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12 reasons locals love Miami

The melting pot of top drinking destinations and arts & culture.

People dining at Paddock Bakery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
People dining at Paddock Bakery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Get in loser, we’re going shopping (and eating, and brewery-hopping, and sight seeing, and exploring street art, and… you get the idea)

Now you might be wondering why we’re throwing around random movie quotes to kick off this list (in our defence there is a Mean Girls line for *every* occasion) – but if suburbs were Mean Girls characters, Miami would for sure be the one to utter this iconic line. Miami has it all, and it knows it. Take one glance at just some of the epic spots we’ve lined up and you’ll soon see why all the other suburbs wish they could be this cool.

Aerial of Miami beach at sunset with Surfers Paradise skyline as a backdrop (image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)
Aerial of Miami beach at sunset with Surfers Paradise skyline as a backdrop (image supplied by Destination Gold Coast)

Paddock Bakery
One thing locals know, is the only thing loose in this (top) paddock is only the most scrumptious, buttery baked goods in 4220. Ever since Paddock opened it’s charmingly renovated doors in 2014, locals have been flocking there daily for their much-kneaded Paddock fix.

Reigning supreme as our baked-goods, brunch and lunch hookup ever since, the ex-Queenslander-turned-treehouse-of-our-childhood-dreams has expanded to welcome us and our relentless sweet tooth’s with open arms. With the lush gardens, cottage, loft, rooftop and barn to retreat to, the only thing more extensive than the dining space options is the menu to indulge from.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Nutella Bots, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)
Nutella Bots, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)

Granddad Jacks
It used to be that Granddads were good for stealing our noses and sneaking us butter candy, but in Miami, Granddad Jacks is good for plying us the finest locally distilled spirits, gin making classes, distillery tours and of course and just an all-round cool haunt to sit back with a top notch bevvy and let our mullets run free. These masterful wizards didn’t amass a whopping 70+ awards by getting distracted by anything other than distilling, so it’s BYO food too (and surely that means more to spend on the good stuff!)
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami

Guests enjoying a distillery tour at Grandad Jacks Craft Distillery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Guests enjoying a distillery tour at Grandad Jacks Craft Distillery (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Miami Fish Market
It would be shell-fish of us not to include the absolute pearl that is Miami Fish Market, and we have two words for you: Sashimi box. Soy-n us up, pls! Fin-ally, we have a hook up for the finest and freshest seafood that’s a sure thing (unlike heading home empty handed from your holy grail fishing spot). Also unlike a day on the water, the pros will handle all the dirty work so you can do as much or as little as you like – oysters shucked to order, anyone?!
Where: 1/54 Paradise Ave, Miami

Pizzey Park
Wine not take those fresh sucked oysters to-go and mosey right on over for a bougie picnic at the picturesque Pizzey park. As one of the biggest parks on the GC, Pizzey is a local icon and hub for sports, clubs, recreation and all round fun times for all ages. There’s an aquatic centre, playgrounds galore, a wheely epic skate park and let’s not forget the off-leash dog area for our four legged BFFs (paw out of five dogs agree Pizzey is the best park for zoomies on the GC)
Where: 80 Pacific Ave, Miami

Pizzey Park (image supplied by The Undercurrent)
Pizzey Park (image supplied by The Undercurrent)

Miami Marketta
The Coast’s OG street food night markets that put Miami on the map as a must-visit destination for foodies and live music lovers alike. The first venue of it’s kind to Miami and perhaps even the Coast, Marketta quickly grew to establish itself as a mainstay among the GC scene, bringing good vibes, live music and great food galore via the eclectic creative and cultural hotspot for over ten years now. Our beloved market brings us all our favourite tastes of the world as well as that same buzzing atmosphere that’s favoured by families especially, for rounding up their rowdy broods for an easy night out that everyone can enjoy.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami

Guests enjoying the communal seating area at Miami Marketta (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Guests enjoying the communal seating area at Miami Marketta (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

UGG Since 1974
With the hotter weather officially taking some mercy on us now we’ve packed away the budgie smugglers and it’s the perfect time to slip into something a little more cosy. Enter, Ugg Since 1974 – churning out wearable warm hugs for your feet since, well, 1974. Don’t be feeling sheepish if you didn’t know they’ve expanded their range to include a huge selection of colours, styles and options to customise – including monogramming (cute!) through to paw-dorable pet accessories (even cuter!) With factory tours running right out of Miami, the only thing better than supporting local, is treating your tootsies to a cloud-nine experience in the process.
Where: 23 Christine Ave, Miami

