Counting down to the weekend?
We don’t know about you, but after a manic week of deadlines and far too much social media, there’s nothing we crave more than throwing on a frock and the fave lippy. ‘Cause a night out with our besties and some quaffable cocktails pretty much cures everything—the spontaneity that ensues and the world problems that are solved in one evening… #priceless.
We’ve got you covered with our go-to list of the coolest restaurants and best bars on the Gold Coast for cocktails with the girls.
Those pillowy, steamed Chinese baos stuffed with twice-cooked pork belly or soft-shell crab made them famous, but we’re giving you another excuse to gather your squad on a Fri-YAY arvo. It’s all in the name here: Mamasan, being the Japanese term for a woman of authority. Which means all your sassy lady bosses are welcome with open arms and carefully-curated COCKtails such as the cheeky Ping Pong or, our fave, the Lychee Elderflower Elixir.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Tonic on Chirn
Where do northern GC-dwelling girlfriends congregate on a Friday night when they wanna sip fruity drinks and squawk like a pack of happy chip-chasin’ seagulls? Chirn Park is a reliable go-to—Tonic on Chirn, if we’re being specific. So, when is the best time to hit up the funky little find that is Tonic on Chirn, you ask? Easy, that’d be 4pm to 6pm, Friday through Sunday, when cocktails are shaken and stirred for a purse-friendly $10 a pop.
Where: 1/37 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park
Pier Marina Mirage
If you and your sister-from-another-mister wanna increase your chances of some innocent flirting with an under-cover millionaire, your best bet is hanging out where the money flows free. Champagne cocktails? Check. Swanky yachts and glittering waterfront vistas? Check and check. Pier Marina Mirage, with its luxe Scandinavian décor, is one of the best bars on the Gold Coast for cocktails with the ladies. Our pick? The lemon meringue martini with a sugared meringue rim. Swoon.
Where: Shop 26, Marina Mirage shopping complex, Main Beach
Sparrow Eating House
If you don’t know already, we are seriously head-over-heels in looovvee with Nobby Beach gem, Sparrow Eating House. While this darling wee restaurant is worthy of the whole kit and caboodle, aka drinks, dinner, desserts, the works… if you’re just in the mood for fancy drinks with the girl crew, they’ve got you covered with some of the most drool-worthy cocktails in town. Luxe violet martini or the boozy Ferrero Rocher iced chocolate… um, we’ll take two of each, please!
Where: 2/32 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
When Burleigh’s bustling shopping and café street dips into a semi-slumber come nightfall, you’d be forgiven for driving right past this hidden away lounge bar slash restaurant. Light flickering through the window of Finders Keepers’ intriguing façade is like a moth to a flame, attracting savvy ladies in off the sidewalk for share plates and innovative cocktails, sipped while sinking into the wrap-around leather chesterfields. Date night, ladies?
Where: 49 James Street, Burleigh
BiN 89 and BiN 72
With an impressive four venues in the BiN family of restaurants, this copper-trimmed local haunt has got you covered from north to south. Our faves for cocktails with the chicks? BiN 72 Coolangatta upstairs at The Strand or the newest flagship beauty, BiN 89 Broadbeach. And, ‘cause shopping and cocktails should go hand in hand (amiright?), BiN 232 Pacific Fair is the place to rest your weary feet post gals’ spending spree.
Where: Surf Parade, Broadbeach and The Strand, Coolangatta
Justin Lane Establishment
Justin Lane Establishment is the perfect destination to gather your beauties, frock up (or down), and give the working week the middle finger. With its sun-drenched rooftop and a swagger of so-hip-it-hurts male
eye candy patrons, Justin Lane’s much-loved rooftop is without question one of the best bars on the Gold Coast for cocktails with the girls. Our go-to? Justin’s (pina) Colada, please and thank you.
Where: 1708—1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Walk into a bar and picture everything in Insta-squares? Us too! Hence why Little Mermaid’s whimsical, leafy décor gets us girls every damn time. Thirsty? When it comes to cocktails sharing is caring, especially when you’re in need of a quality catch up session with your gal pals. Fortunately, Little Mermaid has designed their cocktail list with us in mind, with the totally quaffable strawberry and peach rose sangria jug our Sunday session go-to.
Where: Corner Sunbrite Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Social Eating House
If you’ve been coming to us for tips for a while now, you’ll have likely picked up on the trend that we adore Social Eating House. Shakin’ up one of the best espresso martinis on the Gold Coast (big call, we know), come for the cocktails and stay for the chef hat-quality, 1kg slow-cooked lamb roast. You can thank us later.
Where: 137—138/3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
Aloha Bar and Dining
What screams tiki good vibes, treasure chest shared drinks, and hollowed-pineapple cocktails? A girl’s night, of course! Broadbeach’s pop-up Aloha Bar and Dining could very well disappear out of your life as quickly as it appeared, so grab your girl squad and make tracks this weekend.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach
Did we miss your faves among the best bars on the Gold Coast for cocktails with the girls? Share your tips in the comments.
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