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.
Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh: Nabbing a seat out on The Pav’s sun-kissed, ocean-bound outdoor bar is like striking gold – so once you’ve secured a spot, hold onto it and settle in for the ultimate seaside sip-fest. There’s a raft of cocktails (go for The Glen Coco with pickled green chilli), a bunch of beers on tap and a quality cellar list to work your way though. Enjoy it all while watching the waves roll in across Burleigh Beach. Does it get much better? Nope.
Nineteen at The Star, Broadbeach: Enjoying prime position atop The Star Gold Coast’s ultra-luxe The Darling hotel, Nineteen at The Star’s breezy lounge bar is a sophisticated sipping spot with fabulous views across Broadbeach and beyond. While you get the spectacular vistas and sea breeze, Nineteen is also protected from the elements so you can sip mimosas and enjoy grazing platters at any time of year.
The Island Rooftop, Surfers Paradise: As one of the coast’s largest open-air rooftop bars, The Island is a go-to for drinks both in the sunshine and under the stars. There’s a fun offering of cocktails, delicious food (from snacks to pizzas, bao buns and cheese boards), a quality line-up of live music, DJs and entertainment, plus dreamy views that capture the bright lights of Surfers Paradise and span toward the Main Beach coastline.
Miss Mee, Nobby Beach: Mee oh my, this one’s a beauty! This neon-hued pink palace is a fun Southeast Asian-inspired dining spot and rooftop bar in the heart of Nobby Beach. Pair mouth-watering Thai-style eats with a selection of tap beers and creative cocktails – boozy bubble tea, anyone?
Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads: Here’s an ideal situation – park yourself in the sunshine on Justin’s rooftop, enjoy the sea breeze, order a zucchini pizza and a passionfruit and chilli margarita (or two) and forget about life for a while.
Aviary Rooftop Bar, Southport: With uninterrupted skyline views, a fine collection of cocktails, a solid back bar of craft spirits, a raft of tap beers and an open-plan pizza kitchen firing delicious creations, it’s no surprise why Aviary has become a firm favourite for folk across the central-to-northern areas of the Gold Coast. You can sip and snack in the main bar area, or really soak up the sunshine (or stars) with your flock out on the open-air deck known fondly as The Nest. Wherever you perch yourself, you’re guaranteed killer views.
The Collective, Palm Beach: The Collective’s rooftop bar is armed with one of the most comprehensive cocktail menus on the coast, so you’ll always find something new and intriguing to sip. It’s an ideal spot to soak up the afternoon warmth and watch the sun go down with a tipple in hand. You also have access to The Collective’s crowd-pleasing menu of eats while on the rooftop. Bug rolls and rosé, anyone?
Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop, Southport: Sunset drinks at Mr PP’s is truly a great way to cap off your day. Snack your way through the menu of woodfired Italian pizzas, charcuterie spreads and cheese platters while sipping negronis, Italian wines and rotating craft beers from the taps. It’s also located right next to the G:Link stop – handy if you want to have more than one.
Moxy’s Rooftop Bar, Coolangatta: After opening its doors in late 2019, Moxy’s quickly garnered a strong following of local sippers seeking a casual vibe and quality cocktails. As the only rooftop bar in Coolangatta, Moxy’s is a go-to for Friday beers, cocktail-fuelled Saturday nights and chilled-out Sunday sips. There’s also a menu of Mexican eats (from The Aztec restaurant below) if you’re chasing a snack.
Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise: A multi-million-dollar transformation in late 2019 saw the iconic multi-level Surfers Paradise Beer Garden revived with an impressive new aesthetic, an overhauled food offering, and a refreshed day-and-night appeal. Dressed in Hawaiian shirts, the bar team shakes, stirs and pours an extensive series of cocktails, offered alongside a wide range of spirits, wines, local and Australian tap beers, which you can enjoy in the open-air beer garden or out on the sun-kissed deck.
Split, Nobby Beach: Named after the Croatian city, Split is perched above Ally Chow and neighbouring restaurants in the Nobby Beach strip. This happenin’ hang boasts hot-pink margs, a disco ball and delicious Mediterranean nibbles to help line your stomach for big nights. If sipping spritzes in the sunshine sounds like your idea of heaven, this is the place to do it.
Last Night on Earth, Southport: Known for having one of the best collections of on-tap craft beer on the coast, this personality-packed dive bar also has a (newish) rooftop, so you can sink schooners under the stars in the heart of Southport. It’s located directly opposite fellow rooftop bar, Mr PP’s. High five to ‘SoPo’ for upping the coast’s rooftop-bar game.
Frida Sol, Palm Beach: If it’s tacos, tequila and sunshine you crave, then Frida Sol will be right up your alley. The Mexican eatery and bar (from the same owners of Bonita Bonita in Mermaid Beach) enjoys an elevated position in the heart of Palm Beach, with its Tulum-inspired fit-out designed to transport you to Mexico’s dreamy coastline.
Wildernis Cafe & Bar, Palm Beach: With cocktails served from 10:00 am, Wildernis’ bright and breezy rooftop is an ideal spot for boozy brunches. The elevated cafe and bar has views toward Palmy’s pristine beach, and is well equipped with a fun collection of cocktails, wines and tap beers to keep you well hydrated on these balmy Gold Coast days.
Pink Monkey Rooftop Bar & Grill, Burleigh Heads: It really doesn’t get much better than sipping ice-cold beers in the sunshine with your pals while gazing at the ocean. Pink Monkey’s rooftop bar is armed with go-to libations (shared cocktail, anyone?) and boasts an enviable aspect overlooking the best parts of Burleigh.
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