Can you keep a secret? No? Well, as it turns out, either 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. Remember the iconic monorail that once cruised around Broadbeach? Cross the bridge where it once lived and keep your peepers peeled for a red palm tree for this is where you’ll find the hidden entrance to Veladora. Once inside, you’ll be greeted with a candle-lit speakeasy that can hold a maximum of 30 guests at a time. Thirsty? The selection of swill can be spied here but if you hadn’t already deducted from the name, tequila forms a pretty significant part of the drinks offering alongside a scattering of Mexican beers and wines by the glass or bottle. The bar snacks are sure to raise a few eyebrows with inclusions such as black guacamole with green ants and mealworm-seasoned salsa, squid ink-infused popcorn, peanut-and-cricket trail mix and pork rillette with cricket XO and cassava chips but if insects aren’t your thing, you can order yours sans bugs. Crickets or no crickets, either way you’re in for a treat!

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