Pop the champagne cork, twist the cap off the gin bottle, and let the good times flow on the sunny Gold Coast. Here in the heart of Broadbeach and throughout its sparkling surroundings, we’ve got access to some of the best bars in Queensland – and they’re all waiting for you to take a sip from their delicious menus.

From cocktail bars and hidden speakeasies to lavish restaurants and rooftop havens, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 15 best bars the Gold Coast has to offer. The only hard part will be deciding which to visit first.

So, let’s start planning your next GC getaway with this ultimate guide to must-visit bars near Dorsett Gold Coast. Cheers to that!

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Venue Name

Location

Distance from Dorsett Gold Coast

Jin Café & Bar

Lobby level, Dorsett Gold Coast

On-site at Dorsett Gold Coast

Miss Moneypenny’s

50 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

6-minute walk

Roosevelt Lounge

75 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

8-minute walk

Fig & Frankie’s

4/2707 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

8-minute walk

Atrium Bar

The Star Gold Coast, Casino Level

On-site at The Star Gold Coast, accessible from within Dorsett Gold Coast

Nineteen at the Star

Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast

Kiyomi Bar

The Star Gold Coast, Lobby Level

Cherry

The Star Gold Coast, Main Gaming Floor

The Exhibitionist

Level 5/135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

12-minute drive

The Collective Rooftop Bar

1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

26-minute drive or 28-minute bus and walk

Pink Monkey Bar

1712 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

19-minute drive or 23-minute bus and walk

Happy Endings

2707 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

7-minute walk

NAAMi

47 James St, Burleigh Heads

18-minute drive or 26-minute bus and walk

The Loose Moose

75 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

7-minute walk

Granddad Jack’s Distillery

45 Lemana Ln, Miami

16-minute drive or 24-minute bus and walk

Best Cocktail Bars in Gold Coast

A pink cocktail served at Dorsett Gold Coast Jin Cafe and Bar

Jin Café & Bar

Inside Dorsett Gold Coast

For a blend of elegance and comfort with a streak of classic GC glitz, look no further than Jin Café & Bar. Located inside Dorsett Gold Coast on our lobby level, this chic spot transforms from a cosy café by day to a sophisticated bar by night.

Sip on cocktails expertly crafted by our mixologists while relaxing on plush golden couches. Share an indulgent charcuterie board, and don’t miss the Dorsett Blue signature special, a highlight of our curated cocktail menu.

Stop at Jin for a pre- or post-event drink, or recline in style for a full and oh-so-relaxed evening. The best part? At the end of the night, your room is right upstairs!

Miss Moneypenny’s

50 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Miss Moneypenny’s in Broadbeach, the sophisticated sister venue of the award-winning Miss Moneypenny’s Noosa, blends high-end decor with relaxed GC vibes – in short, our absolute favourite combo.

This architecturally designed hotspot offers globally inspired modern Mediterranean cuisine and an impressive selection of cocktails crafted to international standards. It’s no wonder it’s touted as one of the best bars on the Gold Coast!

On the range of menus, you'll find stunningly presented and exquisitely delicious gems like:

  • The Garden Spritz with St. Germain and sparkling cuvée

  • Miss Moneypenny’s Seventy-Five with 23rd St. Riverland Rose vodka, hibiscus and pomegranate tea cordial, and champagne foam

  • Hand picked and shucked to order oysters

  • Seared Wagyu beef carpaccio

  • Miss Moneypenny’s signature fish pie

  • …and so much more

Visit on a Saturday or Sunday and you’re in for a treat with Miss Moneypenny’s iconic Bottomless Lunch, complete with the chef’s signature seven dish collection. As for experiences, you’ve got to try the fabulous cocktail classes, available for groups of 10 or more.

Roosevelt Lounge

75 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

When it comes to iconic Gold Coast cocktail bars, the Roosevelt Lounge can’t be topped. This bar exudes old Hollywood charm with its vintage décor and classic cocktails, and it’s well worth a visit for the photo ops as much as for the menu.

