So you’ve gobbled down dinner but you’re not ready to call it a night… If you’re looking for somewhere to keep the good times rolling for a little while longer, we’ve got you. The Gold Coast offers an eye-popping lineup of entertainment experiences that are open all night long (well, pretty late anyway), so regardless of whether you’re planning a date night with a difference, on a night out with friends, or have teens, tweens or three-nagers in tow, here’s our after-dark hit list on the Gold Coast.
THE PINK FLAMINGO
Round up your best pals, lock in the babysitter pronto and book your front row seat to the the hottest stage-show in town. The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub is the daringly different after-dark sensation you’ve been waiting for, fusing an oh-so steamy combo of aerials, singing, dance and comic relief. This provocative performance is adults-only (you’ll soon see why) and perfect for a good ol’ night out with friends.
Where: Corner of Surf Parade and Victoria Ave, Broadbeach
STRIKE BOWLING SURFERS PARADISE
Slip on your socks and strap on those gorgeous red bowling shoes, it’s tenpin time and we’ve got just the place in mind. Absolutely not your average alley, Strike Bowling Bar in the heart of Surfers Paradise takes bowling up a notch (or 10), with 10 lanes to choose from, a cocktail bar slinging your fave beverages, and a private karaoke room catering to 15 guests for those feeling brave. Tuck into on old-school-style sangas from the crew at Rando Sandos who are taking over Strike’s kitchen for a limited time – the Cubano Sando, Beef Brisket Sando and Ice-Cream Sando are our favs. Kids are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and once the clock strikes 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10pm Sundays – Thursdays, it’s time to say adieu to the youngsters so the adults can have some age appropriate fun.
Where: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise
COWCH DESSERT COCKTAIL BAR
There’s always room for dessert in this neck of the woods, and at Cowch Desset Cocktail Bar you’ll be wishing you skipped dinner altogether. A cocktail and dessert bar designed for those of us with a serious sweet-tooth, the thoughtful folk at Cowch Broadbeach know that cravings can strike at any time of day, so are open ’til midnight on weekends, and 11pm Sunday – Thursday for any late night hankerings. With the most drool-worthy menu, including Belgian waffles, dessert pizza, naked pops, sky-high sundaes, cocktail share bowls and an entire menu dedicated to all things Nutella, good luck getting to sleep after this sugar high sets in.
Where: 1 Oracle Bvd, Broadbeach
PADLOCK’D ESCAPE ROOMS
Padlock’d Escape Rooms have quickly gained traction as one of the Coast’s most popular after-dark haunts (but we’ll warn you now, this one’s not for the faint hearted). As the name suggests, this mind-bending indoor escapade challenges the brain and your ability to stay cool under pressure. You and your teammates have put your heads together and use your lateral thinking skills to solves the clues, crack the code and make your escape before the timer hits zero. Best suited to those aged 15+ years, in this choose-your-own-adventure (read: nightmare) style pursuit you can opt to solve the mystery of The Haunted Toy Store, or sneak into the office of an evil CEO and thwart his plan to launch a dangerous tracking app before it’s too late – it’s a tough choice…
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK
Fancy ticking off a bucket list item while you’re on the Coast? How does scaling Australia’s Tallest Building sound? At Q1’s SkyPoint Observation Deck, you’ll reach jaw-dropping heights 270m above sea level (that’s 77 floors up!) while still keeping your feet firmly on the ground. Have your phone handy for some sky-high selfies because the views from up here are mind-blowing, with 360 degree panoramas stretching from the coast to the hinterland and beyond, not to mention the sparkling city lights of the Coast by night.
Where: 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
This Gold Coast entertainment icon has stood the test of time for its ability to amaze. Hotfoot it to Infinity in Surfers Paradise for the ultimate apres-dinner adventure. A sensory overload awaits at this interactive indoor maze, where mirrors, lasers, special effects and optical illusions come together to create a 30-minute brain-boggling experience. Best suited for those eight years old and above. A word of warning – if tight spaces aren’t your thing, you might want to sit this one out!
Where: Chevron Renaissance Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
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