Is there anything that makes you happier than cheap drinks? Neither. Because now is the best time for beverage consuming, we’ve found the top 9 spots to make the most of your hard earned cash (and beat that absolutely unnecessary heat).
Apres Surf Kitchen & Bar
Happy hour comes around daily at your favourite surf shack. Pop in Apres Surf from 5pm to 6pm for $5 house drinks and $10 selected cocktails. They’ve also got tasty food deals most nights so your shiny coins will stretch far.
Where: 2376 Gold Coast Highway Mermaid Beach
Bine Bar & Dining
It’s a beer bonanza at Bine with $5 craft beer daily daily from 4pm to 6pm. Why not grab some 50c wings to go with it. On Thursdays head in for a $15 parmi and paddle where you get to taste five beers and down your fave dinner option.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobbys Beach
Keep it classy at Stingray Lounge on Taco Tuesdays from 5pm to 10pm. There are $3 tacos and $10 cocktail specials (margaritas please). Tequila Thursdays are a good time with tequila from $15 and additional $10 quesadillas.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave Surfers Paradise
Helm Bar Surfers
Get your cheap eats and a million dollar view at Helm Bar on the water in Surfers. Happy hour runs every weekday from 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm. On the weekends it’s Saturday from 10am to 11am and 9pm to 1am and Sunday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Where: 30 – 34 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise
On Sundays at Steampunk you can indulge in a double dose of goodness with drink specials (changes weekly) and live music. Oh and Espresso Martinis are a measly $10 all day, every day so there’s no excuse not to spend all your time there.
Where: Level 1, 3113 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Unsurprisingly, Burleigh’s home of the never ending good times, Nightjar, has epic happy hour deals. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 4pm to 6pm there’s $5 basics (including Sailor Jerry, dry and lime HELLO). It’s guaranteed fun and frivolity.
Where: Justin Laneway, Burleigh Heads
Not only do these guys do a delicious feast they also have $5 selected drinks from 3pm to 6pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and Saturday from 3pm to 5pm. Make a night of it and stay for dinner once you’ve slayed a few beverages.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach
BiN 12 in beautiful Burleigh graces you with a happy hour every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm – perfect for after works knock offs. In other exciting news, they also offer a Taco Tuesday deal with some of the most delicious tacos on the Coast for just $6. Race ya.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
Harry’s Steak Bistro & Bar
Make a date with Harry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2pm until 5pm with drink and food specials that’ll absolutely make your weekend. It’s called Harry’s Hour and we like the way he thinks. Everything there is exceptional so do yourself a favour.
Where: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Elephant Rock Café
Keen for a frosty cold beverage and one of the best views in town? Same. Head down to Elephant Rock Café in Currumbin overlooking the ocean and with $5 wine and beers and $10 nibbles on Friday’s from 4 to 6pm. Happy days.
Where: 776 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
Words by Kirra Smith
Listen up sports fans, and food fans and beer fans and Burleigh Heads fans (yes okay, everyone) we’ve got an announcement to make.
Harry’s Steak Bistro have hit it out of the park (HA HA) with a boutique sports bar that opened officially this week bringing something pretty sweet to the lives of Gold Coasters.
Harry’s Sports Bar has opened up right alongside our beloved Harry’s Steak Bar & Bistro so you may both indulge in the tasty eats you know and love while also sinking bulk beers and cheer on the crazy folks who run up and down fields/courts for a living.
It’s sophisticated and beautifully fitout with some epic artworks created by the one and only Claudio Kirac adorning the shelves.
The space was very quickly (a four day turnaround) transformed into a 70-seat specialised sports bar that will host all the very best sporting events including said running up and down fields/courts competitions (NBA, NFL, AFL, Rugby League) plus less sweat-inducing events such as the World Surfing League.
Harry’s features a sports trophy case showcasing local customers personal sporting memorabilia, which is fun because any of y’all can apply to get your Under 10’s second place hockey medal in the trophy case.
Doing so will not only give you bragging rights around Burleigh but (a close second) an exclusive Harry’s membership with lots of discounts and first dibs on tables for the main sporting events.
Do most improved ribbons count? Asking for a friend.
Owners Adam Haralampou and Pete Tayler have decked out the new bar in a delightful fashion, paying homage to the greats of sport such as Sir Donald Bradman, Jordan, Greg Norman, Joe Montana, Wally Lewis and Cathy Freeman to name a few.
