Besties, booze and brilliant art—paint and sip nights bring together all of our favourite things! There’s something pretty darn 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. How much experience do you need? Nada.
Brush up on your painting skills at one of the many paint and sip nights on the Gold Coast.
Social Painting At 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, sailing boats or, our personal favourite, the toucan. 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 Wednesday to Sunday; 7pm to 10pm
Cost: $60 via website (BYO drinks)
Watercolours With Artable At Burleigh Brewing
More of a beer drinker? The legends at Artable are bringing monthly paint and sip nights to Burleigh Brewing Co. If that’s not enough to make you wanna crack a cold one, we don’t know what will. Experiment with your own style, pick up a schooie or two and dip that paint brush into any ol’ pot and you’re destined for success. No artistic mojo necessary, just a thirst for beer and creating a beautiful piece of art!
Where: Burleigh Brewing Co.; 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
When: Sporadic Wednesday evenings (check website for dates)
Cost: Various, via website
Life Drawing At Dust Temple
Thirsty on a Thursday? We bet you are. But don’t worry fellow ‘grape’ lovers, 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 Thursday monthly; 6:30pm to 9pm
Cost: $25 (BYO drinks)
Sip & Paint At The Craft Parlour
We have pretty big heart eyes for The Craft Parlour so when we heard that they’re now putting on monthly paint and sip nights on the Gold Coast, we knew you’d wanna get in on the action. 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 ya. Leave with your very own 26x20cm piece to spruce up your home and smile all the way home in your Uber.
Where: The Craft Parlour, 1059 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
When: Monthly (check website for dates)
Cost: $60 via website (BYO wine and cheese)
Pub Nights Hosted By 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. Chink! Prepare to meet a bunch of other cool cats and maybe even catch up for a parmy and a pot afterwards. Flower queens, henna elephants, 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 (check website for dates)
Cost: $65 or $50 if you bring a friend and $29 for groups; book via website
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Image credit: Victoria Bilsborough