In case you’ve been living under a rock, you may have missed that the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are in town as of right freakin’ now. Aside from bringing the world’s best in sports to the GC, you better believe there’s going to be a truckload of events, delicious eats, and all round good times rolling into town to make these next few weeks the actual time of your life.
Fire up the iCal, slip into some stretchy pants and start filling up your diary because we've teamed up with The Star to bring you this list of all of the absolute must-dos. Did we mention they’ve recently undergone a ‘uge refurb including 11 new foodie spots, 596 new suites and the opening of new luxe hotel The Darling? Yeah, this going to be good.
For Drinks With A Side Of The Action Live
The Celebration Lawn
We can thank the good people at The Star for the fun because they’re hosting every event you could possibly need at the brand-new Celebration Lawn—created just for the Games! We’re talking pop-up bars, a huge TV to watch the action (because let’s be real: who actually scored tickets?) and plenty of good vibes. Just between us, this looks a hell of a lot better than Pringles on our cat-fur covered couch. If that's not enough sport-fuelled action for you, check out the Sports Bar while you're in the area.
For The Luxe Celebration Cheers
Nineteen at the star
Nineteen is The Star’s newest venue and, guys, it’s a goodie. Expect a 110-seat modern Australian eatery with views across The Darling hotel’s luxury infinity pool, with endless views of the GC skyline. The best part, though, is a floor to ceiling cellar with a killer wine list (read: over 500 bottles!) and a local produce-driven menu. Our pick just happens to be their signature dish: an amaze-balls rock lobster Bolognese (stop it!).
For The Post Games Cocktail
Cherry is the cocktail bar you’d have previously thought you could only find in Melbourne or Sydney. This sophisticated spot is perfect for post-event cocktails after the Games. Book yourself a VIP booth to celebrate Australia winning that inevitable gold medal then treat yourself to their signature, the Cherrytini.
For The Pre Game Feed…
If Italian food is your vibe, and a good slice of pizza speaks to your soul, make a beeline for Cucina Vivo. Work your way through wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, and one hell of a seafood platter for $160! If you’re looking for authentic Italian fresh from the Amalfi Coast, this is it.
For The Late Night Nibble…
Mei Wei Dumplings
This hawker-style eatery boasts a 500+ item menu—aka, this spot is heaven for dumpling lovers. The dumplings are prepared right in front of you, so you know these bad boys are fresher than fresh. Sidle up at the counter after a long day at the Games and take your pick from Xia Jiao (prawn) and Shao Mai (prawn and pork) dumplings, pot stickers, noodle soups, honey glazed barbecue pork, Cantonese roasted duck and oh so much more—best shared between friends, obvs. Serving this deliciousness until around midnight, these guys have got your back no matter what time the hunger strikes.
For Next-Level Japanese Eats…
Kiyomi deserves a place on your GC2018 foodie bucket list for its top-tier Japanese eats and out of this world plating up. The culinary jewel in The Star’s crown, if you’re feeling fancy we suggest running (don’t walk) right into Kiyomi for a seriously tasty pre-games feed. The menu is a total treat, with fancy dishes like scampi with foie gras, hiramasa king fish, binchotan grilled chicken and sashimi platters that are beyond anything we’ve ever seen before.
For Sunshine Drinking...
Garden Kitchen & Bar
Garden Kitchen & Bar is THE spot on the GC to set up shop for a spot of sunshine drinking and (intense) snacking. Gather your besties and settle in for a Spritz (or two!) on the terrace, paired with a loaded charcuterie board, fresh oysters, and mouth-watering barbeque. Sign. Us. Up.
Suddenly feeling very, very hungry?! Head to The Star’s website now and dig in.
Image credit: Hayley Williamson + provided