Surfers Paradise drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Surfers Paradise

Island Rooftop

It may be surrounded by Surfers' high-rises rather than perched atop one (on level 1 of the Island hotel), but this plant-filled open-air rooftop bar swaps sweeping views for sophistication, attracting the Gold Coas…
Club in Surfers Paradise

Elsewhere

A Saturday Night Fever–style dance floor always bodes well for good times, and this little bar-to-club venue features DJs who know their electronica, including cracking live sets from the soon-to-be-famous. Crowds a…
Bar in Surfers Paradise

Beergarden

Not so much a garden – more of a black-painted beer barn with a long balcony overlooking Cavill Ave that's awash with backpackers and students. Steel yourself with a few cold ones on the balcony before you hit the c…
Coffee in Surfers Paradise

Paradox Coffee Roasters

Sustainably sourced beans are roasted on-site in a Brambati Italian roaster to produce some seriously good brews at this cafe in the 4217 food hall. It also does a fine food menu of all-day breakfasts, and burgers a…
Bar in Surfers Paradise

Helm Bar & Bistro

This nautical-themed bar on the water's edge is perfect for a few drinks as the sun sets over the Nerang River. The bistro menu features decent enough pizza, seafood and steak, and there is live music on weekends.
Craft Beer in Surfers Paradise

House of Brews

In a stretch known more for its sleazy clubs and nearby Cavill Ave chaos, this is a great choice for a drink with an all-Australian list of 32 craft beers on tap, paired with American BBQ booze-soaking dishes.
Coffee in Surfers Paradise

Stairwell Coffee

Escape to this hole-in-the-wall cafe, hidden down Centre Arcade, for well-made coffee using locally roasted beans and a short menu of jaffles and bagels ($7 to $10).
Club in Surfers Paradise

Sin City

This Vegas-style sin pit is all about scantily clad staff, big-name DJs and a strange, slightly disturbing melange of high rollers and university students. Note: no visible tattoos allowed.
Club in Surfers Paradise

Melbas on the Park

Long-standing Melbas is a party palace, with a large lounge and nightclub plus a restaurant. It attracts a slightly older crowd than the regular backpacker booze joints.