If there is one thing that lets you know you have made it in this world, it is the ability to book out an entire venue for you and your friends to enjoy with nobody else around. Especially if that venue is one of the prettiest you’ve ever laid eyes on and overlooking the ocean at our very own Burleigh Heads.
Well friends, you guessed it, the time has arrived. Thanks to the current state of the world (not a thing we ever thought we’d say), we’ve all made it because it is now possible to hire out Burleigh Pavilion’s absolutely magical Beach Bar for you and nine friends and have absolutely nobody else there.
No doubt you’ve experienced the good time that is the Pav on a Sunday afternoon, absolutely packed with revellers sipping in the sunshine, taking selfies with the sparkly ocean in the background and generally just being stoked to be alive. It’s fun but what’s even better is doing all of those things without pesky strangers rubbing up against you. Unless that’s your thing, no judgement here.
ANYWAY. The point is, this is potentially a once in a lifetime opportunity to live your very best life and you should absolutely take it while you can.
One of the very best parts is, it’s affordable and you get to both eat and drink delicious, delicious things.
For $150 per person you get oysters and champagne on arrival, then fresh prawns followed by Caprese Salad, Proscuitto Di Parma, Braised Lamb Shoulder, Roast Pumpkin Salad and Warm Apple Tart. A drinks package is all-inclusive so that’s amazing.
You know what else is amazing? Seeing your friends after months apart and making it the absolute best reunion it could possibly be, overlooking the ocean in Burleigh Heads with nobody else around.
Sounds perfect to us.
Get on it quickly, you never know how long it will be until things change again.
For more details and to book, email [email protected]
LOCATION: Burleigh Pavilion, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith. Photos by Amanda Hibbard.
We would venture to say Burleigh Heads is one of the most-loved places on Earth and for (very) good reason. A stunning coastline, world-class surf break, a breathtaking national park and, to top it all off, five star eateries. Plus, every single person there is wandering around with a big old smile on their face at all times – obviously.
And just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, up pops a brand new venue to take the Gold Coast dining scene to a whole new level. Yes friends, Burleigh Pavilion is open and it is even more delightful than we could have imagined.
As of late December, the much-anticipated venue threw open their doors to hordes of absolutely thrilled locals (and many visitors) who it seems have been waiting for this moment their entire lives and same to be honest.
You can find the Pavilion at the base of Burleigh Hill, right on the sand and overlooking not only Burleigh beach but also the entire northern Gold Coast coastline. It’s the epitome of beachfront good times and perfectly at home in our beloved Burleigh.
You’ll enter up a set of stairs and, once inside, come face to face with the Chefs doing their thing for the good of hungry people everywhere. To your left is The Tropic, the sit down dining section of the establishment and, to your right, The Terrace, a more casual, walk-in-off-the-beach-with-sandy-feet style of venue. What a treat.
The Tropic is all pastel pinks, mustards and greens with stunning stone tables with plants popping out of rattan baskets a pink tiled bar that’ll see you taking Insta-snaps for days. Of course, a deck juts out over the ocean and, with fairy lights strung overhead and the calming lull of the ocean right below; you probably won’t ever want to leave.
Across the way, another open-air section backs onto the kitchen so you can either watch the Chefs at work or gaze out over the ocean through the big old windows while occasionally popping over to the Pavilion Bar for a refreshing tipple.
To the right, The Terrace is exactly that, an outdoor area (yes you can still go there if it’s raining) with big white umbrellas, stunning stone high tables and striped seating yep, all overlooking the ocean and with the Beach Bar at your back.
Each section boasts its own unique vibe but they all come together to create a vintage look that is also modern and sophisticated but relaxed and understated and pretty much pure perfection if you ask us. Big love.
Food-wise The Tropic is where you want to be for an à la carte, Mediterranean style feast with standouts like the Seafood Platter, Giant Octopus and Wood Fired Pig Doughnut (just try it) the absolute must-trys. In terms of cocktails, The Tropic are the masters of creative concoctions and we recommend The Palms and The Pineapple Plantation.
At The Terrace, you’ll indulge in more of a casual eating situation with burgers, wood-fired pizzas, nachos, fish and chips and the like the name of the game. Perfect for a feast after a day of salt water and sunshine, washed down with an icy cold beer of course. Oh and you can also get to The Terrace via a set of stairs on the Burleigh Hill side of the building so that’s useful if you can’t wait a second longer for said feast and icy cold beer. That’ll be us.
So there you have it, Burleigh Pavilion has graced us with its’ presence and we are absolutely here for it.
