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7 sweet Gold Coast co-working spaces

Karma Collab Hub (image supplied)
Karma Collab Hub (image supplied)

Things have changed in our world during the last 12 months. And likely, the most notable in many people’s lives is the newfound acceptance and normality found in working from home.

At first, working from home is great. There’s no painful commute and you can idly take Zoom calls fresh out of bed. However, fast forward a smidge and after a while the shine begins to fade on WFH. You inevitably miss putting on nice clothes and washing your face.

Lucky for you, cowork spaces have slowly been creeping into the Gold Coast in recent years. Couple this with the increased number of people no longer required to come in for the weekly watercooler meeting and you have a ripening scene of freelancers and creatives crafting their work from uber-cool spaces now. After all, sitting in the corner of a café nursing a 2-hour old long black and dodging the dirty looks of staff only has a certain shelf life.

These spaces are hubs to bring people together, to share ideas and bask in the general ambience of being around other people throughout the working day. Our list of cowork venues is sure to set fire to those innovative juices — and help you refrain from watching the clock scratch its way to 5pm.

Karma Collab Hub
Creative spice and deep productive Zen is pouring out of the walls at this Miami coworking spot. What was once an engineering workshop has become a haven for digital nomads and people who crave great coffee and a reliable internet connection: all in the name of getting sh*t done. Karma accepts drop-ins, has regular desks, showering facilities, a podcast room, and even a weekly Pizza Friday encouraging workers to come together over carbs and discuss their next big project or exciting collaboration.
Where: 47 Lemana Lane, Miami

CoSPACES (image supplied)
CoSPACES (image supplied)

CoSPACES – Old Station Co. Southport
The biggest name in local coworking spaces, CoSPACES have a number of sites around the suburb of Southport. Their original space, however, is the Old Station Co. which is home to everything from private rooms to communal areas and is complete with outdoor areas and a coffee shop for when it’s time to step away from that blue light. Located on Nerang Street, Southport (and directly in front of G:Link Southport station) the space is next door to epic rooftop bar and deli, Mr PP’s. CoSPACES also has a photography studio and perfect little event space so you can host or get involved in anything your heart desires. Should you be the social type, you’ll be pleased to hear there is a sizeable contingent of local legends hanging out — sorry, working — here too.
Where: 45 Nerang Street, Southport

The Productive GC
The Productive GC is the handiwork of mother/daughter duo Ashley and Angelique, and hats off to them: we can’t help but notice the place is teeming with good vibes. You can expect an all-white space and hanging plants and lolly jars scattered everywhere, ohh and the very best part is, you can BYO pets. That’s right, there are numerous dogs in residence on any given day, and you can take as many pat and stroke breaks as you need. The space lives on Upton Street, and there’s parking for days, which is nothing short of super convenient. Then throw in the fact you are central to everyone and everything in our city, and you’re onto a winner.
Where: Unit 5/21-23 Upton Street, Bundall

Flockd is the daydream you once had of an idyllic office somewhere mashed with the upbeat and cosmopolitan vibes of Burleigh Heads. The result is dreamy, minimalistic style furnishings with airy and light surrounds, creating a mini utopia of productive behaviour and inspired work. You have the option of two slightly different buildings right next to each other where long-termers and hot-deskers converge as one. There’s even an adjoining café and craft store thrown in there for good measure, and all of the dogs are made most welcome — hopefully, they don’t distract you too much, though.
Where: 4 Starling Street, Burleigh Heads

Hotel Miami (image supplied)
Hotel Miami (image supplied)

Hotel Miami
This Miami favourite (right next door to Karma Collab Hub) is just the most fun and quirkiest place you can pull out your laptop. Neon signs, velvet couches in bright hues of pink and blue and stacks of art help set the mood. Not to mention the resident motorbike, dartboard, photography studio and occasional blow-in, Winston Smushface the cat (famous the world over). Owners Nick, Jessie and Darran, opened Hotel Miami with the idea of building somewhere to hang out with other creatives, all while work on their various businesses and create a fun little Miami-based community. Least to say they have nailed it. Get down there for some next-level banter, STAT.
Where: 1/49 Lemana Lane, Miami

