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Janene Porter

Tez & Flossy St Patricks Day at D'Arcy Arms (image supplied)
Tez & Janene 'Flossy' Porter on St Patricks Day at D'Arcy Arms (image supplied)

As we fast approach the notorious St Patrick’s Day, we used up the luck of the Irish to interview the General Manager of the oldest Irish Pub on the Coast, D’Arcy Arms. Janene Porter (nicknamed: Flossy) who has been busy gearing up for the St Patty’s celebrations gives us an insight into the history of the traditional pub and also a feel-good miracle story that comes from the establishment.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I started commuting between the Gold Coast and Port Douglas in 1987 when I was apart of the crew on Mirage III, based at Marina Mirage. I then relocated to live permanently on the GC in January 1990. 

What do you love the most about living here?
It’s the perfect balance between coastal surroundings and city living. Ultimately it’s the climate, beaches, hinterland, the overall easy-going lifestyle and of course, the locals. 

Tell us about the history of D’Arcy Arms.
The pub was established on 8th August 1988 by founder Roy D’Arcy. D’Arcy Arms is an icon and is the longest-standing Irish venue (with a motel) on the Gold Coast. A great little story I love to tell is one of our former staff members, Robyn, was able to meet her biological father thanks to working at D’Arcy Arms. It all happened when a patron was chatting to Robyn and it was mentioned she had never met her father. The patron managed to find Robyn’s father, who was living in Guernsey at the time, which resulted in them connecting and meeting – they have been in contact ever since. It’s incredible because she would have never met her father if that patron hadn’t stopped in for a Guinness at the D’Arcy Arms.

D'Arcy Arms Foundation 1988 (image supplied)
D'Arcy Arms Foundation 1988 (image supplied)

What’s the craziest story to come out of D’Arcy Arms?
What goes on at the D’Arcy Arms stays at the D’Arcy Arms! Many of our patrons have been loyal since the pub opened in 1988. The D’Arcy has always been fortunate enough to have amazing support from both the local Irish & Aussie communities.

What can people expect at D’Arcy Arms for St Patty’s Day?
We have a full St Patrick’s Festival starting on Saturday 13th March. On Saturday and Sunday we are open from 12pm with incredible live Irish music, Irish dancing displays, delicious Irish Fare and plenty of craic! On the actual international St Patrick’s Day (Wednesday 17 March) we have a full day of entertainment starting at 10am with a line-up of Irish Musicians including: The Gathering, Munster Bucks, Mark Butler, The Carolan Academy of Irish Dance & Pipe Band. We will accompany this with delicious Irish fare, gift giveaways and of course the best Guinness, Kilkenny & Magners on tap, just to name a few things!

Tell us a fun fact, how many pints of Guinness are consumed at D’Arcy Arms on St Patty’s Day?
Honestly, you lose count!

Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Café for breakfast:
Hot Shott
Coffee spot: I am a Main Beach local, so anywhere on Tedder Avenue for a good coffee.
Restaurant for dinner: I’m more of a lunch girl and have many favourites from Burleigh, Broadbeach and Main Beach.
Bar or pub for a drink: The D’Arcy Arms of course!
How does your weekend usually look?  I am usually at D’Arcy Arms as our weekends a very busy, but l do always start the day with a long beach walk. When l occasionally have a weekend off, a long lunch with friends is always on the cards.

St Patricks Day 2018 at D'Arcy Arms (image supplied)

Top St Patrick’s Day venues on the Gold Coast

Guinness glass (image supplied)
Guinness glass (image supplied)

Ahhh St Patrick’s Day, you’re almost upon us. A day when even those who don’t drink beer (because wine) reach for a pint of Guinness, tuck into a hearty Irish stew, give their best Riverdance rendition a crack (generally after said pint of Guinness) and say “to be sure, to be sure” wayyyy too many times.

This year, that day is a Thursday (17th March) and that’s really close to Friday, which is really close to the weekend, so there is simply no excuse not to don something green, play U2 full blast and head out for some local Irish cheer.

Do we know the best places partial to a St Paddy’s celebration? To be sure, to be sure (see, we’re already doing it). Here’s a list of top Gold Coast spots to celebrate St Patrick’s Day from north to south.

