The Gold Coast’s best bars | The Gourmand & Gourmet

The Gold Coast’s best bars

What do you do on the Gold Coast when it’s too wet and windy to hit the beach? Well, you could take in a tourist attraction or two (we’ll never tire of Infinity’s mirrored mazes), but we think a much better idea is to rug up, get out and have a drink at the coast’s ever-growing list of uber cool bars (and then hit Infinity – it’s way more fun after 5 beers anyway). Garden Kitchen & Bar | Broadbeach Is it a garden? Is it a bar? Yes and yes – it’s a lush blend of both! Whether you take a seat on the sunny deck, perch at the glam indoor bar or find a table in the conservatory, this swish venue will have you wanting to ditch the beach all year round. Especially if you order yourself plates and plates of Szechuan calamari and crab cakes to munch on while you sip creative cocktails. The Cambus Wallace | Nobby’s Beach Taking its name from an old shipwreck on Stradbroke Island, The Cambus Wallace looks exactly like we imagine a pirate’s bar would – only a lot cleaner. True to theme, the cocktail menu features plenty of whiskey and rum, and if you’re not a fan of dark spirits the Maiden Voyage #2 with fresh pineapple, spiced rum, coconut rum, white rum, fresh lime juice, syrup and bitters may make you reconsider. Bonita Bonita | Mermaid Beach Say ‘hola’ to the coolest Mexican bar on the Gold Coast! Decked out with cacti and a giant Frida Kahlo portrait, this is the perfect place to knock back a margarita and some feisty tacos. If you’re not afraid of a drink with some kick, make it the Bonita Margarita made with premium tequila, agave nectar, candied jalapeños, fresh cucumber juice and a chili salt rim. Justin Lane | Burleigh Heads Pizza AND cocktails, need we say more? Justin Lane features a pizza and pasta bar downstairs and a stunning rooftop bar upstairs, so you can dine before you wine! The open roof means this bar is great for a day or night session, but it’s those balmy evenings under a starry sky that will make you really want to stay a while. And if that doesn’t win you over, the likes of the South of the Border cocktail with gin, melon, pink grapefruit, lime and mint sure will. Pigs & Pints | Surfers Paradise This little piggy went to find some waves… and then changed his mind and went and had a pint instead. As the name suggests, this is a good spot for the beer drinkers, with brew-tiful variety of craft beers. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of drinking food to pair it with, from saucy wings and beer battered sweet potato fries to epic burgers. Bin 12 | Burleigh Heads If you’re a fan of rose, a lover of chardonnay or just a sucker for a good pinot, Bin 12 the place to go, especially if you prefer to pair your wine with sophisticated nibbles over burgers and pizza. With a food menu full of small share plates and a cocktail list that may just convince you to mix drinks, it’s a totally classy spot for the types who’d choose a penthouse apartment over a beach hut any day. Finders Keepers | Burleigh Heads Finders Keepers, this chic bar and eatery is ours! But we guess we can share – there’s plenty of cocktails and tapas to go around, after all. As long as we get an entire plate of Japanese fried chicken to ourselves and a tall glass of their chamomile and bourbon ice tea, we’re good. Bacchus House | Surfers Paradise Part grandma’s house, part cute and quirky garden bar, Bacchus House (formerly Vintage Velvet) is the ultimate spot if you’re keen on a bit of day drinking. So close to the beach you can practically taste, it’s perfect for those days when you say you want to go to the beach, but what you mean is you want to be drinking beer and eating fish tacos NEAR the beach. Easily confused. Swap your beach towel and thongs for a thirst – it’s bar hopping time. Words by Kate Streader