The Gold Coast's best waterfront bars
Picture this: you’ve spent the day tanning, surfing and swimming, and now it’s time to top it all off with an afternoon bevvy.
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll want to make the most of the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, and luckily there are plenty of spots where you can continue to enjoy the beach whilst enjoying a drink and a cheeky snack. We’ve rounded up our list of favourites, so you can focus on whether you’ll be ordering a margarita or a mojito!
Rick Shores | Burleigh
What would this list be without a mention of our beloved Rick Shores? We hardly have to explain why this stunning seaside spot is worth a visit, with its prime location and menu of pan-Asian bites and exceptional seafood. Situated on the beach of Burleigh Heads, you have the option to enjoy the waterfront views from the breezy indoor seating, or take a seat on one of the beachside tables. Oh, and you cannot leave without sampling one of their signature Moreton Bay bug rolls, with sriracha, bug mayonnaise and gem lettuce!
Burleigh Pavilion | BURLEIGH
It’s hard to get more waterfront than the Burleigh Pavilion. The gorgeous venue overlooks Burleigh Beach and is the ideal spot to sip on a cocktail whilst taking in the picturesque views. Sit back, relax, and order a cocktail from their curated list featuring refreshing flavours such as the Lychee Paradise with Grey Goose, Paraiso Lychee Liqueur, mint and lemon. And if you’re feeling peckish, take your pick from their menu of epic woodfired pizzas, burgers and shared tapas dishes.
Glass Dining and Lounge Bar | MAIN BEACH
Found within Main Beach’s Marina Mirage precinct, Glass Dining and Lounge Bar oozes elegance and class. The sophisticated, contemporary venue features some of the Gold Coast’s best waterfront views and a relaxed ambience, along with a menu of top-notch modern Australian cuisine, including some seriously fresh seafood. If a fine dining experience isn’t what you’re after, simply stop in and order a cocktail from their extensive wine and cocktail list whilst soaking in the views.
BMD Northcliffe Surf Club | SURFERS PARADISE
The BMD Northcliffe Surf Club is the epitome of relaxed, beachside fun. Although any surf club on the Gold Coast is a guaranteed good time, this one is multi-award winning, and for good reason. They’re offering up an unbeatable location, excellent service, and all your favourite surf club feeds such as fish and chips, parmis and burgers. Crack open a cold one and take a seat on the spacious outdoor deck, where you can enjoy the beach breeze and panoramic views of the Gold Coast. With its relaxed atmosphere and chilled vibes, this is a spot that the whole family is sure to love.
Edgewater Dining and Lounge Bar | SURFERS PARADISE
The name says it all when it comes to the location of this dining destination, which features some of the best waterfront views in town. Located within the buzzing precinct of Capri on Roma, you can experience sprawling water views of The Gold Coast’s canals along with a chic, contemporary interior. The alfresco deck is the ideal spot to enjoy sunset drinks and a range of delicious bites, including freshly shucked oysters and tempura bugs with chilli mayo, paw-paw, radish and herbs.
Bin 72 | COOLANGATTA
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the beautiful beach of Coolangatta, a stop at Bin 72 is much needed. Located in the bustling Strand shopping precinct, the local favourite offers up an exceptional view, chilled vibes and a delicious food menu. Whether you head in for a long lunch, sunset drinks, or evening tapas, it’s the ideal place to catch up with friends and family over a beverage and delicious food.
Southport Yacht Club | SOUTHPORT
Established in 1946, The Southport Yacht Club is an award winning bar and dining destination known for its impeccable location, excellent service and delicious menu of food and drink. Surrounded by the tranquil marina and boasting its very own private beach overlooking the glimmering waters of the Gold Coast’s broadwater, the world-class venue is the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy a beverage or a bite from their impressive food menu.
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