Beer has come a long way since the days of a six-pack of ice-cold tinnies held together by the largely unpopular plastic rings.
XXXX and VB were commonplace in every pub and bar around town which made deciding which beer to drink relatively easy. The only call to be made was whether to have a pot or a schooner.
But now we have a whole collection of beers to choose from. Those with lime, those with low carbs to curb the waist line, micro-brewed beer and a whole lot of other hipster-cool brews that make them “boutique”. So it’s only fitting then that the traditional idea of a beer garden adapts to suit this new boutique brew trend.
The Sunshine Coast is home to just a few old-school beer gardens, but there are some pretty swanky, boutique-style al fresco dining areas where beer and the great outdoors can be enjoyed too.
Here are 7 of our favourite Sunshine Coast-style beer gardens to try out this summer.
The Post Office
A favourite on the newly popular Ocean Street strip, this quirky looking bar and restaurant has old chesterfield lounges mixed with wooden crate lighting. It’s a bit old world meets industrial chic. Hidden behind the building is the beer garden where massive paintings of postage stamps hang, paying homage to the bar’s name. There is a retractable roof to ensure the beer garden can be enjoyed all year and two big screens are at the ready for sports fans. Hungry? The Post Office has mastered the art of pork crackling. Oh, and their cocktails are a must!
Where: 10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 5443
Peregian Beach Hotel
The last Sunday of each month is when this pub gets real. A band is booked and crowds spill out to the beer garden/patio area to enjoy an afternoon of fine weather and great music. But there is also live music each Friday night from 7.30pm or for Friday after work drinks, the Peregian Beach Hotel has what they call “Crafternoon” an afternoon of craft beer and cider specials. The tables are set up underneath pandanus trees for a coastal vibe and the menu is a combination of wood-fired pizzas, steak sangas and your traditional parmy.
Where: 221-229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach
Contact: 07 5448 3111
Imperial Hotel Eumundi
This old pub serving classic and craft beers has had a makeover and is looking very hip in the heart of Eumundi where art culture is at a maximum. The new beer garden has day beds for lounging on, half wine barrels for coffee tables and is decked out with some funky cushions for comfort. Live music is a regular occurrence at the Imperial and on Sundays they serve up a roast dinner all day from 11.30am to 8pm.
Where: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Contact: 07 5442 8811
This offbeat restaurant in the Noosa hinterland promises an uncomplicated experience in unique surroundings. Bohemian Bungalow has two outdoor areas to down your beer—an undercover patio area and a pretty open garden decorated with fairy lights for a touch of boho magic. There is live music on Saturdays and Sundays and a menu that is just as entertaining. They Call Me Mr Pig (a slow roasted pork belly bruschetta) and Yellow Brick Road (house-made potato and parmesan gnocchi) are just a few of the drool-worthy samplings on offer.
Where: 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Contact: 07 5442 8679
Montville Cafe Bar & Grill
There’s nothing better than mixing a few brews with clean mountain air, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Montville Pub. Although it’s a got an ol’ English pub look to it, there is a beer garden off to the side where you can watch the tourists wander by while enjoying a traditional Guinness pie with your pint of Guinness. Super pretty, with blooming flowers and tall trees with fairy lights wrapped around them, Montville Pub is a strong contender among the best beer gardens on the Sunshine Coast. If you head to the range for a few beers, book an Uber as the ride back to town along Razorback Road could be windy.
Where: Main Street, Montville
Contact: 07 5478 5535
Sounds like a place to go get your car serviced by a guy named Rick, but this retro diner in Palmwoods is anything but. Well, it may have been a garage at one point in its life, but it is now Rick’s Garage is an American-style 1950s diner with plenty of prints and memorabilia to keep the theme cool as opposed to cringe-worthy. Burgers and milkshakes are hugely popular among Rick’s regular customers, and the beer garden is a great place to enjoy a hearty feed washed down by a cold one. Outside and overlooking the main drag in Palmwoods, this garden has timber tables and umbrellas, and is one of the more a traditional-style beer gardens on the Coast.
Where: 14 Margaret Street, Palmwoods
Contact: 07 5445 0933
Holy Mexicola, it’s a Mexican bar with traditional street food, Coronas and a little something they call White Trash Margaritas. How could anyone possible say no? Located down an alley way on Ocean Street, La Canteena is one to put a smile on your face with fresh and vibrant colours, a wall mural of Frida Kahlo, and a funky atmosphere. Open from 4pm on Fridays and Saturday, and from 2pm on Sundays, this place has tables and chairs outside under the open air.
Where: 19 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 0412 914 376
Image Credit: Claire Plush