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Go wild at a sophisticated, rooftop New Year’s Eve soireé

Aviary Rooftop Bar (image supplied)

It’s almost that time Gold Coasters, the night we get to say goodbye to 2020 for good and welcome in a shiny new year. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, bring on 2021 and the slew of sweet parties that will see us shimmy our way into it.

Now we know the where-to-party-on-NYE is a big decision, particularly this year and we also know there are plenty of factors that go into an epic soiree.

First; you want to be able to dress in your finest, second; there needs to be never ending beverages and third; food to soak up said never ending beverages.

Well, look no further Gold Coasters, we’ve found the absolute epitome of a good time and it will take place at the stunning Aviary Rooftop Bar.

Kicking off at 7pm the celebration, deemed Walk on the Wild Side, will see party goers treated to a four-hour food and beverage package including authentic Italian jungle-style pizzas (for both herbivores and carnivores) and a Monkey Mojito Bar.

Aviary Rooftop Bar pizza (image supplied)

You’ll be treated to a sensory safari with front row seats to the Gold Coast skylines’ stunning lights and live music from DJ GNGE featuring bongo drums and entertainment from roaming Jungle acrobats.

You’ll also have the chance at a Lucky Door Prize on the night, so one lucky attendee will be welcoming in 2021 with a streak of luck.

We can’t think of a better way to farewell the year that was 2020.

Tickets are $149 per person, so get in quick, Aviary Rooftop Bar is the place you want to celebrate this NYE.

To book call (07) 5532 1155 or enquire here.

LOCATION: Aviary Rooftop Bar, Mantra at Sharks Rooftop – 5 Melia Court, Southport
WHEN: From 7pm Thursday 31st December 2020


Aviary Rooftop Bar interior (image supplied)

Rooftop Brunch at Aviary Rooftop Bar

Much to the delight of everyone (especially us), brunches have increased in popularity on the Coast over the last little while with venues from across the Gold Coast offering the delightful time.

Not familiar with the concept of a brunch? It is indeed what you’d imagine it to be. The best meal of the day held during a time where you can also consume beverages.

One of our absolute favourite northern bars Aviary Rooftop Bar at Mantra at Sharks within the Southport Sharks precinct, has recently jumped on the brunch bandwagon bringing skyline views and all the goodies you can fit into your Saturday mornings.

The very best part about Aviary Rooftop Bars’ Brunch is the chance to get creative and customise your own spritz with a selection of 21 different Mount Tambourine Distillery liqueurs and fruity garnishes.

What a time.

Aviary’s brunch menu is based around their much-loved pizzas including the Loaded Brekky pizza with chorizo, mushrooms, egg and maple bacon and the Wild Mushroom & Fennel Sausage with roast mushrooms, onion, Heirloom tomatoes, fresh Ricotta and truffle tapenade.

There’s also a brunch grazing station with brekky sliders, yoghurt jars, Bircher muesli pots, Belgian waffles and fresh fruit in case you need a little something extra after all of the pizzas.

The next event kicks off at 11am on Saturday July 13th and it’s the perfect Saturday soiree if you’re in the market for a decadent day out with the girls.

You’ll also enjoy the soothing acoustic sounds of Emily Brieger on the day.

Tickets are $49 each and so far the event has been a sellout so we suggest grabbing yours as quickly as you are able to click.

What a treat Gold Coasters.

LOCATION: Mantra at Sharks, 4 Melia Court, Southport

WHEN: Saturday July 13th from 11am until 1pm


Words by Kirra Smith.

11 next-level Gold Coast rooftop bars

The Exhibitionist Bar (image supplied)
The Exhibitionist Bar (image supplied)

If Queensland weather doesn’t shout rooftop bars at you in a high-pitched squeal, we don’t know what will. Our climate, coupled with the amazing hospitality scene here in our city, means these open-air meccas of good times and delicious libations are the prime place to find yourself — any time of the year! It’s all about drinks in the sunshine and snapping selfies with picturesque backgrounds for Insta-bragging purposes. 

