With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, we’re itching to make our way down the coast for some sunshine. With the weekend on our mind, we decided it was prime time to take a look at the Gold Coast bars worth the road trip.

For your weekend pleasure, we’ve curated a list of the most-Insta worthy bars for you to hit up next time you make your way south. Whether you’re heading to the games or just in need of a weekend getaway, here are 9 bars that should definitely be on your hit list. Bottoms up!

Cocoon Lounge | Surfers Paradise

Hidden away on the canals of Surfers Paradise, Cocoon Lounge is one of the more luxe inclusions on this list. With an all-white aesthetic designed with cocoons in mind (see what they did there?), the gorgeous bar really is the perfect setting for sunset drinks. If you’re hitting them up after a long day in the surf, they have some super plush day beds to lounge on while you sip on one of their jaw-droppingly delish cocktails. Be prepared to dance the night away with an in-house DJ and unforgettable setting overlooking the water.

Rick Shores | Burleigh Heads

Anyone keen for beachside bevs? Rick Shores takes prime position overlooking the beach at Burleigh Heads, offering so much more than just your usual pub fare. For the perfect post-beach arvo, we recommend you try the Margarita San cocktail (Olmeca Plata, orange rum, pickled plum salt, sweetened Yuzu–a Japanese take on the classic margarita!) and take in the idyllic view of the rolling waves. When hunger strikes (as you know it will), they have well and truly got you covered with a pan Asian menu to indulge in, offering everything from small bites to big eats. This is what weekend dreams are made of.

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Garden Kitchen and Bar
 | Broadbeach

The illustrious Garden Kitchen and Bar, tucked away within the Star Casino at Broadbeach, has got all your weekend plans covered. If first impressions are anything to go by, this place will have you wowed from the get-go with a cascading garden wall upon entry providing a perfect photo op. This bar has become a local favourite for great weekend drinks with a delectable array of cocktails to choose from. It also boasts live entertainment with vinyl on the deck on Fridays and Saturdays, acoustic tunes on Sunday, and (if you are wanting to add some sparkle to your weekend) Champagne Saturdays, complete with flowing champagne and a shared lunch.

The Cambus Wallace | Nobby Beach

The Cambus Wallace in Nobby Beach has seriously raised the bar when it comes to cocktail bars on the coast. If you love rum and whiskey (and honestly, you should love rum and whiskey) then this is the perfect weekend spot for you. With an extensive list of signature cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else, this nautical themed bar also offers live local music acts on a regular basis, making it the only place to be after dark.

Aloha Bar & Dining | Broadbeach

If you like to sip your cocktails out of carved-out fruit then this is the place for you. Aloha Bar is well and truly hidden away in a mysterious Broadbeach laneway, but if you keep your eyes peeled you should have no problem finding this tiki-themed watering hole. The bar’s decor is a tropical island oasis, with palm leaves covering the ceiling. The local hotspot has an amazing selection of cocktails that complement the tropical island vibe. And did we mention that the there are $1 oysters every Sunday and $1 dumplings on Wednesdays? Plus, with a dining menu guaranteed to leave you in a food coma, we guarantee that it’s worth the road trip.

The Island Rooftop | Surfers Paradise

If you’re partial to a good Sunday sesh, then The Island Rooftop Bar is calling for you. As one of the largest rooftop bars on the Gold Coast, its prime location in Surfers Paradise means it offers a stunning view of Main Beach and all the action of Surfers. It is quickly becoming a major drawcard for partygoers looking for a relaxed atmosphere and live music, thanks to their regular selection of bands & DJs that will have you dancing the night away.

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The Roosevelt Lounge | Broadbeach

You know what they say; “a little party never killed nobody”. With stunning décor inspired by classic speakeasy bars, The Roosevelt Lounge is like stepping into the pages of The Great Gatsby. Be transported back to Prohibition-era New York and in no time at all you’ll forget you’re on the Gold Coast. If you are up for a glamorous night dressed to nines and sampling the best of the best drinks in town, The Roosevelt Lounge is something you’ll want to add to your hit list ASAP.

Justin Lane Rooftop | Burleigh Heads

If you enjoy relaxed drinks overlooking the ocean with some lively tunes, this rooftop bar will tick all your boxes. Easily one of the most iconic GC hotspots, Justin Lane Rooftop is the place to be for a great range of curated drinks, pizza and pasta (and a bit of a boogie if you’re feeling in the mood). This local recommendation is a must do if you are heading to the coast for great food, drinks and vibes.

Bin 12 Bar and Dining | Burleigh Heads

Located on James Street in Burleigh Heads, this local gem has a signature cocktail list that is a step above the rest. Their fruity infusions are the perfect accompaniment after a day at the beach!

It’s also home to an impeccable wine list, as well as high-end spirits, beers and Champagne. They also have a delectable array of food to choose from if all that drinking leaves you hungry.

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