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Beachfront watering hole The Miami Tavern lifts the lid on its multi-million-dollar transformation
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Beachfront watering hole The Miami Tavern lifts the lid on its multi-million-dollar transformation

The Miami Tavern, The Shark Bar, The Sharkie – whatever you knew it as, the iconic beachside live-music venue and pub has enjoyed a long, rich history on the Gold Coast. While its cheap schooners and killer live concerts ensured regular patronage, it was time for the watering hole to step into a new phase, with owners ALH Group undertaking a massive, multi-million-dollar transformation of the venue. For the past few months, curious eyes have been glued to the around-the-clock construction works on the beachfront Miami site, eager to catch a glimpse of what's to come. So, allow us to shed some light. more

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Australia's first Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria opens on the Gold Coast
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Australia’s first Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria opens on the Gold Coast

The pizza ovens are officially firing at Australia's first-ever Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria, with the doors to the new Pacific Fair venue opening last weekend. The concept's flagship Gold Coast location (joining venues in Dubai, Portugal and India) marks the beginning of a nation-wide rollout of the casual pizza parlours, which are inspired by the famed British chef’s travels across Italy and are designed to deliver simple, honest and tasty food at an affordable price. more

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Former Society of Florida site home to new eatery Sandrino Kitchen & Bar
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Former Society of Florida site home to new eatery Sandrino Kitchen & Bar

Florida Gardens – the island pocket within Broadbeach Waters – has welcomed a new neighbourhood hub. What was originally the site of Society of Florida cafe (and most recently the Trembling Cup) has fallen into the hands of local duo Nenad Miljkovic and Sandra Ostojic, who quietly opened the doors to their first cafe venture Sandrino Kitchen & Bar earlier this month. more

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The round-up: Feeling fancy? Up the ante at the Gold Coast's best fine-dining restaurants (as voted by you!)
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The round-up: Feeling fancy? Up the ante at the Gold Coast’s best fine-dining restaurants (as voted by you!)

If you're searching for that special occasion restaurant, want to treat your significant other, or you and the crew are just feeling fancy and want to splash out on a fine feast, then this handy list will help you out. As part of the EAT/drink Awards 2019, we put the call out to Gold Coast locals to nominate and vote for their favourite places for fine dining. We've tallied the votes and are proud to bring you the top ten fine-dining restaurants on the Gold Coast – as voted by locals. more

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Mary's Malaysian arrives a Pacific Fair with flaky roti, laksa bowls and homestyle chicken chop
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Mary’s Malaysian arrives a Pacific Fair with flaky roti, laksa bowls and homestyle chicken chop

Unlike Thai, Japanese and Chinese, authentic Malaysian cuisine isn't quite as abundant on the Gold Coast. Slowly but surely, we're seeing more and more of this delicious Southeast Asian fare permeate the city, much to the delight of the growing number of roti-munching, laksa-loving locals. Those who fall into that ever-expanding category will be pleased to learn of the recent arrival of Mary's Malaysian – a new home-style eatery at Pacific Fair's The Patio precinct, which is the latest venue from the owners of popular street-food dispensary Roti & Buns. more

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Get merry with Good Pair Days' 12 Wines of Christmas Advent Calendar
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Get merry with Good Pair Days’ 12 Wines of Christmas Advent Calendar

When it comes to Christmas, there are two kinds of people. The kind that bust out Mariah and Buble and put the tree up mid-November because it's the most wonderful time of year, after all (there's no shame, you're amongst friends here) and then there's the other kind that refuse to acknowledge its existence until the week of and then grumble about the crammed carparks. No matter which camp you fall into, the 12 Wines of Christmas Advent Calendar from Good Pair Days is guaranteed to give you a little festive cheer. more

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From Byron to Burleigh – Asian diner and bar Light Years makes its Gold Coast debut
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From Byron to Burleigh – Asian diner and bar Light Years makes its Gold Coast debut