WOTSO WorkSpace
Anywhere with a ping pong table that actively encourages you to rally with your co-workers between emails and proofreading documents will find its way onto this list. Of course, there are also meeting rooms with funky wallpaper and leafy green views, the highest speed Internet we’ve ever experienced, lounge-style spaces, phone booths and of course, desks for the actual working. The Varsity Lakes space is part of a larger organisation, which boasts 11 sites across Australia, combining a rich culture of work provoking energy and offering full 24/7 access and all of the other perks to its permanent members.
Where: Level 2, 194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes

The Communal House
Towards the Southern end of the Gold Coast, The Communal House is the spot to check-in and put yourself into serious work mode. A bright and airy space, filled with greenery and comfy couches, an event and studio space and hot desks upstairs on the mezzanine level. The chic warehouse space has a little kitchen area and pairs up nicely with its mighty fine neighbour, Refinery Café, just next door. Also, the ever-gorgeous Currumbin Beach is just a quick bolt down the road for when you need saltwater to reinvigorate your creativity.
Where: 3/37 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

The Communal House (image supplied)
The Communal House (image supplied)

12 Gold Coast spots for after-work drinks

A group of women enjoying drinks at The Island Rooftop Bar (Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)
A group of women enjoying drinks at The Island Rooftop Bar (Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)

Everybody knows the best part of the working day is counting down the minutes and then snappily leaving to have after-work drinks with your friends. Ok, so this might be an exaggeration. But it has to be said; this at least happens once a week — if not more — for most people!

In honour of washing the day away with a drink, and because we live in possibly the sunniest place on earth (making it perfect for after-work drinking and drinking in general), here’s a comprehensive list of spots to frequent post 5pm.

The Island Rooftop
Another after-work tipple, another rooftop. What more could you want. The Island Rooftop is all about enjoying the good things in life; eating, drinking and having good times with friends. The fit-out is reminiscent of a laidback beach house, and it’s nearly always packed with revellers. There are eats, balmy breezes and a little bit of late-night dancing thrown in for good measure.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

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
Rooftop drinking is the best kind of drinking, especially with views overlooking the cityscape. Combine this with cheese platters, parmesan fries and deli meats and it’s pretty much the definition of a perfect after-work time. If you haven’t visited, expect exceptional cocktails, a solid wine and beer list, and also traditional pizzas. How good?!
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport

The Loose Moose
The lively, North American style bar is always a good time, after-work or otherwise. It’s low-lit and constantly filled with people having a great time. Fill up on epic burgers, loaded fries and the like while knocking back a vast array of beers and innovative cocktails that’ll tickle your after-work drinking fancy. The fun never ends at this Broadbeach fave.
Where: Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Surfers Pavilion
It doesn’t matter if you intend to stroll in here straight off your jet ski or after a long day in the office; the light-filled and airy Surfers Pavilion will make you most welcome either way. Recently launching ‘The Office Knock Off Drinks’ from 3pm on Friday’s, a cleverly crafted cocktail menu includes The Big Boss, something strong for the ‘World’s Best Boss’! with Woodford Reserve, lemon juice, a dash of maple syrup finished with a shiraz float or The Boss’ Pet for that person that does everything possible to impress the power above with Tequila, Aperol, lime and pineapple juice shaken and poured over ice.
Where: 30/34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

The Office Knock Offs, Surfers Pavilion (image supplied)
The Office Knock Offs, Surfers Pavilion (image supplied)

Justin Lane Rooftop
Burleigh’s much-loved rooftop is Justin Lane, where pizza, pasta and frivolity are the name of the game. Of course, an afternoon sip or two is always a good idea, looking out over the ocean and with the shrill call of Rainbow Lorikeets in your ears. It’s beautifully Burleigh and an absolute must-visit for after-works sips.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

