Bar Hop­ping

Are you ready to party up and down the coast? If you want to en­joy a few drinks with­out bat­tling traf­fic, find­ing a car park or driv­ing back to your ho­tel, the Gold Coast is the place to be. By Tiana Tem­ple­man

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THE G:LINK TRAM SER­VICE— or The G, as the lo­cals call it—has given the ar­eas in and around Surfers Par­adise an ex­hil­a­rat­ing new en­ergy. With trams run­ning ev­ery 10 min­utes from Gold Coast Univer­sity to the south­ern end of Broad­beach, there’s never been a bet­ter time to hit the town. Get ready to raise your glass to an evening of bar hop­ping us­ing the light rail.

The Gold Coast is home to some ex­cel­lent drink­ing spots but there are few more quintessen­tially Aus­tralian than a surf life­sav­ing club. Start your bar crawl in the late af­ter­noon at the North­cliffe Surf Life Sav­ing Club which has its own tram stop. Chill out on the ve­randa and en­joy a cold brew (or two) as seag­ulls wheel over­head and swim­mers take on the Gold Coast’s fa­mous waves. Keep an eye on the sky so you don’t miss your next stop.

When the sun starts sink­ing to­wards the hori­zon, walk up the road to Q1 which is home to the Sky­point Ob­ser­va­tion Deck. This is one of the best spots on the coast to watch the sun­set so buy tick­ets in ad­vance to avoid the queue. After a stom­ach-drop­ping ride in one of Aus­tralia’s fastest lifts you will ar­rive at the Seventy7 Café + Bar which sits over

200 me­tres above that fa­mous Surfers Par­adise beach. Cock­tails are a spe­cial­ity with an in­ter­est­ing mix of clas­sics and Queens­land-in­spired drinks.

Most peo­ple come here for the spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree view but peo­ple-watch­ing pro­vides even more en­ter­tain­ment. Groups of over­seas tourists clam­ber over each to take sun­set self­ies, chil­dren stare wide-eyed at the streets be­low and a group of ner­vous ad­ven­tur­ers head out­side to do the twilight climb. It is tempt­ing to stay longer and en­joy the show but the bright lights and bars of Broad­beach beckon.

This pop­u­lar Gold Coast drink­ing and din­ing des­ti­na­tion is only six min­utes from Surfers Par­adise by tram and draws a crowd ev­ery night of the week. Lo­cals of all ages mix it up with out-of-town vis­i­tors and there is no cut-off age limit for en­joy­ing a night out. Broad­beach has so many great drink­ing spots that it is tempt­ing to try more than one.

So­phis­ti­cated drinkers will ap­pre­ci­ate Moo Moo, a hip steak restau­rant and bar where over 50 wines by the glass pro­vide am­ple ex­cuse for drinkers to cor­ral them­selves at the bar. Gold Coast’s glit­terati come here to see and be seen, so dress to im­press. Across the road at The Star Gold Coast, Kiy­omi is a must for those who ap­pre­ci­ate fine Ja­panese food and drinks and the the­atre of fine din­ing. Be­gin your night at the bar with a Ja­pane­sein­spired cock­tail, sake or top shelf whisky, be­fore mov­ing to a pri­vate booth for din­ner.

For some­thing more down to the earth there is the Bavar­ian Bier Cafe where Euro­pean beers and rol­lick­ing good times go hand in hand. Out­side ta­bles are per­fect for larger groups and to take ad­van­tage of the Gold Coast’s balmy weather. If you aren’t into beer, there are plenty of other op­tions to slake your thirst.

A few doors down you will find So­cial Eat­ing House, a bar-cum-restau­rant where peo­ple tend to drop in for a drink and end up stay­ing all night. Like the Ob­ser­va­tion Deck, there are spec­tac­u­lar peo­ple watch­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties here. Meals are served tapasstyle so it is an ideal spot to re­fuel after you have hit a few bars. So­cial tends to fill up fast, so book a ta­ble in ad­vance or pre­pare to wait.

For a Broad­beach drink­ing spot that is more fun than fancy, Aloha Bar and Din­ing is an ir­re­sistible trop­i­cal treat filled with Hawai­ian leis and cock­tails served in pineap­ples and tiki cups. It’s an in­sta-wor­thy ex­trav­a­ganza with drinks that taste even bet­ter than they look.

If you still have your party pants on, catch the tram back to­wards Surfers Par­adise and get off at Cy­press Av­enue. St­ingray Lounge at QT Gold Coast cel­e­brates the he­do­nis­tic glory days of Surfers Par­adise when ‘70s colour schemes burned your reti­nas after a big night out. Choose from 50 in-house tequi­las ac­com­pa­nied by tasty bar snacks with a Cal-mex twist. Things heat up after 10pm which makes St­ingray the per­fect spot to fin­ish your night out.

RID­ING THE G

Vis­i­tors from Queens­land can use their reg­u­lar pub­lic trans­port go card on the tram; pa­per tick­ets can also be pur­chased from ma­chines on the plat­form. You can down­load the My G of­fi­cial G:link app but trams come so reg­u­larly that you prob­a­bly won’t need it. ride­theg.com.au

St­ingray Lounge. Photo: © Jared Vethaak. Moo Moo. Photo: Mr Smith Pho­tog­ra­phy. Kiy­omi. Photo: Remco Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Bavar­ian Bier Cafe. Aloha Bar and Din­ing.

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