There’s something for everyone to explore while barhopping across Main Beach, whether your tastes lean toward cocktails, fine wine or craft beer. We list the top bars in the area, each with its own distinct atmosphere and unique drink list to suit every style, occasion, and budget.
Glass Dining and Lounge Bar
With its million-dollar Marina Mirage views and newly refurbished interior, there’s never been a better time to visit the award-winning Glass Dining and Lounge Bar. Beer fans will have plenty of options between tap ales and bottled craft brews. Cocktail cravings will be satisfied in due course with signature drinks like Chachi’s Sangria or their Gold Coast signature cocktail. Start with a drink on their scenic terrace, then head inside and watch the kitchen through glass walls as they prepare a memorable modern Australian meal.
Marina Mirage Waterfront, 27/74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5527 1009
A newcomer to the fine-dining nexus of Tedder Avenue, Bar Chico is the latest creation by the successful owners of Main Beach mainstay Chill on Tedder. Chico’s food menu is designed around tapas plates specializing in all things picked, fermented and cured, exemplified in dishes like the deep-fried courgette flower, and the fried squid with citrus salt and harissa. The attentive servers will be sure to fill you in on their selection of quirky Spanish boutique wines, as well as their options for local craft beer.
9/26 Tedder Ave, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5532 9111
Vie Bar and Restaurant
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Vie Bar and Restaurant
Wander through the labyrinthine confines, diamond-tiled marble halls, and lush floral furnishings of the sparkling Palazzo Versace luxury hotel and you’ll soon arrive at Vie, overlooking the bustling marina and million-dollar yachts of the Gold Coast elite. Have a glass at sunset on their breezy outside deck, or light up a cigar in the Cuban cigar room.
94 Seaworld Drive, Marina Mirage, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5527 0311
Chill on Tedder
Customers at this Tedder Avenue bar and restaurant should take a cue from its title; the comprehensive drink list and crisp, effective service leave little else to do but relax and enjoy yourself. Chill on Tedder‘s wine list is constantly expanding to host an increasingly impressive array of small batch vintages, while their draft list features light, refreshing brews. Stars of the cocktail list include the pomegranate mandarin martini and the chocolate negroni.
26 Tedder avenue, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5528 0388
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Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern
Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern is a boisterous sports, gaming and events bar overlooking the tranquil Broadwater. Their Fishbowl Lounge Bar makes for a relaxing hideout within the rowdy tavern, offering a great selection of tapas and gourmet pizzas alongside an impressive selection of cocktails. They’ll make all your familiar favorites, as well as intriguing house specialties and their signature Fishbowl. To take your evening to the next level, a rotating line-up of local DJs perform classic R’n’B and old school tunes, every Friday Saturday from 6pm and Sunday afternoon from 4pm.
60-70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Australia, +61 7 5571 0566