6 sassy Gold Coast bars to let your hair down in
You’ve had a massive day soaking up the sun. You’re dehydrated after basking on a golden Gold Coast 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 with a late night serving of Mexican goodness.
What to order: Ginger Pacific Ale – this drink couldn’t scream ‘summery beach vibes’ harder if it tried.
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: Keep it classy with a neat glass of Glenlivet 18yr scotch or the classic Old Fashioned.
Wildernis Rooftop Bar
Far from an uninhabited wilderness, this Palm Beach haunt has tapas and an incredible drinks menu waiting only a few mosaic-tile-laden steps away. The bar’s style is part airy-Hamptons and part Mediterranean, picture bright whites, plenty of timber, patterned tiles, high ceilings and pure sunshine.
What to order: You can’t go past their signature drink, Ink Gin on tap, from Tumbulgum’s Husk Distillery. Yep, gin on tap!
Soho Place Bar
Stepping through the ‘hidden in plain site’ red telephone box entryway you’ll think you’ve landed in London’s West End as you walk into the Gold Coast’s first ‘small bar’. What makes a bar small besides the obvious is the absence of a kitchen, making Soho Place the perfect first or last stop of your evening.
What to order: The Painkiller, it’s worth ordering for the mug alone; the Pusser’s dark rum, coconut, pineapple and orange juice are just added bonuses.
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.
This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated 21 March 2018.