7 of the Most Beautiful Bars on the Gold Coast

Ice Bar Gold Coast

Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur, a craft beer crusader or just thirsty for a good time, the glittering stretch of Australian coastline that is the Gold Coast has your name on it. Here, you’ll find tucked-away, dimly-lit watering holes, sun-drenched rooftop venues and bars painted in pastel colours that match their backdrop sunsets.

Ahead, we’re rounding up some of the best in the area. From a

From rooftop marvels with epic views to hidden gems with a speakeasy charm, we’re diving headfirst into the best bars this sun-soaked paradise has to offer. So, grab your sunnies and your sense of adventure.

Ice Bar, Surfer’s Paradise 

Cool off from the Gold Coast heat at Ice Bar, a winter wonderland-themed bar, made of 40 tonnes of ice. Everything inside is ice, including the chairs, bar and cocktail glasses. You’re rugged up in gloves, Ugg boots and a snow cape before your 45-minute session inside starts. Though the bar does serve alcoholic drinks (ice-cold, of course), it’s also family-friendly.

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Image: Ice Bar

Mirror Bar, Surfer’s Paradise

Mirror Bar in Surfer’s Paradise is the only venue in Australia of its kind. It features mirrors everywhere, including on the floor, ceiling, walls and bar. The bar welcomes guests of all ages, though those under 18 need to be with an adult. A standard ticket allows you entry and a cocktail, while a premium pass gives you entry, a cocktail, a shot and a digital photo of you in the space.

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Image: Mirror Bar

The Island Rooftop, Surfer’s Paradise

The Island Rooftop is the largest rooftop venue on the Gold Coast. Sip a cocktail as you gaze out at Surfer’s Paradise skyscrapers. The rooftop hosts a Saturday grazing lunch and a Sunday bottomless brunch. It’s open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bring your swimmers — it also has a pool.

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Image: The Island Gold Coast

Hyde Paradiso, Surfer’s Paradise

Hyde Paradiso also in Surfer’s Paradise has oceanfront views and pops of pastels. Tropical foliage, neon lights and the sparkling sea beyond are the backdrop for a Mediterranean menu. On weekends, DJs hit the decks. The venue’s open seven days a week from 7am breakfast to last dinner bookings at 8:30pm.

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Image: Hyde Paradiso

Nineteen at the Star, Broadbeach

This rooftop venue is part restaurant, part lounge bar. In the restaurant, chef Michael Crosbie serves dishes from an a la carte and set menu. After dinner, slip into one of the bar’s private booths and be treated to bottle service. Or simply order a cocktail and mingle with other guests on the terrace.

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Image: Nineteen at the Star

Burleigh Pavilion, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion sits on the water in one of the Gold Coast’s trendiest suburbs Burleigh Heads. Its building is also home to pizza restaurant The Tropic and fine dining venue Rick Shores. Expect cocktails like “Takes Two to Tango,” jugs overflowing with lychee rosé and homemade lemonade.

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Image: Burleigh Pavilion

Destino Wine Bar, Hope Island

Destino Wine Bay in Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove was inspired by the islands in the Mediterranean. On the menu, you’ll find share plates of anchovies, a cheese board and deconstructed garlic bread, alongside fruity and sour cocktails, wines and beer on tap. After you’ve had your fill of drinks and food at the venue, pop into Destino Home next door to shop furniture, homewares and fashion.

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Image: Destino Wine Bar

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