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Punk-rock nonnas, pillowy pasta and sensational sips – say ciao to Cross Eyed Mary
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Punk-rock nonnas, pillowy pasta and sensational sips – say ciao to Cross Eyed Mary

Named after the Jethro Tull song of the same name (What. A. Vibe.), Cross Eyed Mary has transformed the hole-in-the-wall space formerly occupied by Tasca on Coolangatta's Griffith Street into a charming pasta-and-wine bar that is modernising tradition with good, honest fare, craft cocktails and some seriously impressive sips of vino. The dark and moody interior has been given a fresh lick of paint to feature a white weatherboard exterior and welcoming terracotta-and-white interior that imbues a real 'summer in Tuscany' vibe. Whilst she may be small in stature, Cross Eyed Mary is here to leave a big impression ... more

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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings
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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings

Wowee. What a year. We all went through it, there's no need to remind you. What we care to focus on are the positives. Despite 2020 being the most difficult year ever for our hospitality friends, our fine city was still blessed with some phenomenal new cafe, restaurant and bar openings – a feat that should be celebrated. So while many of us are trying to forget most of the year that was, we're excited to look back on the hospitality heroes that made this year one to remember ... at least for our tastebuds. more

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Rally the crew – Miami has a new brewpub and restaurant by the name of Precinct Brewing Co.
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Rally the crew – Miami has a new brewpub and restaurant by the name of Precinct Brewing Co.

The Gold Coast's craft-beer scene is hotter than the surface of the sun right now with new watering holes popping up all over this fine city and beyond. If you've made it your personal summer mission to try them all (perhaps not all in one day), there's a brand-spanking-new brewpub that is set to skyrocket to the top of your must-try list. It's called Precinct Brewing Co. and it's hidden in plain sight on Christine Avenue in Miami. The eagerly anticipated beer dispensary rolled up its doors on the weekend to welcome the very first wave of froth fiends. Here’s what you need to know … more

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Follow the red palm tree to the coast's newest underground bar
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Follow the red palm tree to the coast’s newest underground bar

Can you keep a secret? No? Well, as it turns out, neither can we because we're about to spill the beans on the Gold Coast's newest underground bar that only long-time locals will know how to find. If the sound of a mezcal-inspired speakeasy, insect-laced bites and tastebud-tingling cocktails piques your interest, then read on because this is definitely one to add to the must-try list. more

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Tugun's Craft House brings its bounty of bevs and bites north to Nobby Beach
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Tugun’s Craft House brings its bounty of bevs and bites north to Nobby Beach

Since opening its doors in August 2018, Craft House in Tugun has been delighting diners with its unexpected and ever-changing roster of craft beer on the taps. Fast-forward a few years, a change of ownership and a global pandemic and the southern haunt is still thriving – a testament to the fact it's got the fundamentals down pat – good beer, good vibes and good food. Not ones to sit idly by, owners Dee Weisner and Wayne Hagan decided to venture north and replicate the formula for Mermaid Beach locals. Frothy fiends, say hello to Craft House Bar and Restaurant Nobby's. more

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Bo'teku brings Bali vibes and beachside eats to Coolangatta
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Bo’teku brings Bali vibes and beachside eats to Coolangatta

Since overseas trips are off the menu for the foreseeable future, Kirra local Matt Burke and the guys behind the neighbouring Bondi Grill'e are bringing the Bali vibes to Coolangatta with a new bohemian-inspired bar and eatery, Bo'teku. The new beachside bar has taken over the former George's Paragon site along Marine Parade and aims to create a welcoming space to while away an afternoon with a drink in hand. The venue takes cues from Bondi Grill'e in Uluwatu by showcasing a culinarily diverse menu of share-style food and cocktails. Settle in and get acquainted with Bo'teku.  more

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Sip cocktails in the sunshine at the new-look Komune Gold Coast
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Sip cocktails in the sunshine at the new-look Komune Gold Coast

When COVID-19 reared its ugly head, Komune in Coolangatta (along with the rest of the world) was forced to shut its doors. Instead of sitting around on JobKeeper, owner Tony Cannon rallied the staff, picked up some tools and began giving some of the hotel rooms a little spruce. It began with a lick of paint that eventually rolled into a complete revamp with a little help from their pals at Zero 9 Constructions, who also found themselves at a COVID-related loose end and graciously donated some of their time and expertise. Gold Coast, say hello to Komune 2.0 – a dreamy new poolside bar to soak up the sunshine with a cocktail in hand. more


