Sometimes the situation calls for nothing more than a swipe right on the hottest profile in front of you. Instant gratification. The fast food of the dating world.
But on other occasions, you’re looking for something a bit more substantial and enjoyable. Not necessarily five star dining, but just a slightly wider range of options, and the chance that the experience and the memory will linger longer than an hour or two.
If you’re up for checking out some of the best bars on the Sunshine Coast for singles, read on…
Saturday nights at Lot 104 are the perfect opportunity for sipping on a cocktail (or three), trying everything on the sublime tapas menu—which is served until late—and seeing where the night takes you…
Where: 104/101-105 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba
A Coast icon, Rolling Rock at Noosa always has something to offer. And afterwards, if things are going well, you’re only just across the road if you want to take a moonlit walk along the beach.
Where: 18 Hasting Street, Noosa Heads
Head to the Yankee Bar at Alex Bar and Grill and get messy with their spicy, sticky wings and ribs. There’s nothing like seductively licking sauce off your fingers to get your date all hot and bothered.
Where: 162 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
Thursday night at Drift Bar is Taco Night, so roll up for sangria and tacos (or craft beer and pork sliders if that’s more your thing). Your date won’t be able to resist…
Where: 30 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
The Helm is THE place to be, especially if you’re under 25. There’s hot DJs, international acts and live music, and the dance floor is just right for glancing across as you lock eyes with THE ONE.
Where: River Esplanade & Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
For those diplomats looking to bolster international relations, head to Halse Lodge to meet backpackers and travellers from all over the world. You’re basically working towards world peace.
Where: 2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads
If beer pong and a keg toss is your thing, then USC BEC is the place for you. Or if you’re looking for a more highbrow experience—well, it is a uni bar—you’re bound to meet an aspiring writer or graphic designer or criminal lawyer to argue, philosophise and debate with into the wee hours.
Where: 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
Full Moon Dance
If you’re on the lookout for a date with dreadlocks, lots of braided leather bracelets and bare feet, then you definitely need to try the full moon parties at Verrierdale Hall. Get sweaty and uninhibited with live music and kindred spirits.
Where: 460 Verrierdale Road, Verrierdale
If your concept of gender and sexuality is a bit more fluid than the average bear (or even if you’re looking for your very own bear), the Coast FINALLY has a regular gay and lesbian social option at Waterfront Hotel. LGBTIQ people are welcome, along with straight allies and friends, to enjoy live shows hosted by the FABULOUS Melony Brests on the last Saturday of each month. The gold coin donation entry raises money for Sunshine Coast Pride.
Where: 2/46 David Low Way, Diddillibah
Your Place Espresso
The dim lighting and alcohol consumption of your regular Saturday night scene can sometimes lead to regrettable late-night choices. A chillaxed Sunday sesh in the warm sunlight at Your Place Espresso, with a DJ, woodfire pizzas, and beer on tap makes for a gentler option.
Where: 103/45 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
Black Bunny Kitchen
Do you like your chaps bearded or girls tattooed? Do you enjoy discussing the finer points of craft beer? Are you OK if your date spends longer on their grooming than you do? Then head to Black Bunny for tacos and a paddle of craft beers.
Where: 180 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
Guys, if you like your women on the more mature side, *cough* cougars *cough*, then be prepared to wine and dine some of the most well-preserved women in Noosa, who will be on the prowl at Miss Moneypenny’s.
Where: 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
The Pub Mooloolaba
The Sports Bar at The Pub Mooloolaba guarantees a good lineup of tousled, burly tradies, along with DJs on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday is Hospo Humpday—free pool all day, and local chefs, barmen and waitresses letting their hair down before their working week kicks off.
Where: 23 Venning Street, Mooloolaba
If you don’t have to be at work too early on Monday morning, O’Malleys always draws a big crowd for their Sunday night karaoke. If you don’t have ANYWHERE to be on Monday, their house DJ plays afterwards until 3am.
Where: 1 Venning Street, Mooloolaba
For our friends at the southern end of the Coast, Fume nightclub at CBX in Caloundra has their Party Night on Saturdays, with a house DJ playing smooth beats until 2am.
Where: 12 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
SODA nightclub at The Reef, has a resident DJ pumping out beats until 3am, and Guinness and Kilkenny on tap at Flanagan’s and in the beer garden for those who prefer an earlier night.
Where: 19 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
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