Harrigan’s Irish Pub
Because one day just isn’t enough to enjoy Harrigan’s delicious Irish food and drink specials, they’re putting on a spread from the 13th to the 17th of March. Encouraging you to get your jig on, the Limerick Band and The Shamrock Dancers will be in fine form on Sunday 13th March, and on Thursday 17th (THE day); with Tartan Shamrock and the amazing Sarah Calderwood helping you to embrace your inner Irish. Because we’re sure we’ve all long-lost relatives from the Emerald Isle right?!
Where: Harrigan’s Lane, Jacobs Well

St Patrick's Day at Dublin Docks Tavern (image supplied)
St Patrick's Day at Dublin Docks Tavern (image supplied)

Cauldron Distillery
Listen up lads and laddies, with a mantra like “why just celebrate one day when you can have a whole week of St Patrick’s”, Cauldron Distillery has our attention! We’re invited to find our greenest outfit and make our way to this breathtaking 18-acre property within Australia’s Green (appropriate) Cauldron. With the Scenic Rim recently being named (by Lonely Planet) as one of the top 10 regional destinations to visit in 2022, St Paddy’s is the perfect excuse to make your way up the mountain and experience their gin greatness.
Where: 89-123 Hartley Road, Tamborine Mountain

Dublin Docks Tavern
Harbour Town Shopping Centre’s favourite neighbour Dublin Docks is never light on Irish cheer, particularly not on St Patty’s Day! With live entertainment (bands & Irish dancers), a best-dressed competition, a leprechaun golden chocolate giveaway, Irish food specials, green beer and a ginger giveaway (for actual redheads – not those of you sporting ginger beards from the $2 shop), we’ll see you there yeah?
Where: Harbour Town Drive, Biggera Waters

Southport Sharks
Another venue where one day of St Pats shenanigans just isn’t enough! Enjoy Irish sounds and flavours with a weekend chocca-block with Irish themed entertainment. From Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th of March you’ll be able to get your gobber on $13 Beef & Guinness Pies at Frenzy’s (drool). The Munsterbucks (an epic Irish band) will be on the main stage on Friday 18th March, and then ‘U2 the Show’ will give you all the Irish feels on Saturday 19th March. Bono would be proud!
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Avenues, Southport

Finn McCool's Interior (image supplied)
Finn McCool's Interior (image supplied)

Bazaar, QT Gold Coast
While we love a buffet at the best of times, we have think we’ve found your pot of foodie gold at Bazaar’s special Irish themed feast. Treat yourself to an Irish inspired spread, complete with Irish stew’s, Guinness and of course a touch of Irish luck for St Patty’s day and the entire weekend! We’ll forgive you for coming out as a chubbier little leprechaun after.

Waxy’s Irish Pub
Always a sure thing for a hearty feed and Irish beer fix, Waxy’s has traditional Irish charm in spades!  Set in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’re guaranteed to find an Irishman (or 50) here spread amongst 2 levels of entertainment (including the stunning Skyline Rooftop Bar because who doesn’t dig sipping an Irish ale on a roof).
Where: 3206 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Finn McCool’s
With St Patrick’s celebrations lasting four days (now that’s commitment!), follow the end of the rainbow to Finn McCool’s and get ready for one helluva hangover! (Sorry not sorry!) From 10am on Thursday 17th and 11am on Friday 19th – Sunday 20th March, kick up your heels to Irish sounds from The Gathering, Limerick, Tartan Shamrock, TradStation, QIPB and more. It’s free entry so assemble your crew and crack out your clogs!
Where: 39 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

St Patricks Day 2018 at D'Arcy Arms (image supplied)

D’Arcy Arms Irish Pub
It’s not just a day, or even a weekend, it’s a full-blown St Patrick’s Fest at this much loved local Irish icon. Over the three-day extravaganza, catch Claddagh, the Carolan Academy Irish dancers, the GC Pipe Band, Trad Station, Claddagh and none other than The Gathering. Head down for some traditional Irish fare and what’s sure to be the best time outside of the motherland itself!
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise

Robina Pavilion
Not one to miss out on any occasion worth celebrating, Robina Pav is getting their green on with lots of Irish specialties. In addition to lucky green beer (what’s more Irish than that?) and epic Kilkenny and Guinness pints specials all day long, you can sample specially prepared Luck of the Irish cocktails – we are so there. And to soak up the booze, tuck into a house-made beef and Guinness pie or 2. To be sure!
Where: 227 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Robina Pavilion exterior (image supplied)
Robina Pavilion exterior (image supplied)

13 Gold Coast bars for day drinks

Palm Springs Cafe (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Let it be known, we are quite the fans of basking in the sunshine and drinking icy cold tipples whilst gazing appreciatively at pretty views. In fact, those three things are right up there when it comes to our top reasons for living on the Gold Coast in general.

We suspect you might feel the same so, in celebration of summer and getting amongst all the goodness on offer, we’ve collated a list of the 14 best spots to drink frosty daytime beverages for maximum sun soaking opportunities.

Palm Springs Cafe
Miami’s new addition is indeed a cafe, but not as you know it. Found on the highway, where Siam Thai once lived, Palm Springs Cafe is unmissable, all white washed with pops of green – Southern California style. Inside it’s absolutely beautiful, the menu is packed with goodness and the best part – morning cocktails of the Margarita, Espresso Martini and Bloody Mary varieties. As early as you like. Best.
Where: Cnr Gardenia Grove and Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Aviary Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are up high (surprise), so it makes sense they would get even more sunshine and even more balmy breezes, making them the perfect spot for daytime drinks. Aviary Rooftop Bar has a sweet little outdoor section called The Nest, it’s an uncovered space with cute pops of colours and 180 degree views toward Surfers Paradise. See, perfect.
Where: Melia Court, Southport

Burleigh Brewing Co.
Laidback beers around a table full of mates is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Particularly when said beers are local made by a team of absolute legends who know what’s up when it comes to brews. Burleigh Brewing Co. is all those things and more, found just off the beaten track and ready to cater to all your day drinking needs. Weekend sorted.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion (Image: Amanda Hibbard)

Burleigh Pavilion
This place was pretty much made for day drinking – right on the beach at Burleigh, with guaranteed life-changing sunset views, all your favourite beers on tap, Frosé (a revelation), plenty of fancy cocktails and lots of tasty each, there’s really nowhere better than Burleigh Pavilion to don your fave oceanside drinking outfit and gather the crew for a good time.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Garden Kitchen & Bar
It goes without saying a venue with the word garden in it is a good choice for day drinking. Garden Kitchen & Bar found in The Star Gold Coast, is a delightful mix of pretty insides and expansive, outdoor sunshine-filled spaces so you can alternate between the two and cram in as many good times as possible. One of our absolute favourites.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Southport Yacht Club
Talk about jaw dropping views. The Southport Yacht Club is perched on the edge of the marina in Main Beach and with a huge outdoor deck, lawn space and even a white sandy beach, there are plenty of spots to kick back with a drink in hand and pretend one of those multi-million dollar yachts is yours. Drinking and dreaming, it’s definitely allowed.
Where: 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach

Rick Shores
Another Burleigh beauty, Rick Shores recently reopened with an updated menu and drinks list. Not that you need any extra incentive to go there because, bug rolls. With uninterrupted ocean views, and maybe even a salty splash or two, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to spend your drinking days. Get dressed up and grab the girls, this one is unmissable.
Where: Shop 3, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

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

Precinct Brewing Co.
A brand new brewery on the Miami / Burleigh block is Precinct Brewing Co. by the good people who brought us a slew of epic local venues (Bine Beer Bar, Nightjar, Hideaway etc.). It’s a converted garage on Christine Ave and the team are going to be brewing an array of unique sips, they serve beloved Mr Consistent cocktails AND they’re serving up pizzas, fried chicken and all of the perfect beer-accompanying eats. Pop in for frothy and see it for yourself.
Where: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami

Justin Lane
Burleigh’s much-loved rooftop bar is a no brainer when it comes to day drinks. Sunshine pouring in, an open roof and LOTS of other fun lovers enjoying the frivolities. Treat yourself to a pizza to go with those cocktails and that is one of the best days out you can possibly have. Oh and did we mention there are ocean views and people watching opps aplenty. Yes please.
Where: 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Lost Palms Brewing Co.
Miami’s pretty pink brewery is the GOODS guys. There is a basketball hoop for your playing pleasure and what could be better than sinking beers with your pals, while also sinking hoops and being outside in the fresh air. Not much we say. If running around isn’t your thing, pull up a seat along the fence and sledge those willing to give it a go. Or don’t and just drink beer.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami

Balter Brewing (Image: Destination Gold Coast)

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club
Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular venues on the Gold Coast in terms of five star views is Currumbin Vikings. It rises directly out of the ocean and offers views of the city to the north and as far as Tweed Heads to the south. It’s a little bit magical to be honest and an absolute cracker of a spot for day drinking and counting your lucky stars you’re a Coastie.
Where: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Balter Brewing
Another of our epic breweries is the one and only Balter Brewing, found in Currumbin’s cool-as industrial area. The indoor space is good enough but there’s also an outdoor strip with umbrellas and bench seating and colourful cushions for lazing about with a beer in hand. Get a designated driver and taste test every single one. Best spot for a Sunday session.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters

Mr PP’s Rooftop Bar & Deli
Another bar up high is Southport’s Mr PP’s, overlooking the Southport cityscape and with plenty of space for all your pals. Found in the old post office building, there’s a deli downstairs for all your charcuterie needs plus plenty of pizza options to go with those tasty cocktails you’re sure to consume. The perfect spot for a long lunch that stretches into the evening.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport

Words by Kirra Smith

Stylish new brewhouse BOBs Beer opens in Surfers Paradise

BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

If there was one thing that Surfers Paradise was missing, it was a stylish brewery complete with it’s very own range of epic beers and a menu that is unlike anything you’ve seen in a brewery before. But that one thing is missing no longer thanks to the long-awaited opening of BOBs Beer this week.

Found on the corner of Elkhorn and Orchid Aves, in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the stunning new brewery is a must-visit not only because of an impressive range of frosty brews on tap and the aforementioned impressive menu but because the fitout is one of the very best we’ve seen in a while and you’re going to absolutely love it.

BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Being on a corner block means the venue offers plenty of window seating so you can sit back and watch the bustling world of Surfers Paradise roll by. There’s a little outdoor seating section if you’re keen to catch a breeze but inside is where all the Insta-worthy goodness can be found.

The first thing you’ll notice are the growlers suspended from the roof that have been transformed into light fittings and second, the bar made with beer taps that are actually huge copper pipes and behind that, the brewery itself. It all comes together absolutely perfectly and we are huge fans.

Waygu Beef Burger, BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Now let’s chat beer because that’s what we all came for and BOBs is of course, a working brewery led by famed (former) Melbourne brewmaster Ryan Fullerton who knows what’s up when it comes to beer. He and his team have been busy brewing and already you can get four BOBs Beers on tap ( a lager, IPA, XPA and a Saison), with four more on the way.

The idea is to always have eight in-house brews on offer and the rest of the taps to be taken up by other Australian brewers.

Oysters, BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

If you’d prefer a cocktail there are sips like the Monkey Business with Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, Flor de Cana 5yo rum, banana and coffee and the Buffalo Berry with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fino Sherry, Raspberry, Orange and Soda. So lovely. There’s also an extensive wine and sparkling list and A LOT of thought has been put into every single aspect of it.

To eat, as we said, there’s an incredible menu filled with bites you might not expect to find at a Surfers Paradise brewery — for example savoury profiteroles with craquelin, ricotta and King Island Mousse, oysters with mignonette, shallots, shitake and topiko and a chicken dish with carrot and pumpkin gels and purees and a chicken jus. All extremely delicious (tried and tested by us).

Savoury Profiteroles, BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Of course there’s also a Waygu Beef Burger (so good), premium steaks and fries with aioli.

The entire venue boasts a few finishing touches that really make BOBs Beers something special – for example a stamp to brand the ice cubes (played with that for way too long) and plates made out of leftover grain from the beer production (how good).

Not to mention the team is planning to open a whisky bar downstairs in the coming months. It’s all happening in Surfers Paradise Gold Coasters, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

LOCATION: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 12pm to 12am daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
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