Lumber Punks
Ever find yourself struck by the sudden and insatiable urge to don your flanno’s and yeet sharp objects at the wall? Okay so perhaps not, but when your usual rotation of outings is just not cutting it anymore – it might be time to hit up Lumber Punks because you really can’t axe for a better way to get the crew together for some laughs or some fun date night axe-ction. If you haven’t yet tried your hand at the phenomenon that is axe throwing, chop chop – because this is one adventure that brings the axe-mosphere in blades (er, spades, rather). If it’s good enough for Jason Momoa, it’s obvs good enough for us.
Where: 19 Ozone Pde, Miami

Jason Momoa at Lumber Punks, Miami (image supplied)
Jason Momoa at Lumber Punks, Miami (image supplied)

Miami Hill
Okay, now it just feels like Miami is showing off and 469 (no kidding) google reviews can’t be wrong. At first glance those deceptively colourful trademark stairs might look all sunshine and rainbows, but one thing’s for sure – conquer that climb and you will be rewarded with one of the best vantages on the coast. With stunning views of the coastline from Surfers right down to Burleigh, there’s only one thing left to say: How’s. the. serenity. (and maybe a hearty dose of *heavy breathing* depending on how many times you decide to take on those stairs #cardi-no thanks)
Where: At the south end of Miami (you can’t miss it) 

Miami Hill (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Miami Hill (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Trader Trove
Trader Trove, more like treasure trove. Welcome to Miami’s own worldly homewares haven for those who prefer their interiors on the luxe side – and their swoon-worthy assortment of bohemian inspired home decor, that’s more expertly curated than an influencers insta feed.

We love: a family run local biz with a dreamy selection of ethically minded homewares. We don’t love: that all self control seems to exit our body when we visit.
Where: 22 Christine Ave, Miami

You no longer need a certified 90’s banger to be proclaiming ‘fergalicious (so delicious)’ because ever since Fergs moved to town we’ve had an excuse to be saying it daily. For the unacquainted – f.e.r.g.s aka Fresh Eats Really Good Sh*t – has been dishing up breakfast and brunch much to the delight of southern GC, with all the staple brunch suspects you’d expect, but also the likes of Lemon Meringue Crumpets and really, need we say more?
Where: 2/43 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Street art
It’s no secret us Gold Coasters are quite partial to doing what we can to our put our best #lewks forward, and over the last few years the streets of Miami have also been undergoing somewhat of a glow up themselves (and #spoileralert – there’s no filler to be found here folks). If it’s been a while between visits, it might surprise you to learn the suburb is at the heart of a thriving GC art and cultural boom, with a bunch of incredible artists transforming the local laneways into a destination in and of themselves. There’s even the Art Roll website dedicated to mapping out the best routes for your own self-led street art tour.

And the event that started the movement, Surface Festival returns for it’s third year this July, set to transform the local footpaths, fence lines, laneways and walls with some art-mazing fresh new works to admire and we’re here. for. it.
Where: Check the Art Roll website for locations

Art Roll Gold Coast (image supplied)
Art Roll Gold Coast (image supplied)

Precinct Brewing Co
If you’ve worked up a thirst just reading this list – last but by no means least is everyone’s (yep, we called it) favourite brewery, Precinct Brewing Co. Once you’ve stepped through the doors you’ll be welcomed into a sleek, all-white space with greenery dripping from up high, and an absolute slew of tanks brewing up some tasty treats. You can see why people say, it’s the place to beer! Don’t forget to grab one of the tasty pizzas coming from the onsite kitchen too…
Where: 17 Christine Ave, Miami

Precinct Brewing Comedy (image supplied)
Precinct Brewing Comedy (image supplied)

We’re very frond of Ferg’s

Food at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Ok we can’t herb our enthusiasm here, because Miami’s café caper just got more unbe-leaf-able.

Taking over from The Elegant Shed in Hillcrest Parade, you’ll find a new eats and sips spot all dressed up and ready to grow!

Say aloe(vera) to Ferg’s, and no we’re not referring to Prince Andrew’s ex, but the eclectic garden-shed vibing café serving restaurant quality food.

