From hinterland wineries to hot coffee establishments, there’s a plethora of places to grab a perch and a drink on the Gold Coast. Toss in a couple of home-grown breweries, a beach bar or two and a couple of other groovy watering holes, and it’s enough to make any traveller thirsty.
Canungra Valley Vineyards
The O’Reillys family has been hanging around the hinterland for more than 100 years with a variety of ventures from its rainforest retreat to its dairy. At the foot of the mountain sits its vineyard boasting 4000 vines of shiraz, chambourcin, verdelho and semillon producing some fine drops.
Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation
The fertile soil at Tamborine Mountain provides the ideal conditions for this family-run coffee plantation, which utilises pure mountain water to make great coffee. Using organic growing principles, this is liquid gold with its Black Magic coffee said to build stamina in ancient tribesmen.
Black Coffee Lyrics
Buried down a Surfers Paradise alley, visitors love this quirky establishment for its ambience as much as its coffee. Walls of bookshelves lend this unassuming place a library feel, where customers sip their cuppas along bench seats and tables. Craft beer and boutique wine are also on the menu.
Seascape Restaurant and Bar
Plonked along the Surfers Paradise esplanade, this watering hole is as ideal for people watching as it is for drinking. It’s all caprioskas, mojitos and martinis here, or there’s the King Tide Sangria for two. Local and imported beer, wine and spirits completes the ideal afternoon.
Burleigh Brewing beers are in bottle shops and restaurants around the Coast, or head to this West Burleigh brewery which opens the Brew Lounge Bar on Friday nights. The 28 Pale Ale is named after 28 days of continuous perfect swell off Burleigh Heads in the 1970s.
Home-grown legend Mick Fanning and his fellow pro surfer mates Bede Durbridge, Josh Kerr and Joel Parkinson are on the brink of becoming beer barons when they open Balter Brewing in April. This Currumbin Waters brewery will feature a 12-tap tasting room.
The Beach Hotel
The only pub overlooking Byron Bay’s Main Beach, some believe it’s not a trip to Byron without having a beer here. There’s nothing pretentious about the beer, wine or spirits menu nor the beer garden in which they are consumed, making it a true-blue Aussie experience.
Despite its unusual name, this Southport bar is ideal for a funky drink with the Gold Coast’s groove set almost any night of the week. Home to boutique beers and cool cocktails served with tapas and share plates, head here for hot new tunes.
Tonic on Chirn
Another establishment breathing fresh life into Southport, this place is just the tonic for the northern Gold Coast. There’s plenty of uber cool cocktails on the menu but hark back to the classics where the martinis are wet, dry or naked, and twisted, shaken or stirred.