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Tropic like it’s hot at this rooftop bar

Tropic Vice mural (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Tropic Vice mural (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

If there is one thing we Gold Coasters can get ourselves around, it’s a lively and welcoming open-air venue that offers you abundant opportunities to drink, eat, and socialise in — let’s be honest with ourselves here — some of our country’s finest weather. Our southern neighbours may have some stellar al-fresco establishments — however, they can’t match our climate. Should you consider yourself a fully-fledged aficionado of rooftop action, then we suggest you read on, as Nobby Beach welcomes the exciting new arrival of Tropic Vice.

For those with a keen eye and good memory, you’ll notice the venue has taken over the space of much-lauded Split and Fat Pig. Some things just aren’t meant to last forever. And with summer only just around the corner, Tropic Vice has sidestepped perfectly into the fold as the place to sip and graze your way through long summer afternoons without a care in the world.

In prime position over the Nobby Beach dining hub, the venue boasts unparalleled views towards the hinterland whilst catching refreshing sea breezes from the ocean only two blocks away — all up, the positioning is one of a kind. The styling and décor are a clever admixture of East and West Coast America — Florida Keys meets California’s Coachella Valley — with gushes of eye-catching fluorescents and clean white accents throughout.

Kingfish ceviche, Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Kingfish ceviche, Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

The space finds itself divided into three different sections with a central grassed area for mingling, high side tables ideal for grabbing some shade and taking in some food, whilst a raised deck area backed by neon lights presents the chance to relax and take in all the action. Tying it all together are palm fronds, plants, and calming notes of greenery: a subtle reminder of the lush sub-tropical setting we get to call home!

Whilst the ambience and aesthetic may have distinct roots in North America, the food menu hinges itself entirely on the big fresh and zesty flavours of South America with a peppering of Caribbean influences thrown in there too. Start things off with Fresh White Fish Ceviche, be it Snapper, Kingfish or Swordfish, before tucking into hearty Tacos with fillings such as Achiote Pulled Pork or Marinated Jackfruit. If you’re tackling a big hunger, then dishes from the grill like Chilli Garlic Prawns with fresh mango salsa and seared Flank Steak with Argentina’s famous Chimichurri sauce should have you covered.

The cocktail offering is no doubt a place most people will skip to — and you can’t be blamed. The list is divvied into the subheadings of Signatures, Slushies, and a dedicated Tropic Margaritas section. Amongst the house designed libations, you’ll come across the Tropic Martini: lashings of vodka meets passionfruit, mint, and pomegranate. All expertly shook into a frosty glass for your sipping pleasure.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

As good as the liquid refreshments already sound, it doesn’t stop there. By partnering up with Mumm and Perrier-Jouët Champagnes, Tropic Vice will be offering two exciting ways to sip champagne without seriously hurting your pocket. The first is an in-the-works Bottomless Brunch which will feature several dishes and unlimited Mumm Champagne. Designated for Sundays, you’ll need to keep an eye out for when they get this one underway.

The second will be available at any time, consisting of a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque and a dozen of the freshest shucked oysters served natural or with a tantalising diced watermelon and Jamaican vinegar dressing. At a modest $120, this little deal will go down a treat between a few friends or a couple enjoying themselves on a lazy afternoon!

The venue will be open from Friday 1st October and will be providing live DJs Friday – Sundays each week with sets playing from 4pm till late. The hot season isn’t quite here yet, but with a high chance of glorious weather coupled with the always buzzing vibes of Nobby Beach as a backdrop, it looks like Tropic Vice is making a strong case for summer coming early this year.

Where: Upstairs 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Hours: Opening Friday 1st October 2021
Wednesday/Thursday 4pm – 10pm, Friday-Sunday 12pm – 10pm.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Clockwise: Kingfish ceviche, Creamy coconut rice with dulche de leche and Patacones with black beans at Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Clockwise: Kingfish ceviche, Creamy coconut rice with dulche de leche and Patacones with black beans at Tropic Vice (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Nobby’s new rooftop bar brings eclectic, Mediterranean vibes

Pink Jalapeno Herradura Margarita, Split (Image: Shot by Jackson)

If you’ve ventured down Nobby’s way lately, particularly after dark, you’ll have no doubt noticed the new kid on the block absolutely teeming with revellers and serving up the type of good vibes only a Gold Coast rooftop bar can.