Exterior of Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Exterior of Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Paul Carter is the new boss-man in town, aptly choosing the acronym F.e.r.g.s for his delicious breakfast and brunch venue.

So what the heck does Ferg’s stand for you ask and lettuce explain. It means Fresh Eats Really Good Sh*t and #IbegYourGarden?!

Serving up the freshest local produce, the name certainly fits and was simply mint to be.

Choosing the location for its hip and happening factor, multifaceted culture and super friendly local spirit, Paul and the Ferg’s team are bringing good old-fashioned community shed feels to the ‘hood.

When you walk in, there’s not a single too-cool-4-school pouting barista or waitperson in sight.

Everyone is smiling, plus they remember your name and srsly this sort of service gives us the warm and fuzzies every day of the week.

Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Ferg’s certainly looks the part, with its woody, kinda rustic, mismatched, and entirely charming aesthetic and swagger.

Upon entry, you’re eyes are drawn to the large concrete table in middle of the space, summonsing you to pull up a pew and chew the fat with fellow Ferg’s folk.

Or, plonk yourself on one of the bar stools lining the perimeter, chill on the bench seat (if you’re lucky – it’s prime real estate), or bags one of the few tables and chairs out front under funky mustard and white umbrellas.

Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Recruiting Head Chef Wendy Ortiz (ex-Overdose Specialty Coffee in Ramsgate Beach, New South Wales) and Aleesha Forno of Miss Moneypenny’s fame to design the menu was an Expert Level Pro move.

The food is honestly five-star restaurant quality and totally ex-seeded all our expectations.

The frontrunner and signature dish is Lemon Meringue Crumpets and the name alone is enough to induce a lip-licking reflex.

Made with Sourdough Co crumpets, house lemon curd, oat crumble and berry gel, it’s beyond be-leaf.

Food at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

We also feel all the feels for the Smashed Avo Taco because anything involving avocado and tacos is destined to end up in our stomachs.

Served in a blue corn taco, feast on smashed avocado, fetta, watercress, and seeds.

If you or someone in your fold is a staunch meat eater, the Bacon & Egg Roll will hit the spot with greens, hickory smoked bacon, egg, Swiss cheese, and house relish.

Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Beverage-wise, pair your chow with coffee brewed with Gabriel beans, a cuppa tea, iced drinks, milkshakes, thick shakes, smoothies, and dairy-free smoothies like the Banoffee. With banana, rolled oats, maple syrup, an espresso shot (wakey wakey!), peanut butter, cocoa powder and almond milk, it’s better than the dessert.

The signature sips would have to be the Hrvst St cold pressed juices, and nothing prickles our fancy more on a stinking hot summer’s day.

May we recommend the Ruby Tuesday with watermelon, pink lady apple, pear, rhubarb and lime #TheBee’sKnees.

Food & drinks at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food & drinks at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

So if it’s fresh, restaurant-quality eats, smiley service, and a community feel you crave, Ferg’s is your new BFF.

And watch this space coz boozy brunches and nights are in the pipeline, meaning we can soon eat, drink (like, drink drink), and be rosemary.

Where: 2/43 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: 5.30am – 1.30pm Monday to Friday & 6am – 12pm Saturday & Sunday

 Words by Bianca Trathen.
Images by Brittany Kreskas.

Food at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food at Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

9 Gold Coast spots to get your Biscoff on

Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Forget Nutella fellow dessert lovers, Biscoff is where it’s at. Hailing from Belgium way back in the 1930s this delicious caramel spiced biscuit is a warm hug for your tastebuds. With the invention of the spreadable version, this classic is having its viral moment in the sun – because the only thing better than a mouth-watering bickie moment is being able to slather it on *gestures vaguely* whatever the heck you please.

We’ve lined up all the best Gold Coast haunts to go get your Bisc-on. So whether you’re a super-fan, an all-round dessert enthusiast or you’re ready to find out what all the fuss is about (no judgement, but it’s about time!) – we’ve done all the leg work so you can bi-scoff-ing these sweet treats down in no time.

Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Blame It On Cookie, Mr Treat, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Mr Treat
There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies to get the tastebuds tingling. We’re starting strong with a cookie-ception creation of epic proportions, but just make sure you’re sitting down first because the Blame It On Cookie dreamt up by Mr Treat features cookie dough stuffed with biscoff and white chocolate chips.
Where: At Oh My, Waffle, 6/1837 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

Swirling Southern Gold-Coasters into a frenzy, fro-yo fans will already be well acquainted with Yo-Chi for (soft) serving up their sweet treat fixes, and resulting brain freezes – #worthit. As mega Yo-Chi fans we hope (& pray) the warmed Biscoff topping NEVER comes off the ever-rotating options of sweet toppings.
Where: 89 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Sugar Daddy, Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Sugar Daddy, Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Cheeky Waffles
If this were Dolly mag, our teen-selves would definitely be giggling madly while poring over this next entry in that highly-coveted sealed section. If it’s orgasmically good desserts you’re after, Cheeky Waffles is here to fill that (genitalia shaped dessert) hole in your life. Yup, you read that right – select your vessel of choice – willy be having a waffle weiner or a lady garden? Because why just reserve the fun just for hen’s nights, we ask?!

We can’t go past the Biscoff-inspired topping that sounds so good it should no longer be considered G rated: waffle dipped in Caramilk chocolate with a crumbled biscoff topping & gold powder. If it’s #literalfoodporn you’re after, do yourself a favour and head to Cheeky Waffles for happy endings all round.
Where: 3189 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Biscoff White Choc, Milkman's Cookies (image supplied)
Biscoff White Choc, Milkman's Cookies (image supplied)

Milkman’s Cookies
If you thought we were done talking about boxes, well – not quite. Because thanks to Milkman’s Cookies, you can literally nab yourself a box of Biscoff infused cookie goodness by the dozen for those sugar cravings that just won’t quit. Their Biscoff White Choc creation features the Milkman’s signature cookie dough with white chocolate chips and a stuffed Biscoff cookie butter centre. Did we mention it’s topped with extra biscoff and a lotus biscuit? #i’llbestuffed
Where: Bundall HOTA markets every Sunday

Sens Coffee QSV
First, there came the cronut – then – the croffle (the lovechild of a croissant x waffle, for the uninitiated), and THEN? Sens Coffee QSV went and dreamt up the Lotus Biscoff Croffle #withallthetrimmings. A croffle, loaded with lotus biscuit, almond crumble, crème Chantilly and chocolate ice cream. We can only assume you’re still here, and not immediately #OMW to get yourself one because the thought of this heavenly creation has sent you into a daze.
Where: 129 Queen Street, Southport

Biscoff Croffle, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (image supplied)
Biscoff Croffle, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (image supplied)

Milky Lane
Hello? It’s the dessert of our dreams calling. If the sound of a Caramilk & Biscoff Cookie Dough Skillet doesn’t already have you drooling, let us elaborate. It’s served topped with Caramilk chips, crushed Lotus biscuit, vanilla ice cream and icing sugar (for good measure). I guess this is one call we will actually answer (#U up?)
Where: 1/38 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Burleigh Gelato Co.
If you can’t cone-tain your love of gelato, we’ve got the scoop on one mash-up you don’t want to miss. Burleigh Gelato Co. is serving up gooey, chocolate brownie loaded with Biscoff paste and topped with a Biscoff biscuit. But you should probably add a side of the signature Biscoff gelato, just to be extra sure the craving is definitely satisfied.
Where: 9 Connor St, Burleigh or 3/10 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach

Loaded Brownies, Burleigh Gelato Co (image supplied)
Loaded Brownies, Burleigh Gelato Co (image supplied)

Parkway Robina
#ICYMI Parkway Robina is dishing up Biscoff Hot Choc and with the ‘cooler’ (inverted commas because #GC) months ahead, it’s the perfect time for southern Gold Coasters to sip into Parkway for a delectably drinkable dessert that will remind you of a cozy hug from Nanna. (But if anyone asks, her cookies will always be the GOAT)
Where: 16B/361 Robina Pkwy, Robina

Paddock Bakery
Have we saved the best for last? All we can say is donut sleep on this – three words: Biscoff. Cheesecake. Doughnut. (We’ll let you be the judge.) What started as a special, was soon welcomed as a Paddock staple. A semi-sourdough doughnut dipped in a Caramel glaze, filled with a Biscoff Cheesecake filling, sprinkled with cookie crumb & a Biscoff bikkie (for dipping, obvs). We’ll take two #prettypleasewithabiscoffontop
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

Words by Kellie Leader.