Simply browsing the extensive drinks menu will leave you floored, with premium and international spirits and liqueurs lined up and ready. Try gin and whiskey from around the world, authentic mezcal, fortified wines, aperitifs, and of course, cocktails galore.

Some must-try cocktails form Roosevelt Lounge include:

  • Roosy’s Cheek: Herradura Plata, Rhubi, Maraschino, Lemon Juice, Chamomile Syrup, Wintermelon Bitters, Siete Misterios and Apple Chip.

  • Guns & Roses: Woodford Reserve, Southern Comfort, Raspberry purée, Lemon Juice, Flower Syrup and Rose Petals.

  • Under the Skirt: Wild Flower Lamington Vodka, Chinola, Chambord, Pineapple juice, Lemon juice, Champagne Cordial, egg white.

The sophisticated atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for a romantic evening or a classy night out with friends. Indulge in their signature drinks while enjoying the elegant surroundings.

Fig & Frankie’s

4/2707 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

If you’re looking for the best cocktail bars on the Gold Coast, Fig & Frankie’s has you covered. The restaurant and bar has transformed a once-forgotten alleyway in Broadbeach into a chic social haven, perfect for those balmy, starry nights.

The hole-in-the-wall bar exudes charm with its white and terracotta washed walls, peach-hued brick, blonde wood accents, and sophisticated pendant lights. Make sure there’s plenty of room on your camera roll because this venue is just a little bit photogenic.

The atmosphere is undeniably sleek, but it's the specialty cocktails that will keep you coming back. Embracing a minimalist approach, the bar features only cocktail creations, each oh-so-coolly named Numbers 37 through 42.

Our Favourite Bars at The Star Gold Coast

People at the Nineteen at the Star rooftop bar

Credit: Nineteen at the Star

Atrium Bar

The Star Gold Coast, Casino Level

Wander over to The Star Gold Coast, accessible from inside our hotel, and make a beeline for Atrium Bar at the back of the casino floor. The bar was revamped a few years ago and it’s safe to say, the new and improved Atrium just hits different.

The bar boasts a bold aesthetic with an iconic disco ball that begs for all-night-long dancing. The space exudes retro-luxe vibes with a touch of nostalgia — think plush velvet seating, organic curves, pops of pink, and Instagram-worthy neon lights.

Alongside a fabulous selection of drinks, the Atrium boasts a weekly lineup of entertainment featuring DJs and live bands from Thursday through to Sunday.

Nineteen at the Star

Level 19, The Darling at The Star Gold Coast

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – nothing can top Nineteen at the Star when it comes to the best rooftop bars and restaurants on the Gold Coast. Allow the exceptionally trained wait staff to cater to your every wish as you indulge in delicious cocktails and breathtaking views.

While the restaurant is exquisite, we’ve fallen head over heels for Nineteen at the Star’s al fresco poolside bar. Step outside onto the terrace and marvel at the stunning Gold Coast skyline as you enjoy a perfectly crafted cocktail, spritz, or wine.

If you’re in the mood for a little VIP treatment, the bar’s private floating booth is a must. Step across smooth stone steps set into the pool and recline on the iconic circular lounge for the ultimate exclusive escapade.

And then, as the sun goes down, the DJs come out – the decks start pumping with good tunes and great vibes after dark, setting the scene for an unforgettable night out in Broadbeach.

Kiyomi Bar

The Star Gold Coast, Lobby Level

We’ve spoken about the luxury of Kiyomi before, but don’t forget about the bar. Our recommendation? Arrive a little early for your dinner reservation at this hatted establishment in The Star and spend some time at the bar – you’ll be glad you did.

