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5 Next-Level Rooftop Bars You Need To Be At On The Gold Coast

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December 28, 2018

Gold Coast has gone through a rooftop revolution in 2018 and they’re getting bigger and better. It’s officially the time of the year where we gather at rooftop bars for cocktails, ice cold beers and alfresco ciders. Lucky for us, Gold Coast transformed from a tourist hub into a major player in the hospitality industry over the past year.

Explore Gold Coast’s fresh new rooftop style this year featuring the brand new Nineteen At The Star and a local favourite, Justin Lane.

With so many rooftop bars to choose from featuring a paradise garden or a beachside balcony, we’ve sorted a list of the most popular bars you need to be at this summer.


Justin Lane

Where: Burleigh Heads

A Gold Coast classic, one of the must-see rooftop bars with a fantastic view of the beach. Complete with a cool ‘misting system’ and a DJ booth for the summer holidays.  Who doesn’t love live music, pizza and an endless drinks menu? Combine all of your favourite things at this sought-after rooftop bar.

By the glass or by the jug, a summer twist on the classic mojito, Justin Lane’s Watermelon Cooler can only be described as the Gold Coast in liquid form. A combination of vodka, watermelon and mint will tease and tantalise your taste buds – Too good to share if you ask me!

Justin Lane is also well known for their authentic Italian pizzas, so make sure to order a few to share while you relax on the beachside in warm tropical weather.

If you’re on the Gold Coast and looking for the very best rooftop bar, you’ve found it!


Hellenika Rooftop Bar

Where: Nobby Beach

The Greek restaurant opened its second level rooftop bar that took the Gold Coast by storm in March 2018, it’s a popular favourite among the locals.

The rooftop bar features a European summer theme with yellow striped umbrellas, perfect for afternoon cocktails in the sun.

With a vast menu of classic cocktails and a wide range of Australian and exotic beer, wine and cider, you’re sure to find a beverage to enjoy while you soak up what’s left of the Gold Coast sunshine.

Keep the drinks flowing with locally brewed Burleigh Big Head – a crisp full-strength, full-flavoured and all natural lager. This award-winning beer boasts zero carbs and only 88 calories per bottle, making it a smart choice if you’re planning on downing some delicious Greek delicacies.

The rooftop terrace is perfectly positioned towards the sunset vista spanning the hinterland with a peaceful uplifting soundtrack that evokes the dreamy memories of a Greek Island summer holiday.


Nineteen At The Star

Where: Broadbeach

Looking for high-class rooftop dining? You can’t get much higher than Nineteen At The Star! On the 19th floor of the coveted new luxury hotel, Nineteen at the Star is certainly the finest rooftop bar the Gold Coast has to offer. Complete with extravagant booth-style velvet seating by the infinity pool with panoramic ocean views.

Well-positioned atop the luxury five-star hotel tower (The Darling) and above any other rooftop bar on the Gold Coast. Nineteen At The Star is ahead of the curve with guest celebrities and touring DJs from around the globe.

With a newly refurbished casino and VIP bottle service, The Darling’s new rooftop bar and refurbished restaurant, featuring a floor-to-ceiling cellar with a selection of 500+ bottles, are no doubt an iconic must-visit destination for all savvy travellers and celebrity names.

This experience will truly make a next-level impact on your holiday… Nineteen levels to be precise.


The Collective

Where: Palm Beach

A much-loved favourite, The Collective boasts an extraordinary range of  5 different restaurants all under one roof. From American, Mexican, Italian and Greek with much more to offer.  Alongside an extensive drinks menu including your favourite beer, cider and wine and a creative cocktail menu, The Collective is sure to please even the fussiest of taste buds.

Atop the coveted collection of eateries, you’ll find a lavish rooftop bar adorned with a beautiful marble bar and twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, once you manage to grab a table, you can order food from the broad cultural menu and the friendly staff will bring it all to you!

A ‘Sloe Recovery’ is what you’ll have after a night of drinking at The Collective. This specialty cocktail has gin lovers rejoicing over a smooth sloe gin sour with a warming winter twist. While sipping your refreshing cocktail, immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of Palm Beach whilst perched up amongst the lush greens for a relaxing holiday vibe.

The Collective should definitely be the next destination on your itinerary for your Gold Coast getaway.


The Island Rooftop

Where: Surfers Paradise

When city skyline lights meet fairy lights, you know you’ve discovered an inner-city magical setting.

The Island rooftop bar features a rustic beach-style theme with a modern twist. Combined with a zesty cocktail selection and a layout that will surely bring about your holiday cravings.

Try your luck with the Island’s signature Clover Leaf cocktail –  a refreshing mix of gin, raspberry and lemon. If gin’s not your style try kicking back and relaxing with some Rooftop Chillin’ – a sumptuously smooth scotch whiskey with a hint of smoke and honey.

Scotch, gin and live jazz on a Thursday complete with a menu that will certainly appeal to everyone’s tastes.

This newly renovated hotel has evolved into the largest rooftop bar in Surfers Paradise, attracting a persistent crowd of locals and visitors every week. Between the views and the locals, the Island will offer you a unique Gold Coast experience.

Head there for a long island in paradise!

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