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Rally your crew and check out your new laid-back Palmy local, The Hood
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Rally your crew and check out your new laid-back Palmy local, The Hood

Every suburb needs a local watering hole. A convivial place where you can wander in on a whim, with no reservation, for a casual bite, a beer and a chat. Palm Beach locals are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to sublime sipping spots, but there's a brand-new tipple temple in town to add to your must-try list – it's called The Hood, and here's everything you need to know about this hot-pink newcomer ... more

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The recap – 20 of 2022's best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes you need to try
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The recap – 20 of 2022’s best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes you need to try

Can you believe we’re approaching the halfway point of 2022? We know, it’s wild to think about, but that’s what happens when you’ve been too busy enjoying all of the exciting things happening in and around the Gold Coast! So far the year has seen some pretty massive openings from a Michelin-starred chef as well the emergence of some exciting new local eateries and a few hidden haunts – each adding something special to the city’s culinary melting pot. Before we blink and it’s Christmas, we thought we’d take a minute to look back at the year so far and reflect on some of the best openings of 2022 … more

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Northern newcomer – White Oat Distillery brings botanical sips to Biggera Waters
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Northern newcomer – White Oat Distillery brings botanical sips to Biggera Waters

Traditionally the Gold Coast has been a hop, skip and jump behind the rest of the East Coast, especially when it came to sip-from-the-source cellar doors and artisan booze makers. Thankfully all that has changed for the better in recent years with eager new players upping the ante and bringing some exciting elements to the coast's sipping scene. One of the latest to join the coast's clutch of spirited spirit makers is White Oat Distillery at Biggera Waters. The slick new venue has transformed an unassuming factory space along Brisbane Road into a gin-lovers happy place.  more

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Bring your appetite for adventure – Suzy is bringing a little taste of Seoul to Burleigh Heads
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Bring your appetite for adventure – Suzy is bringing a little taste of Seoul to Burleigh Heads

Korean barbecue is a unique culinary experience. For those who have not yet had the pleasure, it looks a little something like this – your nearest and dearest seated around a sizzling barbecue, laughing loudly, jovially arguing over who should hold the tongs. The beauty of the experience is that instead of just sitting back and waiting for your food to come to you, it's interactive and communal. Everyone shares the responsibility of creating and enjoying the meal. Up until now, the Gold Coast's Korean barbecue joints have been fairly traditional in terms of their offering. Enter Suzy. Suzy is Korean barbecue, but not as you know it ... more

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Sip cocktails and eat charcuterie at Jin Cafe & Bar, Broadbeach's newest watering hole
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Sip cocktails and eat charcuterie at Jin Cafe & Bar, Broadbeach’s newest watering hole

One of the best things about the Gold Coast is that we're not short of excellent places to eat and drink. The upside to this incredible smorgasbord is that there's a bar (or restaurant) to suit every kind of mood – from the low-key watering hole right through to sky-high tipple temples. If you're in the mood for a pre-dinner snack, Jin Cafe & Bar is the perfect perch. more

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The round up: discover the best hidden bars on the Gold Coast
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The round up: discover the best hidden bars on the Gold Coast

The allure of a hidden bar is undeniable. The inherent excitement that comes with scouring unassuming alleyways for clues is matched only by the smug sense of satisfaction you feel once you've found it. The Gold Coast has its share of hidden haunts and low-key locales. Whether shrouded in curtains or camouflaged by inconspicuous entrances, read on for our round-up of the coast's best-hidden bars.   more

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Live and loud – Vinnies Dive bar in Southport debuts a brand-new bar and band room
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Live and loud – Vinnies Dive bar in Southport debuts a brand-new bar and band room

The humble dive bar has become somewhat of an endangered species. As venues continue to push the envelope with increasingly more elaborate fit-outs and Insta-worthy backdrops, there's something to be said for the relatively unglamorous neighbourhood watering holes with slightly sticky floors and poster-clad walls. The bars slinging inexpensive booze, boasting a varied cross-section of regulars and an alluring come-as-you-are cordiality. A place to drink and unwind, or, if you feel so inclined, do quite the opposite. Those who seek out such establishments are likely well familiar with Vinnies Dive in Southport. The self-proclaimed dive bar has been whetting the city's appetite for cheap beer and live tunes since 2018, and has recently unveiled a brand-new band room. Here's everything you need to know ... more


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Feast on yakitori and seriously stacked sandos at Southport's brand-new Koko Cafe & Bar
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Feast on yakitori and seriously stacked sandos at Southport’s brand-new Koko Cafe & Bar

A lot of deliciousness has come out of Japan – ramen, gyoza, sushi, whisky … the list goes on. One of our all-time favourites, however, is the not-so-humble sando. To be clear, we're not talking about a sad-looking schnitty sandwiched between two thin slices of bread, no siree. Japanese sandos are a work of edible art, from the sizable slab of crustless shokupan (Japanese milk bread) through to its deliciously crisp katsu-crumbed filling. If your mouth is watering right about now (same), you'll be pleased to learn there's a brand-new sando bar in town – it's called Koko Cafe & Bar and here's everything you need to know ... more

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Slurpee who? Cool down with El Camino Cantina's Summer of Swirls dual frozen margaritas
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Slurpee who? Cool down with El Camino Cantina’s Summer of Swirls dual frozen margaritas

Ah, summer in Queensland. The last couple of days have truly reminded us just how hot – and humid – it can get. When you can't escape the heat, there's nothing quite like a cool iced bev to regulate your temperature from the inside, out. To help, El Camino Cantina has just launched its limited-edition Summer of Swirls dual frozen margaritas, giving us an adults-only version of a summertime favourite. more

