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.
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