With a beer garden to end all beer gardens, this Miami hotbed of great local tap beers and finger-licking eats cries out for afternoons lost in conversation. Arrange your fellow colleagues/friends and muster yourselves over tacos and the freshest of ales and let the failing light out over the hinterland be a distraction as you contemplate tomorrow’s monthly performance meeting.
Where: 2176 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Garden Kitchen Bar
Choose your adventure at The Star Gold Coast’s most after-work friendly bar. Hang out inside amongst the greenery or pull up some space outside in the actual garden under the stars. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax after-work, nibble on some tasty eats and enjoy the vibrant casino atmosphere.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island

Granddad Jacks (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Granddad Jack's (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Granddad Jacks
This beloved gin and whisky distillery is quite obviously the perfect after-work drinks spot, with its abundant good vibes, epic cocktails, and live music on weekends. The team are a cool bunch of cats too. Head in there if you’re into making friends with absolute legends, sharing a yarn or two and sipping on some of the very best tipples on the Gold Coast.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami 

Burleigh Brewing Co.
One of the Coast’s favourite breweries, Burleigh Brewing Co., offers a sizeable outdoor seating area, entertainment and a line-up of beers to suit every taste. They host regular events, and you’re sure to find a few new like-minded pals to hang out with. Grab as many people as possible, pull up a big table and fill it with empty schooner glasses for a guaranteed good time.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion
Obviously, oceanside drinks watching the sun go down is one of the most delightful things you can do after-work (and in general), and Burleigh Pavilion is the place to do it. On the Beach Bar side, pull up a high table and sip casual cocktails while sampling spur-of-the-moment eats or head over to The Tropic for a sit-down feast paired with more cocktails and a Prosecco or two. Perfecto.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion (image supplied)
Burleigh Pavilion (image supplied)

Moxy’s Rooftop
We’re confident the sun shines that little bit brighter on the southern end, and there’s no better place to take advantage of that fact than at this Coolangatta gem. Let ocean breezes waft away any workday stresses and have yourself a knockoff or two.
Where: 2/152 Griffith Street, Coolangatta

HOTA — Fridays on the lawn
When we have world-class, year-round weather — and an arts precinct to match — it would be a shame not to put the two together over a well-earned drink. And that’s exactly what the premise of Fridays on the Lawn is all about. Head down any Friday between 4-7pm and bask in the fading afternoon sun beside their Lawn Bar whilst local live acts help you welcome in the weekend. If you find yourself enjoying the occasion and leaving doesn’t seem like a fitting thing to do, then head on up to the exciting Exhibitionist Bar at the very top level of the newly opened Gallery building. Amazing cocktails and sublime cityscape views aplenty: the epitome of sophisticated kick-ons if ever we saw them!
Where: 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Signature Cocktails at The Exhibitionist Bar (image supplied)
Signature Cocktails at The Exhibitionist Bar (image supplied)

10 Gold Coast restaurants for a Friday business lunch

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

Let’s be real – the best deals are done over a delicious meal and a glass of vino…or, ahem, a bottle…or 2, or…. (you get the gist).

Here is a list of local places we think fit the bill as must-do Friday biz lunch destinations, for you to chew the fat with your clients and colleagues, and finish the week off on the right note!

Let’s unpack this, from north to south….

Mr P.P.’s Deli and Rooftop
Anyone who works in or around Southport will tell you this little rooftop gem is a bona fide crowd-pleaser and client woo-er (we just made up a word!). A gourmet pizza from here is legendary, and their delicious drinks menu will have you asking “but do we really need to go back to the office this afternoon?”. We’ll answer that one for you, no, no you don’t….
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport

Glass Dining & Lounge Bar (image supplied)
Glass Dining & Lounge Bar (image supplied)

