the crowd more than occupied.
Where: 30-34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Hit 9 pins at Strike Bowling
Prepare to lose a few hours when you step into this space which is a literal smorgasbord of entertaining activities and feast for the senses. The highlight is the 10-lane glow in the dark bowling alley where competitive urges can be settled with groups big and small. But, it doesn’t stop there either. If you fancy further fun, then a 15-person karaoke room, cocktail bar, two escape rooms, and pool tables should do it.
Where: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Sip cocktails on The Island Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are one of the greatest things that ever happened to the Gold Coast. Period. Now, take this sentiment and couple it with this — the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar — and voila, you have one of the best places to drink delectable cocktails, watch live music, and live your best life at the stream of ever-changing events (drag queen brunch anyone?). You are promised great times and vibes when you head to The Island.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

The Island Rooftop (image supplied)
The Island Rooftop (image supplied)

Grab breaky at Cuppa on 41
If you find yourself in Surfers Paradise before the afternoon, then you need to head to Cuppa on 41 to energise yourself for the day — as well as for all the other inclusions on this list! The café is an excellent concept that allows local underprivileged youth to become experienced in hospitality, and coincidentally isn’t so hard on your pocket either! Our pick is the Bauernomelett, a German-style omelette straight out of heaven. You’ll leave with a satisfied belly and knowing you have contributed to a change in a Gold Coasters future.
Where: 41 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Indulge at Alfrescos Italian Restaurant
Creating picture-perfect pasta and pizza for the last 25 years, you might say what Alfrescos doesn’t know about Italian food and ambience isn’t worth knowing — and you’d be right! This charming family-owned and run restaurant has stood the test of time with locals and continually returning for great Italian classics and drinks to match. If you haven’t been in a little while, be sure to change that, the venue underwent a slight facelift late last year and is looking as enchanting as ever.
Where: 3/3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Retro's Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Retro's Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Boogie on down at Retro’s
When it comes to having a boogie along to cheeky tunes of yesteryear, you no longer have to hide in your bathroom in your towel to do so. All the locals know that Retro’s is the ultimate answer to having a fun night out and dancing the night away to the music you grew up with. With themed nights and drinks specials coming at you from all angles, you are destined to have a good time no matter what day of the week it is at this hotbed of a disco.
Where: 3 — 15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Take in the view at Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
After a swish refurbishment, this 100-year-old surf club is the faultless place to go for an ice-cold beer for a spot of people watching, seamless views across the Pacific Ocean and to chat to a local. The family-friendly atmosphere is full of locals after their early morning beach walk tucking into a big brekky (but they’re also open for lunch and dinner too!) — a great option straight off the sand and when you feel the need to escape the crowds with some uber-friendly Queensland hospitality.
where: Corner of Hanlan Street & The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club (image supplied)
Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club (image supplied)
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