If you’ve ever ventured into Surfers Paradise (and we know you have), you will have probably sipped a brew at beloved Irish institution Landsdowne Road, a good time pub found within Chevron Renaissance and more often than not, absolutely overflowing with revellers.
Well sadly those days are no longer, the long standing venue closed it’s doors recently but in its place is a sleek new bar and eatery that we think you’re going to love just as much.
It’s called The Local and with a cosy, low-lit vibe, giant sport-watching screens and a menu packed with all your favourite pub grub, it’s the perfect spot for an after work sip or a laidback weekend session with the crew.
The entrance is marked by two archways tiled with tiny black circles and looking very fancy indeed. Inside, the bar is located right in the centre of the space, where it should be and it’s all exposed brick and glass shelves stacked with goodies, fairy lights string from the ceiling and a 360 degree view of the rest of the room.
It’s definitely got the feeling of a bar you might like to bunker down in for a good session, particularly because there are frosty beers aplenty and all of the delicious snacks to accompany.
Starting with share plates of course because a sipping session simply wouldn’t be complete without share plates.
There are dishes like Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, Wagyu Brisket Croquets and Pickled Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls.
There are also bucket of things including Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings, Loaded Fries, Loaded Vegetable Fries and Nachos (YUM) and all of those are perfection if you ask us. Oh and you can get a 1kg bucket of Southern Fried Wings if you’re on the extra hungry side.
If you’re not into sharing food (same), there are mains along the lines of a Poke Bowl, a Wagyu Beef and Ale pie and Grilled Pork and Fennel bangers n’ mash and of course burgers, schnitzels, salads, steaks and sandwiches too.
It’s the traditional pub style of eats you love but made a little bit fancier by Chef Justin Wise.
If you’re a beer fan, you can still get all the Irish faves you love plus of course the usual Aussie suspects.
The cocktail list is impressive with all the classic faves including Cuervo Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioneds, Mules and the like.
As is the way of pubs, there are weekly specials including $3 Taco Tuesdays, $1 Wings Wednesdays and $15 Steak Nights plus obviously daily happy hour.
So it’s all the things you love about a pub, but a little bit fancier.
LOCATION: Chevron Renaissance, 3240 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Daily 10am until late
Words and photos by Kirra Smith