Whether you’re a long-time fan of fancy non-alcoholic drinks, a designated driver or you’re feeling the call for taking it easy on boozy libations — it’s never a bad idea to choose yourself a well-crafted and tasty mocktail over a cocktail. Plus, your future self will be ever so grateful for it. In the spirit of Dry July, we’ve sought out the very best places for mocktails you can sample whilst out and about on the Gold Coast.
Those of you familiar with this Isle of Capri restaurant know this is the place to sample some extraordinary dishes, flawless service and one of the Coast’s most relaxed and premium settings. However, it’s only when you take a close look at their extensive drink’s folder you realise this venue takes quenching your thirst as a serious matter. Beyond delectable cocktails and an attractive wine list, you’ll come across a ‘liquid journey’ selection of luxe mocktails.
Our pick: Virgin Frozen Daiquiri — with your choice of flavours mango, strawberry or lychee.
Where: Shop 3 G7, Capri on Via Roma, Via Roma, Surfers Paradise
Cowch Dessert & Cocktail Bar
New and hot onto the Oracle Boulevard scene in bustling Broadbeach, this glamorous dessert and cocktail bar is truly one for the sweet tooths out there. Drop in for a an after-dinner treat, or a sugar-infused afternoon pick me up — or just cause! What the name doesn’t allude to is the tasty array of speciality drinks they can conjure up sans alcohol. Plus, the way they present all their overly indulgent drinks, no one will even guess you’re drinking yourself a mocktail!
Our pick: The Bees Knees — Milk, chocolate, toasted marshmallow, and honeycomb syrup, topped with whipped cream, chocolate flakes, and toasted marshmallows.
Where: 1 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Hogs Breath Café
Luckily for us, we don’t have one but two locations to experience the laidback and taste-filled experience of Hog’s Breath Café. No matter where you walk through the doors of this Australian favourite, you are promised lip-smacking eats, a place to relax for the whole family and over eight fun-filled mocktails to choose from.
Our pick: The Messy Hog — Strawberry or chocolate milk with heaps of whipped cream and syrup drizzle.
Where: 4215/60-70 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach or Soul, Building T2/9 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Catering by their admission for the mature and well-heeled crowd, Roosevelt Lounge is the sultry prohibition-era cocktail bar that just permeates seductiveness — the kind of venue you could quickly lose a few hours without even noticing. Open only three evenings of the week, when you do stop by, you’ll not only be spoilt with world-class drinks but also serenaded with live jazz and blues music long into the night. What a place to catch up with friends!
Our pick: Lyre’s Amaretto Sour — everyone’s favourite! Lyre’s non-alcoholic Amaretto, fresh lemon juice, sugar, egg whites, and a little bit of magic.
Where: 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Never swung a golf club in your life? Perfect. You’re going to love Topgolf — that’s if you haven’t been already. This multi-level entertainment venue is THE place to bring a group of friends together and have a great time with a little bit of competition thrown in there for good measure. Not only will you be hitting micro-chipped golf balls to your heart’s content, but you can also try a wide selection of chef cooked eats, or if you prefer, just chill out with some drinks and live music on their rooftop terrace. The choice is yours.
Our pick: All mocktails are served in a flashing golf bag mug, so you really can’t go wrong. Be sure to ask the friendly Bay Host or Bartender for their recommendation on the day!
Where: Corner of Roadshow Way and Entertainment Drive, Oxenford
The one, the only. Long established as one of the Gold Coast’s premier eating out spots and one of the best rooftops to grab a pizza and watch the sun go down: another glorious day in Burleigh over. SIGH. It’s usually on the busier night’s that Justin Lane comes into its own, with regular live DJs and some of the Coast’s hottest crowd packing themselves in to sample amazing cocktails and some hella good times. And if you’re choosing to abstain from alcohol — for whatever reason — the bartender’s selection of mocktails is more than adequate. Put simply; there’s no excuse for you to not join in the fun!
Our pick: The Sicilian Sunset – a classic Italian spritz. However, this complex little number has non-alcoholic Italian aperitif, Fever-Tree blood orange soda, rhubarb, Peychaud’s, basil and lime.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Spice Kitchen & Bar
Already proving to be the place to head for delicious Thai dishes any day of the week, Spice Kitchen & Bar hasn’t been around long, but it has already garnered a devoted following. Being situated on the Victoria Avenue Mall outside Oasis Shopping Centre, this Asian eatery is a great option if you’re wanting to be in the heart of Broady. These guys have all the usual soft drinks you’d expect to find but also a neat little collection of iced Thai teas to choose from – a less common mocktail option that we are here for.
Our pick: Pink Thai Tea — creamy with hints of raspberry. Yum!
Where: Shop 67 Oasis Shopping Centre, 75 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.