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Vintage Currumbin drinking hole transforms into chic, new eatery

There have been a few fancy makeovers happening on the Gold Coast of late, old favourites getting a facelift or transforming completely, it’s very exciting.

The latest institution to get a revamp is the bar formerly know as Currumbin Pub on Traders Way, now known as Currumbin Hotel and sporting a delightful new look, a new menu and a whole new vibe really.

You may not have ventured inside before now, the pub version was more of an after work drinking hole for the locals and while it will no doubt still fulfil that important purpose, it will also now be a more family-friendly spot perfect for lunchtime catch-ups, laidback nights out and afternoon beverages with the entire crew.

The space has been opened up with a new entrance, put in place on the streetside of Traders Way that leads into both the interior and alfresco dining areas. There’s also still access from the carpark and plenty of parking available all around.

The colour palette is a peach and teal situation, putting out all the chill vibes Currumbin is known for, high bench seating, dining tables and even a few lounges are available if ultimate relaxation is your thing. Which it obviously is.

Love the overall look, it’s a fun time.

 

Now to eat, there’s pub food but better with goodies like share plates, burgers, pizza, salads and a grill section to choose from.

We recommend starting with a few share plates, Spicy Chorizo and Grilled Haloumi, Pulled Pork Sliders and Garlic Infused Prawns perhaps? I think so.

Pub Classics include a Chargrilled Beef Burger, English Style Fish & Chips and Chicken Parmigiana to name a few and there are pizzas in many varieties plus steaks, plenty of tasty sides and dessert, of course.

To drink there’s quite the array of wine, beer and spirits including lots of local brands you know and love (old faves like Melbourne Bitter make a well-deserved appearance too) so you’re certainly spoiled for choice in that department.

In all the departments really, it’s a very impressive transformation.

If chic but also chill drinking and dining times are your idea of fun, Currumbin Hotel is the place to be. Open now, go check it out.

LOCATION: Traders Way, Currumbin
HOURS: From 10am until late daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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Miami Tavern transforms into chic, beachfront bar and restaurant

Oh how we’ve missed you Miami Tavern! Closed for renovation in June this year, the historic tavern has finally reopened, much to the delight of awaiting locals.

History lesson first, The Miami Tavern/Shark Bar has occupied the same block of land for almost a century, with the visionary EH Berry opening the original Hotel Miami in 1925. Continual upgrades culminated in 1966 with the birth of The Miami Tavern, with leading Australian hospitality group ALH acquiring the venue in 1993.

Now renamed The Miami, the impressive new space has had locals intrigued for months. But wait no longer, a stylish coastal fit-out awaits.

So what’s changed? Well lovers of the charming and personality-soaked Shark Bar, you’ll find an impressive new restaurant and cafe on the top and a sleek new beachside bar on the bottom. How good.

Upstairs the interior reflects a casual, coastal vibe with light wood, furniture, white and blue accents and fresh flowers on tables. The bar, along the length of one wall, is absolutely packed with goodies and perfectly at home with peachy pink tiles and plenty of space. The outside deck, newly built and ready for summer sipping offers 180 degree views of North Burleigh beach and is probably where we will live for the rest of time.

The menu offers a modern take on some of your favourite pub dishes with plenty of fresh seafood dishes, tasty salads and sweet share boards for grazing.

The Miami Board was a five-star option with BBQ pork ribs, jerk chicken wings, crispy halloumi (HELLO), sweet potato wedges and a variety of sauces. We’d also happily eat the Crispy Fish Taco with slaw, guacamole and lemon, the Miami Poke Bowl with seaweed, ginger, teriyaki tofu, siitake, salads, edamame and soy sesame dressing AND the Wagyu Beef Burger with all of the most delicious burger toppings (including a dill pickle thank you very much).

 

Oh and there’s still a chicken parmigiana, seafood basket and a good old-fashioned pie (but fancy) on the menu so don’t worry about missing out on your faves.

The Grill section offers plenty of steak options for the meat lovers and there are entire sections dedicated to pizzas, salads and burgers too. It’s an impressive menu jam-packed with dishes that’ll have you returning time and time again.

Pub food at its finest you might say.

The cocktail list is equally as fun with plenty of exciting options on offer to both cool you down and have you Insta-snapping up a storm. We enjoyed the If You Musk with gin, elderflower liqueur, musk syrup, lemon juice and egg white and also the Merchant’s Wife with gin, Aperol, fresh watermelon and lime juice.

There’s a Salted Carmel Espresso Martini that comes with popcorn and that is very good time too friends.

 

 

Downstairs you’ll find a completely overhauled sports bar and TAB. Most importantly there will now be more than 22 fresh cold beers on tap (wine and other beverages still available for the non-beer friends obviously) and pool tables for deciding who’s buying the next round.

Don’t worry, there’s still heaps of space available for throwing around your best dance moves.

Spruced up in a lighter colour palette, it’s the perfect spot for a Friday arvo catch-up with your mates.

 

A new undercover patio, means rain, hail or shine, you’re on for arvo drinks.

If you’re as happy to see the Miami Tav back in operation as we are, get down there and give it a welcome high-five.

LOCATION: 2043-2047 Gold Coast Highway, Miami (bordered by Kelly Ave & The Esplanade)
HOURS: Monday and Saturday 10am until 2.30am, Sunday 10am until 12.30am

Words by Carly Snodgrass
Photos by Kirra Smith

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