Biscoff Cheesecake Doughnut, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)
Biscoff Cheesecake Doughnut, Paddock Bakery (image supplied)

15 of the Gold Coast’s best brews

Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)

International Beer Day – don’t mind if we do

Fan of a frothy? Us too. And it turns out it’s not just us, the beverage that really does need no introduction officially has its own day of honour – well overdue if you ask us. On Friday 4th August we’ll be cracking open a coldy to celebrate International Beer Day, and in honour we’ve penned a list of the top breweries that the Gold Coast has to offer.

So ‘hop’ on down to one this weekend. And next weekend. And the one after…

Fortitude Brewing Co
Froth fanatics, Fortitude Brewing Company sees you! This hinterland spot has 15 taps, each pouring something different from the range of Fortitude and Noisy Minor beers – all brewed on site! Visitors can nom their way through a variety of made-to-order pizzas whilst sinking a tasting paddle…or two, or… Enjoy the venue’s rugged exteriors and soft-hearted interiors and on weekends, soak up the beats from talented muso’s.
Beer to sip: Fortitude Pacer — the perfect session pale ale.
Where: 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights

Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)

Laughing Lizard Brewery
The good times keep on keeping on at Laughing Lizard with over 150 different beers! The best part, however, is that none contain any nasty chemicals or preservatives (yay, no hangover…well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it…), and there’s even a gluten-free option #CeliacsRejoice! Here you’ll find a micro-brewery, beer and spirits shop, and every party planner’s besty – a keg hire service!
Beer to sip: You can’t go wrong with the Skini – light bodied, low carb, but full flavour.
Where: 27 Sinclair Street, Arundel

Hound & Stag
Who said the north side wasn’t the place to be? Guarantee you’ll have a ‘beery’ good time at one of the newest breweries on the block, the old barn-style joint is the largest taproom on the Northern GC with 28 beer taps and an epic kitchen serving up Modern Australian food daily.
Beer to sip: Struggling to pick the perfect pint from the huge range on offer? You can’t go wrong with the award-winning Red Baron for a spritzy and refreshing brew.
Where: 13 Wrights Place, Arundel

Hound & Stag Brewing Co, Arundel (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Hound & Stag Brewing Co, Arundel (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

SOPO Brewing Co
A hidden gem on the beer scene here on the Gold Coast, we reckon SOPO Brewing Co is one of the suburbs best kept secrets. They’ve got house brews as well as monthly releases to keep those tastebuds on their toes, with the microbrewery delivering a tasty range of craft beers, lagers and ciders exclusive to the venue.
Beer to sip: When in SOPO one must drink the SOPO IPA of course!
Where: 146 Scarborough St, Southport

Madocke Beer Brewing Company
The ultimate Belgian beer experience awaits at Ashmore’s Madocke! Starting their commercial brewery in a tiny garage, proud owners Jimmy and Annelies are a bona fide local success story! Enjoy the complex flavours and richness of their brewskis at free Thursday trivia nights, and pair your pitcher with some belly laughs at live comedy night every Friday. Skohl!
Beer to sip: The creamy and refreshing White IPA Celebration is the perfect night starter – see you on the d floor.
Where: 286 Southport Nerang Road, Ashmore

BOB's Beers, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
BOB's Beers, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

BOB’s Beer
Beers near the beachfront – you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend your International Beer Day, wouldn’t you? Whether you’re a local or playing tourist, BOB’s Beer is one of the best joints in Surfers for a cheeky brew, with a seriously swanky fit-out with high ceilings and most importantly those glistening copper pipes delivering that expertly brewed amber nectar straight to our glasses.
Beer to sip: The Surfers XPA of course – a deliciously easy drinking pale ale brewed entirely out of local malt, perfect!
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

The Lucky Squire
In case you haven’t put two and two together, this brewhouse brings to life the story of Australia’s first brewer, the rogue swindler James Squire (cue ‘aha’ moment). Celebrating quality craft beers and modern pub grub, the custom-designed full-functioning microbrewery pumps out small, exclusive batch brews, and it’s a cracking spot to round up your crew for an arvo sesh.
Beer to sip: Check out their limited-release small batch brews rotating the taps. Our current fave is Chivalry – because of course it’s not dead.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

