Best Gold Coast Nightclubs

Jared Jeffery

01 Mar, 2022, 12:56 pm


gold coast nightclubs

Surfers Paradise

Lost Kingdom 

Lost Kingdom is an otherworldly urban sanctuary, the likes of which the Gold Coast has never experienced before. The very new addition to the local nightlife scene features lush greenery and bamboo throughout, with moodily-lit corridors that lead you to the final destination – which is obviously the bar and dancefloor. It’s a jungle-themed venue that quickly developed a reputation for being the home for very good nights out. You can expect stylish dancefloors, seated areas, VIP booths and a treasure chest of cocktails all night long. 

15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Friday – Saturday 9pm to 3am 


Taboo Tiki 

Taboo Tiki is a hidden laneway bar on Orchid Avenue, with a fun and moody interior that makes it hard to forget – regardless of how many cocktails you’ve had. Booths and seating nooks are scattered throughout the Hawaiian-themed bar, and hanging-tiki heads keep an eye on the entire place. Taboo Tiki specialises in rum, and is known by locals for its rum-based tropical cocktails. You’ll also find all the classic crowd-favourites on the menu – so you’ll want to keep an eye out for the festoon lights and neon tiki-head sign that mark the entry to this bar. 

19 Orchid Avenue, Surfer’s Paradise 

Thursday – Monday 7pm -late 


The Cavill Hotel 

Anyone that’s visited the Gold Coast before will be familiar with Melbas, which is why we heard resounding despair when the age-old joint closed it doors. But those complaints were short lived, with the replacement bar living up to the reputation of the beloved former institution. The Cavil Hotel has undergone a complete transformation to boast a contemporary fit out, entirely new dining experience, living sporting action and a state-of-the-art gaming lounge. The new popular destination appeals to people of all ages and walks of life, making it a must-visit for any nght out on the Gold Coast. 

46 Cavil Avenue, Surfer’s Paradise 

Monday to Thursday 11am – late 

Friday and Saturday 11am – 3am 

Sunday 11am – late 


Finn McCools Irish Bar 

There is just something about all things Irish. From the people and the Guinness to the actual country itself, you really can’t beat a good dose of Irish. While the Gold Coast might be quite the distance from Ireland, Surfer’s Paradise is home to the next best thing – Finn McCools Irish Bar. This new bar is the younger sibling to the Brisbane version that goes by the same name and is quickly becoming a crowd-favourite for its delicious pub grub, array of tasty beverages and all the live music. If you want to catch a live game of sport in any code, this is where you’ll want to park yourself for the evening. Be sure to tuck into a classic Irish meal from the traditional menu too – the Beef and Guinness pie is our personal favourite. 

39 Cavil Avenue, Surfer’s Paradise

Monday – Thursday 11am – 1am 

Friday – Sunday 11am – 3am


Arcade Nightclub

Another recent addition to the Surfer’s Paradise nightlife scene, Arcade Nightclub is located right in the heart of the Orchird Avenue strip and promises a nightclub experience like no other. The unique venue sits down an arcade in the Top of the Mark shopping precinct, boasting a brand-new design and fit out. From the moment you step through the door, the retro-themed lounge with a modern twist will transport you to another world. Arcade Nightclub also hosts an impressive line-up of local and international house and tech-house DJs, as well as live indie bands. 

13/3 – 15 Orchid Avenue, Surfer’s Paradise 

Friday – Saturday 9pm – 3am


Empire Nightclub

If you’re looking to get groovy to all your favourite RnB hits, you’ll want to make a beeline to Empire Nightclub. This seriously stylish venue pumps the tune into the early hours of the morning, with a dance floor that welcomes everyone – regardless of dancing ability. You can also take your pick from a stellar-line up of cocktails, basics, beers, wines and spirits. Take a breather from the d-floor and chill out in the booth, before gearing back up for another round of boogying. 

3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Tuesday 9pm – 3am 

Thursday – Sunday 9pm.- 3am 




With the slogan “the party you’ll never forget”, Casablanca seriously never disappoints. It’s Broadbeach’s most exclusive nightclub and lounge, with an offering like nothing else in the region. The stunning Moroccan inspired venue serves premium drinks from its delicious cocktail menu and plays host to world-class DJs and entertainment. For those feeling extra decadent, there are also private booths available to hire – all coming with VIP bottle service. Did someone say it was time to pop the bubbles? 

22 Albert Avenue, Broadbeach 

Friday – Saturday 9pm – 3am 


Pink Flamingo 

What do you get when you cross sophisticated and sexy stage shows with the most extravagant fit-out on the Gold Coast? An incredible night out at Pink Flamingo! As you enter the striking venue, you’ll discover 1920s art Deco styling with a modern twist. From the unmissable pink velvet furnishings to the geometric light fittings, it’s a place that simply needs to be seen to be believed. This eclectic playground is a showstopper for any seeking some cheeky fun, and we can guarantee you’ll want to return for more. 

Corner 88 Surf Parade and Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach 

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – arrive at 7.30pm for an 8pm show. 


Fat Freddy’s 

For an ultra-American themed night, Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar and Diner has your name all over it. With a menu of towering burgers, loaded hot dogs, whisky-spike milkshakes and late-night snacks, you seriously can’t walk past the laid-back venue on Surf Parade in Broadbeach. The bar team shakes, stirs and pours a full range of tipples, including everything from American whiskies and spiked sodas to boozy milkshakes and tapped cocktails. We are suckers for the dessert-inspired concoctions too, with a personal soft spot for the espresso-martini thick shakes with chocolate shavings. 

