Iconic venues across the Gold Coast are either slowly being renovated or completely changing hands. View this as good or bad; either way, the results are modernised going out spots that rival our southern neighbours in the big cities!
The all-new Gold Coast Tavern is nestled beside the Nerang River and just across the road from our brimming arts hub, HOTA. Now under new ownership, the venue previously known as One50 Public House, Surfers Rowers and the showing your age Margarita’s on the Water, has been completely refurbed in a multimillion-dollar revamp. The riverside venue offers an eye-catching proposition for an afternoon of sipping cocktails, a catch-up with mates over beers and sport, or just a good old fashioned lazy afternoon pub-style lunch on Bundall Road.
This is another striking venue brought to you by hospitality group JDA Hotels, who reopened the Mermaid Beach Tavern earlier this year. Hot off the back of that success, it looks like they have hit the nail on the head once again.
Once inside, there are different areas for everyone, a bar/bistro space with unmatched views on the river and Surfers Paradise skyline, a fully serviced gaming room with a separate bar, and multiple breakaway function rooms spaces upstairs. It has to be said, though, the real highlight has to be snagging yourself a table close to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. Should you keep your eyes peeled, there is every chance you’ll spot some passing swans and even the occasional dolphin or two! (No joke, you heard it here first!)
The essence of the venue is to create a space where anybody can come in at any time of the week and find themselves with the best drinks and excellent quality food. Across the bar, you’ll find a wide selection of spirits, wines and a terrific line-up of local, national and international beers. The cocktail offering is equally impressive with a solid selection of everyone’s favourite classics like Mojitos and Espresso Martinis, the impeccable supplement to a sunny afternoon spent gazing as the water ebbs by.
On the food side of things, the effort has been put into creating a modern-style pub menu with forward-thinking dishes. You’ll still have classics like the Chicken Schnitzel and 250g Grain Fed Rump, but you’ll also have the option to spice things up a little bit with inclusions such as Prawn, Lemon & Pea Fettuccine or Chicken Karaage Burger. There’s also a healthy collection of 13″ pizzas freshly made to order and a sizeable kids menu offering enough variety to please even the most discerning toddler.
Besides drinks specials throughout the week, the venue will have events running nearly every evening of the week: Tuesdays are quiz night, Thursdays music trivia, and Fridays through till Sunday will feature live music sets. Monday night is a 2-4-1 meals promo evening, and Wednesday night is steak night: mark those in your diary folks!
Another fantastic feature of the Gold Coast Tavern are their function spaces upstairs. Varying in size, the three areas are suited to a host of events, social gatherings and corporate occasions, from large-scale presentations and celebrations to intimate board room style meetings. Interested parties are encouraged to enquire, but we are told these spaces are currently booking out fast!
Venue: Every day 10am-2am
Bistro: Mon to Thurs and Sat: 11:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-9pm, Fri & Sun: 11.30am-10pm
Where: 150 Bundall Road, Bundall
Words by Alex Mitcheson.