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Miss Jones
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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2017

The summer holiday period is a great time to expand your horizons, to break out of the timetable you’ve been keeping to all year and to try something new. We’re not advocating a permanent sea change (or whatever the opposite is called when you leave the proximity of the ocean), we just wanted to let you know there’s some huge things happening up in the big smoke. Brisbane’s food scene has undergone another massive year of growth, with several big-ticket openings causing a bit of a stir. If you are visiting Brisvegas over the festive season, then pencil in a visit to a few of these must-try openings – they are well worth a stop. more

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Old Tom merges top-notch gin with fine dining in the heart of Broadbeach
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Old Tom merges top-notch gin with fine dining in the heart of Broadbeach

Back in the prohibition era of the 1920s, public houses in the United Kingdom would put carvings of tomcats outside the establishments – members would see the statues, then sneakily put money in a secret slot and they'd get a stash of gin in return. Fast forward nearly 100 years and this crafty concept has inspired the Gold Coast's first gin bar and newest fine-dining destination. It goes by the name of Old Tom and it officially opens in Broadbeach today, Thursday November 23. more

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Meet Mr PP's – Southport's first rooftop bar inspired by an 19th-century postman
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Meet Mr PP’s – Southport’s first rooftop bar inspired by an 19th-century postman

After months of anticipation, Southport's first rooftop bar is finally here. Friends, let us introduce you to Mr PP's. The former postmaster's residence of Philip Palmer Agnew (Mr PP) on Nerang Street has been transformed into a wondrous two-storey eatery and watering hole, which will officially open to the public on Tuesday November 21. Let's all give a respectful nod to Mr PP, then step inside. more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's ten best cocktail bars, as voted by you!
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s ten best cocktail bars, as voted by you!

Cocktail making is an art form. Sure, we're all for wine, beers and nips of spirits – but when you're treating yourself to a cocktail, you want it to be great. Luckily for us Gold Coast folk, there are plenty of establishments and watering holes that have nailed the craft of cocktail making, with plenty of super-talented mixologists creating magic from behind the bar. As part of the 2017 Gold Coast EAT/drink awards, we asked you lot, our dear readers, to nominate and vote for the best cocktail bars on the Gold Coast. It's time we lifted the lid – here's the top ten. more

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Ballistic Beer Co.
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The Weekend Series: the beer-lovers guide to locally brewed craft beer

We are experiencing a golden age for locally brewed craft beer. Several spots in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the surrounding areas are creating some fantastic frothy beverages that are earning acclaim around the country. This week marks the start of Queensland Beer Week, which runs from November 16-25. We don't need to give you a reason to enjoy some of the best brews in the state, in the spirit of making the most of Queensland Beer Week why not take a trip to some of our top-notch tipple temples. more

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Lost Palms Brewing Co sways into Miami
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Lost Palms Brewing Co sways into Miami

It's big, bubbly and millennial pink. We know, that's hardly the description you'd expect for a brewery, but it's true. Lost Palms Brewing Co is Gold Coast's newest craft brewery and as of Friday November 10, it's officially open for business ... and by business, we mean beers.  more


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The round up: have fun in the sun at the Gold Coast's best beer gardens and outdoor bars
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The round up: have fun in the sun at the Gold Coast’s best beer gardens and outdoor bars

It's officially that time of year (we're stamping it) where we flock to outdoor bars for sunshine beers, alfresco ciders and cocktails with a splash of vitamin D. Lucky for all of us, the Gold Coast has really nailed the concept of an outdoor watering hole. From rooftops to gardens and beachside balconies, we’ve found the best outdoor bars and beer gardens to wet your whistle in the sunshine.  more

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Cocktails, rock music and neon lights – alleyway bar Nightjar opens in Burleigh Heads
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Cocktails, rock music and neon lights – alleyway bar Nightjar opens in Burleigh Heads

Until recently, us local folk never really had much reason to venture into the Justin's Lane alleyway in Burleigh Heads. In fact, you'll be forgiven if you didn't actually know where it was – it's just bunch of car parks, bins and rear entrances to shops. Now, though, it's a totally different story. Earlier this year the elusive alleyway welcomed speakeasy bar Lockwood, and this Friday October 6, the (roller)door to the precinct's second hidden bar, Nightjar, will open. It's not easy to spot, but follow your ears to the rock ballads and you'll come across it soon enough.  more

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The coast's newest whisky bar The Scottish Prince sets sail in Palm Beach
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The coast’s newest whisky bar The Scottish Prince sets sail in Palm Beach

About 800 metres off the Southport Spit lies the shipwreck of The Scottish Prince. In 1887 it ran aground (and some poor captain probably lost his job) carrying whisky, ales and Singer sewing machines. Fast forward about 130 years, and this infamous vessel, which remains in place as a popular dive site, has steered its way back to life in the form of the coast's newest whisky bar and eatery – The Scottish Prince. It's the latest venture by the fellas from The Cambus Wallace, and it's safe to say this is one whisky-fuelled hangout that you'll definitely want to explore. more