Happily, you can still soothe those steak frites cravings we know you have because Harry’s Sports Bar will be serving up a sweet sports-watching friendly menu featuring an epic array of snacks, a selection of steaks and, of course, some big old burgers.
Snacks-wise, get excited. There are Frickles which is a. our new favourite word and b. a combination of fried pickles and aioli and give us all of those please. There’s also our second favourite thing, Warm Spinach and 3 Cheese Dip (cheese, you are everything) plus Braised Short Rib Poutine, Harry’s famous Chicken Wings, Fried Calamari and Fried Chicken and SEE YA post-New Year diet we never really started.
If you’re after something a little bit meatier, the 230g Belted Galloway Rump and the 270g Scotch Silverfern Fillet are on offer, as are a Wagyu Cheeseburger and a Cajun Chicken burger.
So all the best things. There are food specials from Monday to Thursday nights and drinks specials on Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 5pm.
Wash those guys down with a frosty cold beer or a signature cocktail and you’ve got yourself one of the very best Aussie times you can have, except classier and in beautiful Burleigh Heads.
LOCATION: 1744 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: From 5pm until late Monday to Thursday and 12pm until late on weekends.
Words by Kirra Smith
Just as it was starting to seem like there weren’t enough nights in the week to visit all the sweet bars Burleigh has to offer, another one pops up to demand your time and your cash.
You can thank Scott Imlach and his talented team for the latest dive bar-style back alley haunt, which is guaranteed to be your daily (too far?) go-to.
In their signature style, the gang behind Bine, Hideaway and Soho have decked the place out in traditional, Sailor Jerry, tattoo-style artworks and over 50 hanging bottles that provide a low-lit, dark and debaucherous vibe.
Opening on October 6th, Nightjar will take the bar scene back to basics with a focus on the ideals of freedom-seeking, wanderluster Sailor Jerry himself. There’s no dress code, no fancy fittings and no uptight rules (high fives all round).
It’s just a bar, down an alley, where good times are the name of the game.
There’ll be live music, cold beer, creative cocktails and crazy dance offs (may have made that up but a girl can dream right).
The name Nightjar pays homage to Scott and Michael’s Kiwi roots – in NZ their fave (also made up) phrase is “let’s have a jar at the pub” which in Aussie talk translates to “let’s get a beer”.
Can anyone confirm that beers in NZ are served in jars? Asking for a friend.
It’s the good old fashioned party bar Burleigh wants and deserves and there’s absolutely no doubt that all the best things will go down behind that roller door.
So pals, let your hair down, get your tattoos out and let the good times roll.
LOCATION: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads (located next to Lockwood Bar)
HOURS: From 4pm to 12am Wednesday to Friday and 12pm to 12am Saturday and Sunday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Featuring gadgets, industrial machinery, mechanical horses and exposed copper, all specially sourced and imported, Surfers Paradise’ latest bar and restaurant is the perfect visual representation of the genre after which it’s named.
Steampunk refers to a fantasy subgenre in which those living in the Victorian era imagined their lives to be. It’s all about mixing old and new: fusing the usability of modern technology with the design aesthetic and philosophy of the Victorian age.
Hailing from Tasmania, owner Grant Rodgers has plenty of experience working in historical venues and made the move to the Gold Coast to open Steampunk, the first restaurant of its kind in Australia, after seeing an opportunity for something unique.
The menu is unlike anything else around including share plates of Scorched Bugs with corn and chilli salsa to Crab and Corn Arancinci with smoked paprika aioli and Topped Mini Fillet Steaks (three ways).
If you’re more of a solo eater try the Chilli Salt Local Cuttlefish Thai Salad or House Gnocchi with Haloumi, spinach, tomatoes and fried sage.
The cocktail list is divided into tantalising sections, there’s Toothsome, Sourish, Perplexing, Enchanting and Mind Altering – don’t go past The Enigma made with Makers Mark bourbon, orange and salt or the Juicy Bruiser – Absolut Vodka with Passionfruit juice, lime, Prosecco and a little surprise on presentation.
Offering all day eats and an exciting cocktails menu, Steampunk is the Surfers Paradise anti-nightclub – a place to enjoy some drinks and a bite to eat without having to be involved in the frantic pace of neighboring venues.
HOURS: 11am until late daily.
LOCATION: 3113 Surfers Paradise Bvld (opposite Billabong), Surfers Paradise.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith