After 5 – Gold Coast

The Goldy really does have some great food and beverage offerings. This month we raise a glass to the speakeasy’s, rooftop’s, laneways and water view bars and food venues.

Some are oldies but goodies, others somewhat new and a few you might not have visited before. Whether it is icy old beers, mocktails, tapas or something more substantial we have got you covered.

Mr PP’s Deli & Rooftop, located in Southport’s CBD in what was once the Postmaster Generals and his family’s home, this now cute Rooftop bar specialises in gourmet pizza’s and does some great antipasti. They also have vegan offerings for their food menu as well, just ask their friendly staff. You can book a spot upstairs in the Rooftop Bar, sip a cocktail and enjoy the outdoor weather or pull up a seat downstairs in the deli bar. This venue takes its name from the first Post & Telegraph Manager Mr P.P. Agnew. An avid actor, illustrator and poet you’ll find copies of poems, drawings, songs throughout the menu and in the venue by P.P. Agnew. A nice addition to the Gold Coast bar scene on the northern part of the Goldy. Openned 2017.

If you want some tasty meals and beverages at pub prices, try Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern at Mariners Cove Marina in Main Beach. You cannot go wrong with the menu, something for everyone if pub grub is what you are hankering for. Best of all you get to enjoy the waterfront views of the Gold Coast Broadwater but not at the fancy pants restaurant prices. Great for families, friends catching up, couples. My recommendation is go for an early dinner and enjoy the sunset views – amazing! Openned 2003.

Ms Margot’s Bar & Eats you will find tucked inside the Hilton Hotel’s lobby, it a snug dining setting but that said is split over two area’s to dine in. The cocktail menu and great. We tried the Ms Margo-Rita, tip expect a brain freeze but sooooo worth it and also the Garden of Eve which is delivered in a cute teacup. Openned 2020

BMD Northcliffe SLSC in Surfers Paradise, a favourite for locals and visitors. The restaurant offers great views to the ocean and in the 5 years of dining here on various occasions I have never had a bad meal. Cake and coffee selections are always great, I also love that like most SLSC they are staffed by Surf Life Savers including award winning world class athletes and have been undefeated Australian Champion Club since 2004 and the World Champion Club since 2008. Its great to know money from your meal is also going back into BMD Northcliffe SLSC. The Deck was upgraded last year and offers incredible ocean views where you can sit and enjoy a beer from the Carlton Draught Beer Tank which is piped through the bar & restaurant. Openned 1947.

Aloha Bar and Dining in Broadbeach, wander down Main Place laneway that runs adjacent to the Gold Coast Highway and discover this unique Polynesian restaurant and bar. Think island themed décor and tiki styled rooms. The cocktails are great and before 9 pm classy tunes are delivered by talented locals. So nice to go out and enjoy live music. After 9 pm a live DJ takes over and it’s a much younger crowd. You can check out Aloha Bar and Dining great insta page. Openned 2016.

Delve down Broadbeach Mall and you’ll stumble across Den Divine Jazz Bar. Again offering live performances, the music is great, people really friendly from staff to those dining. This place certainly lives up to their website pitch of “providing an atmosphere of warmth and classic character”. Love the indoor booths and outdoor seating where you can still enjoy hearing and seeing the music depending on where you sit. Openned 2020.

The Cambus Wallace, listed as Mermaid Beach but located in the cutesy shopping café scene in Nobby Beach – well it’s just stones, throw from each suburb really. Taking its name from the Scottish vessel who in 1894 made the maiden voyage to Qld coming so close but sadly due to bad weather was wrecked off the coast of Stadbroke Island and never reached her final destination of Moreton Bay. Hence, a nautically themed bar and lively dining scene offering quality beverages including great choices for rum and whisky aficionados. Openned 2012.

Nightjar in Burleigh’s laneway is a much more casual and laid back atmosphere. Their website says “NO DRESS CODES, NO RULES. JUST GOOD OLD-FASHIONED, ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT FUN” sounds like your scene, then check them out in Justin Lane. Openned 2017.

Lockwood Bar in Burleigh Heads, I love the intrigue of this speakeasy venue. Wander down Justin Laneway, look for the Red Door but be warned entry is via text message only. Moody lights, great music and excellent cocktails and single malts make this a night to remember in this intimate setting. Check out their insta page.  Openned 2017.