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The Best of Nightlife in Australia's Sunshine Coast

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Updated: 4 December 2017

There’s something you should know before you slip out of your bikini and into your little black dress. There’s lots of fun to be had on the Sunshine Coast at night, but don’t expect venues that would give L.A. or Berlin – or even the Gold Coast – a run for their money. Most of the venues have that laid-back, relaxed atmosphere that we all love about this fabulous part of Australia. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities for a little drinking and dancing.

Soda

You wouldn’t expect it, but an Irish pub in Noosa is home to one of the best venues for a night out on the Coast. Head down the stairs to Soda, a beloved dance spot where every Sunny Coaster has had at least one incredible night.

19 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5430 7500

The Shared

It’s a little unconventional but when the timing is right you’ll have a memorable night at this ‘multifunctional artistic community space’. There are some international acts, but it’s mostly locals taking to the stage to provide the evening’s soundtrack. Don’t forget to stop by the bottle-o on your way, as the venue is often BYO.

13 Railway Street, Yandina, Queensland, Australia  +61 439 084 040

10 Toes Brewery

Leave your dance shoes at home. This is one of the most laid-back venues on the list. You’ll find 10 Toes’ lagers and ales in many bars all along the coast, but they just seem to taste better when drunk just metres from where they were brewed.

4/127a Sugar Rd, Alexandra Headland, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5373 5003

Lot 104

It’s a cafe by day, but at night, the staff puts away their tamps and gets out their muddlers. The team behind the bar here know how to make a wicked cocktail and the moodily-lit alfresco area is the perfect place to enjoy them.

104/101-105 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5326 1990

Helm Nightclub

Located in the Wharf Tavern, Helm is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most ‘traditional’ nightclub experiences – which may be why it’s so popular.

123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5444 8383

Black Bunny Kitchen

It’s most famous for the cafe menu that puts local producers up on a pedestal. Brut on Saturday and Sunday evenings, Black Bunny Kitchen puts on a rollicking good time with live bands.

180 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5326 1472

Solbar

This is the Coast’s undisputed home of live music. The art-lined band room is often pulsing to the sound of live rap, rock, or roots, but you’re also likely to enjoy a decent tipple or two as well.

10/12-20 Ocean St, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5443 9550

Recovery Sundays: Josh and Dexter from The Unknowns show off all their fave tracks from 4pm.

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The Piano Bar

This one draws a more mature crowd, but if you’re after some classic cocktails and music you can comfortably talk over, you can’t go past this iconic Maroochydore venue.

 22-24 Ocean St, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia +61 422 291 249

Rolling Rock

Located on Noosa’s world-famous Hastings Street, this iconic venue shows that the Coast’s beach bums know how to spin the decks and treat everyone to a good time. If you need a little fresh air, cross the street and you’re right on the beach – perfect for watching the waves roll in under the moonlight.

Upstairs Bay Village, Hastings St, Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia +61 7 5447 2255