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
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
The Cavill Hotel
This Surfers Paradise venue ticks so many boxes. Come game day, it makes hitting up The Cavill Hotel a legitimate option when you consider their location and food offering. And if you fancy it, there’s even a pool table should you want to continue your competitive streak or perhaps kill that half-time interval time.
Where: 46 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Harry’s Sports Bar
Those familiar with Harry’s Steak Bistro will have noticed the venue did some slicing down the middle a little while back, and in doing so, created Burleigh Heads’ premium answer to a traditional sports bar experience. Waltz yourself in off the street after an afternoon on the beach and be met by a tasty American-style menu, big screens, as well as prime people-watching potential — for when your team are losing and you can’t bear to watch anymore.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
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
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
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
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Sports lovers and fans of comfy chairs and views for days get excited, The Star Gold Coast’s new Sports Bar is set to open tomorrow (Thursday the 8th) and it will be THE place to be to watch ALL the sports (because it’s a sports bar, yes).
Particularly if you’re into super-sized LED screens and lots of mini screens perfectly placed to ensure you don’t miss any of the sporting action.
The Sports Bar is The Star’s tenth venue and things are certainly getting fancy in there folks. With floor to ceiling windows showcasing 180-degree views of the city and beach beyond, a plant-filled outdoor area (with heaters for winter) and specialised private booths, it’s unlike any sports bar you’ve ever seen before.
Greys, navy and burnt orange make up the colour palette giving the indoor space a contemporary feel while the deck is all nautical blues and whites to enhance the salty ocean vibes wafting across the highway.
The 10 metre wide mega screen has the magical ability to broadcast multiple events on one screen at the same time and there are 22 additional screen so maybe say goodbye to your husbands ladies.
Three private, VIP booths are available front and centre offering exclusive viewing positions and ice buckets built into the tables so there’s no actual need to ever leave.
If you haven’t nabbed any tickets to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Sports Bar will be the best place to catch all the action outside the venues themselves.
As it is a bar purely created for sport watching, beer and wine are the beverages of choice. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, walk a little to your left and check out the delightful selection at Cherry.
With The Darling set to open in a few short weeks, including the extremely fancy Nineteen at The Star rooftop bar, our casino is rapidly morphing into THE place to be.
LOCATION: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
HOURS: Always open
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
Listen up sports fans, and food fans and beer fans and Burleigh Heads fans (yes okay, everyone) we’ve got an announcement to make.
Harry’s Steak Bistro have hit it out of the park (HA HA) with a boutique sports bar that opened officially this week bringing something pretty sweet to the lives of Gold Coasters.
Harry’s Sports Bar has opened up right alongside our beloved Harry’s Steak Bar & Bistro so you may both indulge in the tasty eats you know and love while also sinking bulk beers and cheer on the crazy folks who run up and down fields/courts for a living.
It’s sophisticated and beautifully fitout with some epic artworks created by the one and only Claudio Kirac adorning the shelves.
The space was very quickly (a four day turnaround) transformed into a 70-seat specialised sports bar that will host all the very best sporting events including said running up and down fields/courts competitions (NBA, NFL, AFL, Rugby League) plus less sweat-inducing events such as the World Surfing League.
Harry’s features a sports trophy case showcasing local customers personal sporting memorabilia, which is fun because any of y’all can apply to get your Under 10’s second place hockey medal in the trophy case.
Doing so will not only give you bragging rights around Burleigh but (a close second) an exclusive Harry’s membership with lots of discounts and first dibs on tables for the main sporting events.
Do most improved ribbons count? Asking for a friend.
Owners Adam Haralampou and Pete Tayler have decked out the new bar in a delightful fashion, paying homage to the greats of sport such as Sir Donald Bradman, Jordan, Greg Norman, Joe Montana, Wally Lewis and Cathy Freeman to name a few.
Happily, you can still soothe those steak frites cravings we know you have because Harry’s Sports Bar will be serving up a sweet sports-watching friendly menu featuring an epic array of snacks, a selection of steaks and, of course, some big old burgers.
Snacks-wise, get excited. There are Frickles which is a. our new favourite word and b. a combination of fried pickles and aioli and give us all of those please. There’s also our second favourite thing, Warm Spinach and 3 Cheese Dip (cheese, you are everything) plus Braised Short Rib Poutine, Harry’s famous Chicken Wings, Fried Calamari and Fried Chicken and SEE YA post-New Year diet we never really started.
If you’re after something a little bit meatier, the 230g Belted Galloway Rump and the 270g Scotch Silverfern Fillet are on offer, as are a Wagyu Cheeseburger and a Cajun Chicken burger.
So all the best things. There are food specials from Monday to Thursday nights and drinks specials on Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 5pm.
Wash those guys down with a frosty cold beer or a signature cocktail and you’ve got yourself one of the very best Aussie times you can have, except classier and in beautiful Burleigh Heads.
LOCATION: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: From 5pm until late Monday to Thursday and 12pm until late on weekends.
Words by Kirra Smith