10 Gold Coast rooftop bars you need to be at
Gold Coast rooftop bars really hit the jackpot when it came to location; taking full advantage of south-east Queensland’s famously good weather and even better views.
Bend an elbow and lap up the ocean breezes at these Gold Coast rooftop bars.
The Burleigh Pavilion
Any Gold Coast rooftop bar with views like those at The Burleigh Pavilion is destined for greatness. Poised over the southern corner of Burleigh Beach, The Pav’s alfresco terrace bar gazes out over the Pacific Ocean, Burleigh Beach and Broadbeach’s skyline.
Made for hot, humid nights and long, summer days, this is one Gold Coast rooftop bar to have on your hit-list.
Order: The Glen Coco—coconut tequila, pineapple, lime and pickled green chilli—and a half dozen freshly shucked oysters. A woodfired pizza (or two) if you’re setting in.
Where: 43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
For rooftop drinks that are all class, take it next door to The Tropic; the sultry big sister to the Burleigh Pav. A dedicated restaurant (with a next-level cocktail and wine list), pair your tipple with some serious classy dining. The Tropic has even better views (if you can believe it). And it’s not the only one; check out these Gold Coast restaurants with epic views.
There’s no denying Palm Beach is having a moment.
Located on the old Palm Beach post office site, The Collective—comprising five restaurants and two bars—is one such venue. Twinkling festoon lights, mural-adorned walls and long communal tables makes for one of the mot relaxing rooftop bars on the Gold Coast.
The beauty of The Collective is the choice; order from any five of the restaurants—Italian, Mexican, Asian, American or modern Australian—and it all comes straight to your table, along with bevvies from the bar. Talk about service with a smile.
Order: Balter XPA or a Tiki Me Elmo with spiced rum, watermelon shrub, falernum, pineapple and lime.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.
Justin’s Rooftop at Justin Lane
Already a local hot-spot thanks to Justin Lane’s famed Napoli-style pizza and smart cocktail list, their rooftop bar, Justin’s Rooftop, has solidified this Burleigh rooftop bar as one of the best on the Gold Coast.
Located a stone’s throw from the point wave at Burleigh headland, Justin’s Rooftop is an ideal spot to enjoy a cocktail, good food and tunes on a balmy night.
Order: Passionfruit & Chilli Tommy’s with chilli-infused blanco tequila, passionfruit, agave and lime.
Where: 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads.
Moxy’s Rooftop Bar
Minimalist chic with plenty of moxie and a side of sea views is the vibe at Moxy’s rooftop bar in Coolangatta. Known for their live DJ set on the weekends, Sunday sessions and late Saturday afternoons are prime rooftop action at Moxy’s,
Want to make a day of it? Hit the walking trail that stretches from around Greenmount Hill to Rainbow Bay, for the ultimate pre-cocktail coastal walk and ocean dip.
Order: The Hot Lips; jalapeño-infused tequila, pomegranate and lime.
Where: 152-154 Griffith Street, Coolangatta.
The Island Rooftop
Surfers Paradise boutique hotel The Island is also home to the Island Rooftop; the Coast’s largest rooftop bar and alfresco open-air patio.
Oozing Californian style, the venue is part lounge bar—think, relaxing couches and seating nooks—part bustling bar, with incredible views over Gold coast’s Main Beach.
With a reputation for its killer Sunday sessions, featuring DJs and live music, this jaw-droppingly pretty Gold Coast rooftop bar and those laidback, coastal vibes the Gold Coast is famous for.
Order: Signor Andy’s Negroni.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.
Gotham Grill and Rooftop Bar
The Manhattan-inspired décor at Gotham Grill and Rooftop Bar is reason alone to check out this two-storey gem in the Northern Gold Coast’s Runaway Bay.
The indulgent New York-style menu and elevated wine menu will make you want to linger a little longer, but its rooftop bar is the star of the show.
Take the spiral staircase up to Gotham’s Rooftop Bar, where cocktails and lobster rolls are served until late, and where you’ll catch the best sea breezes on hot summer nights.
Order: Strawberry & lemon balm gin spritz and the Black Knight pizza.
Where: 6 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay.
Wildernis Cafe and Bar
The ground floor of this Palm Beach rooftop bar complex is famous for its brunches, but cut down the not-so secret laneway to reach Wildernis Café and Bar.
The precinct’s popular eatery on the ground level is a go-to haunt for brekky and lunches, but if you want to ease your way into the weekend in style, make your way ‘round to the secret laneway and enter into rooftop heaven.
Picture this: bifold doors opening up to beach views, a retractable roof and vaulted skylights taking full advantage of the Gold Coast’s balmy weather. Couple that with delicious cured meat and cheese boards, European wines, craft beers, and a dedicated Espresso Martini menu, and you’ve got a winner in our books.
Order: Salty Sea Dog espresso martini with salted caramel infused vodka, fresh pressed house espresso, coffee liqueur and caramel syrup.
Where: 1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
An ode to the infamous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, Palm Beach’s Mexican Bar & Taqueria is as close as you’ll get to Cabo San Lucas on the Gold Coast.
A hacienda-style rooftop bar decked out with cacti and bougainvillea, Kahlo-style murals and glimpses of ocean, you’ll struggle not to stay until after sunset, sampling all seven of their signature margaritas.
Order: Bonita Margarita with tequila, agave, candied jalapeños, and the cauliflower tacos with pickled onion and cilantro crema
Where: Level 1, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.
MR. P.P.’s Deli & Rooftop
Knock back a drink with a side of local history at Mr P.P.’s Deli and Rooftop; a heritage bar and restaurant in the heart of Southport’s CBD.
Located on the same site which housed the Postmaster general 100 year ago, the northern locale was named after the first ever Post and Telegraph Manager, a Mr P.P. Agnew who, as well as being a Postmaster was also an actor, playwright, poet, photographer and illustrator in the local community.
Seek out drawings, songs and poems—all written by P.P.A—that adorn the venue walls as you indulge in parmesan truffle fries, deli platters and classic pizzas.
Order: Postman’s Passion cocktail with Brookies Sloe Gin, Campari, and house made tangelo syrup.
Where: 43 Nerang Street, Southport.
Nineteen at the Star
Opulent Sunday sessions-meet high-end dining at Nineteen at The Star; one of the Gold Coast’s most luxurious, and exclusive, rooftop bars.
Residing on the top floor of boutique luxury hotel, The Darling, sipping cocktails here will offer a front-row seat to Pacific Ocean views. Options to take your spritz poolside in your private cabana only makes this Gold Coast rooftop bar even more special (the VIP bottle service is the cherry on top).
Prefer to take it inside? Head to the lounge bar, nabbing a spot on of the sleek velvet couches, and sample your way through their two-storey wine cellar or signature cocktails. The views out to Broadbeach are complimentary.
Order: Kalimna Rose or L’Orange Sour.
Where: Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Dr, Broadbeach.