A SPEC-tacular new bar calls Miami home

SPEC exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
SPEC entrance (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Finding places to kick back in an outdoor space with live music can sometimes be a little mission here on the Gold Coast. You either have amazing open-air spaces and no music or great live music but indoors. Finding the two combined should be a welcome find then; throw in some great food and tasty drinks, and you should be onto a winner, right?

Well, low and behold, since opening last week, Spec in Miami appears to be ticking all of those boxes!

The new venue has taken over the space that was once home to the vegan-friendly and whitewashed Love Child Collective just south of Nobbys Beach on the Gold Coast Highway. We won’t lie; we were sad to see The LC close its doors some time back. However, this story has a happy ending. With Love Child Kitchen & Bar moving itself further up into Mermaid Beach and Spec setting up shop, we have the best of both worlds.

If the darker feel and décor are anything to go by for Spec, it promises a more mature and mixed offering than its predecessor. With a big emphasis on delivering what all great Gold Coast venues should: beautiful spaces with excellent service and captivating menu items.

Citrus, Fennel & Avocado Salad, Al Pastor Tacos and Paradise Martini, SPEC (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Citrus, Fennel & Avocado Salad, Al Pastor Tacos and Paradise Martini, SPEC (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Perhaps the most eye-catching part of Spec is its rather sizeable and vibrant mural depicting an excited/upset bear (open to interpretation) from local creative designer/muralist Kiel Tillman. Seriously, what this guy can do makes us totally in awe of the true talent artists have. What’s the inspiration behind a bear, you might wonder? We’re told, one of the owners is a full-time special forces soldier who spends much time stationed overseas in a unit nicknamed ‘The Bears,” hence the name. Spec also stands for specifications, which are integral in bringing cocktails to life and getting flavoursome recipes together. Without them, your tastebuds would be at a loss!

Spec’s overall vibe is industrial with a slice of refinery and a sprinkling of masculine charm. Inside there are some leather couches that just beg to be slipped into whilst sipping one of their S.O.B. cocktails, a tequila inspired old fashioned-esque short drink. High tables offer the perfect opportunity to catch up over locally made beers and lose track of time. Whilst copious outdoor space — front and back — means basking in the afternoon sun with French Rosé and grazing on a dynamic menu is a welcomed opportunity.

SPEC interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
SPEC interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Food-wise the menu has a slight leaning towards Mexican with delicious Tacos of the pork, beef and fish variety and other associated spicy fresh flavours. You’ll also see a nod to European favourites with a Sweet Sicilian Bruschetta, Baked Brie, Patatas Bravas and Pea & Feta Arancini Balls.

Open every morning from 7am as a coffee bar, lunch and dinner kicks off from Wednesday through to Sunday. On the horizon, Spec plans to hold open-air movie nights by a projector in their back garden space as well as regular live music. In doing so, they plan to capture some of the crowd that migrates between Nobbys Beach and Miami. And with a pending application for a 2am liquor license, this could become a new favourite late-night hangout for those who like to stay up past their bedtime. You might just have to reschedule that sunrise jog, we’re afraid.

Where: 2176 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
When: Coffee Bar 7 days 7am – 11am  |  Kitchen & Bar Wed-Sun 11am – late

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Espresso Martini, The Spec, Paradise Martini and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (L-R) (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Espresso Martini, The Spec, Paradise Martini and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (L-R) (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)



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