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Hard Rock who?

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines have brewed up something big for sports fans!

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

It doesn’t get much better for sports buffs than the ultimate trifecta of brews, bites and ball sports (or any sports, but we’re not about to let semantics stand in the way of good alliteration). We’ve got a snookering suspicion that Surfers Paradise’s mammoth new $6.5 million super venue will be a revelation among sip fans and sports fanatics alike.

A collaboration between The Sporting Globe and 4 Pines Brewing, the much-anticipated venue has opened in the glowed-up corner site where Hard Rock Cafe once famously reigned supreme.

The two hospitality titans deliver the largest of The Sporting Globe’s in Australia, and a microbrewery, just a stone’s throw from the Surfers Paradise beachfront.

Somebody pitch us, we’ve died and gone to sports bar heaven!

Iconic Guitar at The Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Iconic Guitar at The Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Ever since Hard Rock Cafe blew full time on its 26-year innings on the Surfers strip in 2022, we knew it would take something extremely epic to fill the gaping, novelty-guitar sized hole left in its wake.

Delivering a multi-million dollar flagship facility for the iconic Surfers site, the bar-raising new sports destination fills the Shaq-sized shoes inherited from its predecessor and then some.

Food at The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines (image supplied)
Food at The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines (image supplied)

Restoring the Glitter Strip’s favourite street corner to its former, brews and chews slinging glory, The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines venture is breaking records right out of the gate.

The M.O. for the state-of-the-art new venue is ‘Where Beer Meets Sport’ – complete with mixology from the city’s largest circular island bar, fancy pants wrap-around digital screens and an on-site microbrewery.

She’s destined to be a crowd pleaser from the get-go.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Featuring over 60 HD screens at which sports fans can glue their eyeballs (slash, share a piece of their mind), the high-tech sports haven is also blessed with no less than 80 taps.

14 taps are dedicated to 4 Pines brews, fermented in-house in the fully operational, ground-floor brewery.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

As is good and proper, the hefty new 1000 pax venue comes kitted out with all the mod-cons for impeccable spectating conditions, though, it’s no one-trick pony.

Positioning itself as a family-friendly sporting venue, Surfers’ new star player is set to become the go-to meeting place to watch, listen, eat, drink and be entertained.

Food at The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines (image supplied)
Food at The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines (image supplied)

Throw in late-night tunes entertainment and extended trade for those spritely souls who like to keep the par-tay going into the wee hours.

The Sporting Globe slider-s onto Surfers’ scene boasting a sizeable selection of the freshest brews going, high-def screens out the wazoo, crowd fave chews like Buffalo wings, Loaded nachos and more Parmy and Burger flavours than you can poke a hockey stick at.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

Following in the footsteps of the concept’s debut at King Street Wharf in Sydney, the new Surfers Paradise venture is the second collaborative effort between and the award-winning 4 Pines brew crew… as if there was ever any doubt this perfect pairing would be welcomed with anything other than open arms and thirsty traps!

Pouring everything from crisp Japanese-style lagers through to some QLD-inspired limited release brews.

The team predicts some 500,000 schooners will be churned out per year.

How do you like them apple…ciders?

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

As you’d expect, Australia’s leading hospitality and sports entertainment franchise is holding up its end of this dream partnership.

Coming in clutch with all the game day bells and whistles, there’s also a dedicated private function room, booth seating fitted with top-of-the-line TVs (with individual channel selection, thank you very much!) and a beer garden vibing balcony should you wish to revel outside instead.

Yep, they’ve smashed it out of the park, here!

Game on, Gold Coasters.

Where: Cnr Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
When: 10am – 3am Friday – Saturday, 10am – 12am Sunday – Thursday

Words by Kellie Leader

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, Surfers Paradise(Image: © 2024 Inside Gold Coast)

The Hard Rock Café site gets a $6.5m new lease on life

Iconic Guitar at The Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Iconic Guitar at The Hard Rock Cafe, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Ever since our beloved Hard Rock Café suddenly shut up shop last year (sigh), we have waited with bated breath to find out who or what would take over this iconic corner of the glitter strip.

Well, that day has finally arrived and holy newsflash Batman, the next chapter is set to #SrslySlay. With more bells and whistles than you can poke a 17-metre guitar at (too soon?), the collab we never knew we needed has revealed an epic plan for GC’s hottest address.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)

Sports fans, beer enthusiasts, and basically anyone who loves a good time, you’re in for one helluva treat as The Sporting Globe and 4 Pines Brewing Company combine their experience, ingenuity, and all-round awesomeness.

The result; a micro-brewery, sports viewing hub, and the Gold Coast’s largest island bar with capacity to accommodate up to 900 peeps. Woah.Nelly!

Set to open in time for summer 2024, this American sports bar vibing space and micro-brewery will become THE stomping ground for locals, and an absolute must-visit for tourists.

Serving up the tastiest, coldest, and freshest beer on the Coast, fans of the amber ale can sample brews from 80 taps, and side note; we vow to try them all! This includes special sunshine state inspired 4 Pines limited release varieties, and this is not the place you ever want to visit on DD duty.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)

The exciting new partnership will see 4 Pines work their magic on the micro-brewery, while the venue will continue to be owned and operated by Sporting Globe, a part of Signature Hospitality Group.

Speaking of, we can expect the usual awe-inspiring, state-of-the-art fit out from The Sporting Globe, with over 70 high-definition TVs, a nine-screen video wall, and signature booths with touch screen booth TVs®. Offering stellar sports vision throughout bar, restaurant and function spaces, its entertainment flex is bigger than Arnie’s actual flex during his Mr Olympia days.