The Lucky Squire, Broadbeach (image supplied)
The Lucky Squire, Broadbeach (image supplied)

Lost Palms Brewing
This pink and mint icon is a short stroll from the hot spots in Nobby’s and a ‘hop’, skip and a jump from Miami Marketta. Pull up a pew outside, sink some unique and refreshing brews, and make sure you grab some sweet snaps for your socials. Roll up for $1 Wings on Thursday nights and live music on Sunday arvo’s, and see why this wicked brewery is a must-visit!
Beer to sip: Lost Palms Talle Daze Hazy Pale — one of their core range beers, named after the local Tallebudgera Creek.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami

Precinct Brewing
Bursting onto the Miami arts precinct scene with a rapacious welcome, Precinct Brewing now has solid status as the place to grab a freshly made beer, pull up a stool and forget all of life’s woes. They make matters much more bearable with the tastiest of pizzas, stand-up comedy, and some captivating, limited releases like their recent Big If True, Hazy IPA — yummy!
Beer to sip: Check out their weekly Friday releases for exclusive flavours!
Where: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami

Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

If you love a social brew but you don’t love the idea of a potential hangover, then Australia’s first non-alcoholic brewery – SOBAH – is going to be for you. Tucked away in Burleigh, the brewery and café will have their range of full-flavour brews on offer, bringing that real craft beer flavour you know and love without the sore head. We’ll have more of the inside scoop for you when the brewhouse opens Monday 7th August.
Beer to sip: The Pepperberry IPA or Davidson Plum GF Ale are our regulars, celebrating the best of our native Australian ingredients.
Where: Unit 1, 314 Burleigh Connection Road, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)

Burleigh Brewing Co.
With gold medals for days from the World Beer Championships, you know you’re in for a good ale here! Famous for their paddle boards, relaxed atmosphere, big smiles and super friendly service, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday arvo (or Friyay / Saturday sesh). There’s even awesome live music to set the mood while you quench your thirst. Cheers!
Beer to sip: Burleigh Brewing Burleigh Bighead — No carb, no-fuss big flavoured thirst quencher.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Black Hops beer (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Hops beer (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Black Hops HQ & Black Hops II
The runaway success of the original Black Hops in Burleigh spurred the creation of its spacious and upscale sibling, Black Hops II in Biggera Waters. Both serve up 16 beers on tap and have popular food trucks on site to feed hungry punters. So whether you’re north or southside, round up your mates, the fam and even your pooch for some award-winning amber ales.
Beer to sip: Black Hops Send It Session Ale — light, fruity, and not too strong
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters

Aardvark & Arrow Brewery
This Varsity based microbrewery may produce ‘petite’ batches, but their list of return customers is anything but small! Consistently producing and supplying chemical and preservative free beer and cider that exceeds expectations, the boutique beers here are on point. The staff are uber friendly and knowledgeable and the prices will blow ya mind (in a good way).
Beer to sip: For something fresh, opt for the GC Crisp – a seriously refreshing light coloured, crisp beer perfect for a brewery sesh.
Where: 13 John Duncan Court, Varsity Lakes

Balter Brewing (image supplied)
Balter Brewing (image supplied)

Balter Brewing Company
Another one with awards up the wazoo, the newly renovated Balter never disappoints. Its line-up of founders includes some seriously famous sporting legends, and it just oozes chillax and cool in equal measure. Whether it’s from the tap or can, there’s a variety of styles to get your tastebuds singing. Kick back in the new beer garden and enjoy live beats with your brew, along with food truck goodness.
Beer to sip: Balter XPA — Balter’s most awarded beer can be yours fresh from the production line.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin

4 Pines Coolangatta
Another beachfront favourite of ours, but this time nestled on the Cooly shoreline is 4 Pines Coolangatta. The relaxed Southern Gold Coast vibe makes this little brew spot the perfect place stop in for a session. With six taps of their finest beers and 2 Keller door taps pumping out fresh flavours, as well as a dedicated Doggos of 4 Pines polaroid wall, it’s loved by locals for a reason.
Beer to sip: Nothing says 4 Pines like their Pacific Ale – fresh, fruity and floral, it’s impossible not to love.
Where: The Strand, 28/72 Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Words by Bianca Trathen & Jacqueline Bojanowski.

4 Pines Coolangatta (image supplied)
4 Pines Coolangatta (image supplied)
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