In days gone by, the opening of a new Gold Coast drinking hole would have sent most of us into frenzied anticipation. These days, our social feeds are flooded with the latest arrivals, as new bars and pubs pop up as frequently as the craft beers they serve.
But as our booze-radars hone in on the newest and shiniest places to drink, we tend to forget about those rusted on establishments, pillars of the Gold Coast drinking scene, that have served us well for many years. Take Coolangatta pubs for example. Sometimes after a surf on the southern points, you just want a cold beer, some footy on the big screen, and a cheeky flutter on a horse.
So, read on in honour of the best pubs in Coolangatta. Many of which you’ll know, some you may have forgotten.
A tried and true favourite of the southern Coast, Coolangatta Hotel’s beachfront location makes it an easy place to whittle away an afternoon in the sun with friends and your favourite lager. The Cooly Hotel is also a favoured stop of high-profile bands passing through the Gold Coast. Past acts have included The Rubens, Birds of Tokyo, Grinspoon, You Am I, Pennywise and NOFX. Food wise, there’s Crave Restaurant to fill your belly, which includes a host of weekly specials, plus sports on the big screen, punting facilities and a bottle shop.
Coolangatta Sands Hotel
If you’re the sort of drinker who likes an old-style pub with standard beer, bars stools, friendly staff and carpet underfoot, then the Coolangatta Sands Hotel is up your alley. At some point, most Gold Coast locals have passed through The Sands, whether it be an afternoon beer with the boys, or a last resort attempt at a final drink well into the night. In a sign of its true authenticity, The Sands cooks up plenty of pub-grub (including a daily roast), and includes budget accommodation, gaming facilities, live music and a bottle shop for takeaways.
Kirra Beach Hotel
It’s easy to forget how spoilt we are on the Gold Coast for epic drinking locations. Take the Kirra Beach Hotel for example, you could be surfing at world-famous Kirra Point, then five minutes later be standing at the bar with a drink in hand. And have you seen it lately? Forget sitting inside if the sun’s out; take your drinks out into the recently renovated beer garden, decked out with benches, umbrellas, and heaps of space for the kids. Check the Beach Break restaurant for a feed, or The Cellar for a selection of wines, beers and liquors. The Kirra Hotel also boasts gaming, a sports bar, and even a club house for the children.
Rainbow Bay Surf Club
Yes, okay, it’s not technically a bar, but any decent list of Coolangatta pubs must include the Rainbow Bay Surf Club. To leave it out would only deprive you of an outstanding place to drink. The Rainbow Bay Surf Club turns into Ground Zero during each year’s Quiksilver Pro surfing competition, and given its location overlooking the surf at Snapper Rocks, it’s surprising the joint isn’t hectic all year round. The menu is packed with all your surf club favourites (chicken parmy, spag bol, beef and bacon burger), the beer is cold and the view is as good as it gets.
Eddie’s Grub House
Haven’t been to Eddie’s Grub House before and not sure what to expect? The tagline on its website should help you out: whiskey, music, burgers, beer, mayhem. A step up from your local boozer, Eddie’s burgers are something to behold (can burgers named ‘The Big Ed’ or ‘The Filth and the Fury’ ever be bad?). Check the website for local music acts sweating it out live, and if you’d prefer to belt out some tunes of your own, hire The Sugar Cube function room, which comes complete with your very own Karaoke setup.
Hit it hard at the best pubs in Coolangatta? You’ll be needing a big greasy feed at Coolangatta’s best cafes in the morning.
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