Such a big-budget development is right at home at the Paradise Centre, which has recently enjoyed a $40 million makeover. It’s a game-changing addition to the levelled-up, long-standing ‘core’ of Surfers, and will play a significant role in positioning the Paradise Centre as our fave dining, retail and entertainment destination.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)

Echoing this sentiment is The Sporting Globe’s Founder and Signature Hospitality Group CEO, James Sinclair.

He says the unique experience and vibe will be a major win for the precinct, re-establishing Surfers as the true heartbeat of the Gold Coast. And this certainly isn’t his first rodeo, launching 19 locations of The Sporting Globe since the OG venue opened in Geelong 13 years ago.

And further to that, it’s not the first time these power players have joined forces, with a hugely successful sports bar and brew pub at Sydney’s King Street Wharf.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)

4 Pines Brewing Company CEO, Todd Atkinson, can’t wait to create the same energy with the super venue’s Surfers Paradise instalment. Founded in Manly by Todd and his old man, 4 Pines is so next level that in 2019, it won Champion Beer for all entries at the Australian International Beer Awards. We’ll drink to that!

So get ready to see the glitter strip’s ‘golden child’ address reclaim its position as top dog next summer. Spread the word, watch this space, and get ready for a new era of sports, eats, sips and entertainment.

When: Due to open by summer 2024
Where: Corner Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Words by Bianca Trathen.

The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (image supplied)
The Sporting Globe x 4 Pines, King Street Wharf (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)

SOBAH
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)

8 of the best Sports Bars on the Coast

The Star Sports Bar (image supplied)
The Star Sports Bar (image supplied)

Picture the scene: it’s your team’s game night, and you and your crew are more than keen to catch the action in a location with full coverage, the coldest of beers, and a sprinkling of outstanding food options. Anything less would be a colossal failure, right? Seeking down such establishments that are solely devoted to delivering these things is not always the most straightforward task. But at the same time, neither is it impossible! Luckily for you, we’ve done our homework and compiled a list of the best sports bars on the Gold Coast to enjoy the action while adequately showing your support for your team. Shouting at screens may or may not be included.

The Star Sports Bar
Many would say this place is in pole position as the Gold Coast’s premier sports bar venue, and we think that’s rightly deserved. If the 23 large screens, private (pre-bookable) booths and a gigantic 10.5-metre screen aren’t impressive enough, you should be swayed by the coldest beer around and a multitude of nearby food outlets for you to fuel up pre-game or celebrate your team’s victory.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Main Gaming Floor, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Crafty’s Sports Bar
Aptly positioned at the northern Gold Coast’s prime shopping outlet Harbour Town, Crafty’s gives you the option of mixing shopping with seeing whatever sporting event you might be into. Or, if it’s better suited, the chance for you or your partner to do so whilst the other takes their time with over 200 stores. Make plans to grab some essentials and then settle in with some fantastic food and craft beers. Score!
Where: Harbour Town Eats – 147/189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters

Crafty's Sport Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)
Crafty's Sport Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)

The Sporting Globe Bar and Grill
Part of a sizeable chain of sporting bars across the country, these guys certainly know how to look after sporting fans. Apart from expansive coverage of all the action, there are food specials every day of the week, and if you’re seeing the Gold Coast Titans game at the Cbus Stadium, come in beforehand for a drink, and these guys will even take you there and back. How good is that?
Where: Robina Town Centre, 19 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

Burleigh Town Hotel
This one is a real showstopper, boasting a zhuzhed up modern bistro and the sports bar to end all sports bars. The newly renovated Burleigh Town Hotel is the ideal destination to catch all of the sports action. Featuring a state-of-the-art 11-metre mega screen… It’s the biggest pub screen in the southern hemisphere and if you think that’s impressive, have a go of the suspended cylinder screen promising perfect viewing from every vantage point #jawdrop.
Where: Tsipura Drive, Burleigh Heads

Sports Bar, Burleigh Town Hotel (image provided)
Sports Bar, Burleigh Town Hotel (image provided)

The Avenue
This hotspot is more renowned as the place you head to take the night up a gear with vibrant music, entertainment, and drinks specials. And that’s a fair comment. However, should you want a great place to catch the next big fight with eating options and the ever so easy decision of sticking around and partying till the small hours, it’s a slam dunk!
Where: 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Coolangatta Hotel
On the southern end of the Coast, The Coolangatta Hotel is the prime location to catch any sporting activities and be assured of a buoyant and passionate atmosphere. Pair it with a splash and lounge on one of Coolangatta’s famous golden beaches, and then be sure to stick around for the post-game live music, and you are onto a hole in one.
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Fat Freddy's (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Fat Freddy’s
How does an American-style sports bar with a Gold Coast twist sound? Too good to be true, right? Wrong. Because you need to look no further than Fat Freddy’s on Broadbeach’s Surf Parade. Grab a highchair at the bar and enjoy unhampered views of seven screens overhead as bartenders look after you with libations galore and a polished bar snacks menu which should make getting up to leave your seat an arduous feat if you ask us!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Ashmore Tavern
If you’ve driven past the good ‘ole Ashmore Tavern recently, you’ll have noticed it’s looking anything but ‘ole these days. Undergoing an extreme makeover, we’re not just talking a lick of paint and a few trusty Kmart prints, but an epic $5 million reno sporting some serious a la mode flex. There are sleek new indoor and outdoor dining spaces and a large sports bar with an adjoining balcony. With big screens showing sports daily you’ll never miss a moment of the biggest sporting events at the Sports Bar.
Where: 161 Cotlew Street, Ashmore

Words by Alex Mitcheson & Belinda Symons.

Ashmore Tavern Sports Bar (image supplied)
Ashmore Tavern Sports Bar (image supplied)
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