Long live summer on the Gold Coast, what a time to be alive.
The Tropic is taking bookings now so get on in there.
LOCATION: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads (you won’t miss it)
HOURS: 12pm to 12am daily
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
There are many things we would do for a delicious, delicious parmi right now. Washed down with an ice cold schooner in a noisy pub with all of our mates. Oh the things.
Unfortunately, we cannot right now but one day we will again (dramatic) and until then, here’s the next best thing. Pub grub, but takeaway.
Here’s a list of pub grub you can grab to takeaway on the Gold Coast right now.
Up Mt Tamborine way, Fortitude Brewing has your takeaway pub grub needs covered with an array of yummy dishes to sample. There’s Crumbed Camembert to start (obviously), plus Crumbed Fish and Calamari, Chips and lots of gourmet pizzas to choose from too. You can also get their signature brews to go, so may as well get involved in that good time. Call 5545 4273 to order.
The best of the best when it comes to Irish pub food, D’Arcy Arms are a Gold Coast institution and one you need to get involved in ASAP. They’ve got a huge menu on offer including all your favourites like Bangers and Mash, Chicken Parmigiana, Rump Steak, Lamb Shanks and Beef and Guinness Stew. There are daily specials and everything is available from 12pm to 8pm. Call 5592 0882 to order.
The Tav has you sorted with a menu full of pub grub for you feasting pleasure. To start there’s Garlic Bread, Bruschetta or Crispy Chicken Tacos and then it’s time to move onto eats like Chicken Schnitzel, Karaage Chicken and Wagyu Beef Burgers, Carbonara and Battered Barramundi. What more could you want. Call 0432 638 077 to pre-order or drive on thru.
Mermaid Beach Surf Club
They’ve got all the takeaway goods you could possibly want at Mermaid Beach Surf Club right now. From beloved Chicken Parmis to Coconut Barramundi, Vegetarian Lasagne and Spaghetti Bolognaise, you could eat something new every night of the week for the next two weeks. The menu is available from Wednesday to Sunday from 4.30pm to 7pm, call 5575 3211 to order.
Some of the best pub-style grub around comes from the team at Cambus Wallace including Scotch Fillet Steaks, Lamb Shanks and Haloumi Cheese Cigars (which are one of the greatest things on earth). They’ve also got bites like chicken tenderloins, arancini tofu and there’s a fish and chips dish you have to try. Accompany those with one of Cambus’ new bottled cocktails and who needs to go out anyway. Order online here.
Bine Beer Bar
The Nobby’s beach crew at Bine Beer Bar are slinging their usual epic eats to takeaway including Parmis in a box with Chips and Slaw for just $15. Add a beer for $5 and that’s the Aussie dream. Of course, they’re doing their mouth-watering Burgers too and there are plenty of Wings on offer if you want to get your hands dirty. Which you no doubt do. Add wine too if you like. Walk in or call 5527 7412 between 5pm and 8pm to order.
Every single kind of pie you could possible imagine is on offer at Pie Pie in Burleigh Heads. There’s Chicken and Mushroom Lux, a Bacon and Egg breakfast pie with a HASHBROWN on top, Moroccan Pulled Lamb, so many incredible flavours. Plus you can get sides like mushy peas, mashed potato and chips and take it all down to the beach for a picnic. Find them at 1887 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads.
Harry’s Steak Bistro
The Kings of steak on the Gold Coast, Harry’s are offering a menu filled with exceptional eats including an array of steaks, burgers and salads to slow cooked pork ribs, chicken parmigiana and a steak sandwich that’s to die for. Pub grub at its finest. Head here to order yours.
The Surf Club Burleigh Heads
On Friday and Saturday nights you can grab pub grub from The Surf Club Burleigh Heads and pull up a spot of sand right on the beach to enjoy it. There’s plenty of burgers to choose from plus gourmet toasties, fish and chips packs and meals just for the kids. They’re doing tasty breakies too if you’re in the mood for a delicious start to the day. Call 0490 794 514 to get some.
Eddie’s Grub House
The boys at Eddie’s are still serving up their famous burgers and you’ll need to get in quick, they’re selling out every single day. Probably due to the fact that there’s an Eddie’s Drive Thru now and they’re delivering too. They’ve got all the best burgers on offer including the Cheese Burger, King of the Roost, Lil Ed and The Whole Shitake plus buffalo wings and fries. Text 0477 002 404 to order and check the website as to how to choose drive thru or delivery.
