The weather might be cooling off ever so slightly, but Gold Coast’s hospo scene appears to be doing anything but.
Earlier this month we dangled a carrot when breaking news of an intriguing new open-air bar coming to the fast-emerging foodie hub of Palm Beach. And, as promised, we’re back to share a bite of the juicy carrot with you! That’s right peeps, Wildernis’ hot alfresco-style extension is opening just in time for another long(ish) weekend. Are you ready?
Co-owners Josh Bailey and Andy Canfield are born and raised Palmy locals. These tradies and self-confessed party hosts are darn stoked to be delivering another watering hole option for southerners, in what’s truly been a hands-on labour of love to transform the space. With finishing touches fiiinally being made, it’s no surprise these fellas can’t wipe the cheeky grins from their faces!
While their newest project is under the same name as their first baby, Wildernis Rooftop Bar has an entirely different vibe going on. They’ve taken inspo from across two continents, with a bright and airy Hamptons-esque base, and exotic splashes of the Mediterranean via the Spanish-sourced tiles and whitewashed walls.
First impressions matter and we were hooked the moment we sashayed up those stairs—lined with warm wood and oh-so-hot-right-now mosaic tiles. An early word of warning: we expect you’ll be stepping around some impromptu Insta photo shoots on said sexy stairs, or partaking in your own. We may or may not be guilty of trying this ourselves…
With room for up to 80 diners, Wildernis’ spacious rooftop features an impressive vaulted ceiling, sky lights, and concertina windows which let in bulk sunshine. This is offset against white on white everything, heavy oak tables, natural wood finishings, and a healthy smattering of those lust-worthy blue and white tiles. It’s a fit-out that’s bang on for the chill Palm Beach scene.
Once you get cosy in the beach-y fresh dining room or pull up a stool at the bar, we suggest directing your attention towards the tapas-style menu. You should totally opt for the Szechuan peppered squid or the taco share plate (spicy chicken, tempura fish, corn and avo salsa); while also eyeing up the European-style cured meats and cheese board. Or, opt for the perfect lazy Sunday lunch option of a seafood platter with oysters, prawns, calamari, tempura fish, and trimmings. Chef Enrico Stella promises the menu will be fresh, seasonal, and locally-sourced wherever possible.
In that case, perhaps you should just try one of everything.
Thirsty? Of course you are! On your first visit, you’ll be hard-pressed going past the Ink Gin on tap, from Tumbulgum’s Husk Distillery. Hang on, on tap? Srsly! Add to that, Wildernis is tempting diners with four signature cocktails that will rotate weekly and, it’d be a crime to decline a Tim Adams’ brewed espresso martini, right?
With these shorter days, you’ll wanna start early to take maximum advantage of the warm autumn rays shining through the retractable roof and dusky Palm Beach sunsets. Wildernis Rooftop Bar offering opens this weekend—Saturday, April 22 from 3pm—and ya’ll are invited to wet the baby’s head.
Where: Corner Gold Coast Highway and Seventh Avenue, Palm Beach
Rooftop Open: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; noon ‘til late. (Opening weekend, Saturday from 3pm and Sunday from noon.)
Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist