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Gotham Grill & Rooftop Bar

Runaway Bay’s new three-level, New York-style venue.

If you’ve been considering a trip to New York but don’t have a spare million dollars (yes, hi), forget about it because NYC is coming to you baby.

Well, Runaway Bay to be precise. Yes, the northerners are about to get their very own fancy pants rooftop bar and it comes in the form of Gotham Rooftop Bar & Grill and we should all probably pack up and migrate north for the winter.

It’s not just any newbie though; it’s the creation of serial restauranteur Daniel Ridgeway (of BiN, Rivea Italian Dining and Little Truffle fame) so you know it’s going to be a goodie.

Details please. So Gotham Rooftop Bar & Grill is a three-tiered Manhattan-style extravaganza featuring two restaurants and bars and one of the most stunning fitouts the Coast has ever seen.

Red velvet carpet will lead you up a winding staircase to the rooftop where you’ll find decadent wooden paneling and golden highlights. It’s a 1920s art deco dream and we feel some sparkly, tassly dresses might be our latest wardrobe additions.

On level two, you’ll find Gotham Grill, an intimate dining space drawing inspiration from high end American steakhouses with a huge selection of steaks from across Australia and New Zealand along with a huge choice of cold seafood.

Hot tip: the Gotham Seafood Tower is where it’s at.

The rooftop will offer a relaxed indoor and outdoor setting with views over Bayview Street and across to the Biggera Creek inlet. Sounds like the perfect sunset cocktail setting if you ask us. We’ve heard the Fruit Bat and Alfred’s Tonic are your new best friends.

There’ll be pizza, lobster rolls and burgers, which are, pretty much all of our favourite things.

The northerners have taken a bite out of the big apple and things are about to get fruity on the Gold Coast. Break out the punch bowl, it’s party time as of Saturday March 17th.

LOCATION: Bayview Street, Runaway Bay
HOURS: Monday to Thursday 5pm until late and Friday to Sunday Midday until late

Words by Kirra Smith.

3 reasons to hit up BiN 89 in Broadbeach

Smack bang in the middle of the recently redecorated Broadbeach restaurant strip is BiN 89.

The latest venue in the empire, BiN 89 makes it’s presence known with a striking timber and stone fit out and a brightly lit, impressively stocked bar that draws you in from down the street.

Here are three reasons you need to sample it for yourself.

1. First and foremost, BiN 89 just released their impressive new cocktail menu featuring ten brand new, totally unique beverages. Here’s a small snippet of what you can look forward too – Jalapeno Business is made with Tequila Blanco and Cointreau and has the perfect balance of sweetness and tang. Berried Alive is a lot less menacing than it sounds made with Gin, Chambord and sparkling wine and last but not least The Fresh Prince lives up to its name with Cucumber Gin, lime juice and basil leaves.

2. The menu is to die for. If you’ve visited a BiN restaurant previously you’ll understand the caliber of food that’s dished up across the board and of course, BiN 89’s dishes are nothing short of spectacular. You must try the Homemade Gnocchi with sautéed spinach, beef cheek and white wine cream sauce.

3. Dessert of course. The dish of the day (every day) is Chocolate and Hazelnut Mousse with berry puree and hokey pokey; it’s pure creamy deliciousness. It’s far and away the best mousse you’ve ever wrapped your mouth around.

Arrive hungry, you’ll need all the space you can get.

LOCATION: 89-91 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
HOURS: 11.30am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 11.30am to 12am Friday and Saturday.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

3 must visit Northern Gold Coast newbies

The Southern suburbs have seen their fair share of hip new venues lately and now it seems our northern neighbours are keen to get in on the action.

Two brand new coffee haunts have opened their doors, and been welcomed with open arms, with another to join the party this weekend (July 29th).

Whether you’re a top end local or simply keen to explore somewhere new, add these three to your list of must-visits.

The Coffee Deck Paradise Waters
Overlooking the water at Paradise Point, The Coffee Deck opens on July 29th. Promising loaded muffins (check out their Instagram for a sneak peek at these bad boys), homemade cakes and treats and delicious local coffee, this colour-filled space is sure to be a hit. The new space is the longtime dream of Trudie Duncan who promised her late mother, a cook, she would one day open a cafe. Offering all day breakfast and a few lunch options plus a specialty hot chocolate (!) menu, we think you’re gonna love it.
Where: 5 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters
Hours: 6am to 5pm daily

Paper Cup Coffee Southport
Their first venue, in Labrador, was such a screaming success that the Paper Cup team recently expanded to open a second on Ferry Rd in Southport. All about keeping things simple, the space boasts polished concrete floors, fresh flowers and plenty of greenery. Open for breakfast and lunch, grab yourself a coffee or takeaway sweet treat or settle in amongst the plants for an acai bowl or breaky bagel. It’s the perfect little spot for a before work cuppa or midday escape from the madness.
Where: 201 Ferry Rd, Southport
Hours: 5am to 5pm daily

Social Brew Paradise Point
Another joint born off the back of a roaring success story further south, Social Brew has joined the café strip along the waterfront at Paradise Point. After travelling 45 minutes from his Sovereign Island home for coffee in Burleigh, co-owner Mike decided the northern suburbs needed something new. Social Brew has taken off in both locations, offering breakfast, lunch and cheeky afternoon cocktails if you’re keen. The new venue also offers a picnic basket option where you can order from the website and have a basket made up to enjoy while gazing lovingly at the sparkling waterway (or your companion, whatever).
Where: 34 The Esplanade, Paradise Point
Hours: 6am to 5pm daily

You heard it here first; a trip to the north is the order of the weekend.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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