If you’re a Gold Coast-raised child of the circa 80s or 90s, there’s a good chance a portion of your adulthood (and possibly a slice of your dignity) was lost on the dance floor of Surfers Paradise’s infamous Beer Garden. Smack bang in the middle of the Cavill Avenue action, “The Beery”, as it’s fondly known, was the Gold Coast’s OG rooftop bar and live music venue. But our maturing taste saw us depart this grungy venue for greener pastures, leaving it predominately patronised by starry-eyed tourists, backpackers and pub crawls.
Well, it appears the glory days are set to return!
Word has just broken that Surfers Paradise Beer Garden will be the recipient of a multi-million-dollar renovation. Closing its doors temporarily in March, works are well underway on a stellar makeover that will see the roof blown off to create a sundrenched alfresco beer garden, complete with people-watching balconies overlooking the pedestrian stroll, 18 big screens for sports, live music (including the uber talented Jackson James Smith as a regular), multiple bars, a smart new food menu and holiday vibes guaranteed. Did we mention monster Jenga and a life-sized pool table where your feet become the pool cues?
Set to return this historic 1920s hotel to its former prime, we’ve been told renovations are on track for an August launch, so you know we’ll be back soon with a sneak peek inside.
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