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Get the first look at La Luna Restaurant – stage one of Marina Mirage's new floating beach club
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Get the first look at La Luna Restaurant – stage one of Marina Mirage’s new floating beach club

The Gennari Group, headed by Gold Coast local Patrik Gennari, is no stranger to creating iconic venues. A stalwart of the hospitality scene for more than 20 years, The Gennari Group is responsible for some of the coast's most-loved institutions including Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Koi, The Loose Moose, Roosevelt Lounge and Maggie Choo. Now, the dream team has unveiled the first stage of its most ambitious project to date – it's called La Luna Beach Club and it's set to deliver the country's first floating beach club. Here's everything we know so far ... more

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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa
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Much-loved Sunshine Coast brewery Brouhaha opens a mammoth second location in Baringa

Since its 2016 opening, Brouhaha has made some serious waves in the Australian craft-brewing scene. What started as a passion project for Sunshine Coast mates Julian, Jeff, Dave and Matt – who set out to build a modest, no-fuss brewery – has grown enormously, much more than they could have ever imagined. After receiving numerous awards and gaining a seriously loyal following, Brouhaha soon outgrew its humble Maleny digs. Friday December 17 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the brewery with the opening of a second location in Baringa – with the capacity to increase production by 500 percent. more

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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021
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The year in review: the trends and tastes that consumed the Gold Coast in 2021

Well, 2021, it's been a time. We'd be lying if we said it was all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but despite it all, some pretty amazing things happened here on the Gold Coast. The year that was witnessed the Gold Coast's dining scene evolve in interesting ways, from bars and pool clubs to the influx of sip-from-the-source breweries and the return of the not-so-humble sandwich. Before we close the book on this year, we thought we'd take a quick skip down memory lane and commemorate some notable happenings and spotlight some of the pieces that resonated with you, our dear readers, the most … more

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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year
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The round up: the biggest foodie openings of the year

Well, we made it. The year's end is imminent and that's got us feeling more than a little nostalgic. Despite intermittent lockdowns and dining restrictions, the Gold Coast's dining scene continued to flourish. New eateries popped up with surprising regularity, from sophisticated tipple temples to sandwich bars, a bounty of beach bars and pool-side sip spots, it's been a big year! We've compiled a list of stand-outs from the past 12 months. While not an exhaustive selection, it's a snapshot of the diverse array of arrivals we had the privilege of checking out this year. more

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Barbecue, beer and moonshine – Against the Grain Distillery opens its doors in Mudgeeraba
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Barbecue, beer and moonshine – Against the Grain Distillery opens its doors in Mudgeeraba

It's often said that barbecue is an art, not a science. Distilling, on the other hand, is both an art and a science – a distinction that Stephen (Steve) O'Brien, the owner of Woodchoppers Inn at Mudgeeraba, knows all too well. Having won over the local meat-loving populace with a mouth-watering menu of authentic woodfired smokehouse cuisine, Steve set his sights on a lofty new project – to add an in-house distillery to craft his own range of spirits. After almost a year (and a few COVID-related shipping mishaps later) he's set to pull back the curtain on Against the Grain Distillery. Here's everything you need to know. more

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Let's get fizzy – Hard FIZZ is opening the world's first immersive seltzer brewery this weekend!
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Let’s get fizzy – Hard FIZZ is opening the world’s first immersive seltzer brewery this weekend!

For those who are late to the party, let's just recap real quick – hard seltzers have been dubbed the unofficial drink of summer. The fizzy, spiked sips are dominating the normally sugar-heavy and calorie-laden RTD (ready-to-drink) market with its better-for-you booze, because ain't nobody got time for hangovers. Gold Coast-born seltzer brand Hard FIZZ has been delighting tastebuds since its inception almost a year ago to the day, racking up a cool $7.5 million in national retail sales. Now, the boozy brand has unveiled its brand-new HQ in beautiful Burleigh Heads. Here's everything you need to know about this effervescent newcomer ... more

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The recap – the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap – the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes this month

Is it just us or does time seem to be flying by at an alarming pace? With so much of our mental energy looking to Christmas and New Year's, it's easy to miss some things that are happening right now, like exciting new openings for example. This month alone the Gold Coast has welcomed a bunch of new places – from new-old favourites to a world's first immersive seltzer brewery. ICYMI, here is a quick round-up of the best new Gold Coast restaurants, bars and cafes from November.  more


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Mermaid's beloved Apres Surf has ventured south to sling brews and bites in Burleigh Heads
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Mermaid’s beloved Apres Surf has ventured south to sling brews and bites in Burleigh Heads

Those who have been kicking around the coast for a hot minute and fancy a frothy are likely to have fond (hazy) memories that involve Apres Surf. The watering hole – nestled between a massage parlour and an Asian grocer in Mermaid Beach – found a loyal following of folk thanks to its refreshingly down-to-Earth approach to brews and bites. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood locale became a casualty of the development wave that is currently surging across the Gold Coast with the entire block set to be transformed into a supermarket. The Apres story, however, does not end there. We're stoked to reveal that Apres Surf has returned in a brand-new Burleigh Heads location. Here's everything you need to know about Apres 2.0 ... more

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Madocke Beer Brewing Company brings Belgian brews to Ashmore
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Madocke Beer Brewing Company brings Belgian brews to Ashmore

The local brewing scene on the Gold Coast is thriving, thanks in part to the introduction of the state's artisan liquor licence in 2020, but also our penchant for sipping from the source. While the majority of commercial brewers focus their attention towards American-style beers, Madocke Brewing Company is going against the grain to produce Belgian ales. Belgian-born, coast-crafted – Madocke Beer Brewing Company opened the doors to a sizeable new brewery and taproom on Southport Nerang Road in Ashmore last weekend (Saturday October 30). Here's everything you need to know about this impressive newcomer ... more

