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Decadent dessert den Cowch makes a mooove to Broadbeach
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Decadent dessert den Cowch makes a mooove to Broadbeach

Right about now, you're probably suffering from some pretty serious post-Easter sugar cravings. Well, fellow sweet fiends, we have some good news and some not-so-good news. Since we're all about positive media, we'll give you the good news first – Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar has announced its opening a sizeable new restaurant on Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach. The not-so-good news is that we have to wait a little bit longer to plunge a crisp, baked churro into a pot of pure melted bliss as the new dessert den isn't set to open until June. 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

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Seafood, salumi and sensational sips – Sofia's brings a taste of coastal Europe to Broadbeach
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Seafood, salumi and sensational sips – Sofia’s brings a taste of coastal Europe to Broadbeach

When Burleigh's culinary institution The Fish House served its last Patagonian toothfish (it's still too soon to talk about the chocolate fondant dessert), seafood-loving locals felt a collective sense of longing for top-notch seafood by the beach. Thankfully, The Fish House's celebrated head chef Damien Styles has resurfaced to take the helm at Sofia's Restaurant & Bar in Broadbeach. European summers may still be a distant dream however this pretty newcomer is here to satisfy your craving for simple, fresh seafood and salumi. more

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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