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The Star touts its spank­ing new sports bar as a game changer. With 23 screens, VIP booths, TAB fa­cil­i­ties and an out­door ter­race to catch your breath at half­time, it takes catch­ing the game to a whole new level. Too much sport is never enough with tele­vised ac­tion from around the globe run­ning round the clock, in­clud­ing all the Aus­tralian footy codes, world cricket, NBA, mo­tor­sport, ev­ery big fight, you name it. Men’s and women’s comps are cov­ered, of course. You can check the planned sched­ules on The Star’s web­site or rock up and en­joy the bar man­ager’s picks. With a gi­ant 10.5m cen­tre­piece screen, you al­most don’t want to be sit­ting too close dur­ing a bout lest you cop a fly­ing fist. Sporty pa­trons should also keep an eye out for spe­cial sports events at The Star that may en­tice them out of the bar. Next month, rugby league Hall of Fame im­mor­tal An­drew “Joey” Johns will be host­ing an evening with three-time world surf­ing cham­pion Mick Fan­ning in The Star’s The­atre. Tick­ets are on sale now. Of course, af­ter­wards you can head back to the sports bar where you’re bound to catch the end of the footy — or the start of the FA Cup fi­nal, the per­fect en­tree to the FIFA World Cup, Ori­gin, Wim­ble­don, the Tour de France. Ah, roll on, win­ter ...

MACKEN­ZIE’S SPORTS BAR Southport Sharks, Olsen & Mus­grave Av­enue, Southport

If Aus­tralian Foot­ball is your bent, this is the place for you. Macken­zie’s Sports Bar is one of the Coast’s orig­i­nals, es­tab­lished in 1974, and named af­ter long-serv­ing club pres­i­dent Alan Macken­zie. The bar houses a trea­sure trove of club his­tory and sil­ver­ware along­side the lat­est in LED screens, in­clud­ing a 5.25sq m mon­ster to cap­ture ev­ery pixel of footy ac­tion. Macken­zie’s is the of­fi­cial Gold Coast Suns away game venue so don’t be shy in don­ning the red and yel­low. Food and bev­er­age man­ager Adam Paterson says the fo­cus is un­apolo­get­i­cally on Aussie Rules. “We host quite a few vis­it­ing sup­port­ers and teams but we cater for all ma­jor sport­ing events as well,” he says. Newswire feeds up­date the lat­est in sport­ing news and re­sults and there are full TAB fa­cil­i­ties on-site.

MER­MAID BEACH TAV­ERN SPORTS BAR 2500 Gold Coast High­way, Mer­maid Beach

There’s al­ways a game, a race or a bout on in Mer­maid Tav­ern’s Sports Bar. Man­ager Bren­dan Kelly says there are mul­ti­ple screens to cater for ev­ery sport­ing taste and TAB fa­cil­i­ties. “If it’s not on screen, just ask,” he says. “We sub­scribe to all the pay per view events and it’s a friendly, re­laxed place to en­joy your sport.” For the peck­ish, the Sports Bar of­fers bistro meals as well as its own pub-style menu. Keep an eye out for its reg­u­lar pro­mo­tions. Buy a schooner of se­lected beer dur­ing any NRL game fea­tur­ing a Queens­land team and go into a prize draw. Ev­ery Satur­day, there’s a raf­fle draw af­ter Race 7 in Bris­bane that gives the win­ner the chance to se­lect their pick in Race 8. If the horse wins, they walk away with a cash jack­pot; if not, the prize is a $30 voucher and the prize pool builds for next week.

COOLANGATTA HO­TEL BEACH BAR Marine Pa­rade, Coolangatta

Sports fans on the south­ern end of the Gold Coast know to head to the Cooly Ho­tel for big-screen ac­tion. The es­tab­lish­ment boasts 21 screens and shows all UFC and ma­jor box­ing events live, as well as footy (all codes), cricket (in­clud­ing IPL), English Pre­mier League, mo­tor­sports and ma­jor cal­en­dar events. Ev­ery Satur­day, the Pun­ters’ Club fires up to catch the high­lights from tracks around Aus­tralia with TAB and Ubet fa­cil­i­ties. Mar­ket­ing man­ager Steve Pen­fold says some of the big sport­ing events can at­tract up to 700 peo­ple. “It’s a great at­mos­phere when there’s a big event on like Ori­gin,” he says. With a bar just me­tres away and full meals, bar snacks and weekly spe­cials, there’s also a good bet the cater­ing will be a step up on stan­dard sta­dium fare.

THE BOARD­WALK TAV­ERN SPORTS BAR Hope Is­land Shop­ping Cen­tre, 8 Santa Bar­bara Road, Hope Is­land

The Board­walk Sports Bar is de­signed and pur­pose-built as a punter’s par­adise. It boasts the lat­est TAB fa­cil­i­ties and five big plasma screens to catch all the rac­ing and live sport­ing ac­tion. On Satur­days, it’s the next best thing to be­ing track­side, with a live broad­cast of the gee-gees — with sound — from around Aus­tralia. If things don’t quite go to plan on the punt, take con­so­la­tion with the weekly los­ing ticket and pun­ters’ podium pro­mo­tions. And if the nerves get all too much, there’s al­ways the view you never get tired of, the eter­nally calm­ing vista of Hope Is­land Ma­rina with Tam­borine Moun­tain as a back­drop. The Sports Bar is also the lo­cal’s favourite place to catch live sport while en­joy­ing a ca­sual drink and re­laxed, af­ford­able din­ing with friends.

#4211SPORTZBAR & UBET Nerang RSL & Me­mo­rial Club, 69 Nerang Street, Nerang

Hin­ter­land lo­cals know #4211 is se­ri­ous about its sport. Gen­eral man­ager An­drew McInnes says the bar has its own state-ofthe-art di­rec­tional sound ceil­ing. “It’s de­signed so you can hear clear race calls if you’re watch­ing the horse rac­ing or footy calls if you’re a few me­tres away watch­ing the footy,” he says. “In fact, if you want to hear any­thing on any screen, we’ve also got the tech­nol­ogy for you to tune into it via your smart phone.” That’s say­ing some­thing — the SportzBar boasts a to­tal of 54 screens, all the reg­u­lar sports chan­nels and nine Fox­tel de­coders to broad­cast pretty much any event that has a TV cam­era at it. “Any live sports event, any­where in the world, it’ll be on our screens,” An­drew says. There’s also a TAB and a sep­a­rate zone for sports view­ing with a bar in be­tween.

FIRST AV­ENUE TAV­ERN Crowne Plaza, Cor­ner Gold Coast High­way and First Av­enue, Surfers Par­adise

Crowne Plaza’s laid-back tav­ern is per­haps best known for the gen­er­ous por­tions of its ca­sual bistro meals. It gen­er­ally hosts a mix of ho­tel guests and lo­cals who en­joy the low-key vibe of a well decked out bar in cen­tral Surfers Par­adise. But don’t be fooled. Its six high def­i­ni­tion screens broad­cast live sports from around the world. If your game isn’t on the telly, feel free to ask for it at the bar. It’s that kind of place. First Av­enue Tav­ern sub­scribes to FoxS­port, ESPN and Sky Rac­ing. There’s also a shaded out­door ter­race to breathe the sea air be­tween quar­ters, halves or rounds. If you’re feel­ing par­tic­u­larly lucky, you can try your hand at Keno or the pok­ies but to back a real win­ner, or­der a steak from the grill.

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