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The round-up: savour a glass at the Gold Coast’s best wine bars
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The round-up: savour a glass at the Gold Coast’s best wine bars

A drop of the vino, a splash of the sauce. There’s little more pleasant than sitting back with a glass of the good stuff, particularly if you can bask in the ambience of a fine wine bar while you do so. The Gold Coast has been developing a quietly prodigious wine bar scene, with tipples to suit all tastes from natural and biodynamic newcomers, classic old-world wines and local legends. If you’re pining for some quality plonk, look no further than our list of some of Gold Coast’s best wine bars. more

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Embrace the temperature shift with shiraz and baked camembert by the fire pit at Carafe Wine
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Embrace the temperature shift with shiraz and baked camembert by the fire pit at Carafe Wine

As much as we enjoy endless summer days, there's something equally as exciting about the prospect of sipping red wine by the fire. It's one of the true joys of the season. Although it's not technically winter yet, Carafe Wine in Southport is setting the scene for cooler nights with a brand-new small plate menu that is perfect for chilly evenings. Think sizzling skillets of baked camembert flavoured with confit garlic, chilli, rosemary and a drizzle of hot honey, alongside woodfired pizza and moreish meatballs. Here's everything you need to know about the new culinary offering ... more

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Say hello to holiday mode with tasty sips for your pre-flight pleasure at Gold Coast Airport
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Say hello to holiday mode with tasty sips for your pre-flight pleasure at Gold Coast Airport

If you ask us, your holiday begins as soon as you get to the airport, go through security and enter that illustrious limbo where a feeling of calm floats over. Time is irrelevant and ordinary rules (such as a wine after midday) are thrown out the window. With Gold Coast Airport’s multimillion-dollar transformation, jetsetters can embrace this time between check-in and take-off by indulging in the new bars and restaurants. We’ve rounded up all of the new spots where you can wine and dine before you fly. more

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, table, ceiling and floor – Surfers Paradise welcomes a striking new Mirror Bar
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, table, ceiling and floor – Surfers Paradise welcomes a striking new Mirror Bar

Seeing double is normally a sign you need to make a hasty exit for home, but in the case of Surfers Paradise's brand-new immersive bar experience, that's all part of the fun. Mirror Bar is being hailed the 'first of its kind' where the entire venue – including the floor, ceiling, walls and even the bar itself – are all made of mirrors. If you're up for a little self reflection, read on ... more

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Kirra Beach House is set to launch an elevated dining experience called The Restaurant
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Kirra Beach House is set to launch an elevated dining experience called The Restaurant

Almost four years in the making, the eagerly anticipated Kirra Beach House opened its doors in early December, much to the delight of enthusiastic locals. The beautiful beach-fronting venue quickly became the perch for long lunches, sundowners and events. Now, as the summer officially draws to a close and holiday crowds have dispersed, the iconic venue has launched a brand-new offering called The Restaurant, which will open to the public on Thursday March 7. Here's what we know so far ... more

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The round up: best eats in Brunswick Heads
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The round up: best eats in Brunswick Heads

Where the river meets the sea – Brunswick Heads has the best of both worlds, so you don’t have to choose between spending your weekend on the beach or by the river, you can do both. With everything in one spot there’s no need to leave, and you won’t want to once you’ve tried these coastal town eats. more


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Perentie Brewing Co
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Brews and chews – Eagleby welcomes new $6-million brewery Perentie Brewing Co.

For a long time, the Eagleby stretch between Brisbane and the Gold Coast didn’t offer much that would inspire one to veer off the Pacific Motorway. That all changed in 2015 when Distillery Road Market arrived – heralding the beginning of a new food and entertainment precinct centred around community and connection. The most recent addition to the precinct has been unveiled and it’s no small feat – the $6-million, one-million-litre capacity lager brewery, Perentie Brewing Co. Lager lovers, this one's for you. more

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Zephyr Tapas & Bar debuts a Moroccan-inspired look and tasty new tapas menu
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Zephyr Tapas & Bar debuts a Moroccan-inspired look and tasty new tapas menu

Nobby Beach has been quite the hive of activity of late. The latest to steal the spotlight is Zephyr Tapas & Bar, on the corner of Lavarack Road and the Gold Coast Highway. The venue has unveiled an eye-catching Moroccan-inspired renovation that has imbued the establishment with Mediterranean charm and sophistication. The glow-up also extends to the menu and cocktail list. Read on for all of the delicious details ... more

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The round-up: soak up the sun at the best rooftop bars on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: soak up the sun at the best rooftop bars on the Gold Coast

When it comes to savouring a delicious cold drink, the atmosphere can make or break your experience – and the cool breezes and sun-kissed vibes of rooftop bars can’t be beaten. These clever spots have tapped into the fact that the coast’s weather is poppin’ practically all year, utilising stunning outdoor spaces (and views) to make your drinking experience that much better. Pop on that SPF, bust out your breeziest linen ensemble and soak up this list of the best rooftop bars on the Gold Coast. more

