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Fig + Frankies has had a facelift, and it's got us tickled pink
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Fig + Frankies has had a facelift, and it’s got us tickled pink

It’s a classic story – boy meets girl, they settle down, open a hugely popular bar and, due to demand, expand into a full-service restaurant while juggling a little one … no, but seriously - Bella and Euan Lovell are a powerhouse duo who have just opened the new-look Fig + Frankies in the heart of Broadbeach. Step inside this aesthetically pleasing locale to discover an impressive drinks list and the delicious new menu that will now accompany it. more

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First look – sip award-winning spirits from the source at Burleigh's new distillery, Capricorn Distilling Co.
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First look – sip award-winning spirits from the source at Burleigh’s new distillery, Capricorn Distilling Co.

The local distilling scene is hotter than the surface of the sun right now with some top-notch tasting rooms and sip-from-the-source bars popping up all over this fine city. Adding to the already impressive selection is Capricorn Distilling Co., Burleigh's newest small-batch urban distillery, which has expanded operations to the sunny Gold Coast from its original home in Rockhampton. The sizeable new space in Ern Harley Drive in Burleigh Heads opened its doors last week, here's what you need to know ...  more

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Eat tacos and sip sundowners in Miami's newest open-air beer garden SPEC
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Eat tacos and sip sundowners in Miami’s newest open-air beer garden SPEC

Ever since Love Child Market Place shut its doors and moved its plant-based operations from Miami to Mermaid Beach, its high-profile Gold Coast Highway-fronting site has been sitting, waiting, begging for someone to come along and do something great. Well, friends, our collective hopes have been realised with SPEC – the city’s newest dark and moody watering hole, which opened last week complete with an open-air beer garden and seriously tasty tapas. Here’s everything you need to know about Miami’s striking newcomer ... more

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Get a glimpse inside HOTA Gallery's Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar ahead of this weekend's opening
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Get a glimpse inside HOTA Gallery’s Palette and The Exhibitionist Bar ahead of this weekend’s opening

Last weekend, the Gold Coast's art community gathered to witness the official unveiling of the awe-inspiring $60.5-million HOTA Gallery. This weekend, the exciting (and delicious) next chapter comes to fruition with the opening of the Gallery's eagerly anticipated fine dining restaurant, Palette, and sophisticated new rooftop space, The Exhibitionist Bar. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse prior to opening, here's what you can expect ... more


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Venture behind the banh mi for Burleigh's newest speakeasy NAÂMi
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Venture behind the banh mi for Burleigh’s newest speakeasy NAÂMi

From the outside, NAÂMi is a tiny takeaway nook on James Street slinging steamy spring rolls, banh mi, and, eventually pho to-go. Shiny bain maries line the interior, drawing your eye to the motorbike curiously perched at the far end. Those who dare to look a little closer, however, will notice that there's more to this pint-sized newcomer than meets the eye. Venture through the clandestine door and you'll discover Burleigh Heads' newest speakeasy. Here's what we know about NAÂMi ... more

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Say farewell to summer at Split Upstairs' epic end-of-season party and hello to the next chapter
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Say farewell to summer at Split Upstairs’ epic end-of-season party and hello to the next chapter

When Split Upstairs first appeared above the Nobby’s strip – in all its ramshackle glory – we knew it was here for a good time not a long one. Friends, what a time it's been. Sipping spritzes and hot-pink margs as the sun sank against a backdrop of dirty house beats, Split Upstairs will forever be etched in our collective (hazy) memories as the place for summer 2020/2021. As Bob Dylan once mused, the times, they are a-changin' and it's time for us to say goodbye summer and hello to its brand-new winter concept. more

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La Bella Cellar drops a pre-winter menu complete with gnocchi and Italian vino
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La Bella Cellar drops a pre-winter menu complete with gnocchi and Italian vino

Nestled in Burleigh's backstreets with no obvious signage to speak of, La Bella Cellar is somewhat of a local secret. The quaint 30-seater is booked to capacity nightly thanks to its mouth-watering menu of small bites, perfectly crisp pizzas, and a seriously impressive selection of sips from its geographically broad wine list. If you've not yet had the pleasure, consider this your official invitation because the clandestine bar and restaurant has changed with the seasons to deliver a new menu featuring some cockle-warming Italian wines and bites. more

