Where to Have a Drink...
Whether it’s a latte art heart starter, a funky bar, chic craft beer establishment, historic pub or a sunset cocktail, there’s plenty of drinking options to be found on the Sunshine Coast. Local produce has also made its way onto the drinks menu and visitors will delight in the innovative new tastes in town.
Think coffee and Hastings Street instantly springs to mind as few places have embraced the fine art of caffeine drinking and people watching as this Noosa locale. Award-winning barista Al Claridge not only makes a mean bean, but teaches how to brew a top drop.
They call this a self-service beer revolution and this Mooloolaba watering hole you pour your own. There’s plenty of craft beer from which to choose with eight different flavours rotated weekly plus two “regulars” on tap. Also enjoy wine, top-shelf spirits and signature “Teapot Cocktails”.
Coffee in the Sunshine Coast hinterland doesn’t arrive any fresher than at this boutique Maleny roastery. Try the 1891 signature blend of five origins; the single origin and speciality blend Seasons changes like the seasons while the Decaf is made from Peru mountain water.
Berado’s Restaurant and Bar
There’s some fine dining to be had at this Noosa beachfront location, but the drink menu also sings. Imbibe in $15 cocktails such as the Lychee Lush, the Passionfruit Mojito and the Bombay Cosmo. Beers start at $5.50, aperitifs and basic spirits $8, and liqueurs $10.
A firm favourite with Noosa locals and visitors, the cocktail compendium is long and lusty here. Champagne cocktails start at $17 and a mind-blowing Bloody Mary share cocktail costs $39.50. Wine by the glass starts at $9 and all drinks are served with lashings of people watching.
The Woombye Pub
Dating back to the Gympie gold rush days of 1867, this historic hotel was the original accommodation for the Cobb & Co route between Brisbane Gympie. It started serving alcohol in 1877 and these days you’ll find 11 beers on tap, plus Australian wine and spirits.
The Sunshine Coast’s only dedicated live music venue, the flirty and funky flock here for its cutting-edge sound design and line-up of artists. Grab a drink and listen to some cool tunes in this contemporary space. The restaurant has Cheap As Chips Monday meals for $10.
It’s an apt name for this bar overlooking Caloundra’s Bulcock Beach where beer, wine and espresso are the heroes of the menu. Selected meals come with drink recommendations and diners can find themselves pairing the likes of a Beer Braised Pork Knuckle with a 4 Pines Kolsch.
Established in 1887, this watering hole is the Sunshine Coast’s oldest and features all of the elegant architecture of a Queensland hotel. Boasting a number of bars and a private cellar among which visitors can dine, there’s also old-fashioned upstairs pub accommodation in renovated rooms.
One of the best views of the Sunshine Coast from Maroochydore to Noosa, the Mapelton Tavern sits in the town of the same name on the Blackall Range. There’s nothing fancy about the food or drinks menu here, but it’s ideal for a cold beer and sightseeing.