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New: Arnie Ziffel

Arnie Ziffel’s, in the heart of Surfers Paradise, is the new home of 50 cent chicken wings, in a choice of five finger-licking flavours.

There’s Cy’s buffalo, garlic parmesan, honey garlic, fire and ice (hot chilli with honey and garlic) and smokey BBQ flavour.

The new kid on the block is the perfect place for after work Happy Hour (every day from 5 to 7pm) or prior to hitting the town.

Speaking of Happy Hour, the bar and char venue offers $5 Summer Ales from 4 Pines Brewery and 50 cent chicken ribs too.

On Wednesday’s, wings are 50 cents all day – that’s hump day happiness right there.

While you’re there indulge in a game of pool, ping-pong or oversized Jenga and Connect Four – it’s a party lovers paradise.

Named after Arnold Ziffel, the pig of Green Acres fame (a 1960’s TV comedy series about a couple who move from the big city to a small town farm), the bar and char venue has recently replaced TAPS in Surfers Paradise.

It overlooks bustling Orchid Ave (above Shooters nightclub) and with it’s wooden floors and oversized board games, offers a chilled out, old school vibe.

Appetizers (or Arnietizers as they’re known in-house) range from Socca – housemade crispy flatbread made with chickpea flour and hailing from Chef Amandine’s hometown of Nice – to tempura vegetables, bruschetta and house made garlic bread.

Sliders are a favourite in flavours such as Eggers Can’t Be Cheezers and the Arnie (rib fillet steak) and served with handmade chips, who wouldn’t be a fan?

Mains on offer are all the best things – eye fillet steak and rib eye on the bone, chicken parmi, Portugese chicken and salmon steak plus salads and options just for the little ones.

If you’re looking for a good time, with fun and games aplenty for groups of friends or after-work drinks, head down to Arnie Ziffel, one visit definitely won’t be enough.

LOCATION: 3/15 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise (opposite the Hilton).

HOURS: 12pm to 1am daily.

Words and images by Kirra Smith.

 

9 reasons locals love Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beach - Photo by Will O (Image from Unsplash)
Surfers Paradise Beach - Photo by Will O (Image from Unsplash)

Ah, Surfers Paradise. The jewel in the crown that is our fair city. The place visitors first picture in their minds and have done for the last several decades. While it is the most tourist-dense part of our Coast, what is it local’s love about it? Here we fill you in on the six best reasons locals love Surfers Paradise.

Belt out karaoke at Tune Up
The definition of karaoke, Tune Up is THE place to test out your vocal cords after you’ve had a few cocktails at bar instution The Avenue or a few schooners of ale from House of Brews. It’s an intimate environment that feels much like a house party where you can choose to mingle with everyone in the main bar or take up residence in your own little private room and sing your heart out. Count us in!
Where: Level 1, 23 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (above Gold Coast Real Estate)

Have a Guinness at the D’Arcy Arms
Wet your whistle with a pint of Guinness at D’Arcy Arms where the historic first Guinness keg was brewed in Queensland (and arguably Australia), tapped onsite in 1988. This locals’ Irish pub fave offers a welcome change of pace if you want to take things slow, keep warm by the fireplace or if last night happened to get the better of you. There’s always great home-style food to be had, live music and a few friendly faces with some good craic.
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Pavilion (image supplied)
Surfers Pavilion (image supplied)

Have a luxe afternoon at Surfers Pavilion
Aptly positioned with ceaseless waterfront views and boasting a substantial mooring site of 400sq metres, means if locals would like to arrive GC-style by boat or jet ski — so be it! Setting and glam aside though, the new arrival is perfect for enjoying our fantastic year-round weather with an outside frosé bar, and for those with a discerning palette, a dedicated oyster and Champagne station keeps the crowd more than occupied.
Where: 30-34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Hit 9 pins at Strike Bowling
Prepare to lose a few hours when you step into this space which is a literal smorgasbord of entertaining activities and feast for the senses. The highlight is the 10-lane glow in the dark bowling alley where competitive urges can be settled with groups big and small. But, it doesn’t stop there either. If you fancy further fun, then a 15-person karaoke room, cocktail bar, two escape rooms, and pool tables should do it.
Where: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Sip cocktails on The Island Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are one of the greatest things that ever happened to the Gold Coast. Period. Now, take this sentiment and couple it with this — the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar — and voila, you have one of the best places to drink delectable cocktails, watch live music, and live your best life at the stream of ever-changing events (drag queen brunch anyone?). You are promised great times and vibes when you head to The Island.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

The Island Rooftop (image supplied)
The Island Rooftop (image supplied)

