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Put the new Broadbeach LGBTQIA+ bar on your gaydar

Just in Kase & Dune Martini, Chameleon Lounge Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Just in Kase & Dune Martini, Chameleon Lounge Bar (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

When it comes to diversity on the Coast, we are all for it. Times they are a-changin’ they say — or was that Bob Dylan?…anyway, it’s great to see our fair city adapt and move with the times. One part of that movement is undoubtedly the acknowledgement and openness to the LGBTQIA+ community. For some time, there hasn’t been an officially recognised LGBTQIA+ venue on the Gold Coast — till now. And we have to say, we’re proud to announce the arrival of Broadbeach’s Chameleon Lounge Bar and Restaurant.

Overall, the venue welcomes everyone – the way they are. Which is true to the Chameleon name.

Broadbeach’s Surf Parade is already a hive of drinks, entertainment, great food, and all up a generally good time. Appropriate then that Chameleon finds itself pride of place here after taking over the old site of what used to be Molly Malones.

The venue has an easy-going outside porch area that catches afternoon light, but once inside, you’ll be met with an array of seating options depending on how you want to mingle. High tables, ample cushioned backless seating, armchairs, booths: the choice is yours. Amongst the vibrant colouring, you’ll spot green flowering feature walls and in a little secluded area by the bar, a pool table for when you feel like getting competitive.

Chameleon Lounge Bar exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Chameleon Lounge Bar exterior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The lineup of acts, music, and daily specials is particularly mind-blowing. There are a plethora of things going on and so many daily specials we cannot possibly mention them all here! For example, you might want to get over your Monday blues by experiencing Monday Madness Minute To Win It games with food and drink specials or perhaps their Drag Queen Trivia on Tuesday’s. Perhaps you deserve a hump day treat, so their $1 wings and live music should do the trick. And when Friday rolls around, come and enjoy their open mic Drag Queen performances and live DJ set. The pinnacle of the offering is their weekly Saturday night production shows showing at 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm featuring a wealth of Gold Coast Drag Queen talent!

Apart from enough entertainment and drinks specials to lure you in, the venue also operates as a fully-fledged restaurant and has all of the tasty bites and eats such as nachos, spring rolls, sliders and for the more refined tastebuds, even antipasti boards and oysters. Swing by on the weekend and enjoy an afternoon of grazing their menu whilst sipping several of the Chameleon signature cocktails or the classic strawberry daiquiris, frozen margaritas and pina coladas to keep you cool this summer.

Chameleon Lounge Bar interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Chameleon Lounge Bar interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Ohh and sneaky tip, (if you keep your eyes peeled), you’ll see the colour of the lighting in the venue change. Why is that worth noting you may ask? Well, it represents the colour of certain cocktails and therefore tells you they are now at a reduced price: make sure you get to the bar before they change!

Fun, down to earth and welcoming of those who want to socialise without any barriers, Chameleon Lounge Bar brings a dash of diversity to the Gold Coast scene.

When: Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-1am, Sat noon-1am and Sun noon-late.
Where: 1/19 Albert Avenue, Broadbeach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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