Sip, Sip! The Sky’s The Limit With 11 Of Gold Coast’s Best Rooftop Bars

Ready to get sky high?

By Courtney Idstein | 16th August 2021

As the heat rises, so do your go-to spots for your next drinks sesh! The GC’s sandy shores aren’t the only places to be for the warmer months – we’re heading sky high with Gold Coast’s best rooftop bars. From funky fiestas to artsy aperitifs, we’ll see you at the top!

Nineteen at The Star | Broadbeach

If sipping on signature cocktails and watching the Gold Coast skyline glitter to life is your perfect night out, then we have the spot for you. Nestled poolside on top of luxury hotel The Darling, Nineteen at the Star is truly the epitome of indulgence. Not only can you find award-winning wine and food, but you can also hear some of Australia’s best DJs pumping out the prime set list for a luxe pool party. Get dressed up to the nine(teen)s and visit this GC staple.

The Island Rooftop | Surfers Paradise

If you’re a Goldie local, then you already know about The Island Rooftop Bar – a go-to for both sunshine sippin’ and star-lit bar crawls. As Gold Coast’s largest open-aired bar in the heart of Surfers, The Island is sure to provide a little something for cocktail connoisseurs and bar-hoppers alike. Notorious for their epic Sunday Sesh, make sure you start the week right and get yourself down to The Island for a boogie.

Mr P.P.’s Deli and Rooftop | Southport

Fancy a gin with a side of history? Mr P.P.’s Deli and Rooftop is GC’s own little nod to the past, named after the towns first ever post and telegraph master who called this bar home from 1883-1886. Mr P.P.’s has gone above and beyond to pay respect to the local legend, adoring the walls with various murals and quotes by P.P. himself. Take a trip down memory lane and visit one of Gold Coast’s most unique heritage-listed sites, with epic live music and tasty bar treats aplenty.

The Exhibitionist | Surfers Paradise

The Exhibitionist is the new kid on the block and proving to be a serious contender. Seated high on the rooftop of HOTA Gallery, this rooftop bar offers something a little different from the others. With every major exhibition that makes its way through the halls of HOTA, the team at The Exhibitionist expertly curate a new list of signature cocktails to go hand-in-hand with the pieces on display. With an exclusive view of both the GC skyline and the Hinterland, get in early to secure a spot in this geometric haven!

Seascape Restaurant + Bar | Surfers Paradise

Sitting pretty above the bustling Surfers Paradise Esplanade, this suave space will provide you with unrivalled views of the beach, plus a delicious cocktail in hand. The rooftop opens its doors just in time for the warmer months, but you can grab a sought-after table at the bistro all-year round. Dig into fresh seafood dishes, lightly seasoned with the ocean breeze, and enjoy alfresco seaside dining at its finest.

Split Upstairs | Nobby Beach

Want to dance the night away under a giant disco ball? We got you! Split Upstairs is Nobby’s very own open-air nightclub and a definite must-visit destination for any night out on the town. Vowing to be a safe space for anyone and everyone, Split encourages all types of dance moves on the d-floor and we’re all about it!

Mexicali | Nobby Beach

Did someone say spicy margaritas? Located along the highway in Nobby Beach, Mexicali is one of Gold Coast’s greatest gems. Offering all of your favourite mouth-watering Mexican delicacies, Mexicali’s rooftop terrace also catches the final rays of the setting sun and brings a whole new meaning to ‘golden hour’. With great all-you-can-drink group deals and specially curated menus depending on your taste, make sure to book – we’re not the only ones who love this place!

Burleigh Pavilion and The Tropic | Burleigh

If you’re after some serious Insta-worthy shots, then we have you covered. Situated on the rocks of Burleigh Heads, this Gold Coast institution offers epic panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast cityscape all in one. Once you have one of their famous frosés and picture-perfect pizzas, you’ll be thanking us later. Or, if you want a little extra sophistication, head on next door to The Tropic and experience some of GC’s best fine-dining, whilst still getting that all necessary ocean breeze. Pro tip: get the dip. Always get the dip.

Pink Monkey Bar & Grill | Burleigh

Immerse yourself in a constant glow of neon pink down the road at Pink Monkey. Whilst still grabbing some of those epic ocean views, Pink Monkey offers a more edgy bar atmosphere than those of its competitors on the shore-side. And, best yet, there’s an abundance of pink cocktails on offer – it’s a Legally Blonde dream come true.

Frida Sol | Palm Beach

Right in the palm of Gold Coast’s surf community, Frida Sol is the sister restaurant of Mermaid’s iconic Mexican establishment, Bonita Bonita. Wrap your senses in the luxurious hacienda-style décor, festoon lights, and, of course, the sultry salty breeze, whilst chowing down on some of the best tacos of the Goldie. Get in early on a Friday between 7pm and 10 pm to catch their Acoustic Sesh, supporting some of Palmy’s best local acts.

The Collective | Palm Beach

You can’t do rooftop bars without talking about The Collective. Famous for providing options for all types of picky eaters, The Collective also has you covered with a cute little rooftop bar, prepped with views of the ocean and Palm Beach’s bustling main streets. With an extensive menu to choose from, their iconic collection of ink gin is a must-try.

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