Seems like you can’t turn around on the Sunshine Coast without someone offering you a mojito in a Mason jar with a stripey straw and ironically retro umbrella; or a small-distillery, imported organic whiskey; or a brioche burger stacked with chicken wings and bacon and sriracha and pulled something-or-other.
And sometimes that’s what you’re up for. But sometimes you just wanna go old school and have a beer at your local. Classic, simple, unpretentious. Here's our round-up of the best golden-oldie pubs on the Coast.
The Apollonian Hotel
If you’re looking for old school pub vibes on the Queensland coast, look no further than The Apollonian Hotel. The historic colonial-style structure has been a social hub since the 1860s, but was relocated in the ‘80s to its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Pull up a chair at one of the tables out on the lawn, grab a cold beer and a plate of wood-fired pork, salads and damper, and relax and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re lucky, the pub proprietors and their family might kick off a game of footy for all the guests brave enough (and not too full) to join in.
Lifting old-school pubs up a notch is Montville Pub gem. The food is a seriously impressive take on pub classics (think glazed pork belly or Guinness and beef pie). And if you want to impress your next date with your commitment to local talent, (or if you want to provide a bit of background music in case there’s an awkward lull in conversation) they have an awesome lineup of live local music every weekend.
The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial is what happens when a heritage-listed, century-old pub in the heart of Eumundi drops acid, joins a commune, and discovers its inner hippie. Psychedelic murals, DJs, and jam nights sit side by side with its classic old Queenslander façade, rustic outdoor bar and bistro. And you can expect some lighter food options than your usual pub classics – Tassie salmon, zucchini fritters and gluten-free pizzas.
Billing itself as the oldest hotel on the Coast, Yandina Hotel has a lot more to offer than its midweek happy hour. Grab a cheap and cheerful counter meal, a cold schooner, and sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Or if you’re out to impress, Yandina Hotel has all your bases covered. There’s a private cellar room that you can book for special occasions, with customised menus and matched beer and wines. If you’re a local, there’s even a courtesy bus to take you home at the end of a big night.
Country Life Hotel
The thing about old-school pubs is that you tend not to find them on the Coast. They tend to be tucked away in small country towns, down winding Hinterland roads, and in the heart of local villages. So next time you’re heading out to the fringes of the Sunshine Coast, Country Life Hotel in Kin Kin should definitely be on your list of places to visit. You can experience flashbacks to classic, home-style cooking like Grandma’s—steak, mustard chicken, and a surprisingly good range of vego options, and there’s even accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it.
Up until now, we’ve been talking about old-school Aussie pubs. You know the ones. XXXX on tap, schnittys on the menu, and down to earth women called Noelene on the bar. But, while we love our Aussie pubs, we’re also lucky enough to have everyone’s favourite old-school American style pub here in Palmwoods. Rick’s has milkshakes, burgers, ribs, and boutique beers. And if you show up on the weekend, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have some classic cars or bikes out the front to drool over.
If you’re feeling a little bit country, you’ll totally be up for some live music at Beerwah Hotel. Or if you’re trying to find a kid-friendly venue for a family lunch with your extended family, then the newly renovated play area will keep the anklebiters occupied while you work your way through every size char-grilled steak on the menu. All of it.
For a Sunshine Coast pub with some serious history, we’re voting for the award-winning Woombye Pub. An actual staging spot for the legendary Cobb & Co. coaches on their way between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields, Woombye Pub has been part of the Coast since the late 1800s. Combined with great local food, live music, and an atmosphere that will instantly make you feel like a local, no matter where you’re from, you’ve got to add this place to your bucket list.
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