If there is one thing the Gold Coast did not have that it absolutely needed, it was a vodka distillery creating a tipple that is unlike any other you’ve had the pleasure of sipping before. But guess what friends? That situation exists no longer thanks to a new Southport venue that is indeed creating a tipple that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.
It’s called Panezski Artisan Distillery, it can be found on Bailey Ave and you’re absolutely going to want to stop in there ASAP to sample not one but three types of locally made vodka, two types of gin and even a couple of beers.
The newbie is the work of husband and wife team, Paul and Vanessa who started the business because they wanted to buy their son a gin distilling kit for his birthday, he wasn’t keen (why), so they decided they were.
Love that Aussie/Polish spirit. Get it, spirit. Anyway. Vanessa’s family hails from Poland (we think royalty) and Polish people love vodka. Same. So here we are.
They’ve created a rye version, which was our fave, a wheat version and an aged version, all of which are absolutely delicious, easy to drink and quite likely, your new favourite thing.
There’s also a dry gin, a citrus gin and even a triple sec and you can buy all of those inside the sweet little speakeasy-style space.
You can also sip cocktails including a Polish Moscow Mule which is very unlike (and much better than) a usual Moscow Mule plus other delights like a Raspberry Martini, an Elderflower Fix and a Blackberry Breeze.
You can also get cheese and dip platters to eat while you’re there and you can sip a Polish beer that hasn’t been in existence for quite some time.
Not only can you pop in for a quiet sip or two on any given day, you can also hire out the cosy, low-lit space for hens parties, engagements and pretty much any gathering of the like. And it’s perfect because, the entire space will be yours PLUS there’s never ending alcohol. Great.
Panezski are creating a higher end product in both your usual 700ml bottles and a soon-to-be-released four pack of 200ml bottles so you can try a few types and choose a fave.
We’re absolutely loving seeing Gold Coast locals creating brands from scratch, particularly when those brands are alcohol related.
Which is why you need to pop on into Panezski Artisan Distillery as soon as possible, learn a thing or two about distilling spirits from people who have had a crash course and sample a few exceptional sips.
LOCATION: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport
HOURS: Friday 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 2pm to 7pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
We the people of the Gold Coast are very much community-loving people. We’re all about supporting each other and having a very good time while we do it. Which is why it’s the very best news when a sweet, new space opens up and particularly one that creates their very own brand of gin.
Yes, Gold Coasters we have a new gin distillery on our hands and they are bottling up a very smooth, flavoursome drop indeed. It’s called Wildflower Gin, it can be found on Scottsdale Drive in Varsity Lakes and you’re likely to be visiting there quite a lot from now on.
Wildflower Gin is the work of James Greig and a team of passionate distillers who have over the past few years managed to create what they’ve deemed ‘Burleigh in a bottle’, a gin filled with locally grown botanicals including cardamom, lemon myrtle and coriander plus a little drop of honey from James’ own Burleigh backyard.
It’s a very easy drinking drop, a little bit floral and paired perfectly with either tonic (ask the team which is best) or solo over ice (tried and tested).
The brand came about as a hobby for James, who is quite the multi-passionate local business owner. He began with a very small Still to see if he could make it work and of course, he could.
Now the space boasts Walter, a beautiful copper Still that initially had the job of pumping out an unimaginable amount of hand sanitizer because Wildflower launched right at the beginning of lockdown time. Which may have seemed unlucky but actually allowed James and the team to both help the local community with something we desperately needed (REMEMBER) and make a few new friends along the way.
All of whom are now die-hard fans of Wildflower Signature Gin and for good reason.
At the moment, the space is mostly a cellar door affair so you can pop in, pick up a bottle and head on home again. If you’d prefer to stay a little longer and you probably will, you can book in for a make-your-own-gin class where the team will take you through the exact steps of making your own personal bottle of gin in a tiny little still and with an array of botanicals to choose from. You can book in for a class on the website right now.
What a time to be alive.
Either way, you’re going to want to sample Wildflowers’ initial offering ASAP and keep an eye out for upcoming limited edition releases in the future.
See, supporting local businesses and having a good time, we’re all about it.
LOCATION: 486 Scottsdale Rd, Varsity Lakes
HOURS: 2.30pm to 5pm weekdays and 11am to 6pm Saturday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
It may be home to the Gold Coast’s bustling business district but Southport can also boast a huge array of incredible eateries, culture and general good times.
We’ve rounded up 15 things locals love about the place and we reckon you might enjoy them too.
In no particular order, enjoy.
There is many a good time to be had at Southport Sharks including dining at one of the delicious dish-packed restaurants, drinking at Aviary Rooftop Bar overlooking the city, joining in on one of their classes at the Health + Fitness Centre or getting involved in one of their many good time events. The possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect spot for a family event or take the crew for a Sunday afternoon session. Happy days no matter what.
Where: Olsen Avenue and Musgrave Avenue, Southport
Southport Yacht Club
Waterfront dining is the name of the game at Southport Yacht Club with two venues to choose from and stunning scenes from whichever you choose. You’re also welcome to just sit back and kick up your heels with a cold beverage or two while gazing lovingly at one of the many beautiful yachts in the marina. It’s one of the Coast’s best locations and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
Where: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach
Zero Latency is a free-roam, virtual reality experience like no other. With up to eight players per game, you’ll have the BEST time fighting zombies, exploring mystical places and challenging your friends on space stations. All you need to do is put on the VR headset, strap into the backpack and pickup the controller. Get 10% off here. It really is so good.