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Let's go AWOL – the coast's first dedicated barrel-aged beer taproom set to open in Burleigh Heads
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Let’s go AWOL – the coast’s first dedicated barrel-aged beer taproom set to open in Burleigh Heads

When it comes to craft brews on the coast, we truly are spoilt for choice with plenty of top-tier bars and boozers slinging their own signature swill. Lynchpins to the local sipping scene is Black Hops, who opened the doors to its first brewery back in 2016 and has since gone on to open a massive brewery and taproom in Biggera Waters and up the M1 in East Brisbane. Never content to just kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labour, the beer-loving trio is back at it again with a tastebud tingling new addition to the family – it's called AWOL and it's the Gold Coast's first dedicated barrel-aged beer taproom. Here's everything you need to know about Burleigh's brew-tiful newcomer ... more

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Pavement Whispers: The coast is set to score a flashy new rooftop bar
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Pavement Whispers: The coast is set to score a flashy new rooftop bar

If you've driven past HOTA of late, it's fairly likely you caught a glimpse of the eye-popping new HOTA Gallery – which is set to open in May. Well, friends, it's been revealed that it will also house a brand-new rooftop bar and dining venue cheekily named The Exhibitionist Bar. The flashy new watering hole will be located on level five and here's what we know so far ... more

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Discover WildFlower Gin Distillery, Burleigh's newest intimate gin bar
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Discover WildFlower Gin Distillery, Burleigh’s newest intimate gin bar

If WildFlower Gin Distillery rings a bell, it may be because you’re familiar with the cellar door and workshop space that opened in early 2020. Although a bar was never on the cards, overwhelming support from workshop attendees wanting to return and enjoy a drink at WildFlower inspired founder James Greig to open the doors and transform the space into Burleigh’s newest intimate gin bar. more

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Say hola to Nobby Beach's newest Mexican-inspired beer garden Backyard Cantina
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Say hola to Nobby Beach’s newest Mexican-inspired beer garden Backyard Cantina

There's something deeply satisfying about kicking back on a Friday afternoon with a taco in one hand and a salty marg in the other. If that sounds like your ideal way to spend a weekend, there's a brand new open-air cantina in Nobby Beach that has your name written all over it. On a Friday and Saturday night, Backyard Cafe on Lavarack Road transforms into Backyard Cantina and here's everything you need to know about this tasty newcomer ... more

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The perfect pair – QT Hotels and Four Pillars have made a gin baby
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The perfect pair – QT Hotels and Four Pillars have made a gin baby

We love a good pairing – cookies and cream, rosé and sunsets, macaroni and cheese (okay, anything at all with cheese), and now you can add QT and Four Pillars to the list. The unexpected partnership brings together the world's most-loved gin (they even have the award to prove it) and the quirky hotel brand to make a beautiful gin baby and let us be the first to say, welcome to the world, little one. 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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Pretty Handsome brings cheap eats and dive-bar vibes to Burleigh Heads
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Pretty Handsome brings cheap eats and dive-bar vibes to Burleigh Heads

As a general rule, anywhere that slings a quality burger and fries for $10 has our complete and undivided attention. Even more so if it happens to serve bloody Marys topped with crispy bacon and have posters of Biggie Smalls sitting pretty next to Nirvana and Slayer. If that sounds like your kind of vibe and you fancy a meal that doesn't cost a kidney, pull up a seat at Pretty Handsome. Formerly a takeaway joint on the corner of Christine Avenue and Lemana Lane in Burleigh Heads, the quaint coffee nook has expanded to the shop next door to deliver a cafe-by-day and dive-bar-by-night. more

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BOBs Beer has arrived in Surfers Paradise so go ahead and rally your brew crew
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BOBs Beer has arrived in Surfers Paradise so go ahead and rally your brew crew

Heads up, froth fiends! There's a new brewhouse and restaurant in town and it's set to become a seriously hot contender for Friday-arvo drinks, post-surf feeds and boozy catch-ups of all kinds. BOBs Beer, an acronym for Best Of Beers, has opened its doors in Surfers Paradise to bring you ice-cold brews, a seasonal menu of top-notch nosh and a seriously impressive fit-out. If you're keen to get acquainted with BOB, read on ... more