It’s called Split (as in the city in Croatia) and it’s an eclectic, art-filled masterpiece unlike anything the Gold Coast has seen before and if the first few weeks of its existence are anything to go by, it’s your new summer go-to for a fun time.

The design is the work of Jason Grant someone whose feel good, artistic flair you’ll have probably laid eyes on before. At Light Years in Burleigh Heads perhaps.

At Split he’s created something very unique, a design lovers dream come true with standout features like a black and white checked floor, a graffitied wall, beach ball-esque light fittings, vintage pool chairs and a mesh roof situation to allow all that summer sunshine (fingers crossed) to shine through.

It all comes together in a way we would never be able to pull off and you’re going to be absolutely delighted.

Split dish, Split (Image: Shot by Jackson)

But what’s to eat you ask?

Well all things Mediterranean Gold Coasters, exactly how we like it.

To start you can choose from delights like Prawn & Squid Ink Arrancini, Squeaky Cheese with honey and thyme and Mama Filipovic’s Dusted Calamari to name a few.

From there you’ll choose dishes from the BBQ like Garlic and Rosemary Marinated Chicken and Pork Cevapi (a style of minced meat).

Everything comes with pink pickles, salsa verde, ajvar mayonnaise, shredded cabbage and flat bread.

There’s also an array of salads if you’re after something light.

Mali olives, Mali (Image: Shot by Jackson)

To drink, the passionate-about-sips (same) team have come up with some goodies along the lines of a Split-ini with Fords gin, vermouth and rose petals, a Pink Jalapeno Herradura Margarita with Herradura Plata tequila, triple sec, lime, pineapple and jalapeno and an a sweet selection of Spritz’ like the Saint Split with 78 Degrees Better Gin, Limoncello, elderflower liqueur and the spritz part.

And that’s only a tiny portion of the epic cocktail menu. There are also plenty of beers, wines and mocktails should those be your thing.

That’s not all though y’all.

Beneath Split you’ll find Mali – owned by the same creative team and also boasting much tastiness.

Mali’s is a more vintage aesthetic with lounge chairs like Nanna used to own – probably still owns actually – frilly doilies and painted landscapes upon the walls.

Split menu items, Split (Image: Shot by Jackson)

The food menu there is the same as upstairs but the cocktail list boasts delicious sips like The Former Yugoslavian with Ink Gin, lime and rosemary and the Croatia Cult with tequila, Croatian plum liqueur, pineapple and jalapenos.

It’s a slightly more laidback vibe downstairs so you may choose your own adventure Gold Coasters.

All in all, a good time is guaranteed no matter which you choose and since it’s almost holiday time why don’t we have both.

Happy party season.

LOCATION: 2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
HOURS: 3pm until late Monday to Thursday and 12pm until late Friday to Sunday

Words by Kirra Smith. Images via Shot by Jackson

13 reasons locals love Nobbys Beach

Rubi Red downstairs seating (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Rubi Red downstairs seating (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

We love a suburb with a generous helping of things to do, eat and drink (not necessarily in that order) and thankfully, we are blessed with several such ‘burbs here on the Coast.

One note-worthy standout is the seaside sweetheart Nobby Beach. Whether you’re footloose and fancy-free, or heading out and about with the fam, there is much to love.

Let us share with you thirteen local haunts which have helped gain Nobbys such an unwavering – and ever-growing – staunch following.

Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar
She may have just opened, but Ruby is one helluva lady who’ll leave you 110% satisfied with every bite and sip. With restaurateur and chef extraordinaire Michael Lambie in the driver’s seat bringing his international culinary prowess to the table, you know you’re in for something uber spesh. Between the drool-worthy modern Asian cuisine menu and it-girl feels, it’s simply unmissable.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Zephyr Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Zephyr Kitchen & Bar (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Zephyr Kitchen & Bar
Its casual yet sophisticated vibe, cool elegance and tropical feel make this newcomer a welcome addition and an instant hit amongst Nobby’s locals. With Mediterranean nosh and cocktails so good you’ll order way more than your PT would like (side note: try the Mushroom Truffle Arancini Balls and ALL the pizzas), if you haven’t already been, off you pop.
Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Tropic Vice
This place is a VIBE. The sun-lit rooftop is the perfect setting to sip on signature cocktails & graze on a unique “Florribean” inspired menu, combining flavours of the Caribbean and South America. Promising an ‘overseas’ experience with styling accents from Palm Springs, California, Miami and Florida, trust us – she delivers the goods. And a view!
Where: Upstairs 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Mexicali (image supplied)
Mexicali (image supplied)

Mexicali
You had us at Mexican. Find us a human who doesn’t appreciate a good Mexican feed and no, this is simply not possible. With eclectic art, vibes-a-plenty and all the quintessential modern Mexican foods you could hope for, this place is a sure thing. It’s laid-back atmosphere and super friendly staff add to its appeal, and any place that serves churros and cocktails can do no wrong.
Where: Level 1, 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Bine Bar & Dining
Let’s talk Bine. Specialising in craft beer and perfectly matched food, and…need we say more? With 8 rotating taps, a bunch of different bottled beers, a selection of wines and mouth-watering cocktail options matched with a modest yet v decadent menu, there are plenty of reasons to love it….and come back again and again.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach

Okazu (image supplied)
Okazu (image supplied)

Okazu
Now there’s a decent dose of Japanese going around our hood, but we can never get enough. Have any of these sushi bars or poke bowl dreamboats failed us? The answer is a hard no. Okazu is no exception, this convenient grab and go spot featuring Donburi, Okonomiyaki and Sushi Rolls is as fresh as it is delicious and it has us coming back every day.
Where: 2223 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Rare Groove
If you’re talking a GC institution, this.is.it. Rare Groove buys, sells and trades records, tapes and CDs of all genres (tapes – eeee!). Step inside and you’re transported back in time with old-school band posters which we recognise from our bedroom wall circa 1999, and hundreds of albums to peruse. Warning: you may end up here for three times as long as you intended.
Where: 2241B Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

BSKT Cafe (image supplied)
BSKT Cafe (image supplied)

BSKT Cafe
Ahh BSKT, you are simply the gift that keeps on giving. With a menu that never disappoints and a cool, confident yet relaxed vibe reserved for enduring supernovas of this calibre, if you haven’t been here yet are you even a true Gold Coaster? Consistently voted one of the best tables in town, there is not a single dish that doesn’t hit a home run.
Where: 4 Lavarack Rd, Nobbys

Nobbys Shack
If health food is your jam (sugar-free jam of course), one would hope you’ve cottoned on to The Shack Superfood Café and if not, it’s about time you convert. With tasty eco-friendly meals like smoothies, acai bowls and wraps in a breezy, non-pretentious environment, the brand spanking new version of the previous fave The Shack Superfood Café, lives up to its predecessor’s high standards…and then some.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

The Backyard Cafe entrance, Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
The Backyard Cafe entrance, Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Backyard Café
Although tears-a-flowed when Yard Café closed (RIP), the silver lining is that it was reborn as the new-you-beaut Backyard Café. Serving up scrummy brekkies and brunches, don’t even start us on the actual ‘backyard’ area (hot tip: kids will love it), or the after hours Tex Mex with a side of many margies!
Where: 17 Lavarack Rd, Nobby Beach

Cambus Wallace
A nautical-themed rum and whisky bar delivering old school service and quality, it’s a long-standing crowd pleaser for good reason. The space is low-lit, close-knit and always pumping. Swing in for some delish share plates, a drink or two and soak up the intimate ambience. Add live music to the equation and voila – it’s a recipe for amazingness.
Where: 4/2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

