The Island Rooftop Bar, Gold Coast, Queensland © Destination Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s best rooftop bars
There’s no shortage of sunsets views, DJ beats or crafty cocktails on the Gold Coast.
By Amy Fraser
Whether you’re strolling off the beach in search of a refreshing beverage or looking for an escape from the city, the Gold Coast is bursting with epic rooftop bars, all serving up equally serene views and good vibes. Here’s nine rooftop bars you won’t want to miss.
The Island Rooftop
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Step off the city streets and into the oasis of The Island, the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar. Expect fun cocktails, a lively atmosphere and sweeping views of the city and Main Beach. Add to that the bar’s live music and you have yourself an epic evening in true Gold Coast style.
Garden Kitchen and Bar
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach
If you’re looking for a special occasion venue with your mates, the Garden Kitchen and Bar won’t disappoint. With indoor and outdoor areas fitted with sleek and stylish interiors, grab a cocktail and choose the most Instagrammable spot for your group. The bar’s lawn is known for hosting an array of events, so be sure to check their calendar and get ready to party.
Where: 3a/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
There’s nothing better than watching the sunset melt over the ocean with your favourite beverage in hand. Overlooking the beautiful Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Pavilion has to be one of the Gold Coast’s most picturesque bars. Pull up a chair, order a pizza (or two) with a drink to wash it down, and watch the surfers ride the waves. Dreamy, right?
Where: 1708-1710 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Did somebody say pizza party? For a casual affair, the pizza-loving Justin Lane’s rooftop bar is a great option after a day at the beach. While the DJ jams, enjoy the bar’s top-quality cocktails and tap beers. And if you’re feeling peckish, the hand-crafted pizza and pasta will no doubt do the trick. Humble and so very delicious.
Where: 43 Nerang St, Southport
In the heart of Southport is Mr P.P’s, a popular haunt among the locals. Known for its buzzing sun-drenched rooftop where deli meats, gourmet pizza and vibrant cocktails are found in abundance, gather your mates – you’re in for quite the Saturday night. And if Sunday sessions are your thing, you’re in luck – the party never stops.
Where: 2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Combining the vibrant party scene of South-East Asia with the oh-so relaxing scenes of the Gold Coast Hinterland, Miss Mee’s rooftop is a unique spot to sip the night away while soaking up some stunning vistas. With an outstanding beverage list offering everything from sake-based cocktails to alcoholic bubble tea, you’ll soon realise this isn’t your typical bar – and all the better for it.
Nineteen at The Star
Where: The Darling at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach
Just a couple of floors away from the Garden and Kitchen Bar lies Nineteen at the Star. Grab one of the chic lounge chairs on the balcony and be dazzled by a sensational view of the Gold Coast skyline. If you’d prefer a private party, head to one of the bar’s booths and cheers to the weekend ahead – with a signature cocktail in hand of course.
Aviary Rooftop Bar
Where: 5 Melia Ct, Southport
Aviary’s Rooftop Bar exudes style, with its chic interiors and charming outdoor area, known as ‘The Nest’, which comes with spectacular views of the Gold Coat Hinterland and Surfer’s Paradise skyline. Bring your pals for cocktails galore, handmade pizzas and tapas-style plates in the sunshine, or wait for ‘golden hour’ and sip beneath a bed of stars. For a real treat, head over on a Thursday evening for all-you-can-eat pizza.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
If you’re a foodie who’s a sucker for a cocktail, stopping by The Collective is a must. This enchanting spot is a cocktail bar meets market food stall, with multiple different cuisines available from the venue’s restaurants. Enjoy the breeze from the bar’s expansive rooftop, where the sunset will be just as epic as your cocktail choice. Cheers to that.