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Gold Coast institution transforms into The Cavill Hotel

Surfers Paradise' newest pub opens.

The Cavill Hotel food (Image supplied)

They say good things come to those who wait and Gold Coasters, all we’ve been doing this year is waiting wouldn’t you say?

Well, here’s the good thing you need and deserve, right on time.

It’s The Cavill Hotel and it’s opening Thursday 29th of October from 9pm in the very spot where beloved local institution Melba’s once (and for a very long time) lived.

The Cavill Hotel interior (Image supplied)

The entire space has undergone a transformation and the newbie now boasts a contemporary fitout, an entirely new (and very exciting) dining experience, live sporting action and a state-of-the-art gaming lounge. It’s all new everything and you’re going to love it.

From the impressive sports bar and gaming lounge – a hero offering for The Cavill Hotel – to the delicious gastro-pub modern menu, expansive beverage options and excellent TAB facilities, the team at Hallmark Group are very excited to open the doors of the venue they promise offers something special for everyone.

The Cavill Hotel's Beef & Bug dish (Image supplied)

The venue draws on the locations strong local heritage to pay homage to Brisbane hotelier and pioneer, Jim Cavill.

Now if you need something to get you even more excited about the opening, how about a list of all the epic spots Hallmark Group have already opened on the Coast?

In no particular order there’s Retro’s Cocktail Lounge, Finn McCool’s Irish Bar, Asylum Nightclub, Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, Lefty’s Music Hall (Brisbane) and the recently opened, Lost Kingdom Nightclub.

All very much good time venues that you’ve no doubt spent a bit of time in lately.

The Cavill Hotel interior (Image supplied)

The Cavill Hotel is set to be exactly the same level of goodness for people of all ages and opening just in time for Melbourne Cup festivities and of course, summer.

Aside from the pub favourites on the menu including seafood, share plates, pizza, burgers to chow down on during a footy match, we know the real winner will be The Cavill Brunch Club. Happening every Sunday from 12pm-3pm from $49 per person including an Espresso Martini or Aperol Spritz and a 3hr grazing package showcasing fresh seafood to delicate sweets, no one is going home unhappy.

The Cavill Hotel margarita (Image supplied)

Get on down there asap to be the first to check out what’s sure to become a firm new favourite.

LOCATION: 46 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Monday to Thursday 11am until late, Friday and Saturday 11am until 3am and Sunday 11am until late. The gaming lounge is open everyday from 11am until 4am.


Retros Cocktail Lounge

Surfers Paradise may not be a place you’re usually keen to frequent on a night out but hold up haters, we’ve got good news.

Retros Cocktail Lounge opens this week and if you’re one of the (highly intelligent) people in the world who love yourself some 80s and 90s beats, strap on your dancing shoes and get ready to party.

Located on Orchid Ave, Retros originally opened in Brisbane to rave reviews and now Surfers Paradise gets to share in the love.

The tunes will be old school (strictly 80, 90s and noughties) and everyone’s favourite way to consume cocktails (in a fishbowl) is on offer. Everything from the design to the music and drinks are inspired by those epic decades.

Mirrored disco balls and neon lights illuminate the room and guys, best of all, there’s glow paint E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.

You can rent yo’self a VIP Bottle and Booth from $350, which includes a bottle of Grey Goose vodka and a dedicated host to serve and pour drinks. So it’s basically like you’re Britney Spears (pre breakdown) and her entourage and what could possibly be better.

If dancing until your feet ache, sipping from a shared (or not) bowl filled with delicious alcoholic beverages and reminiscing on the good old days are your idea of a good time, you should definitely hit up Retros ASAP.

Party on Wayne.

LOCATION: 5-7 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Thursday from 9pm until late, Friday and Saturday from 8pm until late.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

Jamie Oliver’s first Australian pizzeria to open on the Coast

So this is exciting news for Gold Coasters; beloved British chef Jamie Oliver has opened his very first Australian pizzeria right here in our pretty city on Saturday 16th November and we, quite obviously, love both pizza and the man himself so this madeus very happy.