So, in honour of bars in high places, here are 11 next-level rooftop bars you should make it a priority to visit this weekend — and next weekend, and the weekend after…

The Exhibitionist Bar
When HOTA opened its brand new state of the art gallery building last year (the biggest outside a capital city, by the way), we all knew the art scene was about to go up a level or two. What we didn’t realise was that a sublimely positioned rooftop bar was a part of the deal also. The highly talented Tom Angel heads up a bar and creative cocktail list, which is a seriously good spot for a sundowner — and the ideal place to take out of towners!
Where: Level 5/135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Clockwise: Kingfish ceviche, Creamy coconut rice with dulche de leche and Patacones with black beans at Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Clockwise: Kingfish ceviche, Creamy coconut rice with dulche de leche and Patacones with black beans at Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Tropic Vice
Glitzy, glamorous, and generally a wonderful time all around, Tropic Vice was the rooftop bar Nobby Beach was yearning for, and it came to fruition in 2021. The ideal spot for a weekend catch up, a mid-week cheeky cocktail, or an epic bottomless brunch every Sunday. Do yourself a favour: find yourself here sipping a cocktail whilst drinking in the gorgeous hinterland view.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

The Island Rooftop
Find the Gold Coast’s largest open air and much-loved rooftop bar perched on top of the The Island in Surfers ParadiseThe Island Rooftop is part nightclub, part bar, part live music venue, and all the parts are a fun time no matter the day of the week. Head there for the epic weekend Grazy Days lunch or just to feel like you’re on Island time.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Nineteen at The Star poolside (image supplied)
Nineteen at The Star poolside (image supplied)

Nineteen at The Star
The fanciest of the bunch is undoubtedly Nineteen at The Star, complete with velvet booth-style seating, an infinity pool and ocean views for days. Found atop the The Star Gold Coast’s The Darling, Nineteen is the perfect place for people-watching, dressing up and sipping on fancy tipples while dancing the night away. Oh and be sure to take a snap on the runway that stretches out in the pool!
Where: The Darling, Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach 

Frida Sol
The Palm Beach Mexi restaurant doubles as a rooftop bar with views out to the ocean and lots of salty ocean breezes. The eats are fresh and flavoursome, and there’s many a margarita on the list to soothe that sweltering summer humidity we’re currently experiencing. Get into Frida Sol.
Where: 1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

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

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar
A game-changer in Southport’s food and beverage scene was Mr PP’s, a deli and rooftop bar boasting city views and plenty of good vibes in the century-old postal building. There is a generous menu full of pizzas, tapas and charcuterie boards and this, folks, is the reason we love rooftop bars. Plus cocktails and local tipples, of which there are many at Mr PP’s. Live music on Sundays too.
Where: 43 Nerang St, Southport

The Collective
Everyone’s favourite multi-restaurant establishment, The Collective also boasts a sweet rooftop bar with some epic cocktails for your sipping pleasure. You can also order eats from one of the five menus on offer and watch the sunset over the ocean while you’re at it. We HIGHLY recommend.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Justin Lane (image supplied)
Justin Lane (image supplied)

Justin Lane
A much-loved favourite and the Gold Coast’s first official rooftop bar, Justin Lane is still one of the most popular rooftop’s since it’s opening in 2011. The space is intimate with booth-style seating overlooking Burleigh and plenty of cocktails to tickle your fancy. Downstairs is all the delicious pizza you could possibly need, so fill up on that, then head upstairs to mingle with the gang.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Last Night on Earth
Pretty sure that if it were, in fact, your last night on Earth, you would want to spend it at a sweet rooftop bar with bulk cocktails at the ready. Which maybe isn’t the point of Southport’s Last Night on Earth but a good intro nonetheless. Last Night on Earth is the work of local legend Arran Wollams and his crew; it’s a somewhat underworld themed rooftop bar in the heart of Southport offering good times aplenty. It’s a dive bar, but not as you know it. Check it out.
Where: 50b Nerang St, Southport 


Moxy's Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Moxy's Rooftop Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Moxy’s Rooftop Bar
This rooftop bar located down in southerly Coolangatta has beautiful glimpses of the ocean, lots of live music and an impressive cocktail menu that’ll keep you coming back for more. Whilst they may not do eats, you can order from the Mexican joint downstairs, and we’re fairly sure there’s nothing that pairs better than bulk cocktails and tacos. Always lively and worth the trip down the Coast.
Where: 2/152 Griffith St, Coolangatta

Aviary Rooftop Bar
Perched atop Mantra on Sharks, Aviary Rooftop Bar’s views are as stunning as their extensive drinks list. With 180 degree views over the Surfers Paradise skyline and the ocean, it’s the perfect place for an after work beverage or Sunday arvo session with the crew. Ohh and don’t even get us started on their authentic Italian pizza’s, and tapas… if you know, you know.
Where: Mantra at Sharks, Melia Ct, Southport (next to Southport Sharks)

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

12 Gold Coast events to ring in the New Year

New Years Eve Party (image supplied)
New Years Eve Party (image supplied)

Well, Gold Coasters, we’re reasonably sure there has never been a better year to farewell with a big old celebration (except for maybe last year)… but anyway, we have all made it to the end of 2021, and we think you’ll agree, this deserves a celebration!

