What just happened?
Surely, right now, we’re not the only ones who are feeling the very strong need to go have a drink. And then another. And another. And another. Because, Trump is president. WTAF?!
We’re busting to de-brief with our fellow election-revellers, so have rounded up some of the best bars on the Gold Coast to drown our sorrows. Margarita, please!
These guys have been on the crazy election train for some time. Maybe we should have seen the writing on the wall when their Trump burger was a clear crowd favourite. Maybe we’ve just been in serious denial? If you’re looking for somewhere to drink tonight, Brooklyn Depot is the house dedicated to burgers and greasy American nosh at its finest. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?
THE CAMBUS WALLACE
Hidden behind an intriguing wooden façade on the main drag of hipster Nobby Beach, step inside this moody vintage night-spot where the effortlessly cool crew will happily make a recommendation if you’re struggling to choose from the dozen or so bottled craft beer options, rotating taps, and smashingly good rum cocktails (the Kraken black spiced rum espresso martini, perhaps?). It the light of today’s election result, you’ll probs want to be ordering one of everything at The Cambus Wallace.
Where: 4/2237 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
HOUSE OF BREWS TAPHOUSE
This all-in-one-American diner is still one of our fave spots in Surfers Paradise, and is kinda fitting considering the drinking situation. House of Brews is one for the lovers of hops. With a staggering 32 domestic and international craft beers lining their tap wall, an American BBQ-inspired menu (hello, hot wings!), a rooftop cocktail bar, and regular live tunes to drown your sorrows to.
Where: 17 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
BINE CRAFT BEER BAR
Firm Nobby Beach favourite and Gold Coast’s first dedicated craft beer watering hole, Bine Beer Bar rotates its tap list frequently. Check their website for today’s carefully brewed lineup—you’re going to be needing it! While any time is the right time to visit Bine, between 4—6pm every day you’ll get a draft craft beer and bucket of wings for a tiny 10 bucks. Dinner sorted!
Where: Shop 1—2 Chairlift Avenue, Nobby Beach
ALOHA BAR AND DINING
From the team that brought us wildly successful Etsu Izakaya and Commune cafe, Aloha Bar and Dining is where you should be heading tonight to toast good-bye to the world as we know it. Aloha is the first project of Exotic Pets Presents; whose concept is to take short-term leases in various locations around the Coast. Tucked down a non-descript Broadbeach laneway, the owners have been getting crafty with all manner of nautical knick-knacks and island-themed paraphernalia, creating a buzzing space with nooks and tiki-styled rooms that sucker you in to keep exploring.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach
EDDIE’S GRUB HOUSE
Eddie’s Grub House has quickly made a name for itself among the best burgers on the Gold Coast. If you’ve not welcomed “the baddest bar in town” into your life, then what the hell are you waiting for, peeps? Honestly, any of Eddie’s burgers will blow your freakin’ mind, but we’re totally crushing on a menu fave, the BBQ Chicken Slawter with southern fried chicken tenders, Byron Bay bacon, Coopers Pale Ale BBQ sauce, cheese, onion, and Memphis coleslaw. And because you’re going to be drinking A LOT tonight, best order a loaded fries to line the tum.
Where: 171 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
BURLEIGH HEADS HOTEL
For the loosest post-election piss up, you can always count on the Burleigh Heads Hotel for a draft schooner or three without any fancy business. Burleigh Heads Hotel feels like it’s always been there and if a footy broadcast or major UFC bout is on the telly, the TAB will be standing room only, shoulder to sweaty shoulder.
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
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