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Nab a slab of CHETTI, the new amaretto and cola-flavoured ready-to-drink beverage
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Nab a slab of CHETTI, the new amaretto and cola-flavoured ready-to-drink beverage

Much like peanut butter and jelly, cherry and cola is one of those flavour combinations that just makes sense. For years, cherry cola has been a favourite for millions of soda drinkers worldwide. Now, two best mates on the Gold Coast are revolutionising the way we enjoy cherry cola-flavoured drinks with a new boozy amaretto and cola ready-to-drink beverage. Looking for a tasty tipple to bring to your next summer soiree? This is it. more

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Mermaid Beach is set to welcome a spectacular $2-million distillery and tasting room, Six-Tricks Distilling Co.
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Mermaid Beach is set to welcome a spectacular $2-million distillery and tasting room, Six-Tricks Distilling Co.

As we edge ever closer to the weekend, a peculiar thing happens. Phones start to buzz with the possibility of plans in their infancy and we begin to daydream about sipping delightfully chilled beverages. If that sounds like your current predicament, we have some excellent news – there is a brand-new contender for summer sundowners, it's called Six-Tricks Distilling Co. and here's everything you need to know about this mighty impressive new sip spot ... more

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Meet Bruce, Currumbin's easy, breezy beachside bar with a big personality
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Meet Bruce, Currumbin’s easy, breezy beachside bar with a big personality

Picture this – a cool ocean breeze, laid-back vibes and a menu filled with mouth-watering bites and refreshing drinks, this is Bruce. Nestled along Pacific Parade in Currumbin, the relaxed neighbourhood noshery is the handiwork of Elizabeth Ennis (Barefoot Currumbin and Barefoot Palm Beach) and has been winning over southern Gold Coast locals with its trifecta of brews, chews and that unmistakable Currumbin view since opening in March. Here's everything you need to know about Bruce ... more

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Stairwell Coffee launches The Well, a cute nighttime-only cocktail and caffeine dispensary
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Stairwell Coffee launches The Well, a cute nighttime-only cocktail and caffeine dispensary

While some might associate Surfers Paradise with the Slingshot, Schoolies and late-night revelry that we'd rather forget, locals know a different Surfers. One that hosts a tight-knit community of friendly faces, avid beachgoers and coffee lovers. These are the people who can sniff out a top-notch quality brew, and most of the time this innate ability leads them to Stairwell Coffee, a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in the heart of Surfers Paradise. This pint-sized piccolo maker has just extended its operations by launching The Well, a snug evening-only cocktail and coffee spot. more

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Meet E.L.E – Burleigh's LGBTIQA+ friendly sip spot Everybody Love Everybody
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Meet E.L.E – Burleigh’s LGBTIQA+ friendly sip spot Everybody Love Everybody

If you ask us, there’s been a pretty noticeable lack of LGBTIQA+ focused venues on the Gold Coast. Stephen Thompson (owner of famed Burleigh institution Oi Izakaya) and Giulia Rodrigues have sought to change that with Everybody Love Everybody, or E.L.E for short. As its name suggests, the brand-new bar is envisioned as a safe space for everybody in the community to enjoy a drink and a bite without judgement. Take a peek inside ... more

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Alert the group chat – Currumbin Valley Brewing has opened the doors to a brand-new taproom
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Alert the group chat – Currumbin Valley Brewing has opened the doors to a brand-new taproom

Currumbin Valley Brewing is the handiwork of two mates who really, really like beer. Since 2015, the pair have embarked upon a crazy, hazy beer-filled journey that has pushed the boundaries of craft brews into delicious and unexpected places. At long last, Peter 'Smokey' Wheldon and Luke Ronalds have opened the doors to a brand-new taproom on Traders Way in Currumbin. If you're fond of a frothie, read on ... more

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Delight-ful sips – Brookie's Gin and The Smoking Camel pair up for a tasty Turkish Delight-infused collab
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Delight-ful sips – Brookie’s Gin and The Smoking Camel pair up for a tasty Turkish Delight-infused collab

There's only one thing we like more than gin, and that's gin that is infused with the flavours of one of our favourite sweet treats – Turkish Delight. Beloved Byron Bay booze distillery Brookie's Gin has partnered with Middle Eastern restaurant The Smoking Camel to create a Turkish Delight Gin that is sure to have your taste buds tingling. Tempted for a taste? Keep reading for all of the delectable details ... more

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Espresso by day, martinis by night – Mermaid's All-Time Social extends into evening trade with cocktails and charcuterie
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Espresso by day, martinis by night – Mermaid’s All-Time Social extends into evening trade with cocktails and charcuterie

By day, All-Time in Mermaid Beach has become a haven for caffeine sippers seeking solace from the daily grind as well as bagel devotees that congregate to enjoy a side of banter with their bite. Since taking over in April of 2020, Jake Ashton has focused on building the daytime trade and learning all of the regulars by name and coffee order. Now, with that box firmly ticked, he's turned his attention to evenings and debuted All-Time Social, which keeps the doors open of an evening. Here's everything you need to know about the after-dark offering ... more