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Tropic Vice brings ‘Florribean' fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach
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Tropic Vice brings ‘Florribean’ fare and curated cocktails to Nobby Beach

The recent spike in temperature has correlated in an increased desire for chilled beverages in the sunshine. Thankfully, we Gold Coasters are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to excellent sip spots, but those who fancy long, lazy lunches that roll effortlessly into cocktail-filled evenings, need to know about Tropic Vice. The brand-new rooftop restaurant and bar, perched above the Nobby Beach strip, has transformed the space formerly occupied by SPLIT Upstairs and Fat Pig BBQ, and is here to set the scene for summer adventures. more

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Broadbeach scores a sophisticated new hetero-friendly LGBTQIA+ sip spot, Chameleon Lounge Bar
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Broadbeach scores a sophisticated new hetero-friendly LGBTQIA+ sip spot, Chameleon Lounge Bar

There's been a pretty noticeable absence on the Gold Coast bar scene for the last little while, but Dan Duncan is here to change that. The qualified zookeeper and veterinary nurse has traded khakis and scrubs for nightlife, opening a hetero-friendly LGBTQIA+ lounge bar in Broadbeach. Perched along Surf Parade, the refined new watering hole is a safe space for everyone in the community to enjoy a drink and a show. Here's everything you need to know about this colourful newcomer ... more

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Step back in time at Murwillumbah's brand-new bistro, Tweed River House
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Step back in time at Murwillumbah’s brand-new bistro, Tweed River House

A grand old manor has been perched on the banks of the Tweed River at Murwillumbah for more than 100 years and, thanks to an inspired plan by its new owners, is now receiving a new lease on life – and it’s looking pretty damn spectacular. While we can't head across the border for a long lunch just yet, take a peek inside the brand-new (but old) venue for when we can day-trip to Northern New South Wales. more

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Palm Beach's new eatery Scott's Luncheonette & Bar delivers a winning trifecta of sandwiches, coffee and wine
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Palm Beach’s new eatery Scott’s Luncheonette & Bar delivers a winning trifecta of sandwiches, coffee and wine

If you're not yet familiar with the name Perry Scott, you soon will be. Perry has shaken and stirred sips for some pretty famous faces around the world, having first learned the craft from New York's Dale DeGroff (A.K.A. The Cocktail King) before moving on to London’s Match Bar Group, as well as some of Soho’s most renowned cocktail bars including Milk & Honey and The Player. Inspired to pioneer a drinks revolution here in his home state, Perry opened Lark Food & Drink in Brisbane as well as a roving cocktail bar The Dispense Station, which toured the country at major music events (remember those?), picking up a stack of accolades along the way. Now, Perry has turned his attention towards the food side of things and has opened a laid-back beachside eatery called Scott’s Luncheonette & Bar right here on the Gold Coast. Here's everything you need to know ... more

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An icon reimagined – say hello to the new-look Atrium Bar at The Star
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An icon reimagined – say hello to the new-look Atrium Bar at The Star

If you're a Gold Coast local over the age of 25, chances are you have at least one story that involves a wild night at Atrium Bar at The Star. Since its inception in the 80s, the venue's dance floor has witnessed the genesis of countless love stories and has set the scene for many hazy, happy memories. So when news first broke of the beloved Atrium Bar's sudden closure, many long-time locals felt a collective sadness for all the nights they didn't spend dancing to Whitney's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'. Thankfully, we weren't without the iconic tipple temple for too long with the brand-new bar officially turning the page on its exciting new chapter on Friday August 27. more

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Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
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Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star

There's a lot happening at the minute, so you'd be forgiven for thinking we're still hovering around mid-year. Friends, we're well and truly on the downhill slide into the silly season, which everybody knows (un)officially kicks off on Melbourne Cup (Tuesday November 2, in case you forgot). Undoubtedly one of the biggest and most anticipated days on the social calendar, the success of any Melbourne Cup festivities hinges on a little pre-planning to ensure you don't get left at the gate. No matter what you're in the mood for, The Star Gold Coast has you covered with a range of happenings, from low-key to all-out baller. more

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Australiana bar Rosella’s ditches its famous jaffles in favour of XXXX damper, lamb cutlets and cocktails
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Australiana bar Rosella’s ditches its famous jaffles in favour of XXXX damper, lamb cutlets and cocktails

When Burleigh's Australiana bar Rosella's opened in 2019, the menu was designed to give childhood faves such as Vegemite sambos and Bunnings snags a contemporary overhaul with the use of native Australian ingredients. Its jaffles became the stuff of legend, lining the bellies of all those who passed through its tiny doors. Friends, we have some good and bad news – the good news is that the menu has had a glow-up of sorts, the bad is that they've ditched the tasty toasties. Before you go shedding too many tears for all of the jaffles you didn't get to devour, the all-new grown-up menu retains the venue's signature Australiana vibes with plenty of personality. more

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Catch culinary masters in action at Oi Izakaya's new-look interactive sushi station and bar
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Catch culinary masters in action at Oi Izakaya’s new-look interactive sushi station and bar

If you've ever attempted to make your own sushi at home you'll appreciate it's actually way harder than it looks. First, there's the delicate rice-to-ingredient ratio to consider followed by the all-important rolling technique – push too hard and the rice busts through the nori, too little pressure and you end up with a very sad-looking snack that falls apart in your chopsticks. If you too have tried and failed, pull up a seat at Oi Izakaya's brand-new interactive sushi bar and get some pointers from the pros. more

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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