You’ve had a massive day soaking up the sun. You’re dehydrated after basking on a golden Queensland beach. Perhaps you’re in need of a late-night beverage?
From sipping a cocktail at Australia’s highest bar to knocking back organic craft beers atop rustic wooden pallets, there are plenty of ways to quench your thirst with one last hurrah before hitting the hay.
Here’s a local’s guide to where you can find some of the best tipples to titillate your tastebuds on the Gold Coast (try saying that quickly, after a cocktail or three).
Put some sting in your step by visiting the industrial chic bar known as Stingray, at the base of QT Gold Coast. Work your way through their impressive cocktail list – inspired by their 50 (yes 50) in-house tequilas – or grab one of their low tables for some great people watching and tempt your tastebuds on a late night serving of Mexican goodness.
What to order: Stingray Original – it’s the original and still the best cocktail on their impressive list.
Looking for some Gatsby glam? Look no further than FIX – a stylish cocktail bar perched inside the Hilton Surfers Paradise. Sip in style surrounded by vintage interiors where even the glassware oozes 1930s chic.
What to order: Get your flapper flying and order the Nitro Punch – a naughty blend of vodka, ciders and juices served in a vintage punchbowl. It’s perfect for sharing with two of your dearest, or release your inner devil and keep it all to yourself.
Pigs & Pints
You can huff and puff as much as the Big Bad Wolf, but there’s no stopping the fun at Pigs & Pints. Get your trotters to this delicious trough that serves an impressive range of craft beers, perfectly matched with their gourmet sliders. These guys have local Burleigh Brewing Co. ales on tap and a damn fine collection of Australian and New Zealand boutique beers, that will keep the hippest beer snob as happy as a pig in mud.
What to order: Grab a pint of the local Burleigh Brew and the “Three little Pigs” – three pork sliders served on a box of smoking potato chips. Beer + burgers = WINNING!
Black Coffee Lyrics
Black Coffee Lyrics serves up 40 types of Australian and internationally-sourced craft beer on top of their extensive cocktail and wine list. With coffee in their name, it’s no wonder these guys offer one of (if not the best) Espresso Martinis on the coast. If you’re not quite ready for bed and feel the urge for a hit of caffeine, this is the place to go.
What to order: Their signature Espresso Martini, with the coffee liqueur made from their in-house coffee blend and distilled locally in Mt Tamborine.
One50 Public House
Located on the waterfront, One50 Public House is described as a little slice of New York on the Gold Coast. So grab your girlfriends for a Cosmopolitan and kick back and enjoy live music.
What to order: Be inspired by their New York décor and go all SJP with a classic Manhattan.
Seventy7 Café & Bar
Like getting high when you drink? Located at the SkyPoint Observation Deck on level 77 of the Q1 hotel, Seventy7 Café & Bar, will leave your head spinning with stunning 360-degree views of the ocean and city. Get in early and bag one of the tables by the window to enjoy the views with that special someone at Australia’s highest altitude bar.
What to order: Treat yourself with a bottle of sparkling – to match the twinkling stars that feel close enough to touch from this swish bar.
Shaken, stirred or simply straight down the hatchet, tell us where you love to enjoy a nightcap on the Gold Coast.
And don’t forget:
“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” ~ Dean Martin
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