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New Nobby’s bar brings vintage, underground vibes

Oh hey Nobby’s, it’s been awhile between drinks but that’s all about to change thanks to a sweet new bar that swung open it’s doors recently and we see quite a lot of the lowlit, New York-style space in our future.

It’s called Nobby’s Rock and it has moved on into the one time home of Firecue bringing something quite unique to the little beachside suburb we all love.

It’s an intimate room; dark and moody and lit with hanging pendant bulbs a red glow throughout that sets the mood. Hanging greenery brings the space to life, vintage mirrors hang at one end and stunning Chesterfield couches make up a cosy, sophisticated area in the back.

The bar is stacked with goodies and you may perch yourself up there to watch the team at work or take up a table with the crew out the front. It’s the type of place you might expect to see down an alleyway in Melbourne or underground in New York but our laidback Gold Coast good vibes are prominent and owner Mitch McIntyre (formerly of Aquaduck fame) has done an excellent job of creating the perfect addition to our very own little bar scene.

As you’d expect, the cocktail menu is a good one with plenty of interesting (read: delicious) takes on your favourite tipples plus a few unique newbies of course.

We absolutely LOVE the Rhubarb Rocks with rhubarb and ginger gin (who has ever heard of such a magical thing). grapefruit liqueur, vermouth, rhubarb bitters and sugar. It’s one of the tastiest things we’ve ever put in our mouths.

The Ink Gin Martini is also a delight with Ink Gin, elderflower, lime and sugar and Notes of India has Ophir Gin, ginger syrup, hibiscus syrup, lime and ginger ale.

All exceptional.

Get this though guys, there are also Espresso Martinis and you may drink them for the VERY affordable price of $12 each. Yes indeed.

As you can probably tell, Nobby’s Rock was created as a bar and it is a delightful little spot for a tipple but that’s not all they’ve got going on.

Head Chef Joel Bryant (of Hyde Paradiso, Oskars on Burleigh, Seaduction and Songbirds fame – yes all the best ones) has created a mouthwatering menu so you can indulge in epic eats while you sip. Which is really the very best thing one can do, no?

Highlights include (but are not limited to) Vegan Risotto made with cauliflower risotto, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seed pesto, confit garlic soy custard, grapes and baby basil. One of the greats.

Also the Sirloin Steak with Gippsland Sirloin (from Nobby’s Organic Butcher), charred asparagus, sweet potato puree and Balter bernaise and the Roasted Free Range Chicken with baby carrots, Kombucha gel and roasted chook jus.

There is a bar snacks section but the focus is on dishes for one and that is how we like it.

Everything is locally sourced (including from Fosters Bakery – love you) where possible and made with the highest quality ingredients but for actually affordable prices. Which is really great.

So you see it’s a very good time to be Nobby’s Beach and we are probably moving back now. Make Nobby’s Rock a must-do this weekend, it’s for your own good.

LOCATION: 2243 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
HOURS: From 5pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

13 reasons locals love Nobbys Beach

Rubi Red downstairs seating (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Rubi Red downstairs seating (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

We love a suburb with a generous helping of things to do, eat and drink (not necessarily in that order) and thankfully, we are blessed with several such ‘burbs here on the Coast.

One note-worthy standout is the seaside sweetheart Nobby Beach. Whether you’re footloose and fancy-free, or heading out and about with the fam, there is much to love.

Let us share with you thirteen local haunts which have helped gain Nobbys such an unwavering – and ever-growing – staunch following.

Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar
She may have just opened, but Ruby is one helluva lady who’ll leave you 110% satisfied with every bite and sip. With restaurateur and chef extraordinaire Michael Lambie in the driver’s seat bringing his international culinary prowess to the table, you know you’re in for something uber spesh. Between the drool-worthy modern Asian cuisine menu and it-girl feels, it’s simply unmissable.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Zephyr Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Zephyr Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Zephyr Kitchen & Bar
Its casual yet sophisticated vibe, cool elegance and tropical feel make this newcomer a welcome addition and an instant hit amongst Nobby’s locals. With Mediterranean nosh and cocktails so good you’ll order way more than your PT would like (side note: try the Mushroom Truffle Arancini Balls and ALL the pizzas), if you haven’t already been, off you pop.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Tropic Vice
This place is a VIBE. The sun-lit rooftop is the perfect setting to sip on signature cocktails & graze on a unique “Florribean” inspired menu, combining flavours of the Caribbean and South America. Promising an ‘overseas’ experience with styling accents from Palm Springs, California, Miami and Florida, trust us – she delivers the goods. And a view!
Where: Upstairs 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Mexicali (image supplied)
Mexicali (image supplied)

Mexicali
You had us at Mexican. Find us a human who doesn’t appreciate a good Mexican feed and no, this is simply not possible. With eclectic art, vibes-a-plenty and all the quintessential modern Mexican foods you could hope for, this place is a sure thing. It’s laid-back atmosphere and super friendly staff add to its appeal, and any place that serves churros and cocktails can do no wrong.
Where: Level 1, 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Bine Bar & Dining
Let’s talk Bine. Specialising in craft beer and perfectly matched food, and…need we say more? With 8 rotating taps, a bunch of different bottled beers, a selection of wines and mouth-watering cocktail options matched with a modest yet v decadent menu, there are plenty of reasons to love it….and come back again and again.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach

Okazu (image supplied)
Okazu (image supplied)

