There’s little doubt we are a lucky bunch here on the Gold Coast. The lifestyle and beaches have long been our strong points, but now we have a dining scene to rival the big cities. So why shouldn’t the two collide? Beachside venues from top-notch hospo cats are creating great spaces for you to enjoy incredible fare with unrivalled views. Sure, we haven’t been able to jet off to Europe in the last 12 months, but when you can wine and dine with the views we have — is it really such a tragedy?
One such talented bunch is Artesian Hospitality (the team behind White Rhino, Sin City, Cali Beach Club and more), and boy, do they have some news for you… they have announced a brand-new waterfront venue on the Gold Coast that is sure to blow minds.
Opening in May and located in the heart of Surfers Paradise on Ferny Avenue (previously home to Helm Bar/Titanium Bar), Surfers Pavilion is set to excite guests with expansive and uninterrupted waterfront views — as well as new mooring for those who wish to pull up their boat or jet ski GC style.
Mathew Keegan, Managing Partner at Artesian Hospitality muses, “It was somewhat crazy to us that given the Gold Coast boating lifestyle, that there wasn’t a waterfront venue that facilitates a large number of boats and jet ski riders that was publicly accessible, however, we’ll be changing that in a big way. This is for our locals and visitors from interstate and beyond, and we are certain they will love Surfers Pavilion.”
Fan of food? Good, because the extensive menu of fresh and locally sourced seafood and traditional ‘pavilion’ style dining will be there for the taking. Surfers Pavilion will feature a dedicated frosé bar and interactive oyster and Champagne stations, where guests can mingle and discuss everything from their recent Netflix binge to the day’s boating conditions.
Locals and visitors will be spoilt with choice with the extensive menu boasting a wide range of locally sourced seafood created by Group Executive Chef for Artesian Hospitality, Michael Dominici. Set to feature delicious dishes including fresh prawns, traditional fish & chips and a decadent signature cold and hot seafood platter. There’ll also be ample offerings for those who aren’t seafood-lovers (gasp!), like burgers, char-grilled striploin and a Pavilion club sandwich. YAS!
The venue aims to make everyone feel welcome, whether you’re a cocktail enthusiast, dedicated boatie type, corporate hotshot or just somebody who loves good food and good times. The ethos is simple: arrive in your boardies or turn up in your suit. There really will be something for everyone at Surfers Pavilion.
Fabulous food, interactive stations and views for days — grab a jet ski or an uber; either way, we’ll see you all there.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Let it be known, we are quite the fans of basking in the sunshine and drinking icy cold tipples whilst gazing appreciatively at pretty views. In fact, those three things are right up there when it comes to our top reasons for living on the Gold Coast in general.
We suspect you might feel the same so, in celebration of summer and getting amongst all the goodness on offer, we’ve collated a list of the 14 best spots to drink frosty daytime beverages for maximum sun soaking opportunities.
Palm Springs Cafe
Miami’s new addition is indeed a cafe, but not as you know it. Found on the highway, where Siam Thai once lived, Palm Springs Cafe is unmissable, all white washed with pops of green – Southern California style. Inside it’s absolutely beautiful, the menu is packed with goodness and the best part – morning cocktails of the Margarita, Espresso Martini and Bloody Mary varieties. As early as you like. Best.
Where: Cnr Gardenia Grove and Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Aviary Rooftop Bar
Rooftop bars are up high (surprise), so it makes sense they would get even more sunshine and even more balmy breezes, making them the perfect spot for daytime drinks. Aviary Rooftop Bar has a sweet little outdoor section called The Nest, it’s an uncovered space with cute pops of colours and 180 degree views toward Surfers Paradise. See, perfect.
Where: Melia Court, Southport
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Laidback beers around a table full of mates is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Particularly when said beers are local made by a team of absolute legends who know what’s up when it comes to brews. Burleigh Brewing Co. is all those things and more, found just off the beaten track and ready to cater to all your day drinking needs. Weekend sorted.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
This place was pretty much made for day drinking – right on the beach at Burleigh, with guaranteed life-changing sunset views, all your favourite beers on tap, Frosé (a revelation), plenty of fancy cocktails and lots of tasty each, there’s really nowhere better than Burleigh Pavilion to don your fave oceanside drinking outfit and gather the crew for a good time.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Garden Kitchen & Bar
It goes without saying a venue with the word garden in it is a good choice for day drinking. Garden Kitchen & Bar found in The Star Gold Coast, is a delightful mix of pretty insides and expansive, outdoor sunshine-filled spaces so you can alternate between the two and cram in as many good times as possible. One of our absolute favourites.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Southport Yacht Club
Talk about jaw dropping views. The Southport Yacht Club is perched on the edge of the marina in Main Beach and with a huge outdoor deck, lawn space and even a white sandy beach, there are plenty of spots to kick back with a drink in hand and pretend one of those multi-million dollar yachts is yours. Drinking and dreaming, it’s definitely allowed.
