Friday evening rolls in, R Kelly’s Ignition comes onto the radio and all of a sudden you’re tingling for a tipple and a good time because it’s the freakin’ weekend (and you’re about to have you some fun). But where to go and what to do? Fear not, fun seekers – we’ve got you sorted. Get your pens out and at the ready to tick off these killer nightlife hotspots here on the Gold Coast.
JUSTIN’S ROOFTOP | Burleigh Heads
Booze, food and good vibes – so says Justin Lane’s resident neon sign and so says just about everyone who has ever been here for a night out. With its open-air rooftop bar and patio set-up, this place is a pearler for mingling in the afternoon, right through to the evening under the stars, with a pizza in one hand and a cocktail in the other.
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
BAR HELLENIKA | Nobby Beach
Bar Hellenika is one of the Coast’s favourite rooftop haunts for boozing and schmoozing in style. Sink cocktails and tuck into mouth-watering mezze eats as you soak in the epic open-air vibes reminiscent of a European summer gone by.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach
NIGHTJAR | Burleigh Heads
Located in the back alleyway carpark next to Justin Lane, Burleigh’s Nightjar is a great choice for those who like something different to the norm. Its dimly lit interior, no dress code and no rules mantra all add to the intimate, locals vibe. With no actual kitchen on site, enjoy an exclusive small food menu from local restaurant favourites Wahoos, Tom Ugly’s and Red Hot Cod to compliment your choice of whiskey or cocktail classics.
Where: 7a/1730 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
THE ARC | Nobby Beach
This Gold Coast institution has recently had one heck-of-a facelift and is back on the map in a big way for local partygoers. Think low-lit ambience dusted with suave décor, a stellar drinks list and tasty bites to boot – it’s no wonder The Arc is hip and happening once again.
Where: Shop 4, 28 Chairlift Ave, Nobby Beach
THE COLLECTIVE | Palm Beach
On the south side and looking for the perfect place for a sunset sesh? Cue The Collective Palm Beach. This gorgeous rooftop bar boasts a bangin’ view and a seriously superb drinks list filled with craft beers, signature cocktails and dangerously delicious sangria jugs.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
MR P.P.’S DELI & ROOFTOP | Southport
A total crowd pleaser thanks to its pizza-filled menu and lip-smacking beverages, Mr P.P.’s Deli & Rooftop is a multi-levelled mecca for those craving good times in a funky and relaxed hangout.
Where: 43 Nerang St, Southport
THE SCOTTISH PRINCE | Palm Beach
Named after the late 1800’s Scottish ship turned Southport dive site, the Scottish Prince in ‘Palmy’ is the place for whiskey lovers. This nautical-inspired bar is home to over 150 different whisky varieties, a private tasting room and a delicious selection of share plates – what’s not to love?
Where: 27/1176 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOUSE OF BREWS | Surfers Paradise
Awarded best bar in 2017, the folk at House of Brews have created a Beer lovers dreamland with 32 beers on tap to choose from, including local craft brews and international favourites. Their cocktails are insanely good too – from the fruity to the flaming, and even the fairy-floss-topped.
Where: 17 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
MIAMI MARKETTA | Miami
Another nocturnal hotspot to add to the hit list is local fave, Miami Marketta. It’s here you’ll find food carts galore, multiple bars (including a dedicated gin parlour), an awesome live music set up and groovy vibes all round.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami