With everyone getting engaged, celebrating milestone birthdays and taking on the corporate world like there’s no tomorrow, it’s no surprise the Gold Coast offers so many sweet event spaces for private hire.
The Coast’s impressive hosting options span across plant hire locales, right through to penthouses and hidden gardens.
So, if it’s a low-down on where to host your big day, celebratory hurrah, birthday bash or Christmas party you’re after—you’ve found it. We’ve got you sorted with all kinds of cool Gold Coast event spaces to consider when planning your next do.
The Rimini Room at Miss Moneypenny’s
Broadbeach’s newest precinct doesn’t just look good, it packs a punch in the event space too. Catering for 75 seated guests or 125 cocktail-style; The Rimini Room offers the perfect locale for your next private dining experience or corporate soiree. Secret A-lister parties and celebrity schmoozing isn’t off the table either. Boasting a private bar and sprawling alfresco terrace, get all James Bond with your own private lift to an underground car park for a VVIP entrance.
Pool Deck At The Island
Alfresco, sun-drenched events overlooking a pool deck are most people’s cup of tea(quila). Though, surprisingly, such venues are difficult to find on the Gold Coast. Enter The Island Pool Deck. Situated on The Island’s ground floor, the area caters from 10 to 80 guests seated (or 120 for cocktail functions). Featuring a private bar, Hamptons-style decor and lush greenery, check out this inviting space for your next corporate event, engagement party or social catch up with all the trimmings.
The Borrowed Nursery
Allow the Gold Coast’s green thumb design experts to take your event up several notches. Best of all, they’ll style the lot for you—saving a whole bunch of time and leaving you with a perfectly decorated space made of dreams. Situated inside a rustic warehouse, The Borrowed Nursery can supply elaborate greenery, unique installations and intricate centrepieces to hire and add those finishing touches to your wedding, bespoke function, photo shoot or commercial event. Contact the lovely Lauren directly to explore a new world of green concepts for your next luscious celebration.
The creative tribe behind the glorious Taverna and Osteria (our favourite high-class boozy hangouts in Kingscliff and Casuarina) also run an incredible event space on the southern end of town. Ancora’s waterfront location on the Tweed River is suited to unique events and couples looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding space with a Mediterranean vibe. A coastal-luxe feel weaves its way through Ancora’s simple interiors, fit with whitewashed walls and vaulted ceilings that are perfect for suspending rustic rattan drop lights above tables. If you’ve experienced the authentic Greek-inspired dishes on offer at Taverna, be prepared for a similar level of deliciousness at Ancora.
Baskk Rum Bar
Adjoining Coolangatta's popular Baskk At Kirra Point bar and restaurant, the Baskk Rum Bar—complete with natural textures and dusty pink hues—is partitioned off with sheer curtains, dim lights, high top tables perfect for lingering, and comes complete with a dedicated rum bar cocktail and snack menu. Teaming up with the award-winning crew at Tumbulgum’s Husk Distillers, whose Agricole Caribbean-style rum is the hero of the rum bar menu, your guests will enjoy sipping crafted rum cocktails and snacking on substantial share plates like the BBQ rum-glazed smoky pulled brisket and chipotle aioli stuffed inside pillowy baos, together with man-sized buffalo wings with a crispy spiced rum coating and gorgonzola whip to dip.
Mr PPs Deli And Rooftop
Homing some of the most diverse event spaces on the Gold Coast, Mr PPs has no shortage of options. Whether you want to host an intimate gathering in the deli, spill out onto the front deck or take full advantage of the alleyway scattered with high share tables. This Southport hotspot also boasts an impressive rooftop with breathtaking views of the Southport skyline. Treat your guests to pizzas, pastas, house-made arancini and cocktails galore. Located right on the tramline, Mr PPs is well worth considering for your next Gold Coast event.
