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Nineteen at The Star. Credit: The Star
Nineteen at The Star. Credit: The Star

Four Great Rooftop Bars on the Gold Coast

Let’s face it, cocktails are always better when there’s a view involved. Whether it’s at the top of a beachfront hotel or just a level above the ground so you can enjoy a bit of people watching, there’s a high likelihood you’ll find us there at one time or another.

The Gold Coast is prime territory for rooftop bars, with several new and established venues all vying for your attention. Looking for something to wet your whistle? Here are a handful of the top rooftop bars on the Gold Coast.

The Island Rooftop – Surfers Paradise

Located on level one of The Island hotel in Surfers Paradise, the Rooftop is a must-visit for people watchers (our favourite pastime). The open-air space is bright and breezy, with a variety of seating options and ample shade. Our preferred vantage is the high tables along the edge, where you can eat and drink while observing Gold Coast life bustling down below. They offer an extensive food and drinks menu and regularly host live music and DJ sets.

The Island Gold Coast Rooftop. Credit: The Island
The Island Gold Coast Rooftop. Credit: The Island

The Collective – Palm Beach

A two-for-one venue (or should that be five-for-one?) with a unique dining concept featuring five independent kitchens all sharing the one space, The Collective also has a stellar rooftop bar to boot. Just order a dish from any of the five kitchens and they’ll be delivered to your table. The downstairs area is relaxed and spacious, but we prefer the cosier rooftop space where we can pull up a stool and raise a glass (or three) to the glittering sea beyond.

The rooftop at The Collective. Credit: The Collective / Facebook
The rooftop at The Collective. Credit: The Collective / Facebook

Salty Fox – Coolangatta

It’s always been said good things come to those who wait. Well, after waiting what feels like an eternity, the brand new Rydges Gold Coast Airport finally opened its doors recently. The hotel is great, but it’s the rooftop bar – Salty Fox – on level seven that really gets us excited. Views for days! When regular flights resume this’ll become a must-visit for plane spotters, not to mention a perfect spot for a relaxed pre-flight bevvy or sundowners after work. They offer grazing style dining, plus a drinks menu with 15 beers on tap and great cocktails. Try the signature Foxy Devil made with bourbon, watermelon and lemon, lime and bitters.

Salty Fox at Rydges Gold Coast. Credit: EVENT Hospitaltiy
Salty Fox at Rydges Gold Coast. Credit: EVENT Hospitaltiy

Nineteen at The Star – Broadbeach

Like moths to a flame, celebs and spotters will inevitably all find their way to Nineteen at The Star. Set atop luxury boutique hotel The Darling, this opulent rooftop bar and restaurant will make you feel like a VIP the second you arrive. The views over Broadbeach are to die for, but it’s the gorgeous pool and wine cellar that’ll really make you weak at the knees. Need a bite to eat with your tipple? The menu here isn’t cheap but it is sensational.

The bar at Nineteen at The Star. Credit: The Star
The bar at Nineteen at The Star. Credit: The Star

Have we missed your favourite? Let us know and we’ll be sure to add.

Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.