It seems life quotes and wisdoms are nearly everywhere we look these days; little pearly anecdotes come at us from almost every angle. And what better way to display them than bright and eye-catching neon signs at our favourite Gold Coast venues. You know the ones we’re talking about, oozing with funny wordplay and worthy of a selfie or five.
So, if you’re in the mood to hunt down and take in the Coast’s finest examples of neon signs and bask in all their fluorescent glory, we suggest you read on and take note. Can you be the first to get a picture with them all?
Plants and Me
Serving up an entirely plant-based innovative Japanese and Indian fusion menu right in the heart of Southport. Look no further for ultra-modern industrial chic mixed with all of the plants.
Where: 4/20 Scarborough St, Southport
Go for: Delicious vegan breakfasts.
Colourful smoothies, juices and bowls galore await you at this northern Gold Coast stunner. And if you happen to be a late riser, don’t stress. An all-day breakfast menu is sure to make you smile.
Where: Shop 6/37 Musgrave Ave, Labrador
Go for: Fresh, vibrant juices that will have you glowing.
The Lost Kingdom
Are you feeling like letting your hair down and going a little wild? Good. This venue is the perfect spot for all you Tarzan’s and Jane’s out there. Swing into The Lost Kingdom and party the night away in one of Surfers Paradise’s premium nightclubs.
Where: The Mark, 15 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Go for: VIP booths for you and your crew.
Spinning blinding tunes from the 80s, 90s, and 00s and creating an unbeatable atmosphere is precisely what these guys do to a tee. You’ll certainly work up a thirst with all the dancing you’ll be doing, so be sure to hydrate with one of their oversized cocktails!
Where: 3/15 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Go for: Blue Lagoon Fishbowl Cocktail
The Pink Poodle
Spanning back over six decades, this is one of the glitter strips original neon signs — and it still stands to this day! Although the attached motel was knocked down at the turn of the millennium, the new property owners decided to keep the heritage-listed sign as a respectful nod to the iconic days of yesteryear.
Where: Corner of Fern Street and Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Go for: a photo with a Gold Coast icon.
Feed your inner pirate with lashings of tiki-inspired cocktails and dance off the calories long until the small hours. And it’s not just about the weekend either, with themed party nights spread out across pretty much every day of the week.
Where: D/19 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Go for: Hot DJ sets and regular prize giveaways.
This Broadbeach favourite carefully infuses Asian flavours with great night out vibes, and a cocktail offering any restaurant should be jealous of. Why wait until after dinner to start your night out — time is of the essence, people!
Shop 105/89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Go for: Indonesian Fritters with a War in the West cocktail.
If you’re the type of person where a love affair with anything dairy and sweet is only a bite away, then this is the place for you. Whether it’s a mid-afternoon chocolatey bite or a late-night sweet cocktail nightcap: Cowch has your sugary desires well and truly catered for.
Where: 1 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Go for: Crispy hot and fresh churros with chocolate sauce.
One of Mermaid Beach’s best mid-week go-to’s and weekend places of wonder; Bonita Bonita packs a tasty punch for a small-sized venue. Round up your hungry friends and get our lime squeezing fingers at the ready for endless tasty Mexicana eats.
Where: 2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Go for: The most addictive Chile Con Queso known to man.
Looking more at home in a back alley in Osaka, this Mermaid Beach Japanese eatery is one of the best odes to the orient we have on our coastline. Edgy fun and always pumping out the freshest and most interesting of specials, Etsu is a consistent winner in the war of deliciousness.
Where: 2440 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Go for: Expertly made cocktails and delectable specials plates.
When poke bowls came into our lives, we all knew things would never be the same. And riding along on that sentiment with only the best bowls around, Poke Poke makes choosing the most scrumptious and well-crafted bowls easy work. Slip in for a tropical atmosphere and the healthiest of lunches — should make up for all the tequila you had last night then.
Where: 2375 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Go for: The Snap Her Up Bowl with fresh coconut cooked Snapper.
Quite possibly one of the best catch up spots for breakfast and lunch on the Gold Coast. Grab a table (strolling distance from the beach), then watch the world go by over delicious food and regular live music.
Where: 1a/2557 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Go for: Book the entire venue after hours for your own private party.
Rock and roll has a firm home in Nobby Beach within the walls of Nightcap. Live music acts, naughty behaviour, and themed party nights are just the tip of the iceberg. Should you need a cure for post-weekend blues, their Hospo Mondays have something of legendary status and will fix you right up.
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Go for: Drink spilling fun with foot-stomping live music.
Dreamy afternoons spent over margaritas and zesty Mexican food is something we can all agree on as nothing short of nirvana. Now throw in a sun-splashed balcony, drinks specials, and some mighty good Sunday session feels: Mexicali in a nutshell.
Where: Level 1/2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Go for: Sun-soaked Sunday sessions with jugs of cocktails.
Your one-stop shop for all your creative needs. The fun-loving crew runs a photography/content/design studio and are the biggest advocators for anything Gold Coast. Make use of their co-working facilities and rub shoulders with some other like-minded freelancers, oh and they know how to throw a party!
Where: 1/49 Lemana Ln, Miami
Go for: A productive co-working day.
Eddy + Wolff
Polished concrete and uber-cool minimalistic surrounds welcome as you dine at this Robina haven of flavour. Enjoy a polished Asian fusion menu with heart and soul — oh, and one of the best-looking drinks lists around.
Where: 44 Commerce Dr, Robina
Go for: The Groove Thang cocktail.
Not just happy with being the best ramen bars in Sydney, RaRa Ramen joined the Burleigh eating scene a short while ago. Enjoy yourself the most down to earth and genuine ramen experience — with all the handmade noodles — this side of Tokyo and in the back lanes of the Gold Coast, no less!
Where: 21a/50 James St, Burleigh Heads
Go for: Next level Chicken Karaage .
The original on-trend place to load up on guilt-free pizza and pasta. Head here for on-point Italian flavours with friends and end up staying for the late-night shenanigans accompanied by regular DJ sets.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Go for: Sunday afternoons on their rooftop.
If jugs of colourful sangria with drool-worthy Mexican inspired share plates sounds like your idea of a good time, then we suggest you look no further. And with mid-week specials, there’s really no need to wait until the weekend for your margarita and burrito fix.
Where: 6/26 James St, Burleigh Heads
Go for: Weekday couples specials.
When you’re feeling like a good night out in Burleigh Heads, where are you gonna go? Nightjar! When this rock and roll dive bar peeled back its metal shutter four years ago, the back lanes of Burleigh would change forever. Hosting live music and catering for all your late-night needs, this is the place to find yourself if dancing with a drink in hand is your jam.
Where: 7a/1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Go for: The wildest themed party nights.
Burleigh Bar and Bites
Do yourself a favour next time you find yourself pounding the pavement on James Street, drop into Burleigh Bar and Bites, pull up a chair and spoil yourself. Whether it’s freshly shucked oysters and a glass of bubbles or an Espresso Martini with Arancini Balls, this hole in the wall venue will make you not want to leave.
Where: 12 James St, Burleigh Heads
Go for: Cocktails and karaoke.
For a luxe vacation like no other on the southern Gold Coast, the fun-spirited Mysa Motel is the place to head. With gorgeous ethical styling throughout — and a magnesium pool you can’t not plunge into — these nostalgia-driven lodgings are the perfect place to rest your head and unwind.
Where: 1100 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Go for: The most Haute couture stay on the southern Gold Coast.