Where: 34 Smith Street, Southport
The Coast’s first vodka distillery opened in Southport a few short months ago and what a treat. The family-owned business are whipping up three types of vodka, two types of gin and even a couple of beers on the premises and you can pop in to grab a bottle to go, or you can sit down and enjoy a cocktail and a charcuterie board and spend a bit of time. Very cool.
Where: Unit 7/55 Bailey Crescent, Southport
Who doesn’t love a good dive bar. Particularly one that doubles as a live music venue and has a huge range of your favourite beers on offer (and some you may not have heard of). Head in there to discover some new music from both local and interstate bands and if you’re in the mood for a party, which we know you are, you can hire the space out for your next one.
Where: 44A Nerang Street, Southport
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop Bar
On the ground floor of the building you’ll find the deli section of the establishment, with an array of delicious meats and cheeses that will be brought together in platter form for your feasting pleasure. Upstairs, the rooftop bar boasts tasty cocktails, even more delicious eats and views across the city. It’s a real good time.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport
To put it bluntly, you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a Randy Wallhole bagel. There are eight flavours to choose from which means you have multiple per day if you so choose. Go for the Pulled Bas first up, it’s got Smokey BBQ pulled beef, peri mayo and apple slaw. Wash it down with some of the best coffee on the Coast and be on your merry way.
Where: 4/21 Nind Street, Southport
A newbie amongst the Southport bunch, Boudoir Lounge is the very best spot for a tasty brunch with the girls or simply a few cocktails after work. Found on Como Crescent, it quickly became the go to spot for those looking for some delicious eats, in a sweet setting and with unique sips of course. Inside there’s also a hair and beauty bar so you can get fabulous before you head out on the town. Perfect.
Where: 410/1 Como Crescent, Southport
Whether you’re four or 40, there’s tons of fun to be had at Broadwater Parklands. For starters, you can sit and stare out at the yachts you’ll never set foot on. Then, there’s the bouncy pillow (maybe don’t go on there without a child), a kiddies train, a water playground and weekly events from theatre shows to foodie markets. See, fun.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport
D Point Ten
Oh donuts, how we love you. D Point Ten can be found on Stevens Street and, in keeping with the general donut vibe, is a little hole in the wall space pumping out the freshest of donuts we may have ever excitedly shoved into our greedy mouths. In all the best flavours no less. Go the Ferrero Rocher for sure.
Where: 6/1 Stevens Street, Southport
The delightful folk at Cardamon Pod are serving up delightful dishes with a focus on clean eating but of the prettiest variety. They offer vegan and gluten free options for breakfast and lunch with a side of organic coffee and vegan desserts. All very delicious and it’s very hard to stop at just one thing or not to post on your Instagram.
Where: Brickworks Centre, 3/3 Brolga Avenue, Southport
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Southport’s centre of swimming is something for all of us to be proud of. It’s as pretty as a collection of swimming pools can be and, as it was home to all the Commonwealth Games water activities, it’s world class. The architecture is sleek and there’s a training room featuring pits filled with foam for the divers to practice in.
Where: Marine Parade, Southport
Imagine being wrongly accused of murder, chained to a wall and having to rely on your friends’ detective skills to free you. Who you gonna call? Welcome to Escape Hunt, Southport’s brain bending game guaranteed to test your problem solving skills like they’ve never been tested before. There’s a few scenarios you might be faced with, all of which involve solving a mystery with a set of intricate clues. It’s the most fun you can have inside a locked room. Make sure to take your smart friends. Grab 10% off here.
Where: 2/162 Scarborough Street, Southport
Where to start. There are SO many excellent places to peruse at the Brickworks starting with Ferry Rd Market where you can nab yourself everything from beautiful flowers to the freshest breads, seafood and fruit and veggies galore. God it’s good. Within the Centre, there’s also stunning homewares, fashion and design stores and health and beauty services. Oh, there’s also always some really cool events.
Where: Ferry Road, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith
It’s been good news all round this week in terms of local businesses being able to swing open their doors once again.
For us, it means meals cooked by professionals (who actually know what they’re doing), cold beers in actual glasses and the fun time vibes that can only be found in a venue filled with (the appropriate amount of) other people.
Especially if said venue overlooks the water in one of the most stunning spots the Gold Coast has to offer.
We’re talking about Southport Yacht Club in Main Beach friends and the happy announcement that they will be once again swinging open their doors as of this Friday 5th of June.
Of course, as is necessary, Government restrictions allow the Yacht Club to open based on 20 people per “room/defined area”, while still applying the; one person per four square metres rule. Which is what we can expect for a little while going forward and something we’re happy to comply with if it means we get to go to our beloved venues again.
The much-loved Waterfront Restaurant can now open for up to 60 patrons with two lunch and two dinner seatings, all while overlooking the Club’s Marina and beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater.
The Club is also offering a two-hour ‘Cocktail Style’ tapas seating in their newly refurbished 4Shore Bar from 3.30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Which is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to gather for a LONG overdue catch-up, unwind and to watch the sunset over the water.
What could be better.
As you’d expect, all of the disinfecting and cleaning has been in place over the past four weeks with all staff now trained in the COVID Safe certification, and contractors on hand to ensure the Club is heavily sanitised, carpets steamed cleaned, bars scrubbed and furniture pressure cleaned and sterilised.
One of the very best things about Southport Yacht Club is its open, outdoor environment with the aforementioned exceptional water views and plenty of space to make yourself at home.
We really missed you schooners with a view.
Head into Southport Yacht Club from this Friday June 5th for a very lovely time indeed.
LOCATION: 1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach
BOOKING: Call 5591 3500 to confirm opening times/bookings.
STORY SPONSORED BY SOUTHPORT YACHT CLUB