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Pavement Whispers: Hard FIZZ is opening a seltzer bar in Burleigh Heads – just in time for summer sipping!
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Pavement Whispers: Hard FIZZ is opening a seltzer bar in Burleigh Heads – just in time for summer sipping!

For those who have been living under a rock, 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. If you're a fan of effervescent brews, get excited because we can finally reveal that Hard FIZZ is opening a dedicated seltzer bar right here in beautiful Burleigh Heads. Here's everything you need to know about this bubbly 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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Pavement Whisper: Apres Surf is set to bring its brand of unpretentious brews and bites to Burleigh Heads
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Pavement Whisper: Apres Surf is set to bring its brand of unpretentious brews and bites to 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 down-to-Earth watering hole – nestled between a massage parlour and an Asian grocer in Mermaid Beach – found a loyal following of folk thanks to its refreshingly unpretentious 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 apartments. The Apres story, however, does not end there. We're stoked to reveal that Apres Surf is set to return in a brand-new Burleigh Heads location oh-so soon. Here's everything you need to know about Apres 2.0 ... 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

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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