Okazu
Now there’s a decent dose of Japanese going around our hood, but we can never get enough. Have any of these sushi bars or poke bowl dreamboats failed us? The answer is a hard no. Okazu is no exception, this convenient grab and go spot featuring Donburi, Okonomiyaki and Sushi Rolls is as fresh as it is delicious and it has us coming back every day.
Where: 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Rare Groove
If you’re talking a GC institution, this.is.it. Rare Groove buys, sells and trades records, tapes and CDs of all genres (tapes – eeee!). Step inside and you’re transported back in time with old-school band posters which we recognise from our bedroom wall circa 1999, and hundreds of albums to peruse. Warning: you may end up here for three times as long as you intended.
Where: 2241B Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

BSKT Cafe (image supplied)
BSKT Cafe (image supplied)

BSKT Cafe
Ahh BSKT, you are simply the gift that keeps on giving. With a menu that never disappoints and a cool, confident yet relaxed vibe reserved for enduring supernovas of this calibre, if you haven’t been here yet are you even a true Gold Coaster? Consistently voted one of the best tables in town, there is not a single dish that doesn’t hit a home run.
Where: 4 Lavarack Rd, Nobbys

Nobbys Shack
If health food is your jam (sugar-free jam of course), one would hope you’ve cottoned on to The Shack Superfood Café and if not, it’s about time you convert. With tasty eco-friendly meals like smoothies, acai bowls and wraps in a breezy, non-pretentious environment, the brand spanking new version of the previous fave The Shack Superfood Café, lives up to its predecessor’s high standards…and then some.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

The Backyard Cafe entrance, Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
The Backyard Cafe entrance, Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Backyard Café
Although tears-a-flowed when Yard Café closed (RIP), the silver lining is that it was reborn as the new-you-beaut Backyard Café. Serving up scrummy brekkies and brunches, don’t even start us on the actual ‘backyard’ area (hot tip: kids will love it), or the after hours Tex Mex with a side of many margies!
Where: 17 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach

Cambus Wallace
A nautical-themed rum and whisky bar delivering old school service and quality, it’s a long-standing crowd pleaser for good reason. The space is low-lit, close-knit and always pumping. Swing in for some delish share plates, a drink or two and soak up the intimate ambience. Add live music to the equation and voila – it’s a recipe for amazingness.
Where: 4/2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

The Undercurrent Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
The Undercurrent Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2019 The Undercurrent)

That mural
Speaking of Mexicali and epic art, a notorious and much-loved part of the Nobbys highway strip is the eye-catching mural adorning one side of the restaurant. Designed and painted by local legend Luke Day, the colourful creation and all its pinky bluey goodness has become a favourite Insta-snap opp. Say cheese…or churros!
Where: The north side of Mexicali (you won’t miss it)

SOMM Wine Store
Yeah we’ve talked a lot about foody joints (how unlike us – said no-one ever) but there is absolutely no denying that SOMM Wine store is a firm local favourite of the vino variety. Owned by husband and wife duo Joe and Natalie, their backstory is reflected in the carefully curated wines begging to occupy real estate at your next dinner party. Specialising in a boutique wineries, you’ll find a winner (or five) every visit.
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Words by Bianca Trathen.

SOMM Wine Store interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
SOMM Wine Store interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Forreal Kitchen

Allow us to begin by sharing the news that deep fried Gaytimes are a thing and you can eat them at Nobby’s newbie Forreal Kitchen (previously Barchino).

The end.

Jks. Seriously though, did other people know this and keep what may be the most delicious food in the world a secret. Let’s hope not hey.

Let’s go back to the beginning. Last week Nobby’s welcomed another new eatery to the fray and we may never have seen a more balanced and extensive menu in all our food eating lives.

The premise of Forreal Kitchen is this: life is all about balance and good food is one of the greatest pleasures there is, therefore we should enjoy both the healthy and not-so-healthy but oh-so-delicious varieties in order to stay sane (and happy). Makes perfect sense to us because Deep Fried Gaytimes.

The interior is all kinds of colourful cuteness with bright pink, patterned wallpaper on one side and literal leaves sprouting from the other. Greenery hangs from every available space and rattan light shades round out the cosy, natural, indoor jungle feels.

So besides the previously mentioned Deep Fried Gaytimes, what can you eat? Well pals, a little bit of everything.

Of course, there are smoothie bowls – nine varieties to be precise – and if you’re in one of those healthy moods (apparently it’s a thing) go for the Gracefully Green with spinach, green matcha, banana, pineapple, coconut milk, avocado and served with Paleo muesli, flowers and toasted coconut.

For lunch there’s (so many good things) the Forreal Boy with crispy prawns served on a crusty French Roll with apple slaw and crispy fries. Yep there is.

There are also share plates along the lines of a Big Fat Beef and Maple sausage with jalapeno relish and Asian Greens in Miso Caramel. People’s culinary imaginations actually blow our minds.

You can drink cocktails, match wines to your breakfast (STOP IT) or order a smoothie called Are You Forreal, which is a secret rainbow concoction not for the faint of heart.

Green shots are a thing too if your attempt to balance all those other goodies gets out of hand.

The place is seriously one of a kind and the girls have actually thought of everything.

Get on it guys.

LOCATION: 28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach (underneath Santorini)
HOURS: From 6am to 3pm daily (open for breakfast and lunch)

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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