Where: 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach
Another Burleigh beauty, Rick Shores recently reopened with an updated menu and drinks list. Not that you need any extra incentive to go there because, bug rolls. With uninterrupted ocean views, and maybe even a salty splash or two, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to spend your drinking days. Get dressed up and grab the girls, this one is unmissable.
Where: Shop 3, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Precinct Brewing Co.
A brand new brewery on the Miami / Burleigh block is Precinct Brewing Co. by the good people who brought us a slew of epic local venues (Bine Beer Bar, Nightjar, Hideaway etc.). It’s a converted garage on Christine Ave and the team are going to be brewing an array of unique sips, they serve beloved Mr Consistent cocktails AND they’re serving up pizzas, fried chicken and all of the perfect beer-accompanying eats. Pop in for frothy and see it for yourself.
Where: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami
Burleigh’s much-loved rooftop bar is a no brainer when it comes to day drinks. Sunshine pouring in, an open roof and LOTS of other fun lovers enjoying the frivolities. Treat yourself to a pizza to go with those cocktails and that is one of the best days out you can possibly have. Oh and did we mention there are ocean views and people watching opps aplenty. Yes please.
Where: 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Lost Palms Brewing Co.
Miami’s pretty pink brewery is the GOODS guys. There is a basketball hoop for your playing pleasure and what could be better than sinking beers with your pals, while also sinking hoops and being outside in the fresh air. Not much we say. If running around isn’t your thing, pull up a seat along the fence and sledge those willing to give it a go. Or don’t and just drink beer.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami
Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club
Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular venues on the Gold Coast in terms of five star views is Currumbin Vikings. It rises directly out of the ocean and offers views of the city to the north and as far as Tweed Heads to the south. It’s a little bit magical to be honest and an absolute cracker of a spot for day drinking and counting your lucky stars you’re a Coastie.
Where: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Another of our epic breweries is the one and only Balter Brewing, found in Currumbin’s cool-as industrial area. The indoor space is good enough but there’s also an outdoor strip with umbrellas and bench seating and colourful cushions for lazing about with a beer in hand. Get a designated driver and taste test every single one. Best spot for a Sunday session.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters
Mr PP’s Rooftop Bar & Deli
Another bar up high is Southport’s Mr PP’s, overlooking the Southport cityscape and with plenty of space for all your pals. Found in the old post office building, there’s a deli downstairs for all your charcuterie needs plus plenty of pizza options to go with those tasty cocktails you’re sure to consume. The perfect spot for a long lunch that stretches into the evening.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith
Surfers Paradise offers a lot more than just beaches, bikini-clad tourists and nightclubs. The eats scene has really taken off in recent years with locals rediscovering this hub for quality nosheries. It’s a melting pot for different cuisines and eats styles, so whether you’re after a casual, relaxed meal or something fancy-pants boasting award-winning chefs and hats, Surfers has you covered.
Here are 14 must-dine spots in our city’s most famous location, so you have somewhere new to try every day/night for exactly two weeks. And…go!
Famed for its breakfast buffet, weekend long lunch, award-winning seafood market experience buffet, and exciting Modern Australian a la carte dishes, Citrique and Executive Chef Paul Smart serves up the ultimate fine dining experience. #HereForIt! Calling the beautiful JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa home, you would expect nothing less from this five-star favourite!
Our pick: Anything seafood!
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
BOBs Beer is Surfers Paradise’s first and only brewery and is the perfect stop for a relaxing amber ale and meal post-surf with your posse. The kitchen is under the expert guidance of Head Chef Nathan Dennard, and trust us when we say you are in good hands! Oh and fun fact: BOBs Beer is an acronym for Best of Beers. Cue the “ah-haaaa’s”.
Our pick: Bannockburn chicken
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
The brand new super-luxe GC hotel ‘it girl’ The Langham serves up the finest cuisine from the East and the West. Get your posh on and enjoy The Langham Afternoon Tea at Palm Court, and the finest meat, fish and poultry at Akoya. We’re counting down till the opening of T’Ang Court, the hotel group’s signature Michelin-starred destination for fine Cantonese Dining. You had us at Langham.
Our pick: The Langham Afternoon Tea at Palm Court
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club
Nothing says Gold Coast like a meal by the beach at a surf club – and this one is a cracker. Grab a bite at the restaurant offering a modern, alfresco dining experience with a newly refurbished bar and dining area with casual coastal vibes. Or, swing into the Bistro which is always a hit with hangry ankle biters. Winner winner surf club dinner!