Aptly titled, Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, the menu is inspired by Jamie’s many visits to Italy (lucky him) and featuring simple, tasty eats made with exceptional produce at a great price.

What’s not to love?

The authentic, artisan dough is tossed by hand and cooked in specialty ovens to create world-famous pizzas that are loved the world over. With venues in Dubai, Portugal and Hungary, we’re joining quite the international lineup.

The focus is on classic Italian flavours and a passion for food and entertaining which are things we also love very much.

Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria

If the overseas menus are anything to go by, we can expect pizzas topped with Chicken alla Diavola, meatballs, Neapolitan-style, the classic pepperoni (YUM), a vegetarian goodie and of course, specialty garlic bread unlike any other.

If we’re lucky, there may also be appetizers along the lines of crispy squid and maybe a pasta or two in case pizzas aren’t enough to fill your belly.

Fresh, delicious salads and delightful desserts are also on the menu so the next time you’re shopping up an absolute storm at Pacific Fair you can also look forward to an epic Italian feast to recharge the batteries.

Excitingly, Jamie is somewhat of a revolutionary in the food industry and the local newbie will see new recipes and concepts along with tasty and affordable food, exceptional service and a good time atmosphere.

Jamie’s Oliver’s Pizzeria is now open on the Gold Coast, so get yourself down there asap!

LOCATION: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Words by Kirra Smith
Photos by Brittani Johnson

Finn McCools

There can never be too many Irish things in the world if you ask us, people, accents, beers, bars, keep them all coming, all day long please.

Which is why it brings us great pleasure to report on the opening of Finn McCools, an Irish bar that swung open its’ doors in Surfers Paradise late last month.

Taking up space where the Coast’s beloved Fiddlers Green once lived, Finn McCools is keeping the Irish tradition alive on Cavill Ave bringing hearty eats and a pint of Guinness or two to the people.

The legend goes that Finn McCool was a mythical giant, hunter and warrior who battled a Scottish giant defeating him with cunning trickery. It is said Finn McCool now sleeps in a cave beneath Dublin ready to one day defend Ireland in the hour of her greatest need. The luck of the Irish hey.

The space earned itself a whopping $2 million makeover when Hallmark took the reigns and began the process of transforming the venue into a space not unlike their Brisbane haunt.

A huge bar runs down the left hand side of the space, with a stunning stained glass feature overhead, high tables take up the front section of the space while booth seating is an option along the opposite wall and in the upstairs section, overlooking the crowds. Huge TV screens broadcast all of the sports you could ever hope for and the general good vibes Irish bars are known for, are certainly evident here too.

It’s all dark greens and wooden furniture with Irish sayings and vintage signage plastered all over the walls plus, of course, plants dotted throughout to complete the picture.

Food-wise you can expect all the Irish favourites you’ve come to know and love including Beef and Guinness Pie, Chicken Curry, Pork and Cabbage and an all day Irish Breakfast. It’s all flavour-filled and nourishing and there definitely won’t be any going home hungry here.

Of course, you can also indulge in pub favourites like Chicken Parmi, Battered Fish, burgers and steaks.

There are daily meal offers and we highly suggest you get involved in that. Monday is steak night with a rump for $11.90 and a rib fillet for $17.90. Tuesday is $3 taco day, Wednesday grab yourself some 50 cent chicken wings, Thursday is $11.90 chicken parmy night and Sunday is, of course, roast night for just $12 including roast meat, potatoes and veggies and Yorkshire pudding with gravy. It’s the goods.

There’ll also be live music on Sunday afternoons so good times aplenty friends.

To be sure.

LOCATION: 39 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
PHONE: 07 5629 0722
HOURS: Open daily from 11am until late
WEBSITE: https://www.finnmccools.com.au/

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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