In honour of that, we’ve compiled a list of all the best bashes and parties you should make every effort of attending to ring in the new year. It must be said, outstanding multiple course banquets and free-flowing drinks packages do not come round that often.

Happy revelling. You’ve earned it.

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
When it comes to oodles of the freshest seafood all served up in plush surrounds, then JW Marriott’s all-star dining experience, Citrique, should be at the top of your list. This New Year’s, find yourself and those who mean the most to you enjoying an extravagant seafood buffet-style dinner, 2-hour premium drinks package and Champagne on arrival. Two sittings of 5.30pm and 8pm, adult tickets are priced at $299pp. Buy your tickets here.
Chapter & Verse
Bring in the new year with a lavish cocktail-style party and let the hangover be worth it. Doors are set to open from 7.30pm right through to midnight. Guests will savour a four-hour drink and canape package as well as live entertainment. An adult-only event, tickets are $139 per guest. Buy your tickets here.
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

New Years Eve at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
New Years Eve at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

The Star Gold Coast
Nineteen at The Star(SOLD OUT)
For a first-class New Year’s Eve experience, choose from two dinner sittings on the rooftop at Nineteen at the Star – the Sunset Menu or the Moonlight Menu. At Sunset, you’ll get a six-course dinner experience for $160pp. The Moonlight Menu is seven courses and $220pp. Both will no doubt be magical times filled with decadent dishes and stunning views.
Uncle Su
The newly opened and sensational ode to Cantonese cuisine is a great option to bring in the new year. An early evening sitting is available for regular a la carte dining before finishing at 7.30pm. The 8pm sitting is a four-course set menu of tasty delights taking you through to midnight, with a glass of Champagne on arrival; it’s a snip at $148 per adult. Buy your tickets here.
Cucina Vivo – (SOLD OUT)
Celebrate the New Year Italian style at Cucina Vivo. Start your night with a delicious three-course menu between 5.30pm and 7.45pm. You won’t be disappointed by the five-star set menu including a welcome drink on arrival and live entertainment. Tickets are $75pp.
Garden Kitchen & Bar – The Restaurant
Celebrate in The Restaurant in style with a four course set menu for you and your friends. From 8pm until late, you can enjoy a three-hour beverage package with delicious food for $175 each. You’ll also gain access to The Lawn to see headline performances by Dirty South and Jordan Burns. What a way to ring in the year! Buy your tickets here.
Kiyomi – (SOLD OUT)
Farewell 2021, Japanese style, with the freshest ingredients, exquisitely prepared and presented for your pleasure. And what a pleasure it will be. Two seatings – 5.30pm and 7.45pm – include a staggering nine-course dinner with a glass of Champagne on arrival. The adults-only ticketed event are $150pp, and it’s sure to be an utterly incredible night.
Harvest – (SOLD OUT)
Warm-up to the celebrations ahead with a great buffet-style dinner. Feast your way through a selection of hot and cold seafood, live shucked fresh oyster stations, carvery stations, salads, cheeses and desserts. It’s impossible to leave Harvest disappointed. Two sittings between 5pm – 7pm and 7.30pm – 9.30pm are available with tickets for adults at $99pp and children (8-12 years old) $29.90 each — children under seven are free. Everyone is a winner here.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

New Years Eve Celebrations (image supplied)
New Years Eve Celebrations (image supplied)

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort – Terraces Restaurant
The entire family can bid farewell to 2021 in Terraces Restaurant with their iconic seafood buffet experience including delicious roasts and a range of delectable desserts. The adult tickets are $289 include a two beverage package and live entertainment. A 5.30pm or 8pm sitting are available, so grab yours before they sell out. Buy your tickets here.
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

The Club at Parkwood Village
There are two electrifying options up for grabs at Parkwood’s go-to for great nights out. The first is the Tiki Cocktail Party, held in their main bistro space with live entertainment from 7pm until 2am, a 3-hour drinks package, food stations and platters, plus fire twirling entertainment. A snip at $89pp!
The Beauties and Bowties Gala Dinner encompasses a three-course a la carte menu, a staggering 4-hour drinks package, red carpet arrival with photographer. And not to mention, a live band will take you right through the night. Tickets are $129pp with the added option of a spirits and cocktails upgrade for $60pp. Buy your tickets here.
Where: 76-122 Napper Rd, Parkwood