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Get the first look at La Luna Restaurant – stage one of Marina Mirage's new floating beach club
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Get the first look at La Luna Restaurant – stage one of Marina Mirage’s new floating beach club

The Gennari Group, headed by Gold Coast local Patrik Gennari, is no stranger to creating iconic venues. A stalwart of the hospitality scene for more than 20 years, The Gennari Group is responsible for some of the coast's most-loved institutions including Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Koi, The Loose Moose, Roosevelt Lounge and Maggie Choo. Now, the dream team has unveiled the first stage of its most ambitious project to date – it's called La Luna Beach Club and it's set to deliver the country's first floating beach club. Here's everything we know so far ... more

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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa
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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa

Since its 2016 opening, Brouhaha has made some serious waves in the Australian craft-brewing scene. What started as a passion project for Sunshine Coast mates Julian, Jeff, Dave and Matt – who set out to build a modest, no-fuss brewery – has grown enormously, much more than they could have ever imagined. After receiving numerous awards and gaining a seriously loyal following, Brouhaha soon outgrew its humble Maleny digs. Friday December 17 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brewery with the opening of a second location in Baringa – with the capacity to increase production by 500 percent. more

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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021
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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021

Well, 2021, it's been a time. We'd be lying if we said it was all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but despite it all, some pretty amazing things happened here on the Gold Coast. The year that was witnessed the Gold Coast's dining scene evolve in interesting ways, from bars and pool clubs to the influx of sip-from-the-source breweries and the return of the not-so-humble sandwich. Before we close the book on this year, we thought we'd take a quick skip down memory lane and commemorate some notable happenings and spotlight some of the pieces that resonated with you, our dear readers, the most … more

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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year
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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year

Well, we made it. The year's end is imminent and that's got us feeling more than a little nostalgic. Despite intermittent lockdowns and dining restrictions, the Gold Coast's dining scene continued to flourish. New eateries popped up with surprising regularity, from sophisticated tipple temples to sandwich bars, a bounty of beach bars and pool-side sip spots, it's been a big year! We've compiled a list of stand-outs from the past 12 months. While not an exhaustive selection, it's a snapshot of the diverse array of arrivals we had the privilege of checking out this year. more

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Barbecue, beer and moonshine – Against the Grain Distillery opens its doors in Mudgeeraba
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Barbecue, beer and moonshine – Against the Grain Distillery opens its doors in Mudgeeraba

It's often said that barbecue is an art, not a science. Distilling, on the other hand, is both an art and a science – a distinction that Stephen (Steve) O'Brien, the owner of Woodchoppers Inn at Mudgeeraba, knows all too well. Having won over the local meat-loving populace with a mouth-watering menu of authentic woodfired smokehouse cuisine, Steve set his sights on a lofty new project – to add an in-house distillery to craft his own range of spirits. After almost a year (and a few COVID-related shipping mishaps later) he's set to pull back the curtain on Against the Grain Distillery. Here's everything you need to know. more

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Let's get fizzy – Hard FIZZ is opening the world's first immersive seltzer brewery this weekend!
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Let’s get fizzy – Hard FIZZ is opening the world’s first immersive seltzer brewery this weekend!

For those who are late to the party, let's just recap real quick – hard seltzers have been dubbed the unofficial drink of summer. The fizzy, spiked sips are dominating the normally sugar-heavy and calorie-laden RTD (ready-to-drink) market with its better-for-you booze, because ain't nobody got time for hangovers. Gold Coast-born seltzer brand Hard FIZZ has been delighting tastebuds since its inception almost a year ago to the day, racking up a cool $7.5 million in national retail sales. Now, the boozy brand has unveiled its brand-new HQ in beautiful Burleigh Heads. Here's everything you need to know about this effervescent newcomer ... more

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Mermaid's beloved Apres Surf has ventured south to sling brews and bites in Burleigh Heads
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Mermaid’s beloved Apres Surf has ventured south to sling brews and bites in Burleigh Heads

Those who have been kicking around the coast for a hot minute and fancy a frothy are likely to have fond (hazy) memories that involve Apres Surf. The watering hole – nestled between a massage parlour and an Asian grocer in Mermaid Beach – found a loyal following of folk thanks to its refreshingly down-to-Earth approach to brews and bites. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood locale became a casualty of the development wave that is currently surging across the Gold Coast with the entire block set to be transformed into a supermarket. The Apres story, however, does not end there. We're stoked to reveal that Apres Surf has returned in a brand-new Burleigh Heads location. Here's everything you need to know about Apres 2.0 ... more

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Madocke Beer Brewing Company brings Belgian brews to Ashmore
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Madocke Beer Brewing Company brings Belgian brews to Ashmore

The local brewing scene on the Gold Coast is thriving, thanks in part to the introduction of the state's artisan liquor licence in 2020, but also our penchant for sipping from the source. While the majority of commercial brewers focus their attention towards American-style beers, Madocke Brewing Company is going against the grain to produce Belgian ales. Belgian-born, coast-crafted – Madocke Beer Brewing Company opened the doors to a sizeable new brewery and taproom on Southport Nerang Road in Ashmore last weekend (Saturday October 30). Here's everything you need to know about this impressive newcomer ... more

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Tropic Vice brings ‘Florribean' fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach
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Tropic Vice brings ‘Florribean’ fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach

The recent spike in temperature has correlated in an increased desire for chilled beverages in the sunshine. Thankfully, we Gold Coasters are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to excellent sip spots, but those who fancy long, lazy lunches that roll effortlessly into cocktail-filled evenings, need to know about Tropic Vice. The brand-new rooftop restaurant and bar, perched above the Nobby Beach strip, has transformed the space formerly occupied by SPLIT Upstairs and Fat Pig BBQ, and is here to set the scene for summer adventures. more