So, we discussed the day of love if you’re half of a loved up couple (congrats, tell us your secrets) and here we are today to discuss celebrating singledom.
Which is cool because nights out with your girl gang are always a good time, as is the tingly feeling of potentially finding someone to jump into a twosome with and also partying in general.
Here we go with five fun times you can have on Valentine’s Day should you be keen on doing any of the above.
Bine Bar & Dining
What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day then with your one and only true love…Bine (ain’t that the truth). There’ll be beer and live music from 12pm and all you need to do is don your most ICONIC 80s Retro attire and get ready for a very good (read: rowdy) time.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach
It’s a good old Farmer Wants a Wife Party at Precinct Brewing this Valentine’s Day. There’ll be hay bales, line dancing and there will be loads of YEEHAAS and singles. Come in your best flanno or hat, and the team will decide who’s dressed best. It’s sure to be quite a time so get your cowboy boots ready and prepare yourself.
Where: Christine Avenue, Miami
The Craft Parlour
A beautiful womens art event that will celebrate being single, powerful and allow you to honour your inner creativity too. You’ll be picnicing under the stars if weather permits. Perfect for both beginners and experienced artists, this workshop is the perfect night to let go, take time out, be a bit silly, and explore your creativity while trying new techniques! It’s BYO wine and cheese or you can order UberEATS while you’re there. Take your bestie or your entire girl gang and create some stunning art together to take home. It’s the perfect Galentine’s event.
Where: Lemana Lane, Miami
This Valentines Day, Nightjar is celebrating in the Wild West so grab your cowgals and your cowboys cause it’s going to be one heck of a good time. You’ll be YEEHAWWing into the sunset of Valentine’s Day with live music from Jake Hobbs into the late hours of the night…it’s the perfect date night with the girls if you like to get a little crazy.
Where: 7a/1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Whether you’re in or out of love, The Pav is the place to be for a Valentine’s Day Party. Be treated to the picturesque views of Burleigh Beach accompanied by your favourite resident DJ’s playing back to back from 3pm, bringing the tunes that will get you up and dancing (because we can do that now).
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith
December is already looking very good Gold Coasters, summer is here, it’s almost Christmas, 2021 isn’t far away and we get to frolic in our sparkly city, sipping frosty beers and exploring all the epic things going on here.
The latest of which, happily, is the opening of a brand new Miami brewery combining both said drinking of frosty beers AND exploring epic things.
It’s called Precinct Brewing Co. and it’s the work of The Imlach Group who, as you know, are the creators of SO MANY impressive local venues including Bine Beer Bar, Mr Hizola’s, Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, Nightjar, Nightcap and The Backyard Cafe.
They’re a busy lot but no rest for the wicked as they say and that absolutely works for us.
Precinct Brewing Co. can be found on Christine Avenue and if you’ve ventured down there lately, you’ll have seen the colourful, graffiti-covered entrance promising a world of good times within. As is the norm with anywhere that has the names Simone Tunbridge, Scott Imlach and Michael Craighead on it.
Not to mention Head Brewer Jeremy James, who has more experience brewing a tasty drop than any of us have drinking it – which is a lot because we all Gold Coasters.
But back to the venue. Once you’ve stepped through the doors you’ll be welcomed into a sleek, all white space with greenery dripping from up high, their signature art adorning one wall and an absolute slew of tanks brewing up some tasty treats.
Precinct features 12 taps and four direct-pour tanks behind the bar meaning there’ll be sixteen brews to taste and Jeremy has quite the penchant for unique tastes. Mango-flavoured Kettle Sour anyone? Yep.
For opening week, there’ll be four new beers and a few from local brewers to get things started PLUS all of the Mr Consistent cocktails, a range of local, sustainable vegan wines, Hard FIZZ Seltzer and local spirits. It’s pretty much the best selection of sips around and we are absolutely pumped.
Of course, there’s food to go with all those drinks and it’s delicious, as you’d expect.
There’s starters like Precinct Fried Chicken, Fried Crispy Zucchini and Wagyu Beef Bao. But we’ve tried and tested the gourmet pizzas, so share a Parma, Italian Pork Sausage or Capricciosa variety.
What more could you want? Nothing is what.
Precinct Brewing Co. opens Friday 4th December and you should definitely get down there.
LOCATION: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami
HOURS: 11am until 10pm Monday to Thursday, 11am until midnight Friday, 12pm unil midnight Saturday and 12pm until 10pm Sunday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith
If it’s romance you want, it’s romance you’ll get here on the GC this Valentine’s Day. And nothing says love like quality food and a glass of fancy champers. Hubba hubba!
Because we love love here at Inside Gold Coast, we’ve compiled a list from north to south of what’s on and where, so that you can whisk your special someone away for a loved-up lunch or a dreamy dinner!
The Club, Parkwood Village
The Club is putting on a 3-course Spanish-inspired menu this Valentine’s Day at 6pm – and we’re here for it! For $69pp, treat your love to a chilled beverage on arrival, live beats from Jake Meywes, a platter of Queensland’s finest seafood, Riverina Black Angus Rib Fillet with Shark Bay scallops and a decadent Chocolate Mud Gateau. It’ll knock yours and your partners’ socks off! Book your tickets here.
Where: 76 – 122 Napper Road, Parkwood
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Ok, so this is for all you singleton girls out there! (Because why should the couples have all the fun?!) Round up the gal’s for an unmissable Galentine’s Couture High Tea at Palazzo Versace on Sunday 13 February with freshly brewed coffee and tea, served on the ever-elegant Versace China. Ohh and how could we forget, you of course get a glass of bubbles to complement your luxurious high tea. Only $92.90 per person, we think this calls for you to slide into your besties dm’s stat!
Where: 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
Take advantage of JW Marriott’s Month of Love with an indulgent 5-course degustation menu. For $110pp, there’ll be Moët & Chandon on arrival, freshly shucked oysters, lobster thermidor, baked snow fish, pistachio-crusted Wagyu and desserts to finish. Or, romance your special someone with their award-winning seafood buffet…with a French twist! From $109 per adult, devour the freshest of fresh seafood, plus French delicacies including Salmon en Papillote and artful desserts to finish. Oh the romance!
Where: JW Marriott Surfers Paradise, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
QT Gold Coast
For an extra spesh dinner, treat your date with a Bazaar Marketplace ‘Lover’s Feast’. From $109pp, there’s bubbles on arrival, trawler-fresh seafood, slow-roasted meats, Asian delights and gourmet salads, acoustic tunes and even personalised chocolate love notes! Best thing is, you can keep going back for more.
LBH, Valentine’s Day in a twilight cabana under the stars is romance 101. Spoil your QTie (get it?!) with dinner for two in a luxury poolside cabana with a glass of the bubbly, followed by four delicious courses perfect for sharing. For $275 for two peeps (one cabana), it’s the dream date you’ve been searching for.
Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
On Monday 14th February, Cali Beach is inviting one and all to a romantic night under the stars at their Outdoor Cinema. Watch firm favourites Pretty Woman (6pm) or The Notebook (8.30pm) while indulging in one of their two delicious foodie packages. ‘Share The Love’ for $89 per couple including a selection of sushi, arancini balls, calamari, chicken yakitori skewers, Caesar salad, Wagyu beef sliders, waffle fries, a baked brownie and a wine/beer for each guest! But if you really want to go all out, for $139 per couple the ‘Cupid’s Choice’ package includes a selection of sushi, Wagyu beef skewers, Caesar salad, bug sliders, chicken lollipops, waffle fries, a whole dessert selection and an Espresso Martini, Watermelon Margarita or Cosmopolitan for each guest. No one will be going home hungry or disappointed from this unique event!
Where: 21a Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
BOBs is turning up the love-meter with their $80pp 3-course Valentine’s menu. Including a welcome drink, it features the likes of Wagyu Carpaccio with wasabi peas and kosho aioli, and the piece de resistance; Heart Shaped Mango Mouse on a mango mint financier. All this is surrounded by the 12 hectolitre drums that produce BOB’s famous craft beer. Now that’s romance!
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Garden Kitchen & Bar
For $130 for two, enjoy an exclusive sharing menu with the likes of Sydney Rock Oysters and Smoked Duck Salad, or order from the always satisfying la carte menu.
Nineteen At The Star
Go all out this Valentine’s Day with a $130pp 5-course feast! With sweeping views, first-class service, delicious food and fine wine, it has all the makings of the perfect Valentine’s date.
Spoil your favourite human with 16 pieces of Valentine sashimi with The Star Oscietra caviar, as well as matcha white chocolate fondant with coffee soil and vanilla ice cream. Or, why not indulge in two glasses of house of Arras sparkling wine, served with a beautiful rose and an accolade box of chocolates for $120?
