If you’re looking for the full Noosa experience (beyond the hobby cat hire and Hastings Street window shopping), it’s best to eat and drink like a local.
The always steamy, always packed northern Queen of the Coast is home to a plethora of the region’s best booze venues, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start.
To save you playing a game of trial and error, we’ve rounded up best bars in Noosa, where the wine is plentiful, the beer is crisp, and it’s not frowned upon to have a Martini with brunch!
Village Bicycle delivers on its promise to be a favourite bar for the locals, and with a 12am closing time most nights, why wouldn’t it be? Located on Noosa Drive, Village Bicycle is, put simply, just a cool place to hang out and crack a coldie with your mates. It could be the retro fit-out or the graphitised laneway but it all adds up to create an unpretentious, welcome-all ambience. Better still, these guys have just kicked off Smoked Out Sundays, where you can grab a plate of Texan barbecue grub for $25. Yew!
Where: 1/75 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5324 1123
We all know a list wouldn’t be complete without something for the cocktail lovers—that is, those who go out with the particular craving to down a few cocktails. (And when we say a few, we really mean everything on the menu.) With 14 house cocktails and a wine list to die for, Locale is one of the best bars in Noosa, if you’re willing to give anything a go. Get those tastebuds zinging for more with the La Padrona—Hendricks, St Germain, lime, elderflower syrup, cucumber, and mint all stirred up with an ice-cold sodawater and served in a tall glass. A little bit fancy, a whole lot scull-worthy (but we’d never).
Where: 62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5447 5111
With uninterrupted views of the Noosa River and a 6-course beer deal on the menu, it’s hard to go past Flux for a night of relaxed drinking. Sitting pretty on Gympie Terrace, Flux does a range of speciality cocktails and craft beers—including some French and vintage finds (on tap, no less)—that can be served alongside of locally-sourced seafood nibbles that will help to line the stomach.
Where: Shop 3/255 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Contact: 07 5455 6540
You may need to hop in a car for this one, unless you live in Sunshine Beach, but Embassy XO is totally worth the short trip. Tucked upstairs along Duke Street, the lounge bar that stems off the city-sleek restaurant, is the perfect place to grab a knock-off drink sans pub vibe. With a cheap bar menu and an extended happy hour, once you’ve dropped in once, you’ll be rallying your friends to make it a regular thing.
Where: Corner of Duke Street and Bryan Street, Sunshine Beach
Contact: 07 5455 4460
New kid on the block, Whisky Boy is one of the hottest bars in Noosa. More laid-back drink spot than party central, this sophisticated restaurant and bar is the perfect in-betweener when you’ve spent the day by the river, and the thought of going home and cooking dinner does your head in. Stay here long enough, and you’ll no doubt be tempted by the delectable menu on offer. One, two, three Whisky Sours will do that to you.
Where: 10/203 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Contact: 0403 600 406
A backpacker bar with a difference, Halse Lodge is a special addition to Noosa’s Hastings Street precinct. Set in a huge, heritage-listed old Queenslander, Halse welcomes its guests up the hill with a chain of fairy lights and path of tiki torches. Talk about a summer scene! Book a garden table, order yourself a pub meal, and relax with an on-tap cider. Don’t be put off by the “backpacker hostel” status, Halse still pulls in the local crowd because of its very pocket-friendly prices and no-frills approach to an Aussie frothy.
Where: 2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5447 3377
If the thought of rubbing bare sweaty shoulders with the guy ordering a drink next to you is a stab to the gut, Padstows is your best bet. Another newbie among Noosa restaurants, the bar area here is so spacious that practising your pirouettes with a cocktail in hand is totally possible. Apparently…
Where: 1 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa
Contact: 07 5447 5413
Cafe Le Monde
Cafe Le Monde is the kind of place you can either wear Havis or full nighttime Coast attire to (aka a T-shirt, jeans and Toms). Trust us, the young, surfy bartenders won’t discriminate. Set across from the Surf Club, Le Monde is the area’s late-night hotspot that manages to incorporate the Coastal nightlife sentiment without a whiff of closed-in, smelly club air. If you’re not after a rager, head here early in the night for a Margarita and tapas—the food is reasonably priced and the drinks are bound to get you buzzing.
Where: 52 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5449 2366
Another drinking hub on Hastings Street, Miss Moneypennys will pull you in off the street with their awesome theme nights. Don’t believe us? Well, between Monday and Friday you’re taken care of with After Work Wine Down, where you can nab half price bar bites. And if you’re tied up during the week, Sundays are all about chilled tunes, cheap $10 pizzas and tantalising South American cocktails at Afternoons In Havana. Told you so!
Where: 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5474 9999