New Years Eve Celebrations (image supplied)
New Years Eve Celebrations (image supplied)

QT Gold Coast – Stingray Lounge
QT’s famed bar, Stingray, would like to take you away on a Havana Nights adventure as you see out the old and see in the new. The Cuban-style party will get you hot under the collar with delectable canapes, a 4.5-hour drinks package, and food stations galore. Doors open from 8pm with tickets at $139 per reveller. Buy your tickets here.
Where: QT Hotel, Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Hyde Paradiso – (SOLD OUT)
Could this be your best NYE yet? Get into Hyde Paradiso for the best view of the Surfers Paradise fireworks upstairs on their deck. There’ll be roaming finger food and grazing stations, DJ Mollie Rose and a four beverage package. This event by the sea is not to be missed.
Where: Level 2, Peppers Soul, 8 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Southport Sharks – (SOLD OUT)
Rock your way straight into 2022 with all of your favourite and cringe-worthy 80s and 90s tunes at Frenzy’s Food Court all you can eat Seafood Buffet. Fill up on some delectable eats followed by busting out a move to Jurassic Pop, who will be providing live entertainment till the wee hours. Adults are $65pp.
Where: Olsen & Musgrave Aves, Southport

New Years Eve Celebrations (image supplied)
New Years Eve Celebrations (image supplied)

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
The Grange – (SOLD OUT)
Push the boat well and truly out at Sanctuary Cove’s premier VIP event to see out the old year. Guests are encouraged to dress to dazzle, as a beautifully curated four-course menu is accompanied by five hours of premium drinks, including two show-stopping signature cocktails. Tickets are $299pp and include canapes on arrival with live entertainment provided by Manu Music.
Cove Cafe
Celebrate the coming of a new year with a breathtaking buffet dinner experience. Be prepared for a good time and plenty of mouth-watering items, including everything from taco bars to oyster shucking, charcoal-grilled treats, and liquid nitrogen ice cream installations. Tickets are $149 per adult, $79 per teenager (12-17 years), $49 per child (6-12 years) and infants under four years are free. Buy your 5pm-7pm tickets or 8pm-10pm tickets.
Where: Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove

Fireworks (image supplied)

Mr Hizola’s
This perpetually good Asian fusion eatery where great drinks and top food go hand in hand gives patrons the chance to experience New Year’s Eve, Shanghai-style! Doors open at 8pm for a five-course emperor fashioned feast; with a cocktail on arrival and music provided by Jake Hobbs, you’re guaranteed a great night. Tickets are $99pp!
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

SkyPoint – (SOLD OUT)
Dust off your party pants and fly up to SkyPoint to raise one last drink to the year you’re likely keen to forget. The aviation-themed event is set to keep your head in the clouds for the entire evening, the perfect place to take in all of the coast’s fireworks, naturally! Tickets include admission to SkyPoint Observation Deck, a complimentary welcome cocktail on arrival, free-flowing drinks, crewed food stations, canapes and grazing dishes all with accompanying live entertainment. What more could you ask for? Tickets are $195pp.
Where: Level 77, Q1, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

The Island – (SOLD OUT)
Treat yourself to a slice of paradise at The Island Gold Coast’s glittering, super luxe, star-studded parties this New Year’s Eve. There’ll be DJs, immersive pop-up displays, roaming performers, special guests and more across all three events Laneway Lights (ground level), Rooftop Breeze (rooftop) and Dukes & Diamonds VIP (penthouse).
All soirees kick off from 8pm for a 4.5-hour food and drinks package including premium spirits, premium tap beers and cider, wine, French sparkling with delicious canapés. Tickets are $149pp – Laneway Lights, $189pp – Rooftop Breeze, and $289pp – Dukes & Diamonds VIP. And once those have concluded, you’ll have the chance to kick on until the early hours at the Duke’s Parlour After Party. Yeehaw.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Relive the decadent days of the 1920s and get your Gatsby on at one of Broadbeach’s most lauded eateries. Swing your way through the night, and jive like no one is watching, as doors open at 8pm for a five-course Asian street feast. On top of this, you’ll enjoy a drink on arrival and live music throughout the entire evening. Tickets are $99pp.
Where: 2657 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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