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Let chef Adam Dundas-Taylor help woo the object of your affection with his signature seven-dish (yes…seven!) Valentines’ selection. We’re talking progressively served ora king salmon sticks, hiramasa kingfish ceviche, beef tataki, wagyu beef skewer, coral coast barramundi, wagyu beef rump cap, and lemon buttermilk panna cotta. For $95pp and with multiple sittings available, get in fast to secure your booking!
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Does a special Japanese banquet for $40pp tickle your fancy? This Broady fave has your Valentine’s date day or night covered, available for lunch and dinner from Saturday 12th until Monday 14th February. Start things off with a welcome Japanese craft beer or house wine, then feast on a selection of traditional dishes, including their signature Grilled Pork Gyoza and tasty Soft Shell Crab.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Indulge in the most sophisticated Valentine’s Day dining experience with a lovingly curated 3-course set menu from $99pp at Roosevelt Lounge. The plush red carpet and old-school glamourous vibes suit the Valentine’s vibe to a tea, and why not level up the romance factor and book the $130pp package, which includes a glass of Pol Roger. Oh, darling!
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Celebrate the day of love with an impressive five-course menu in the heart of Broadbeach for $80pp. Starting with a Raspberry & Cream Valentine’s cocktail on arrival, guests will then be treated to Freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, Kingfish Tartare, House made wood-fired break with baked figs and goats cheese, Prawn bisque risotto and a choice of Kingfish or Wagyu Striploin for mains. Finish with a Raspberry & Cream Mille Feuille.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
In honour of Cupid’s day of days, Little Truffle are upping the ante with an extra special 4-course-menu. For $120pp, you and your Valentine will choose from a gourmet selection of entrees, mains and desserts, including the likes of Quail Ballotine with pomme puree, onion remoulade, mushroom duxelle, pickled mushroom and red wine jus, Half Grilled Lobster Mornay with red cabbage slaw, and Strawberry Soufflé with dark chocolate sauce. Heaven!
Where: 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Words by Bianca Trathen.
First of all, yes we are experts and second of all, there’s nothing wrong with consuming an entire packet of Tim Tams while binging on Gossip Girl for the fifteenth night in a row (Mum said so).
But in case that’s not your jam (insert eye roll), and because we’re keen to widen our circle of single lady pals, here are a few things to do on the Gold Coast if you’re sans a significant other.
Dance, dance, dance
Not only is channeling your inner Beyoncé a fun way to work off those pesky Tim Tam calories, it also boosts the feel good vibes and gives you the perfect excuse to down an extra margarita or two (because seeya inhibitions). We recommend Retros Cocktail Lounge in Surfers for the old school beats and spacious d-floor.
Try all the foods
No, not Tim Tams (unless Cold Rock is involved then by all means). There’s something liberating about eating out alone and, with the ridiculous amount of five-star restaurants on the Coast, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you stay at home and order UberEATS every night. We recommend starting with Burleigh because a. good-looking people watching and b. Rosella’s, Iku, Nightjar, Jimmy Wah’s, Rabbath, Rick Shores, Lockwood Bar, etc.
Spa days are the ultimate single gal good time. Go solo or grab your girl gang and make a day of it. There are plenty of places to indulge on the Coast from escape-for-a-week retreats like Gwinganna to the sophisticated, Moroccan chic vibes of The Bathhouse for massages and magnesium baths. Smooth skin and super chill vibes await.
Making stuff is a good time. Unless it’s an intricate recipe that takes four hours to create, only to be devoured within four minutes. Anywho, crafts and the like are fun. The Craft Parlour in Miami run MANY workshops like intro to ceramics, macramé weaving, watercolour 101, all the creative things. Plenty of people sign up solo so we suggest you do the same and make a few new friends while you’re there.
Shop up a storm
Retail therapy is a thing y’all (experts on this topic too). Not that any of us need therapy (right!?) but new clothes are always a good idea and you’re gonna need ‘em for the dancing and the eating out solo. Pacific Fair is our pick for a splurge and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre on a budget, unless you’re more of an online shopper then we definitely recommend supporting the many local brands around these parts.
Or die trying. After you’ve bought all the pretty activewear, you might want to take up a new active hobby. How about hiking? Fresh air and fitness, it’s a combination for the ages. OR, join a random touch football team and expand your social circle while getting fit and having a good old laugh at how unfit you’ve become thanks to the irresistible allure of Netflix and Tim Tams.
Put a fork in us, we’re done. Admittedly, all that sounds pretty tiring, anyone got any good Netflix recommendations?
Words by Kirra Smith.