Elevate your evening with a pre-dinner drink or a meticulously crafted cocktail from some of the Gold Coast’s finest bartenders. You’ll experience the distinct charm of an authentic Japanese bar, offering an impressive selection of Japanese whiskies, bottled beers, sake, shochu cocktails, and over 100 local and international wines.

Cherry

The Star Gold Coast, Main Gaming Floor

Another of the best cocktail bars on the Gold Coast is Cherry, a sophisticated venue that stops the show every time. Picture luxe VIP booths enclosed with intricate gold screens, lush velvet fabrics, sultry feature lighting, and pops of cherry red.

The centrepiece is a sprawling 22-metre bar, ensuring you won’t wait long for your next espresso martini or Cosmo.

Crafty mixologists are on hand to whip up your favourites or tempt you with Cherry’s signature concoctions like the Cherrytini or Red Carpet, and infused spirits such as smooth lemongrass and ginger gin.

Cherry is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s cocktail nights with the girls, birthday parties, or hot dates. Add a twist with a cocktail masterclass or celebrate in style with one of The Star’s exclusive VIP packages.

Outdoor and Rooftop Bars on the Gold Coast

A rooftop bar with pink cherry blossom decor

Credit: Must Do Gold Coast

The Exhibitionist

Level 5/135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Need a breather from The Star’s glitz and glamour? Spend a day relaxing at The Exhibitionist, one of the best rooftop bars the Gold Coast has to offer.

Located at HOTA (Home of the Arts), this relaxing rooftop establishment combines unique architecture with sweeping GC skyline views. Take a seat on the sundrenched terrace and let the buzz of the Arts-inspired atmosphere fill your cup – but save some room for the delicious drinks menu.

Some of our favourites are:

  • Rosa Spritz: A twist on the classic Aperol, this drink features Malfy Rosa gin, grapefruit, elderflower, and rosé,

  • Gold Negroni: The trendiest drink of the year with a twist – enjoy Malfy Con Limone gin, strega, and lillet blanc.

  • Stardust: Absolut vodka, marionette orange, and davidson plum.

  • Naked and Famous: Rhubi Mistelle, becherovka, altos tequila, amores mezcal, and lime.

The Collective Rooftop Bar

1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

Cherry blossoms dripping from the ceiling? Japanese-inspired drinks lists? Floral wonderland vibes set against the sparkling GC backdrop? This is The Collective's rooftop bar, and let's just say, you need to go during your visit.

Perched atop The Collective restaurant in Palm Beach, this is hands-down one of the best rooftop bars Gold Coast-wide.

The chic spot is perfect for those seeking vibrant rooftop dining and bespoke cocktails, making every visit a memorable encounter with the GC's vibrant lifestyle.

The Collective's cocktail menu celebrates creativity and beach vibes. Enjoy classics like smooth Margaritas and rich Espresso Martinis, expertly crafted by their mixologists.

For a lighter option, the spritz selection pairs perfectly with the scenic Palm Beach backdrop and relaxed rooftop ambience.

Pink Monkey Bar & Grill

1712 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

If you’re coming to the Gold Coast in search of the best bars and nightlife, Pink Monkey Bar & Grill delivers on all fronts. Indulge in mouth-watering pizzas, crafted cocktails, and seasonal craft beers while soaking in the stunning vista of Burleigh Beach at Pink Monkey.

With a chic al fresco setting offering both indoor and outdoor seating, the chill-yet-vibrant venue boasts funky decor, including an industrial-style bar, dark brick walls, and vibrant pink neon lights.

Savour the sunset over the sparkling sea at Burleigh as you sip on happy hour specials. If you’re looking for something a bit more lively, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Monkey Bar’s rotation of live music and events.

From some of the city’s best DJs to Sunday Funday and Ladies Luncheon (aka bottomless brunch), there’s so much to explore at this Broadbeach staple. You might just need to extend your stay to experience it all!

