14 Of Gold Coast’s Best Bars For Endless Summer Sipping
Drink upBy Dinushka Gunasekara | 14th November 2022
A day on the Gold Coast certainly builds up a thirst, whether you’re diving into the rolling waves or whiling the time away under the glorious sun. So where should you go when you’re feeling parched? To Gold Coast’s vibrant array of bars, of course!
From creative cocktails to curated vino lists, throw back a glass (or a few) at our pick of the best bars that call Gold Coast home.
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
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Tucked away in a back alley of Burleigh is a dive bar where good ol’ fashioned rock and roll awaits. Whether it’s a live band or DJ behind the tunes, you can expect a rowdy night and refreshing cocktails at Nightjar.
Seasoned by sea salt and good vibes, this lofty locale boasts an endless summer. With a line snaking down the beach come sunset, a highly sought-after seat at the Pav comes with thirst-quenching drinks and family-style comfort food.
Quirky and delightfully nostalgic, Rosella’s is an homage to all things Australiana, from the native fare in their drinks to the budgie smugglers on the wall. Dressed up in colour and character, order the Blinky Bill and thank us later.
Snag a spot on the Justin Lane rooftop and you’ll be treated to a laid back atmosphere alongside sprawling views of Burleigh Beach. Order one of the pizzas that made them so beloved and a cocktail (the Mango + Coconut Caprioska is basically a Weis bar in a glass), as you bask in the GC rays.
Nineteen at The Star
Take your tipple sky high atop The Star, aka Gold Coast’s luxe rooftop destination. Whether you’re lounging poolside or tucked away in the uber-chic booths, the gorgeous skyline will be your view paired with signature cocktails and DJ beats.
You have to be in the know to kick back in this hidden speakeasy, inspired by the alleyways of Vietnam. Curious mixology is the specialty here, with a two-pages-long list of signature cocktails served alongside flavourful bar nibbles.
Aloha Bar and Dining
Getting to Aloha might have you second guessing your route, but trust the process – hidden in an alley of Broadbeach is this tiki bar that certainly knows how to party. Serving up Hawaiian-inspired bites and a healthy flow of drinks, try one of their Zombies if you dare.
Find the red palm tree at The Star and you’ll be rewarded with a speakeasy bar that celebrates all things Mezcal. Moody and just a lil’ spicy, Veladora’s unique snacks and beverages make for a memorable occasion with every visit.
Whisky lovers, this one’s for you! This atmospheric spot might require a bit of work to get in (find the entry and text the phone number on the door), but it’s certainly worth it for the charming bartenders and sophisticated offering with old school flair.
The Cambus Wallace
Ahoy! This nautical themed rum and whisky bar welcomes you aboard for fine liquors and classic cocktails from around the world, as well as hearty fare to pair. Keep an eye on their ‘gram for drink specials and delectable food deals.
Taking cues from the Mediterranean islands, this exceptionally chic wine bar is Sanctuary Cove’s refined atmospheric gem. Spanish for ‘destination’, connect with your people over fresh charcuterie, caviar, and creative cocktails as you’re serenaded by incredible live musicians.
The Exhibitionist Bar
Boasting sweeping views of the Coast to the Hinterland, HOTA Gallery’s rooftop resident is the place to be. You’ll want to visit this one time and time again, especially because the cocktail menu changes to reflect the exhibitions on show downstairs.
La Bella Cellar
Intimate and sleek, this hidden haven brings Spanish flavour to a snug little corner of Burleigh. The wine bar’s curated selection offers plenty to peruse, poured alongside locally sourced produce and seasonal ingredients.
Fancy a drink with uninterrupted views of the ocean on the side? Then Hyde Paradiso is your destination – a summery oasis nestled above the crowds. The Mediterranean-inspired cocktails and tapas served here make for a tantalising experience, complete with neon lights and tropical foliage.