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Crafty’s Sports Bar

Harbour Town’s energetic new eatery.

You may have heard the happy news that Harbour Town was set to open a brand new dining precinct, aptly named Harbour Town Eats, and that is a thing that has happened as of a short while ago.

The bright, open air space is filled with sweet new venues, one of which is Crafty’s Sports Bar and the exact venue we’re here to discuss. You’ll find the newbie on a corner block at the entrance to the precinct and it’s not a place you should (or will want to) stroll by.

A green neon sign makes Crafty’s known at the front and rounding the corner you’ll alight upon a venue that will delight both your eyeballs and your tastebuds. It’s a flowing indoor slash outdoor dining scenario all modern white tables and light leather seating dashed with a hint of royal blue and bright green and quite sports bar-esque but also unlike any sports bar you’ve ever seen before.

Which, in large part, is due to the pastel pink bubble waffle truck situated at the entrance and within the outdoor dining area (more on that later). Inside, you can choose to be seated in the casual, high table filled, bar side area or in a slightly more formal dining area. The two are separated by a see through shelf type situation filled with said royal blue and bright green sports shaped goodies in perfectly neat rows and we kind of love it.

Game rules are splashed across the back wall and, in the far corner, a ping pong table can be found for a bit of “competitive socialising” as the Crafty’s crew like to call it. New fave saying.

It’s the perfect fitout for a venue that’s been deemed by owner Dave Galvin, as a modern sports bar that’s a little bit playful and perfect for everyone from sports lovers to casual cocktail enthusiasts and, of course, families.

Crafty’s, Harbour Town (image supplied)
Crafty’s, Harbour Town (image supplied)

The menu is made up of all the very best things and is a blend of both comfort and clean eating style foods so you can choose your own adventure.

We suggest starting with a Soft Pretzel and golden ale cheese dip because it is soft and fluffy and that cheese dip, no words. Give the Crafty’s Hot Dog a go too; it comes with condiments on the side so you can add crunchy onions (those have a real name, it escapes us), mustard and a few other things to your hearts content. A very good hot dog.

For mains, don’t go past a burger (or hot sandwich as Crafty’s like to call it) and in particular, the Fried Chicken Breast with slaw, cheese, hot sauce, mayo and pickles. YUM. A crowd fave has been the Chilli Caramel Pork Hock and it’s a share-worthy dish boasting the most mouth-watering scent we’ve ever come across. Sides-wise, the sweet corn with chipotle and Parmesan is an absolute stunner. There are plenty of pizzas on the menu too so grab the whole gang and make a night of it.

Crafty's Sport Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)
Crafty's Sport Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)

Look, the whole menu is next-level so no matter what you choose, you’ll roll out a happy camper. And yes, there are some vegetarian options on offer too (also delicious).

For dessert, you’ll obviously order a bubble waffle and you can choose exactly how it’s made by adding toppings and sweet sauces and many a tasty treat that are popped inside soft, sugary bubble waffles and so very heavenly.

At the bar, of course there are many craft beer options and a range of signature cocktails including one we must mention known as The GOAT. It’s a delightful little mix of a Pina Colada and tequila and oh Mother of cocktail goodness, get involved in that guy for sure.

As of this weekend, you can enjoy brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and there’ll be a DJ busting out tunes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. What a time.

Everything about the place is absolutely top notch and since it’s the season of over indulgence and treating yo’self, you better get there quick smart and do exactly that.

LOCATION: Harbour Town Eats, Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters
HOURS: 11am until 12am Monday to Friday and 9am until 12am Saturday and Sunday

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Harbour Town Premium Outlets

Harry’s Sports Bar

Harry's Sports Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Harry's Sports Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Listen up sports fans, and food fans and beer fans and Burleigh Heads fans (yes okay, everyone) we’ve got an announcement to make.

Harry’s Steak Bistro have hit it out of the park (HA HA) with a boutique sports bar that opened officially this week bringing something pretty sweet to the lives of Gold Coasters.

Harry’s Sports Bar has opened up right alongside our beloved Harry’s Steak Bar & Bistro so you may both indulge in the tasty eats you know and love while also sinking bulk beers and cheer on the crazy folks who run up and down fields/courts for a living.

It’s sophisticated and beautifully fitout with some epic artworks created by the one and only Claudio Kirac adorning the shelves.

The space was very quickly (a four day turnaround) transformed into a 70-seat specialised sports bar that will host all the very best sporting events including said running up and down fields/courts competitions (NBA, NFL, AFL, Rugby League) plus less sweat-inducing events such as the World Surfing League.

Harry’s features a sports trophy case showcasing local customers personal sporting memorabilia, which is fun because any of y’all can apply to get your Under 10’s second place hockey medal in the trophy case.

Doing so will not only give you bragging rights around Burleigh but (a close second) an exclusive Harry’s membership with lots of discounts and first dibs on tables for the main sporting events.

Do most improved ribbons count? Asking for a friend.

Owners Adam Haralampou and Pete Tayler have decked out the new bar in a delightful fashion, paying homage to the greats of sport such as Sir Donald Bradman, Jordan, Greg Norman, Joe Montana, Wally Lewis and Cathy Freeman to name a few.

Happily, you can still soothe those steak frites cravings we know you have because Harry’s Sports Bar will be serving up a sweet sports-watching friendly menu featuring an epic array of snacks, a selection of steaks and, of course, some big old burgers.

Snacks-wise, get excited. There are Frickles which is a. our new favourite word and b. a combination of fried pickles and aioli and give us all of those please. There’s also our second favourite thing, Warm Spinach and 3 Cheese Dip (cheese, you are everything) plus Braised Short Rib Poutine, Harry’s famous Chicken Wings, Fried Calamari and Fried Chicken and SEE YA post-New Year diet we never really started.

If you’re after something a little bit meatier, the 230g Belted Galloway Rump and the 270g Scotch Silverfern Fillet are on offer, as are a Wagyu Cheeseburger and a Cajun Chicken burger.

So all the best things. There are food specials from Monday to Thursday nights and drinks specials on Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 5pm.

Wash those guys down with a frosty cold beer or a signature cocktail and you’ve got yourself one of the very best Aussie times you can have, except classier and in beautiful Burleigh Heads.

Go team.

The end.

LOCATION: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: From 5pm until late Monday to Thursday and 12pm until late on weekends.

Words by Kirra Smith

The Star Gold Coast’s unrivalled new Sports Bar

Sports lovers and fans of comfy chairs and views for days get excited, The Star Gold Coast’s new Sports Bar is set to open tomorrow (Thursday the 8th) and it will be THE place to be to watch ALL the sports (because it’s a sports bar, yes).

Particularly if you’re into super-sized LED screens and lots of mini screens perfectly placed to ensure you don’t miss any of the sporting action.

The Sports Bar is The Star’s tenth venue and things are certainly getting fancy in there folks. With floor to ceiling windows showcasing 180-degree views of the city and beach beyond, a plant-filled outdoor area (with heaters for winter) and specialised private booths, it’s unlike any sports bar you’ve ever seen before.

Greys, navy and burnt orange make up the colour palette giving the indoor space a contemporary feel while the deck is all nautical blues and whites to enhance the salty ocean vibes wafting across the highway.

The 10 metre wide mega screen has the magical ability to broadcast multiple events on one screen at the same time and there are 22 additional screen so maybe say goodbye to your husbands ladies.

Three private, VIP booths are available front and centre offering exclusive viewing positions and ice buckets built into the tables so there’s no actual need to ever leave.

If you haven’t nabbed any tickets to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Sports Bar will be the best place to catch all the action outside the venues themselves.

As it is a bar purely created for sport watching, beer and wine are the beverages of choice. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, walk a little to your left and check out the delightful selection at Cherry.

With The Darling set to open in a few short weeks, including the extremely fancy Nineteen at The Star rooftop bar, our casino is rapidly morphing into THE place to be.

Go them.

LOCATION: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
HOURS: Always open

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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