In very happy news for Gold Coasters, businesses are now allowed to seat 10 diners at a time and we could not be more thrilled for them (and us). Particularly when there are celebrations to be had.
Which there are in the form of International Wine Day on Monday May 25th. In honour of that, we’ve complied a list of local spots with exceptional wine lists that are welcoming guests right now, so you can spend your days sipping sweet, sweet tipples from a glass, in a restaurant with nine of your closest friends. How good.
Here they are, happy wine celebrations.
Up Southport way is the stunning little space that is Jafa – a wine and pizza bar boasting quite the unique array of vinos that are perfectly paired with the menu. Have you ever tried an orange wine? There’s one on the menu here, trust us it’s amazing. Not to mention an impressive array of reds from Syrah’s to Nebiolo and some we’ve never before come across.
Where: 7/253 Ferry Road, Southport
Social Eating House + Bar
A casual, fine dining venue in the heart of Broadbeach, Social Eating House + Bar is the perfect place for an-award winning feast plus a wine or two to match. The wine menu is broken down into easy-to-choose sections including light and aromatic whites, light to medium body reds and Chardonnay and Chablis to name a few. The team are extremely knowledgeable and can certainly help you find something to suit your tastes.
Where: Shop 137-138, 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
The newest of the bunch, Orzo can be found at The Oracle in Broadbeach serving up exquisite modern seafood dishes and of course, a wine list to match. As you might expect, the wines are of the Italian variety from an array of regions and each is absolutely stunning. Whites, reds, rosés and sparklings, anything you could possibly want to sip and each paired perfectly with the impressive menu. Ask the team for their recommendation and prepare to be dazzled by the goodness.
Where: 1N-02, The Oracle, 12 Charles Avenue, Broadbeach
Nineteen at The Star
A five-star venue overlooking the ocean and 19 floors up is the perfect place to enjoy an exceptional wine and Nineteen at The Star is exactly that. Not to mention they have a walk in, glass window wine room filled with hundreds of bottles of the very finest wines from across the world. Of course, the team at Nineteen are absolutely stars when it comes to wine knowledge, not to mention pairing said wines with their dishes. Treat yourself to a time at Nineteen, it’s pure magic.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
The Wine Barrel
As you might expect, a restaurant called The Wine Barrel has quite the selection of wine for your tasting pleasure. The Mudgeeraba gem boasts one of the very best wine lists around and the gurus behind the bar will ensure yours is an experience to remember. From Margaret River to Tuscany and sparkling to sherry, there’s sure to be a tipple that’ll tickle your tastebuds (and the food is the goods too). Love this place.
Where: 8/59 Railway Street, Mudgeeraba
The Burleigh Heads gem has curated a wine list made up of some of the most iconic producers around, along with small and innovative winemakers producing their own special type of magic. Most of the list is available by the glass, so you’re invited to sample something unique from around the world. Each tipple is perfectly matched to the exceptional food menu and if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of spending time at Jimmy Wah’s, they simply must be next on your list.
Where: 1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith