Besties, booze and brilliant art—paint and sip nights bring together all of our favourite things. There’s something so relaxing about chatting, getting tipsy and looking busy, kind of like fishing. The only difference is, you’ll actually come home with something.
Make your own rules, unleash your inner creative and if you don’t think you’re up for the challenge, think again because you don't need any experience.
These are best paint and sip nights on the Gold Coast.
Brush & Barrel
Are you a sucker for friend dates? Then creating a Picasso-inspired portrait of your bestie after half a bottle of red is right up your alley. Instead of capturing the essence of a warm bowl of fruit, get ready for a quirk-off at Brush & Barrel. These unique paint and sip workshops are held in Surfers Paradise and have all types of intriguing subjects. Whether you’re a weekday or weekend drinker-meets-creative, there’s a class for everyone. You’ll be guided by your very own social artistic instructor while slapping around paint and creating dazzling artworks. Perhaps your muse are the woods, yoga scenes, dream catchers or, our personal favourite, paint your own pet. A tasty BYO vino in one hand, a paint brush in the other, what could go wrong?
Where: Brush & Barrel; Shop 1, 3290 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Thursday to Sunday; 7pm (Thursday to Saturday) and 2pm (Sundays)
Cost: $55 per person via website (BYO drinks)
The Sweet Fine Artist Studio
Located in a creative corner of Mermaid Beach, The Sweet Fine Artist Studio is the brainchild of artist Maree Quinn who has over 20 years industry experience creating, selling and teaching art. And now she wants to share her passion with people like us. The light and airy space is kitted out with upcycled furniture, all lovingly restored by Maree herself, hosting a bunch of fun classes that everyone can enjoy—no matter your experience or artistic skillset. Our favourite are the Friday and Saturday paint and sip sessions. Quinn will supply all your material needs including aprons, paint, paper, canvas and glasswear. You just need to arrive with a bottle and your choice of nibbles, allowing you to lose yourself in the creative environment and discover your inner Banksy. Even better, the classes are super intimate, so you could book out a whole session for just you and your mates.
Where: The Sweet Fine Artist Studio, 3 Karen Ave, Mermaid Beach
When: Every Friday, 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, 1pm to 4pm
Cost: $60 per person via website
The Craft Parlour
We have particularly big heart eyes for the Gold Coast's original home of craft, The Craft Parlour, who also host an uber popular paint and sip night on the Gold Coast each month. The perfect night out with a creative spin, relax and unwind with a whole bunch of other painters. Run by Lee Murphy, you’ll be in more than capable hands when piecing together your completely one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Or, you know, a wine splashed sheet of paper for added effect—you do you. Skip the bar line and bring along your own tipple with all art supplies waiting there for you. Leave with your very own 40cmx50cm piece to spruce up your home and smile all the way home in your Uber.
Where: The Craft Parlour, 27 Lemana Lane, Miami
When: Monthly (check website for dates)
Cost: $60 per person via website (BYO wine and cheese or order UberEats)
More of a beer drinker or prefer to surround yourself with gorgeous greenery when you paint? No matter your perferred location you can be sure the legends at Artable have you covered, bringing their 'Unwind with Watercolour' classes to venues like The Borrowed Nursery and Burleigh Brewing Co on rotation. Experiment with your own style, sip your choosen tipple and chill out—you'll be surprised relaxed you'll feel when you leave. Lead by a line-up of talented artists, no experience is needed here, just good vibes and a willingness to learn.
Where: Various locations
When: Sporadic evenings (check website for dates)
Cost; From $55 per person, via website
Thirsty on a Thursday? We bet you are. Thankfully Dust Temple knows what’s up. Teaming life drawing with live music and your favourite glass of wine, this sip and paint night on the Gold Coast is run twice a month. Drawing naked people is a whole lot more comfortable than you think when you’re surrounded by like-minded creatives, and Dust Temple’s classes are no exception. BYO artistic eye, fave drop and for $25, the rest is supplied. Get in on it, folks.
Where: Dust Temple; 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters
When: 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly; 6:30pm to 9pm
Cost: $25 per person (BYO drinks)
QT Gold Coast With Maree Quinn
Gold Coast’s funkiest hotel is collaborating with Maree Quinn from The Sweet Fine Artist to bring regular sip and paint art classes to its Surfers Paradise locale. The newest addition to Gold Coast art classes that encourage you to sip while you create, instead of the usual BYO wine format, the QT Gold Coast has you covered with an array of delicious cocktails. No experience is necessary and they’ll also supply art tools and equipment so all you need to do is bring yourself, your pals and your creative juices.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
When: Various dates, visit the website for details (also available for private group bookings)
Cost: $59 per person (includes cocktails on arrival); book via website
Life With Paint
Stretching across different nights of the week, your trip to the pub just got a whole lot more arty. Pub Nights offers some seriously snazzy subjects and these paint and sip nights on the Gold Coast absolutely go off. You’ll cosily sit shoulder to shoulder, easel to easel and glass to glass. Prepare to meet a bunch of other cool cats and maybe even catch up for a parmy and a pot afterwards. Starry nights, cockatoos, seascapes and twinkling cities—the list well and truly goes on.
Where: Clock Hotel; 3282 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: Every second Tuesday; 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $65 per person; book via website
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Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Photography