Since sleeping late on Sundays is practically a mandatory requirement (seriously – we’re looking at you, early-morning exercisers), ditching the brunch outings in favour of a late arvo Sunday sesh is a perfectly acceptable trade to make, especially if you’re spending a relaxing weekend at the beach. So whether you’re a Gold Coast local or just a weekend day tripper, stretch out your weekend a little longer with our top Gold Coast Sunday sessions.
Garden Kitchen & Bar | Broadbeach
Nothing says Sunday like sipping a flirty cocktail in a lush garden bar, but if the outdoors are driving you inside, you’ll find the best of both worlds at Jupiters’ newest spot! With a totally tropical feel and even a sunny outdoor deck for taking in some rays, the bright and airy Garden Kitchen & Bar will have you feeling a world away from the Monday you know is coming. Offering live music every Sunday to prolong those weekend vibes even more, it’s just the place to sit back and relax with an ice cold beer and a few plates of Szechuan calamari.
The Island Rooftop | Surfers Paradise
Dreams do come true, which was proven to us when The Island Rooftop kicked off Bliss Sundays every Sunday. Your arvo is sorted with Absolut cocktails, wood-fired pizza and share plates (or as we like to call them, all ours), and with DJs and special performers, you’ll be grooving well into the night.
Helm Bar | Surfers Paradise
What’s better than a cold beer on a Sunday? How ‘bout a cold beer and live sport? Helm Bar’s flat screen TVs stream live rugby, AFL, cricket, basketball, golf, surfing, tennis, and more! With that much entertainment, you’ve got time to check out Helm’s fresh seafood and smokehouse meats. Of course, no Sunday game is complete without a beer, but never fear: Helm stocks a bunch of local and international brews. Or why not celebrate your teams win with their signature margarita?
Bine Craft Beer Bar | Nobby Beach
Tired of Sunday sessions just serving cocktails? Craving a good brew? Look no further than Bine Craft Beer Bar, where beer is literally their middle name. We’re talking most, if not all, of the Gold Coast’s best local boutique beers on tap – and don’t even get us started on their chicken parmys – best paired with a tasting paddle.
Justin Lane Rooftop | Burleigh Heads
One word: pizza. Well, okay, there’s more to Justin Lane than pizza, but our eyes see what they choose to see. In all seriousness, this beach-themed rooftop sports gorgeous views to Burleigh Beach that will make you forget all about Monday. The rooftop menu includes plenty of antipasto delights, but also offers rooftop patrons access to their full menu on Sundays from 12-4pm. Sip a cocktail (or beer), enjoy the view and do not miss out on the pizza. Their pork and fennel meatball, chili, caramelized onion and provolone pizza has us drooling at our desks at the thought.
MexiCali | Nobby Beach
Taco ‘bout quality happy hour at MexiCali, with three hours of bangin’ tunes, warm sunshine and good times. Get down and boogie to live music and DJ’s, $5 Corona in-hand – and don’t forget to grab a few Mexican bites while you’re ordering your third margarita (they’re $10 each after all). You’ll catch us huddled over a plate of chicken drumettes from 2:30pm onwards.
Nobby’s Arc | Nobby Beach
For more slices of goodness, Nobby’s Arc sells $1 pizza slices on Sundays from 3-5pm. $1 PIZZA. The live music starts at 8.30pm and runs until late, but there’s no reason not to get in early for some pizza, tap beer specials,and share plates (we don’t really want to share the sticky hoisin pork belly though). After all, you’ll need a couple hours to make room for their homemade sticky date pudding.
Komune Beach Club | Coolangatta
If you want to spend the afternoon surrounded by gorgeous babes and muscled bros, this is the place to go. Splash your Sunday away by the pool and nibble on grilled salmon tacos with chipotle mayo while leafing through their 8 page(!) ‘bar bible.’ Included in this glorious testament are classic beach cocktails like mai tais and piña coladas, but we can’t neglect to mention the salted caramel espresso martini (be still our hearts). Don’t worry about the food baby – we never do.
There you have it – plenty of spots to wash away the stress of city traffic, train timetables, and office stress!
Words by Sophia Lunn and Samantha Chariton