Glass Dining and Lounge Bar
With a no-expense-spared fit-out and a priceless view overlooking the water at Marina Mirage, Glass is a no-brainer for your Friday business pow-wow…with just the right amount of fancy. It delivers a five-star feed every time with quality produce, meats, fresh seafood, and an equally showstopping wine and cocktail list. Scoring an A+ for service, it’s another home run for The Gennari Group.
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Edgewater Dining
If you haven’t experienced an end-of-week business lunch at Edgewater Dining, drop everything and book a table! The stunning water views are good for the soul and the modern Australian cuisine menu infused with Italian goodness is off the richter. If a liquid lunch is more your jam (same) the drinks menu is lit, and we’re drinking Edgy Lychee Martinis all arvo long.
Where: Shop 3, Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri

Miss Moneypenny's interior (image supplied)
Miss Moneypenny's interior (image supplied)

Miss Moneypenny’s
I mean, who doesn’t love this joint! Miss Moneypenny’s has become quite the local fave, always filled with Gold Coasters seeking their hit of fresh seafood and creative cocktails (yes please…and yes please). Perfect for your Friday meeting-come-cocktails sesh, make it an extra loooong lunch and experience Oysters and Spritzers from 3pm, with $2.50 oysters and a refreshing seasonal spritzer!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Mamasan Kitchen + Bar
If it’s modern Asian flavour you and the team are after, Masaman Kitchen + Bar is where it’s at. With a focus on the share food philosophy, encompassing small intimate bites and banquet-style dining, renowned Chef Ray Choi delivers! Mixed with a zesty, Asian inspired cocktail list, international beers, wines, spirits and sake (obvi), this multi-award winner is a Friday afternoon fave.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Social Eating House (image supplied)
Social Eating House (image supplied)

Social Eating House + Bar
It’s difficult to go past a multi-award winner like this. Sitting the benchmark (REALLY) high, Social Eating House + Bar is the logical choice for your next end-of-week wind-down treat. With an extensive international tapas and sharesies menu, all meticulously curated by Head Chef YK get stuck into the likes of Roast Quail and the mind-blowing Lamb Shoulder. Wash it down with cocktails-a-plenty and you’ve got yourself a biz lunch to remember.
Where: Shop 137-138 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Nineteen at The Star
Experience Nineteen at The Star’s stunning new menu for your next Friday business lunch (kudos from your colleagues for this one!), or sip cocktail after cocktail with a view of the glittering Gold Coast in the uber-chic lounge bar. Combining sublime sophistication with a cool coastal flair and the freshest seasonal produce, let Chef Uday Huja’s exquisite dishes from his signature a la carte and set menus wow one and all!
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach

Rick Shores (image supplied)
Rick Shores (image supplied)

Rick Shores
Want to impress a client? Two words; Rick Shores. A meal here will woo the pants off anyone (hopefully not literally…), as you take in the sea breeze with 180-degree ocean views in one of the GC’s most iconic locations. The Pan-Asian flavours and fresh, locally sourced produce, the share-friendly meals are always next level and sorry, we can’t even pick a fave dish to highlight because they’re all our faves. The cocktails are equally on point, as is the service. Pure magic.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

The Tropic
Friday lunches at Burleigh Pavilion’s The Tropic are something we could get used to. Surrounded by sun and sea-spray, this relaxed but premium dining experience manifests a fresh Mediterranean and Modern Australian menu and OMG, you just have to try the Goldband Snapper. Soak up the on-trend pastel interior, uninterrupted ocean views and impressive drinks menu, and enjoy the transition into weekend mode.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Private Dining Room at Siblings Kirra (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Private Dining Room at Siblings Kirra (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Siblings Kirra
The newest luxe restaurant to open on the Goldy has turned heads since it opened in January and is guaranteed to please you and those you take there. (Not only with the scenery that surrounds you but with their drool-worthy share-style menu too!) Oh, and if your client (or client-to-be) are partial to a tipple or two, you are in good hands with the Sibling’s crew. You have endless choices as part of their ‘Liquid Journey’ menu. (Yep, what a name right?!) Cheers to wheeling and dealing!
Where: 15 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Words by Bianca Trathen.


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