The Gold Coast’s Secret Bars and Hidden Gems

Dimly-lit Japanese Izakaya bar

Credit: Inside Gold Coast

Happy Endings

2707 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach (above Fig & Frankie’s)

The Gold Coast has a knack for hidden gems, especially when it comes to bars. Happy Endings, Broadbeach's hottest Japanese-inspired speakeasy, epitomises this trend. In our eyes, it’s one of the best bars Gold Coast-wide.

Tucked away above the bustling Fig & Frankie’s, it's a playful nod to its former life as a massage parlour. Venture through the back alley, up the stairs, past the tattoo parlour, and you'll discover a cosy space buzzing with patrons.

The bar takes centre stage, boasting an array of Japanese spirits and a ten-piece cocktail menu that's inventive and delicious.

From small bites like kimchi and cheese taiyaki to larger dishes like wagyu tataki, the late-night snacks menu has something for everyone.

So, grab a seat, soak up the cosy atmosphere, and get ready for a memorable night out.

NAAMi

47 James St, Burleigh Heads

If we told you that one of the best bars on the Gold Coast is located behind a takeaway shop, would you believe us? Well, get ready to experience a next-level hidden bar oasis, because NAAMi is one venue that’s much more than meets the eye.

Step through the takeaway shop front and uncover this hidden speakeasy-inspired gem in boujee Burleigh. The setting offers an immersive journey through the back streets of Vietnam, while also serving up the freshest banh mi's with a modern twist.

With a diverse music selection to complement your drinks, NAAMi is more than just a bar – it's a social hub where you can indulge in the finer things in life and embark on an unforgettable adventure. Experience NAÂMi, where the city noise fades away and the excitement begins.

Related: Top 10 Hidden Bars on the Gold Coast You Must Visit

Extra Venues: Craft Breweries and Vibrant Venues

Crafting the Dorsett Blue cocktail with Granddad Jack’s spirits

The Loose Moose

75 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Right next to the Roosevelt Lounge is Broadbeach’s iconic Loose Moose Tap & Grill House. This rustic, Americana-inspired setting offers a wide range of craft beers and cocktails that perfectly complement the expansive space and plush seating.

The bar’s lively atmosphere and extensive drink menu make it a favourite among locals. Enjoy their hearty food offerings while sipping on your drink of choice.

Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery

45 Lemana Ln, Miami

We might be biassed with this one, but believe us when we say that Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery is one of the best breweries-come-bars on the Gold Coast.

This family-run distillery is known for its exceptional spirits and immersive distillery experiences. Dorsett Gold Coast is proud to partner with Granddad Jack’s, offering our signature ‘Dorsett Blue’ cocktail at Jin Café & Bar.

Inspired by the sun-kissed beaches and sparkling blue waves of the Gold Coast, this tropical masterpiece combines:

  • Granddad Jack's Two Pencils gin and Mount Gay rum for a rich, complex base.

  • A blend of pineapple, coconut, and banana oleo saccharum to evoke a lush subtropical island paradise.

  • Homemade lime cordial to add a zesty kick.

  • Two dashes of saline solution which artfully capture the ocean's essence.

Try the Dorsett Blue during your stay with us. And, while you’re here, visit the distillery down the road to sample more of their unique creations and learn about the distilling process.

Stay Close to the Gold Coast’s Best Bars

Is your bar-hopping itinerary full to the brim now? We’re glad! Treat yourself to a weekend (or longer) on the Gold Coast to experience the best bars and restaurants in town.

Stay with us at Dorsett Gold Coast and be in proximity to all of these bars, many of which are in walking distance of the hotel.

For an even more indulgent stay, why not upgrade to an Executive Room? You’ll gain access to our premium Executive Lounge on Level 19, which is basically a rooftop bar in itself. Enjoy canapés and drinks in the evenings and come back in the morning for buffet breakfast.

Book your stay with us and get ready to experience the best bars on the GC!

Further reading: Looking for even more bars to explore on the GC? Check out our other favourite watering holes here!