After leaving its mark on Byron Bay and Noosa with its flavour-packed fare, eclectic vibe and fun cocktails, modern Asian diner and bar Light Years has arrived on the Gold Coast. After months of construction, the duo behind the popular venues, Kim Stephen and Stephen Filipovic, have finally lifted the lid on the striking, pastel-hued space, which enjoys a sun-kissed address on Burleigh's Lower Gold Coast Highway (next to Commune cafe). more


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The round-up: eat, drink and be merry – top spots for Christmas Day dining on the Gold Coast
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The round-up: eat, drink and be merry – top spots for Christmas Day dining on the Gold Coast

If you've spent the last few Christmas Days slaving in a hot kitchen, lining up at the prawn trawlers at dawn, and trying oh-so hard to salvage a dry roast turkey (we've all been there), then perhaps it's time for a change this year. Once you've emptied your stocking full of presents, you can venture out and fill up your belly with a glorious festive feast with all of the trimmings – all of the hard work is done for you, and you don't even have to do the washing up. In the spirit of the season, here are a bunch of places on the Gold Coast where you can eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day.  more

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From Byron to Brisbane – Stone & Wood opens its Fortitude Valley brewery
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From Byron to Brisbane – Stone & Wood opens its Fortitude Valley brewery

Back in 2008 – when Australia’s craft-beer scene was in its infancy – it was a humble Byron Bay-based brewery that first forged some of the initial major in-roads into Australia’s consumer consciousness. As craft beer has vied for a larger piece of mainstream beer’s market share over the past decade, Stone & Wood has emerged as one of the leading names of Australia’s new wave of boutique booze. Now, as one of the elder statesmen of the scene, Stone & Wood’s reach has spread far and wide, but the brand has retained its staunchly independent and community minded approach, choosing to focus on its own back yard instead of far-reaching expansion. Friday November 1 saw Stone & Wood open its first brewery and taproom outside of Byron Bay – tapping kegs at a brand-new hub in Fortitude Valley. Blending some carefree Byron vibes with some distinctly Brisbane grit, this beery… more

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Fu Manchu 2.0 – a Chevron Island icon returns with a new look, menu and vibe
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Fu Manchu 2.0 – a Chevron Island icon returns with a new look, menu and vibe

A few weeks ago, we broke the news to you that Chevron Island dining space Fu Manchu Oriental Kitchen (which first opened in mid-2016) had closed its doors – but assured you it was only temporary. While the popular dining spot had shifted ownership over the years, circumstances saw it fall back into the hands of its original co-owner Zuraya Hamilton, who has returned to the Thomas Drive precinct to take the modern-Asian venue into a new phase. After closing for four weeks to allow for a complete re-fit of the space, Fu Manchu 2.0 is finally here. 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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Don't walk, run – McDonalds releases bottles of the real deal Big Mac Special Sauce
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Don’t walk, run – McDonalds releases bottles of the real deal Big Mac Special Sauce

With two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun, the mighty Big Mac is a thing of beauty to be admired (before being promptly devoured, that is). Well now McDonald's is giving you even more reason to make haste to the golden arches because 144,000 bottles of the real-deal burger sauce will be sold in participating restaurants across the country as part of McHappy Day so strap on your McSkates, mates! more

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The round-up: the Gold Coast's best new restaurants, as voted by locals
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The round-up: the Gold Coast’s best new restaurants, as voted by locals

During the past 18 months, the Gold Coast has welcomed a raft of new restaurants. From casual eateries to refined dining spaces from hatted chefs, the new arrivals have certainly sparked excitement among local diners. Earlier this year, The Weekend Edition hosted the annual Gold Coast EAT/drink Awards 2019 and one of the categories was Best New Restaurant. While we've already revealed the winners and runner-ups, it's now time to show you the entire top ten. So, here they are – the Gold Coast's best new restaurants, as voted by you! more