Our pick: $12 Lunch Specials
Where: Corner of Hanlan Street & The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
With The Australian Good Food Guide awarding Palette 14 points and two chef’s hats, need we say more?! Situated in the stunning HOTA Gallery, Executive Chef Dayan Hartill-Law draws inspo from the artworks and exhibitions to show just how naturally art and food blend. There’s also a five-star menu for the plant-based folk, which is good enough to turn even the staunchest meat lover.
Our pick: Lady Musgrave Island Swordfish
Where: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Pancakes on the Rocks
Who could eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the answer is everyone. It’s not all about pancakes though, with sweet and savoury crepes, salads, pizzas and their famous beef and pork ribs. They also do a drool-worthy ice-cream soda so warning, the kids will be buzzing on sugar for at least 48 hours but #WorthIt. Tried and tested – on repeat….
Our pick: Lemon Meringue Pancakes
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
If the answer isn’t churros then what is the question? With sister branches at Harbour Town and Tweed Village, this Spanish crowd-pleaser is famous for its to-die-for churros (obvs), croffles, gelato, desserts, hot chocolate, fairtrade coffee and shakes. For the non-sweet-tooths there are also scrumptious savoury eats, so everyone can #DiscoverDelicious. Served with only the best chocolate, you might intend to share…but you won’t.
Our pick: Cookie Butter Banana Churros Snack Pack
Where: Circle on Cavill South Tower, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Alfresco Italian Restaurant
Promising a full belly and a soul filled with love and happiness, say ciao to the much-loved Alfresco. Wowing diners for 30 years, this is where the Gold Coast meets the Amalfi Coast! With recycled timbers, textured walls and epic mood lighting, this place looks as good as it tastes. Everything on the menu is Bellissima, which also applies to the cocktail menu…especially the Long Island Limoncello!
Our pick: Schnitzel & Spaghetti Bolognese
Where: Wyndham Hotel, 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Shiraz Persian Restaurant & Bar
Team Shiraz have given their newest location a major face-lift, with a completely new white and teal aesthetic fitted with over 200 seats, including interior and alfresco dining areas. Enjoy authentic Persian-style entrees, kebabs, lamb shanks, marinated lamb cutlets, chicken skewers, baklava, tiramisu and much more, with vegetarian options also available. Cue the drool.
Our pick: Shishlik
Where: Mantra Wings, 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
It’s the heart and soul of Surfers and it just keeps on getting better. Notorious for its fresh menu and beer towers, it continues to cook up flavour-filled goodness with local seafood, meaty pizzas, pub classics and more. Add the nostalgia factor with the infamous ‘adults playground’ offering Jenga, Connect Four, Foot-Pool, Shufl and more, and it’s the obvious choice to work on your ‘six-pack’.
Our pick: Chicken Parmi
Where: Paradise Centre, Corner Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
The Island Gold Coast
Goldie’s at The Island has gained quite the following with its impressive burgers, seafood, steaks, wood oven pizzas, fresh locally sourced produce, and off-the-chart good cocktails. And, why not pop up to The Island Rooftop Bar for views of the stunning Gold Coast skyline, plus a range of delicious cocktails, share platters and more wood-fired pizzas. The perfect spot to spend the day. Yes please!
Our pick: Italian Sausage Wood Oven Pizza
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
La Diosa Mexicana
A modern Mexican restaurant with exquisite cocktails and lots (and lots) of tequila. Can we get a hell yeah?! With arches, cacti and all things cool for days, not to mention a menu jam-packed with Mexicana goodness, expect all the usual suspects like tostadas, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos and burritos – it’s pure mexcellence. Oh and Taco Tuesdays here are a vibe!
Our pick: Burrito Super Bowl
Where: Circle on Cavill, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Seascape Restaurant + Bar
Perched above the hustle of the Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Seascape offers a multi-level venue with a chic Bistro and Bar and a fine dining restaurant, both with amazing ocean views. For those serious about their seafood (us), this is THE place for o-fish-ally the best eats from our pristine waters. If you have something to celebrate in the warmer months, book The Rooftop…you can thank us later.
Our pick: Lobster and Blue Spanner Carb Lasagne
Where: Level 1 & 2, Soul Boardwalk, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Tucked away in the QT, this is new generation Japanese for the discerning diner. Executive Chef Adam Lane brings a tantalising Omakase experience, offset by a whisky list filled with the most reﬁned Japanese distillery drops, and an incredible sake selection. The glossy enamel black ﬁnishes frame the venue’s eye-catching details which scream “insta me”.
Our pick: Sushi and Sashimi Platter
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Words by Bianca Trathen.