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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks
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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks

A regular fixture on bar shelves around the world, luxe liquor Hennessy has long been a favourite tipple among seasoned swiggers. In 1992, hip-hop icon Tupac even dedicated a whole song to his love of the brown bottle. To help reciprocate the love, Hennessy is extending a helping hand to the bartenders, waiters and restaurateurs that faithfully serve its spirit. The cognac giant has revealed its hospitality recovery initiative, which is set to provide struggling hospo workers with a free dinner and drinks on them. Now, that's sure to go down a treat. more

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Order bespoke bottled cocktails from your favourite bars with a little help from Campari
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Order bespoke bottled cocktails from your favourite bars with a little help from Campari

With our neighbourhood watering holes just beginning to reopen, it's still not as easy as it was to stop in for a cheeky post-work cocktail. Bookings must be made well in advance and the casual activity of meeting up for drinks just isn't quite the same (yet). If you've been missing knocking back your signature sip from your most-loved drinkery, then we've got some good news for you! Whether you favour negronis, old fashioneds or salt-rimmed margaritas, these bad boys and more can now be ordered from the comfort of your home with help from Campari’s Shaken Not Broken initiative. more

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Brewing soon – state-of-the-art brewhouse Bobs Beer to bring frothies, eats and good times to Surfers Paradise
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Brewing soon – state-of-the-art brewhouse Bobs Beer to bring frothies, eats and good times to Surfers Paradise

While the Gold Coast has remained at somewhat of a standstill, works have been slowly but surely progressing on a new state-of-the-art brewhouse in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Bobs Beer (stands for 'best of beer') is a new brewery, taproom and restaurant, which – if the city transitions to post-pandemic times as planned – is set to come to life in late 2020. 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 year-round, 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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The all-new Duke's Parlour brings top-notch sips, live music and mid-century vibes to Surfers Paradise
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The all-new Duke’s Parlour brings top-notch sips, live music and mid-century vibes to Surfers Paradise

Tucked in the depths of Surfers Paradise, a little out of view, lies a new hidden gem that has set out to add some serious cred' to the precinct's bar scene. Named after the father of modern surfing ‘The Duke’ Kahanamoku, the newly opened Duke's Parlour is channelling mid-century Californian bungalow vibes to bring a new wave of quality cocktails and live music to the coast's pool of after-dark establishments. more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's best new bars, as voted by locals
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best new bars, as voted by locals

Earlier this year, we put the call out to our readers to tell us their favourite places to eat, drink and play on the Gold Coast as part of the annual EAT/drink Awards 2019. One of the categories was Best New Bar – and this year it was hotly contended, with plenty of newcomers showing they had the goods when it comes to quality tipples. While we've already revealed the winners and runner-up venues, it's time we lifted the lid on the entire top ten. more

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The round-up: the best places for cocktails on the Gold Coast, as voted by you!
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The round-up: the best places for cocktails on the Gold Coast, 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 humans creating magic from behind their bars. As part of the EAT/drink Awards 2019, we asked locals to nominate and vote for the best places for cocktails on the Gold Coast. It's time we lifted the lid – here's the top ten. more

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

The 2019 Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards drummed up a record-breaking number of votes from locals. While the winners and runner-up venues from each category have been named, we're now revealing the top-ten places in each category. We put the call out for the city's best sipping spots – and the people have spoken! From beach bars to rooftops and hidden cocktail caves, here are the ten best bars on the Gold Coast, as voted by locals. more

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Sip on pet-nat and craft botanicals at Broadbeach's newest watering hole Brucie's Gin & Wine Bar
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Sip on pet-nat and craft botanicals at Broadbeach’s newest watering hole Brucie’s Gin & Wine Bar

Over the weekend, Broadbeach welcomed a charming new sipping spot named Brucie's Gin & Wine Bar. So, Brucie is real – he's a glorious French bulldog, and his owner Hannah Hughes is the brains behind the new pocket-sized bar, which is hidden in plain sight on the main drag of Queensland Avenue. Here you'll find life's greatest pleasures – gin, wine, cheese and puppies – all in one place. more