Words by Kirra Smith
It’s a wild world we live in Gold Coasters. The way we live has changed exponentially of late and honestly, it’s not all bad. Things we never dreamed of having and doing are now a normal way of life and the best of those things is deliveries.
Yes deliveries. Not just any old deliveries though, those of some of your favourite local goods and for the purposes of today’s tale, takeaway cocktails. Something we’ve never before experienced but that we now absolutely adore and hope stays in our lives always.
Over the last week these local businesses have announced their versions (available to purchase with food orders), so you may enjoy your fave margie with your dinner and seriously, what a time.
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop
The crew at Southport fave Mr PP’s have come to the iso party with their new bottled cocktail range including three of their most popular tipples and two classics. You can sip on Summer Lovin’, Seaside and Spicy Mama along with the beloved Negroni and Old Fashioned. They’ll also be selling 45ml whiskey flights with an option of purchasing glassware to compliment the whisky. How fun. Get yours here.
Social Eating House
The team at Social Eating House knows what’s up. They’re offering their famous Espresso Martinis to take home and indulge as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening at all. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure, now’s the time. Particularly if you’re a parent homeschooling a child right now or, maybe you’re just missing the tasty goodness that is an Espresso Martini. Grab some of their exceptional eats while you’re at it. Order here.
The Mexican masters from Mermaid (oh hey cabin fever) have got you covered with takeaway Sangria packs including a bottle of wine, a can of Solo, Sangria mix and some fruit, so you can have yourself a Mexican party like no other. Order some of their famous tacos to go with it – Taco Thursday is still a thing and you can get some for $5 each with a minimum spend of $20. Sangria jug packs are $30 each so that’s quite the affordable night for some quality goods. Order here.
The beloved Mermaid Beach venue are all about exceptional cocktails (and everything else) and you can now order them to take home with you. There’s plenty to choose from including the Gin Garden, Boba Fett and the House Highball (among others) so order yourself some epic takeaway Japanese eats and a few cocktails to match and you’ve got yourself the very best of times. Etsu is now also offering a five-course set menu for $50 per person so if you can’t decide just get all the good stuff. It’s all here.
The Cambus Wallace
Nobby’s favourite low-lit cocktail bar has jumped on board the takeaway cocktail train and what a treat for all of us. As you’re probably aware, the Cambus crew like to do things a little bit outside of the box (which we love) and have done exactly that with their takeaway cocktail offerings including Negronis and Sailor Jerry’s with fresh apple juice. They also created a Smoked Old Fashioned in a bottle and it’s obviously epic both to look at and sip. Clever kids. Get yours with any food order here.
Modern Asian fusion and a side of takeaway cocktails? Yes please! Grab yourself exactly that thanks to the team at Nobby’s fave Ally Chow. Cocktails on offer include their signature sips – Red Lotus and Chasing Ally and you can sample those alongside some sweet eats. There are $5 baos every night and they’re some of the best around plus delights like curries and much more. If you’ve dined with Ally Chow before, you’ll know everything they do is next-level and if not, here’s the perfect opportunity. Order here.
Guys. Mexicali have made MARGARITA PACKS and where have they been all our lives, honestly. They come with ice, lime, salt, marg mix and instructions and they are indeed some of the best margs out there. There are also sangria packs should that be your preference and you can grab one (or three) with any food order. Mexicali are also serving up some of the tastiest Mexi-eats around so you can go on a virtual holiday (don’t forget the sombrero) complete with all the culinary delights you could need. Order here.
Good times guys, you can now indulge in Rosella’s really very good Australiana cocktails at yours and if you’ve had the pleasure you’ll know it’s well, a pleasure. Choose from their big old range of signature cocktails including the Kylie Minogue Martini, Fantales, the Northern Rivers Highball and the much-loved Margarita, Rosella’s style and Bob’s your uncle. Yep. Of course you must order food to go with it and there’s a CHEESE BOARD, Sunday Night Roast and alternating daily goodies and we’re all about all of that. Get some here.
The OG’s of the takeaway cocktail world, Mr Consistent is a Gold Coast business creating premium, hand-crafted cocktail mixes that you just need to add alcohol to. Choose from margaritas, Bloody Mary’s and sours (or all three) and you’ve got yourself a time. The bottle mixes have six to ten serves each, depending on the flavour and you can get them in a gift pack with two mixers and a bar kit, so the mixing tools are all right there and ready to go. Order online and get free delivery from Helensvale to Kingscliff RIGHT NOW. Get ‘em here.
Happy home partying.
Words by Kirra Smith