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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


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New speakeasy bar Suga brings rums, cocktails and small-batch sips to Palm Beach
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New speakeasy bar Suga brings rums, cocktails and small-batch sips to Palm Beach

Following in the footsteps of whisk(e)y and gin, a rum revival is happening and the golden spirit is breaking free from its history as the drink of choice for scurvy-dodging sailors and pesky drunken pirates. Thanks to talented craft distillers across the globe, rum is cool again – and its return to the lips of avid sippers on the Gold Coast has been given a hefty kick with the under-the-radar opening of new speakeasy rum bar, Suga. more

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Craft-beer haven and boutique bottle shop Tapworks Bar & Grill arrives on the northern Gold Coast
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Craft-beer haven and boutique bottle shop Tapworks Bar & Grill arrives on the northern Gold Coast

In October last year, the northern Gold Coast was gifted with the arrival of the $470-million Westfield Coomera. At the time, the colossal retail and dining precinct welcomed a swag of exciting new eateries, cafes and shops – and this Friday March 15, a craft-been haven will be added to the mix with the opening of double-storey hotspot, Tapworks Bar & Grill. more

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Indulge in some of life's finest at Main Beach's Oyster Bar & Grill
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Indulge in some of life’s finest at Main Beach’s Oyster Bar & Grill

For more than 30 years, resort-dwellers and seafood lovers have been indulging in some of life's finest at Sheraton Grand Mirage's Oyster Bar. Opening in the late 1980s, the standing-only bar was dedicated purely to oysters, champagne and let's be honest, straight-up 80s decadence. While it has continued to operate relatively under the radar over the years, 2019 was time for it to be transformed into Oyster Bar & Grill –  and while there's still degree of decadence, it's about more than just oysters and champagne now. more

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Mexican haven Frida Sol unveils its expansion with a new next-level watering hole
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Mexican haven Frida Sol unveils its expansion with a new next-level watering hole

Late last year, Palm Beach welcomed a spicy new resident in Mexican eatery Frida Sol. As the younger, sassy sibling to Mermaid Beach hotspot Bonita Bonita, the southern version quickly garnered a following of taco lovers and tequila sippers. Though, while you were all downstairs munching away on chimichangas, Frida Sol's magical new tequila-filled watering hole was coming to life upstairs. more

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The year in review: Brisbane's biggest openings in 2019
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The year in review: Brisbane’s biggest openings in 2019

After the blockbuster year Brisbane's food scene experienced in 2018, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 2019 would be hard-pressed to to follow suit. Our northern neighbour had a banner year as far as blockbuster openings are concerned, and from our point of view, 2019 has not only matched 2018's gargantuan effort, but has even surpassed it! This year Brisbane was the beneficiary of several new restaurants, bars, cafes, breweries and live-music venues – with homegrown heroes and international names establishing must-try venues all over town. If you're thinking of making the trip up the M1 over the Christmas period, consider adding one or two of these all-star arrivals to your itinerary! more

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The round-up: Brisbane's must-try openings of 2018
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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2018

Phew, what a year it’s been! We’re only a few weeks away from the festive season and the New Year’s celebrations, but it seems like there’s still so much more to cram in before 2018 wraps up for good. Thankfully we’ve got some much-needed holiday time on the horizon, which should allow us to take a breath and look back at everything that’s happened this year. If you’ve been too busy to cast your eyes north, you might not have noticed Brisbane’s banner year in terms of new openings. Bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants – 2018 was a boom year for top-tier hospitality arrivals. If you’re planning a trip up the M1 over summer, pencil a stop or three at some of the best new openings in Brisbane over the past 12 months. more

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

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 have a tipple in the sunshine.  more

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Three Blue Ducks spreads its wings in Byron Bay with new bar and eatery Locura
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Three Blue Ducks spreads its wings in Byron Bay with new bar and eatery Locura

Sustainable and ethical hospitality icon Three Blue Ducks will this week open its fifth Australian venue and second in Byron Bay – a late-night eatery and bar named Locura, taking over the space of longstanding nightclub LaLaLand. The Latin American-inspired fixture, which officially opens on Friday October 26, comes off the back of the group's recent foray into Queensland, with the opening of a sophisticated 156-seat dining space at the W Brisbane earlier this year. more

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Hit those high notes – the best Gold Coast karaoke bars to lose your voice at
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Hit those high notes – the best Gold Coast karaoke bars to lose your voice at

While we absolutely cannot hit Mariah Carey's high notes, we sure do love a good karaoke session here at The Weekend Edition. If you're one to belt out a Whitney classic or you can nail the intro 'Lose Yourself' better than Eminem himself (um, we should be friends) then perhaps it's time to gather the crew for a night on the mics. We thought we'd give you a gentle nudge with a handy list of top karaoke spots on the Gold Coast. more

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Miami Marketta swings open the doors to its new botanical hub, The Gin Parlour & Infusion Bar
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Miami Marketta swings open the doors to its new botanical hub, The Gin Parlour & Infusion Bar

While gin has long been shaken, stirred and poured behind bars (thanks mainly to martinis and negronis), the juniper-heavy spirit now well and truly stands on its own two feet as the tipple of choice for many discerning swillers. This Thursday September 20, the coast's newest dedicated gin bar – The Gin Parlour & Infusion Bar at Miami Marketta – will officially open to the public, bringing with it more than 90 small-batch gins for your sipping pleasure. more

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The Weekend Series: take a sip trip and tour Southeast Queensland’s best distilleries and breweries
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The Weekend Series: take a sip trip and tour Southeast Queensland’s best distilleries and breweries

It’s all well and good pouring yourself a drop of your favourite spirit at home or cracking a cold beer from the fridge, but it doesn’t quite compare to sipping from the source. If you are serious about your drink, booking yourself and your crew for a brewery or distillery tour is one of the most enjoyable ways to savour your booze of choice. Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay are home to a few enticing tours, which not only give you some insight into how your drop of choice is made, but also allows you to sample the freshest batch before it’s bottled. more