The Gold Coast is setting a new standard for alfresco with incredible dining haunts complete with open air views.



The Collective Palm Beach

Chin Up Princess – not a judgement but an order. This cheeky cocktail will have your pinkies up cheersing to an endless summer. The Collective’s rooftop bar was made for seaside sundowners, soaked in natural light and lush greens for a breezy alfresco vibe. The mantra of ‘better together’ splashed across the walls is brought to life with an all-round playground for the palate, starring five kitchens serving up American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and contemporary Australian – you really can have it all.


Sink back in to your garden chair, Frosé in hand. If you’re after the Coast’s best beer garden, then look no further friends. Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star Gold Coast is just what you’ve been waiting for. The sun-drenched deck overlooking the lush lawns adorned with Hampton’s style picnic tables, is just the beginning.


8th Ave Terrace Restaurant

With the whitewash visible atop the white balcony of 8th Ave Terrace, your coastal cred will be pushing ‘hang ten’ out of ten. This well-placed, weatherboard watering hole walks the talk with cocktails like ‘Thyme and Tide Change for no Man-darin,’ boasting fresh seasonal produce. This is casual alfresco dining at its best. With some of the smartest casual service we’ve seen on the coast, come sundown, the upstairs dining room becomes home to wine dinners and date nights, and the sophisticated wine list comes into its own.


The Island Rooftop Restaurant

A bit of elbow grease has hauled a landmark hotel well and truly back to its heyday. The Coast’s newest boutique lodging is home to a retro-styled rooftop bar. The sprawling alfresco patio is one of the trendiest places to sink a few in the sun. Combined with infectious holiday vibes and a stellar cocktail menu, The Island is bringing the retro cool back to Surfers Paradise.