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
If you have an artsy event coming up, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse has you covered. Brimming with character, Mo’s specialises in hosting music events, fundraisers and creative soirees. But they’re also your go-to for tucked-away conferences, workshops and presentations too. Homing eclectic murals, a quirky feel and epic owners, choose from The Warehouse, Mojo Room, two Studios or the light-filled Gavel Room for your hurrah.
Level 12 Penthouse At The Island
The Hollywood-luxe Level 12 Penthouse at The Island caters to a wide range of events, from conferences and dinners to cocktail functions and weddings. And if there anything we love more than a terrace bar, it’s a terrace bar with a retractable roof and complete glass panelling to admire those twinkling Surfers Paradise views from. That’s exactly where Level 12 steps up the game. Epic views from the terrace along with private adjoining function rooms, take your pick of where to gaze while indulging in dishes created by the in-house chefs, then retreat down the elevator to your suite at Surfers Paradise’s trendy boutique hotel—The Island.
The Glasshouse At The Island
The Glasshouse is one of the best event spaces on the Gold Coast. Located on the ground floor of The Island, this locale can cater to a whopping 700 indulged guests. With sky-high ceilings, glass-panel lined walls and a 12-metre long alfresco-style bar fit with an impressive banquet kitchen; we’re considering Glasshouse one of the best spots for galas, conferences and exhibitions alike.
Justin Lane Function Room
Justin Lane’s dining options stretch down their vintage arcade, inside to the restaurant area, upstairs, then sprawl out onto their infamous rooftop. Burleigh’s favourite pizzeria also boasts an entire room dedicated to catering for your next function. Rows of stone top tables and bench seating fill the dimly lit space, acting as the canvas for your long lunch or evening function. A banquet of bites, wood-fired pizzas and salads cater for any occasion and, we’re warning you now, you’ll definitely have leftovers. Similarly, hire out the rooftop for larger events to party down under the stars. Either space is perfect for engagement clinks, work celebrations, wedding receptions or your next fandangle birthday.
For your next coastal festivity, BSKT’s upstairs loft caters for both casual and formal private events. Overlooking the rolling waves of Nobby Beach, BSKT pairs their rustic, organic menu items with a unique dining experience and an intimate ambience. Suited to private functions, celebrations and corporate events, we suggest throwing a surprise boozy lunch here for your bestie too.
The Alley Bar At Coolangatta Sands
If you’re a total chiller, The Alley Bar at Coolangatta Sands could be just what you’re after for your next Gold Coast event space. The Alley Bar’s sky high murals and cool open-air alleyway setup keeps the atmosphere low key, while fairy lights twinkle overhead. Get stuck into your private stand-alone bar and a selection of craft beers, wine, and spirits while wandering between friends at your next birthday, engagement party or office work party.
The Gin Parlour And Infusion Bar
Another fabulous option from the gang at Miami Marketta is their baby, The Gin Parlour and Infusion Bar. The space, which is open to the public from 5pm Thursday through Saturday, is also available for private hire. With around 90 local and international gins on offer, this is the perfect spot to throw a shindig if your mates like a good tipple. The interior is eclectic cool—the ceiling is covered in huge canvases featuring alluring tarot cards and is an ideal Gold Coast event space for your intimate wedding or milestone birthday. Given their access to some of the best street food vendors in town, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to catering options.
Miami Marketta Function Space
Home to several unique spaces, Miami Marketta has ample hosting options for your next corporate event, exhibition, product launch, fundraiser, offsite dinner or even one-of-a-kind wedding. You and 50 to 900 guests can enjoy the vastness of Marketta and all of its magical, boho, artsy fabulousness. With a selection of musical acts and food vendors on their books, fully-stocked cocktail, craft beer and wine bars, Marketta’s experienced event planners are raring to go and guaranteed to make your event go off with a bang.
When cocktails are a high priority on your private event agenda, you’ll love an intimate night at Mermaid Beach's hole-in-the-wall swillery—BonBon Bar. Packed to the rafters with drool-worthy tacos and interesting cocktails like flamed Kraken rum, cinnamon and star anise, all topped off with orange peel—a buzzing night is guaranteed. BonBon Bar also stock 100 tequilas and mezcals, so your boozy girl’s night, birthday or celebration will be seriously pumping at one of the best Gold Coast event spaces for private hire.
Balter Brewing HQ
Widely lauded as one of the best craft beer breweries in Australia, this Currumbin drinking hole exudes charm and buckets full of charisma. Balter HQ offers packages and private spaces suited to large and small groups, so your next laid-back event will home barrels of fun. With high ceilings and exposed brick backdrops, a chilled outdoor alleyway zone, pumping tunes, delicious food truck eats and one of Australia’s best beers on tap, makes Balter one of the best event spaces on the Gold Coast. Flowing beer is included in your package naturally, so give the guys at Balter a call and turn your next soirée into a long boozy afternoon that will go down in the history books.
Kirra Hill Old School Hall
Rich with historical charm, this old school venue (and actual previous school) is a classic Gold Coast event space for private hire. Hosting a range of spaces to suit artsy activities, corporate meetings, exercise classes and more, sprawl out on Kirra Hill Old School Hall’s rolling greens and take in the ridiculously lush views of our southern beaches. Kitchen and centre facilities such as tables, chairs and appliances will make planning your next DIY event that much easier. Kirra Hall is also a wedding venue favourite for locals looking for an affordable outdoor option without the sand in their shoes, so definitely don’t rule it out if you’re planning on tying the knot.
This long-time favourite in the Currumbin industrial estate has creative horizons stretched as far as the eye can see. Life drawing classes, tune-filled evenings, poetry slams, performances and art exhibitions are all at home at Dust Temple. This captivating old warehouse just draws you in and is the ultimate backdrop to your next soiree. An event host veteran, Dust Temple has multiple zones, bars and packages to suit your needs. If you’re hunting for one of the most memorable Gold Coast event spaces for private hire, stop the search.
The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub
A self-confessed ‘adult’s only plush playground,’ The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub is home to a sexy stage show that’s a captivating blend of cabaret, burlesque and acrobatics. Located in the heart of Broadbeach and directly opposite the Gold Coast Convention Centre, this lavishly pink Art Deco theatre is complete with booth seating, multiple bars, animated staff and customisable entertainment. Ideal for incentive and conference group or private high-end events, the venue has a capacity for approximately 180 seated guests and 500 cocktail style. While The Birdcage on level two can support private events from 20 to 150 guests, making this a stand out option among the best Gold Coast event spaces for private hire.
Organising killer soirees should be fun. But often it’s a stressful time trying to please everyone’s palates. Fortunately The Collective has five kitchens under one roof, ensuring guests have a range of tasty options within arm’s reach. Hire out the courtyard dining room, rooftop or function space, for groups from 50 people to 400. The Collective is the perfect fit for events looking for a warm ambiance, relaxed coastal feel and afternoon through evening gatherings.
Stable At Cornerstone Stores
The centerpiece of the popular Cornerstone Stores precinct, Stable Coffee Kitchen offers health-focussed seasonal produce, killer cocktails and really good coffee. For the more refined events, Cornerstone is the perfect location. Suited to groups of 50 to 120 people, an evening event at Stable includes access to their private undercover courtyard area plus lawn brimming with greenery and magical festoon lighting—a dazzling space for your next engagement party, corporate event or milestone birthday.
The YOT Club
A world first, The YOT Club is a custom-built super yacht entertainment venue. Departing Mariner’s Cove at Marina Mirage and licensed for up to 400 guests, the two-storey YOT Club cruises the Gold Coast’s waterways in all its luxurious glory. If you’re looking for a venue to truly amp up the hype for your product launch, corporate function or all-in Christmas party, this is the place.
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Image Credit: Hayley Williamson; Nathan Prostamo; Kaitlin Maree for Urban List + The Pink Flamingo, The Island, Baskk Rum Bar