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Opulent new bar The Roosevelt Lounge opens in Broadbeach
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Opulent new bar The Roosevelt Lounge opens in Broadbeach

Patrick Gennari, the owner behind notable establishments Koi Dining & Lounge Bar, The Loose Moose and Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, has unveiled his latest and most luxurious establishment – The Roosevelt Lounge in Broadbeach. The doors, well, rather the velvet curtains, have now opened – revealing a glamorous 1930s-style fit out. more

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Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star launches Australia's first Moët & Chandon vending machine
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Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star launches Australia’s first Moët & Chandon vending machine

This is not a drill, and it's not a joke, but we'll give you fair warning – you should probably take a seat before reading on. Okay, here goes. Australia's first ever Moët & Chandon vending machine will officially launch on the Gold Coast this Saturday June 24. Once you've picked yourself up off the floor, get straight to Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star, where you can push the button and experience the conveniently dispensed taste of Moët & Chandon, straight from a luxury vending machine. This is quite possibly one of the greatest inventions known to mankind. more

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Sip on cocktails in capsicums and popcorn-infused spirits at the all-new Soho Place in Broadbeach
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Sip on cocktails in capsicums and popcorn-infused spirits at the all-new Soho Place in Broadbeach

We've got a secret for you. Nestled along the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach is a bright red door in the shape of a London telephone box. There's no sign, but push open the handle and step inside to discover the coast's first speakeasy-style bar – Soho Place. Here's the catch – you can actually BYO food if you so desire. The intriguing new bar, which is one of the first on the Gold Coast to operate legally with no food service and no kitchen, will officially open today (June 15). more

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The round-up: celebrate World Gin Day and sip on the Gold Coast's best gin-based cocktails
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The round-up: celebrate World Gin Day and sip on the Gold Coast’s best gin-based cocktails

Gin is king. It's even got its own day on the international calendar. That's right, this Saturday June 10 is World Gin Day. In honour of one of our favourite spirits, we got the low-down from a bunch of the Gold Coast's best bars to see what they were shaking and muddling in the gin department. As delightful as it is, we've taken a step beyond the stock-standard gin and tonic to give you a list of some of the city's best gin-based cocktails for you to sip on. more

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Sink boilermakers and sip fairy-floss martinis at Cabana Bar
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Sink boilermakers and sip fairy-floss martinis at Cabana Bar

As the mercury dips, there's nothing better than a vibrant cocktail with a decent kick to warm the cockles. We're about to delve into winter, which means bars are shifting away from fruity, effervescent concoctions to the more unique flavours from gin, various whiskies and Pimms. Cabana Bar & Lounge has dropped its new-season cocktail menu just in time for winter – and it will have you plonking Japanese whisky shots into your schooner (for those playing at home – that's called a 'boilermaker'). more

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Palm Beach goes next-level with its newest Hamptons-style bar – Wildernis Rooftop
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Palm Beach goes next-level with its newest Hamptons-style bar – Wildernis Rooftop

You probably thought it wasn't possible, but Palm Beach just got cooler. Local tradies-turned-restaurateurs Josh Bailey and Andy Canfield, who opened Wildernis Cafe on Seventh Ave in late 2016, will this Saturday (April 22) open a Hamptons-style rooftop bar atop the popular cafe and eatery. The new 80-seat watering hole, known as Wildernis Rooftop, is accessed via a secret laneway from the ground-level cafe – and when you make it up those stairs, you'll be greeted with sunshine, cocktails and oysters. more

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The Gold Coast's ten best bars as voted by you
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The Gold Coast’s ten best bars as voted by you

This year, our Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards drummed up an incredible amount of votes from all of you, our dear readers. You guys are on the ground – you're out there eating, drinking and experiencing the city's blossoming foodie culture, so at the end of the day – you know best. So, here's the definitive list of the Gold Coast's ten best bars, plus the best NEW bars, as voted by you. Oh, and might we add, you guys have impeccable taste. more

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Jalapenos, garden herbs and apricot jam – Stingray brings the garden behind the bar for its new-season cocktail spread
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Jalapenos, garden herbs and apricot jam – Stingray brings the garden behind the bar for its new-season cocktail spread

Black-lava salt, coriander leaves, dehydrated jalapenos, rosemary, hibiscus – while this may sound like what you'd pull from your herb garden for a fragrant stir-fry, it's actually what you'll find in the new-season cocktails at Stingray Bar & Lounge. Now, we've harped on a bit about how much we love the fact that autumn pumps wave of new produce into kitchens across the city, but we thought it was high time to focus on what the change in season means for the drinkables. more