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Get loud at The Star Gold Coast for State of Origin

State of Origin at The Star (image supplied)
State of Origin at The Star (image supplied)

There are a few things synonymous with winters here in SE QLD: consistent swells for the surfers, balmy weather for the outdoorsy amongst us, and State of Origin for the die-hard footy fans! Last year’s series was a little different being held in November, but devoid of this, the result was still a good one — Queenslanderrrr! This year however things are back to normal with the 40th series to start on Wednesday 9th June, Game Two on Sunday 27th June, and the finale will go down on Wednesday 14th July. So, where is the best venue on the Gold Coast to catch all the action whilst enjoying great food and drinks bathed in an unsurpassed atmosphere? Look no further than The Star Gold Coast.

Both Garden Kitchen & Bar and The Sports Bar will be broadcasting all of the nail-biting action from the three games across some of the biggest screens around. And that’s not all. Hot Tomato personalities Paul “Galey” Gale and Brendon “Bossy” Boss will get the events buzzing with all the electric game-day vibes with pre and post-game entertainment and prize giveaways up for grabs at each game of the series across both venues. How good?

On The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar DJ Andrea Tenille will set the mood for Game One, with the McKenzie Band and DJ Key onsite for the Queensland home game on Sunday June 27 while local favourite DJ James Canning will be on the decks to round things off for exhilarating Game Three.

The Container Kitchen on The Lawn will be open to ensure fans are fully fuelled to enjoy all of the games with special menu items, including a chargrilled black Angus beef burger with beer-battered onion rings, Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burger, and Prawn and Avocado Ceviche – for those who are that little bit fancy.

State of Origin at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Inside at The Sports Bar spectators will be treated to unequalled mega screen viewing and a stadium-like atmosphere. Broadcasting each match live, large, and the volume fully turned up, you won’t miss a second of the action.

Entry is completely free, but seating as you can imagine will be highly contested and therefore limited. So we suggest you get your gang together and reserve yourselves the ultimate Origin experience. Because why not, it’s about time you get behind your team!

For $850 you can secure a VIP Booth at The Sports Bar for you and up to 9 guests where you can revel in all the action whilst in prime position with some of the best seats in the house. You won’t go hungry or thirsty either with a $400 bar tab, two All Star food platters and two pizzas all thrown in and hand delivered right to your booth throughout the night!

Or if you’d prefer to be under the stars, book a Picnic Table on The Lawn for $200 – completely redeemable on food & beverages on the night – for you and up to 7 friends.

Whether you plan to catch the games at Garden Kitchen & Bar or at The Sports Bar, both venues promise to be the most electrifying places to catch State of Origin series this Winter on the Gold Coast.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST

Queensland supporters at The Star Gold Coast for State of Origin (image supplied)
Queensland supporters at The Star Gold Coast for State of Origin (image supplied)

The Star Gold Coast

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

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

Harry's Sports Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Harry's Sports Bar (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

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
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.

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

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