50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach 

Monday – Sunday 12pm – 12am 


Nobbys Beach

Tropic Vice

Venture to Nobby’s Beach after-dark and you’ll discover it’s heaving with action – this trendy American style venue brings the vibes of florida and miami. This place is situated on the top of the roof overlooking the Gold Coast highway. Their is a trendy cocktail bar with bartenders adding to the great atmosphere.  The expertly-designed joint is a dream come true for the more stylish bar-goers, a rooftop to sitback relax with the crew whilst taking in the best of the Gold Caost weather. Take your pick from the cocktail menu and enjoy the terrific vibes with glass in hand. 

2215 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby’s Beach 

Monday – Thursday 3pm – late 

Friday – Sunday 12pm – late 



Burleigh Pavilion 

Burleigh Pavilion is quite possibly home to the best view of the ocean on the Gold Coast. While not technically a night-club, it’s the sort of place that everyone needs to visit at least once – every weekend! The beachfront restaurant and bar caters for more than 600 diners from lunch until dinner, with everything from casual bites to a full fine-dining experience. It goes without saying that the drinks served here are seriously out of this world and are the perfect accompaniment for a showstopping sunset. 

3/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Monday – Sunday 11am – 12am



Venture down a dark back-alley car park in Burleigh Heads and you’ll find a grungy dude’s den that brings plenty of industrial feels. We’re talking roller doors, exposed red clay brick, Besser blocks and naked concrete floors – Nightjar is the real deal. But it’s not just the décor that’s impressive. The bar offering is equally as delightful. Think: margies, caprioskas, mojitos and daiquiris. Live music with a heavy focus on rock ballads runs from Thursday right through until Sunday night, so if you’re wondering past on the weekend, you seriously won’t miss it. 

1731 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Wednesday – Friday 4pm – 12am 

Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 12am 



Lockwood Bar is made of the stuff most people dream about. It’s a true speakeasy that you’ve got to be in the know to know about. Even when you do know where to look, you must request entry via text message too. Once inside, pull up a stool at the stylish bar and be served your favourite cocktail by a waistcoat wearing bartender. The mood-inducing blues and rockabilly tunes seriously add to the ambience to set the tone for an intimate night for a select few only. 

Justin’s Lane, Burleigh Heads

Monday – Sunday 5pm – Late



Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Rosella’s is an authentic Australiana-theme bar that gives a seriously fun nod to an era gone by. Anyone who says you can’t venture out for the night in rubber thongs and a singlet has never been here. The menu is packed with modern takes on childhood nostalgia, with options like Vegemite jaffles and fresh local oysters. The drinks selection is just as fun and colourful as the bar too. Take your pick from the likes of the signature Rosella cocktail or tempt your taste buds with a rich lamington espresso martini. This place is truly one of a kind. 

6/1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads 

Monday – Friday 4pm – Late 

Saturday – Sunday 12pm – Late 


Justin Lane 

Ask any Burleigh local and they’ll tell you Justin Lane is where the magic happens. By day, this sleek two-storey dig serves up mouth-watering pizzas and cocktails that pack a punch. Once the sun goes down, the rooftop bar transforms into a wonderland for partygoers. Come for the pumping tunes and bustling night floor, stay for the impressive customer service, oversized booths and all-round good vibes. The crowd is as hip and jovial as they come, so you’re guaranteed an absolutely killer night out – every day of the week. 

1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads 

Monday – Thursday 5pm – 12am 

Friday – Sunday 12pm – 12am 


Palm Beach


Palm Beach might just be the Gold Coast’s coolest suburb, and Suga Is no exception. This new plantation-style rum bar is the perfect place to head for a cosy winter’s night – or even a bustling summer’s evening. The star of the show is undoubtedly the incredible cocktails and impressive spirit collection. Sink into one of the chocolate brown leather booths, listening to the piano player playing magical tunes in the corner and sip your way through the night – one creative concoction at a time. 

1142 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 

Thursday & Sunday 5pm – 1am 

Friday & Saturday 5pm – 2am


The Scottish Prince

The first thing you’ll notice when stepping inside The Scottish Prince is the wall of whisky, showcasing some 150+ bottles of the world’s finest. The legends behind this joint are on a mission to see every customer enjoy a whisky, or at least appreciate it. The bar itself looks like a scene from an old movie, with British Racing Green-colour paint and dark wood throughout. Under dimmed lights and with a heavy Blues backing track, it’s the type of place you can easily spend all night enjoying. 

Shop 27, 1176 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 

Tuesday – Sunday 4pm – Late


The Collective

You know the struggle of trying to find a restaurant that will keep everyone in your group happy? The Collective makes those worries a concern of the past. This truly unique market style concept brings together five kitchens to serve up American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and contemporary Australian. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the venue also offers a fanciful bar menu with the likes of Au Lait Martini (espresso martini served in a waffle cone) and boozy teacups – ASA Portuguese Breakfast with gin, Cointreau and homemade marmalade. Oh, did we mention there’s a huge rooftop bar for sunset drinks too? Yep! The Collective is seriously unmissable. 

1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach 

Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 10pm 

Friday – Saturday 12pm – Late



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