The Undercurrent Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
The Undercurrent Nobby's Beach (Image: © 2019 The Undercurrent)

That mural
Speaking of Mexicali and epic art, a notorious and much-loved part of the Nobbys highway strip is the eye-catching mural adorning one side of the restaurant. Designed and painted by local legend Luke Day, the colourful creation and all its pinky bluey goodness has become a favourite Insta-snap opp. Say cheese…or churros!
Where: The north side of Mexicali (you won’t miss it)

SOMM Wine Store
Yeah we’ve talked a lot about foody joints (how unlike us – said no-one ever) but there is absolutely no denying that SOMM Wine store is a firm local favourite of the vino variety. Owned by husband and wife duo Joe and Natalie, their backstory is reflected in the carefully curated wines begging to occupy real estate at your next dinner party. Specialising in a boutique wineries, you’ll find a winner (or five) every visit.
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Words by Bianca Trathen.

SOMM Wine Store interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
SOMM Wine Store interior (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Gods of the Sea will have you hooked

Gods of the Sea Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi, Gods of the Sea (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Are you someone who seeks out refined and sustainably sourced seafood in elegant settings accompanied by exceptional drinks and flawless service? Forever on an odyssey to taste the very best the ocean has to offer? Yes, we know who you are — and have we got some news for you.

Say hello to brand spanking new Nobby Beach restaurant Gods of the Sea. Now it’s fair to say Nobby Beach has been changing at a reasonable rate over the last couple of years, with comings and goings of various hospitality venues. But by first impressions, Gods of the Sea it seems, is set to become a Gold Coast favourite.

Gods of the Sea is brought to you by hospo veterans Stevie Filipovic, co-owner of Light Years (Noosa, Burleigh, and Byron Bay) and Jeff Bennett, partner of Three Blue Ducks. The duo also happens to be operators of Nobby Beach’s rooftop sensation, Split. With eons of expertise between them, you can rest assured these hospo cats will be pulling all of the right strings.

The menu is an ode to delicious seafood, with ex-head chef of highly renowned — and much missed — The Fish House (sob sob) Jon Nurminen at the helm — ensuring nothing but the very best in sustainably sourced premium seafood is finding its way onto your plate. From the finest in-season Oysters from around the country bathed in their house mignonette to Sunshine Coast King Prawns layered with fermented chilli sauce and locally caught Yellowfin Tuna with ginger dashi and finger lime; every dish from the deep blue has been heavily considered and sensationally put together.

Gods of the Sea (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Gods of the Sea (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Seafood aside, there are also some meat dishes and vegan/vegetarian options — How does a Tajima Wagyu Striploin with anchovy butter or Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli with sage sound to you? Delicious, we’re confident you’ll agree!

For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a hearty selection of desserts to finish things off. The most eye-catching and tastebud tingling would have to be their A Sea Of Tiramisu, in our humble opinion. Adapting a classic tiramisu with added lashings of Dead Man’s Spiced Rum and Licor 43 as well as an obligatory slosh of Kahlua — you will not want to share this.

The drinks list is a quality admixture of tasty European wines, award-winning Australian beers and an attractive repertoire of signature cocktails with some twists on a few classics in there for good measure. Furthermore, you’ll find a dedicated section to champagnes, because after all, who can eat oysters without champagne?!

The venue promises to offer a refined dining experience like no other in the ever-trendy Nobby Beach locale. By throwing in some of the most sumptuous seafood you’re likely to find anywhere, an abundant drinks selection and smiley waitstaff to make it all happen. We can’t help but see you and your significant other planting yourself here for your next date night.

Where: 2215 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
Hours: 5.30pm – 12am Wed-Fri & noon – 12am Sat-Sun

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Passionfruit Caiprioska, Gods of the Sea (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Passionfruit Caiprioska, Gods of the Sea (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
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