Bars & Pubs

Drink Up, Here’s The Best Bars On The Gold Coast And Where To Find Them

By Brooke Darling
21st Jun 2022

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Iku Yakitori Cocktail Degustation Burleigh Heads
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best bars gold coast
best bars on the gold coast
Iku Yakitori Cocktail Degustation Burleigh Heads
best bars gold coast

Eating and shopping your way around the Gold Coast’s best restaurants and boutiques can be thirsty work. Luckily, our glorious city is also blessed with a bunch of fab bars to quench your thirst at.

While the definition between watering hole and restaurant gets a little blurry these days, we’ve compiled a bucket list of the best bars on the Gold Coast where you should have sunk a few drinks if you call yourself a local. Just visiting? Make this your hit list. Scroll on for 25 of the best bars on the Gold Coast. 

North | Surfers Paradise & Beyond

Mr P.P.’s Deli & Rooftop

Southport
One of the best bars on the Gold Coast if you’re floating around the northern end is Mr P.P.’s Deli & Rooftop. Downstairs, hidden behind the guise of a deli, Mr P.P.’s cosy wine bar is perfect for knock-off drinks or a sociable Saturday night. You can come and hang with the CBD office workers for sunset drinkies on the rooftop and you'll likely walk away with a handful of new friends.

Last Night On Earth

Southport 
Southport’s OG watering hole, Last Night On Earth is loved for its Wednesday trivia nights, thirst-quenching craft beer selection, board games, live acoustics, relaxed vibe and cheeky antics. And you can't go past their rooftop bar for some seriously good vibes. 

Destino

Sanctuary Cove

Don’t be fooled by the “wine bar” denomination—Destino has a few little tricks up its sleeve. By day it masquerades as a homewares store and espresso bar, and at night it turns into a vibing wine and tapas bar, without being gimmicky. As the sun sets against the marina, you’ll want to dig into a dip or two, or try your hand at crafting your own cheese platter—we definitely recommend you just splurge on all the cheeses.

The Island Rooftop

Surfers Paradise
Adjoining boutique hotel, The Island, Gold Coast’s biggest rooftop bar and sprawling alfresco patio, The Island Rooftop is bringing the cool back to Surfers Paradise's after-dark scene. With DJs, a retro-styled cocktail bar, ample seating and leafy nooks, The Island boasts stunning rooftop views and you're almost always guaranteed a good night here.

Sandbar 

Surfers Paradise
With its hip and breezy fit-out, all-round good vibes and excellent cocktails, Sandbar is well deserving of its spot among the best bars on the Gold Coast. With a staggering 100-plus bottled and draft craft beer options, it’s the most extensive range on the Gold Coast. Those salty sea breezes come at no extra cost. 

The Exhibitionist Bar

Surfers Paradise

Located on level five of the HOTA Gallery, The Exhibitionist Bar boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the vibrant arts precinct, the Surfers Paradise skyline and the stunning Gold Coast waterways. If that's not enough to get you excited, The Exhibitionist Bar also features a luscious tapas style bar menu with specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list, house-made sodas and local craft beer. This is the best spot to hit up after a day of browsing the incredible HOTA Gallery. 

Central | Broadbeach To Miami

Aloha Bar & Dining

Broadbeach
This hidden Broadbeach hangout is high on our list of the best bars on the Gold Coast. Aloha Bar & Dining crams in fun and frivolities on the regular; nights filled with nautical and tiki paraphernalia, treasure chest cocktails and pineapple everything.

Garden Kitchen & Bar

Broadbeach
There’s a lot to love about the The Star in Broadbeach, which has been attracting locals in droves for years, partly thanks to the swanky Garden Kitchen & Bar. This leafy, sun-drenched outdoor bar is a hotspot for Sunday drinks or Saturday night cocktails; basically any occasion where you wanna frock up and live it up. 

The Loose Moose

Broadbeach

Another of our faves among the best bars on the Gold Coast, The Loose Moose has without question the city’s most epic bar fit-out with its steampunk and 1920s prohibition Americana styling, plus a twist of its Canadian cousin. Come for the mind-blowing list of 80 different beers and 160-plus whiskies and then stay for the finger-licking menu. 

Soho Place

Broadbeach

Soho Place in Broadbeach was the Coast's first official 'small bar' and it's garned a loyal following for very good reason. Operating completely without a kitchen or food menu, step through the ‘hidden in plain sight’ red telephone box entryway andyou’ll be stepping into a window-less vortex where hours may mysteriously disappear.   

Nineteen At The Star

Broadbeach
Everyone knows the wildest nights start the classiest, so if you’re looking to kick off your evening with an aura of sophistication, head to the mind-blowing Nineteen at The Star lounge bar on, you guessed it, the 19th-floor of The Star Gold Coast's six-star hotel, The Darling. If you can't afford to stay the night in this crazy high-roller hotel, it doesn’t mean we can’t pretend with an evening elevated above the glittering lights of Broadbeach. 

The Roosevelt Lounge

Broadbeach 
No expense was spared to create the Roosevelt Lounge, a game-changing 1930s American-inspired lounge bar and restaurant in Broadbeach. If you’re not made of money, you’ll definitely feel like it after a night spent lounging around looking glamorous in sinkable leather chesterfields and red velvet booths with cocktails made right in front of you at your table. 

The Cambus Wallace

Nobby Beach
The Cambus Wallace is recognised and rightly so, as one of Gold Coast’s best cocktail bars. This dimly-lit and nautical-themed bar and eatery puts the hip in Nobby Beach and makes a mean Kraken espresso martini if we do say so ourselves. If you're feeling cheeky, we recommend ordering one of their famous pickleback shots.

Bine Craft Beer Bar

Nobby Beach
A trailblazer for craft beer on the Gold Coast, Bine Craft Beer Bar rocks our world with 50 cent wings, sliders, juicy parmigianas and regularly rotating craft beer taps. Head here any weekend night and you'll see why it's a crowd favourite among the best bars on the Gold Coast. 

South | Burleigh & Beyond

Lockwood

Burleigh Heads 
Lockwood was the Gold Coast’s first truly speakeasy-style hidden bar. Converting what was once a storage room into an atmospheric watering hole that oozes old soul—with seductive mood-inducing blues and rockabilly tunes and some of the stiffest twist-on-the-classic cocktails in town. If you’re yet to hunt down Lockwood’s must-text-to-enter bar in the back alley of Burleigh, you’d best take a good hard look at yourself. 

NAÂMi 

Burleigh Heads

This speakeasy bar is hidden behind the shopfront of a banh mi takeaway joint, so you already know it's going to be cool. Slip through NAÂMi's nondescript back door and you’re instantly transported to the bustling alleyways of Hanoi.  This isn’t any old bar—the bespoke cocktail menu boasts twelve extravagant drinks which aren’t just drinks, they’re multi-sensory experiences. We're talking about new sights, tastes, sounds, and textures that will completely reshape your concept of the drinking experience. 

Justin Lane Rooftop

Burleigh Heads
Life is best lived outdoors, which is why Justin Lane’s rooftop bar rocks our world. Without question one of the best bars on the Gold Coast, this is where we love to head for Sunday sessions in the sunshine. Order a few of their sip-worthy Aperol Spritzes and then head downstairs to Justin Lane Establishment for a sit-down pizza and pasta feast.

Iku Yakitori & Whisky Bar

Burleigh Heads 
While you can get your fill of authentic yakitori and Japanese eats, it is Iku Yakitori’s atmospheric back bar, lined with hard-to-find Japanese whiskies, that’s well deserving of a spot among the best bars on the Gold Coast. Iku’s ridic fit out and regularly evolving cocktail menu is next level awesome and if you haven't been here yet, you're seriously missing out.

Nightjar

Burleigh Heads 
Secreted away in a back alley car park in much-loved Burleigh Heads, Nightjar, a grungy dude’s den, has got all the industrial feels. Come for the daily happy hour and sing-along live music, where you just might end up dancing like nobody’s watching.

La Bella Cellar

Burleigh Heads

The first thing you’ll notice about La Bella Cellar is that, well, it can be hard to find.  A nondescript wooden doorway beckons you inside this speakeasy, where you’ll find an extensively stocked cellar door, before entering the heart of La Bella. The space is sexy as hell, with white-washed walls, a dreamy indoor cactus garden and an impressive curved bar—it's basically date-night heaven. The cocktails are masterfuly curated and you should pair your drinks with nibbles from La Bella's Euro-esque menu.

Burleigh Pavilion

Burleigh Heads
Boasting one of the best views of our stunning coast, the Burleigh Pavilion (or The Pav to us locals) has fast become our go-to spot for sinking tipples while watching the sunset. With places to park your surfboard and showers to wash off the salt, this joint is beach to bar at its finest during the weekdays and 'beachside luxe' on the weekends.

Rosella's

Burleigh Heads
Boasting an all-Aussie natural wine list, VB tins and cocktails that feature Zooper Doopers and Nutri-Grain, this Australiana bar is an absolute must do if you find yourself in Burleigh. Pull up a stool at Rosella's bar, sip a cocktail and snack on roo carpaccio and Vegemite jaffles. 

The Scottish Prince

Palm Beach 
With 150+ bottles of whisky behind the bar, it’s clear what your tipple of choice should be here. The Scottish Prince, from the same team that brought us The Cambus Wallace, is a booze-swilling tribute to another ill-fated ship and is without question one of the best bars on the Gold Coast. 

The Collective Rooftop

Palm Beach
Gone are the days Palm Beach was a sleepy beachside suburb that you’d pass through enroute to the airport. Thanks to vibing hangouts like The Collective and its so-hip-it-hurts rooftop bar, the 4221 is officially on the drinking map. The perfect time to visit? Magic hour, just as the sun dips behind the hinterland and order one of their famous cocktail trees to share.

Baskk

Coolangatta
Nights in Coolangatta got a whole lot cooler when the whimical Baskk Italian arrived on the scene.  Adorned with natural fibers of rattan, hard and driftwoods throughout, you can’t help but linger for sunset cocktails, cheese platters, shoulder-swaying tunes and just mingling with the lovely people.  

Made your way through the best bars on the Gold Coast? You’d best be reaching for a hangover cure next—with 15 of the Gold Coast's best breakfasts.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson, Brooke DarlingKaitlin Maree for Urban List

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