Grab breaky at Cuppa on 41
If you find yourself in Surfers Paradise before the afternoon, then you need to head to Cuppa on 41 to energise yourself for the day — as well as for all the other inclusions on this list! The café is an excellent concept that allows local underprivileged youth to become experienced in hospitality, and coincidentally isn’t so hard on your pocket either! Our pick is the Bauernomelett, a German-style omelette straight out of heaven. You’ll leave with a satisfied belly and knowing you have contributed to a change in a Gold Coasters future.
Where: 41 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Indulge at Alfrescos Italian Restaurant
Creating picture-perfect pasta and pizza for the last 25 years, you might say what Alfrescos doesn’t know about Italian food and ambience isn’t worth knowing — and you’d be right! This charming family-owned and run restaurant has stood the test of time with locals and continually returning for great Italian classics and drinks to match. If you haven’t been in a little while, be sure to change that, the venue underwent a slight facelift late last year and is looking as enchanting as ever.
Where: 3/3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Retro's Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Retro's Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Boogie on down at Retro’s
When it comes to having a boogie along to cheeky tunes of yesteryear, you no longer have to hide in your bathroom in your towel to do so. All the locals know that Retro’s is the ultimate answer to having a fun night out and dancing the night away to the music you grew up with. With themed nights and drinks specials coming at you from all angles, you are destined to have a good time no matter what day of the week it is at this hotbed of a disco.
Where: 3 — 15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Take in the view at Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
After a swish refurbishment, this 100-year-old surf club is the faultless place to go for an ice-cold beer for a spot of people watching, seamless views across the Pacific Ocean and to chat to a local. The family-friendly atmosphere is full of locals after their early morning beach walk tucking into a big brekky (but they’re also open for lunch and dinner too!) — a great option straight off the sand and when you feel the need to escape the crowds with some uber-friendly Queensland hospitality.
where: Corner of Hanlan Street & The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club (image supplied)
Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club (image supplied)

SNEAK PEEK: Knox Dining

Hold onto your hats Surfers Paradise, your foodie scene is a-changin’. On Friday the 14th of July we welcome Knox Dining to Circle on Cavill and with it comes a long overdue healthy eating option in a suburb filled with fast food.

Owners (and brothers) Brad and Greg Turvey have a combined 30 years’ experience in the hospitality scene and decided to open the sophisticated Hamptons-esque space in Surfers Paradise after noticing a need for wholesome, good-for-you meal options.

Knox Dining is leading the way in the suburbs’ soon to be evolving dining scene and, fitout with natural wood, polished concrete and a neon “this must be the place” sign, is certainly gunning to change the way people see Surfers.

The food, although technically not “health food”, will appeal to those who are conscious of what they eat while still offering the comfort foods we know and love and all with a distinctive Asian twist.

The Gratin Egg in Avocado Cocotte not only looks like health personified, it is in fact full of goodness including a 64 degree sous vide egg in a dukkah spiced half avocado, with Swiss gruyere cheese on a bed of raw broccoli slaw. Phew!

Meat lovers don’t go past the Beef Loco Moco – a grass fed beef pattie on brown, black and red rice, topped with a fried egg and masala gravy.

Of course there are an array of protein packed salads, fresh juices and smoothies, all of which are available through The ‘Lil Ox, a takeaway window for those who need to eat (or drink coffee) on the run.

Inside tip: order a hot drink purely to experience the tasty side sensation that is a Matcha cookie.

Happy days Surfers Paradise, happy days.

HOURS: 7am to 4pm daily
LOCATION: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Surfers purrrfectly playful cat cafe

The Crazy Cat Café is the epitome of Gold Coast fun; unique, hands on and purrrfect (!) for people of all ages.

It’s a concept that has taken off across the world and there are a range of options for visitors to enjoy while sipping an organic coffee and enjoying a tasty treat, milkshake or quiche.

Huge glass windows showcase a room filled with furry felines, all of whom are very friendly and very keen to receive your love and adoration as soon as you set foot inside.

If you’re happy to simply watch from afar, sit in the separate café area or on the balcony to observe their antics.

More interested in interacting? Enjoy your coffee and cake on the couch with a cat by your side.

Their playroom is a kind of cat wonderland with scratching posts, a running wheel, countless toys and tiny doors through which the cats can escape for privacy.

Crazy Cat Café has been open for four months and caters to everyone from families to those looking to work their day away in an entirely unique environment.

It’s the Surfers Paradise café you never knew you needed to visit.

Hours: Open seven days from 9am to 5.30pm

Address: 63 Centre Arcade, 3131 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise.

Book here.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

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