New Gold Coast beach clubs bring a breath of fresh air

The evergreen holiday icon that is the Gold Coast was built on the back of beachside sun, fun and 24/7 entertainment.

Since the early 1900s through to today, millions have flocked to this stretch of the Pacific coastline to experience the eclectic selection of restaurants, bars, bistros and beach clubs that dot the famous strip — doors open, sunrise to sunset.  

Now, in 2022, the Gold Coast plays home to some of the country’s most impressive beach clubs, surf clubs and seaside restaurants that don’t hold back when it comes to stunning fit outs, coastal-inspired menus and mind-blowing cocktail and beer lists of international flavour. You could say it’s the Aussie beach holiday home that’s always keen to serve a cool frosty on the foam. Cheers to that! Now, let’s take a deep dive and check out a few Gold Coast Beach Clubs that are making all the right hospitality waves around this spirited city by the sea.  

 

Cali Beach

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California vibes in the heart of Surfers Paradise — experience a next-level entertainment precinct that redefines beach club hype.  

When you walk into Cali Beach, prepare for maximum entertainment impact! This is a water-fuelled playground for adults like no other, with an astounding multi-million dollar fit out making an unforgettable first impression. We’re talking an ultra-fresh feel of California-inspired beach decor fused with a pop of sleek Hamptons chic — however you look at it, this is a striking design achievement of first-class standard.       

With a rooftop location on Elkhorn Avenue presenting views of the blue Pacific to the east and golden sunset in the west, you can easily lose hours as day sneakily slides into night — or Cali Day Club transitions into Cali After Dark. If you’re after the full VIP experience, book a daybed, private booth or cabana in prime poolside locations, complete with table service from the friendly Cali Girls and Guys. If you’re after a more casual visit, then simply lay back on one of the comfy lounges or grab a table on the deck — the perfect spot to order a bite off the modern Japanese Cali Beach menu serving top-notch cuisine from the onsite Saké Sisters restaurant.  

For a quick fix, the caramelised smoked salmon sushi rolls, chef selection sashimi and lemon thyme fried calamari are popular choices. If the beach club hunger is fully kicking in, then the bug slider or Wagyu striploin should fit the bill — share platters also being another good option. They include fresh fruit, Miss Saké sushi and sashimi, char-grilled skewers and Malibu chips selection. Wandering over to the huge bar, the drinks menu is just as impressive. Tempting signature cocktails are being concocted, like the delectable Manny’s Passion (vodka and Passoa shaken with pineapple and passionfruit, strained over ice and topped with a floating passionfruit-drizzled pavlova), pina colada slushies, local and international beers flow on tap and a well-considered wine, sparkling and champagne list (including fancy, French favourites) provides plenty of ice bucket options.  

Come for an hour, or come for the day! If you’re after an interactive and fun Gold Coast beach club experience, then this gem is hard to beat. With an amazing resident DJ line-up (featuring Sneaky Sound System, Bag Raiders, Stafford Brothers, Hot Dub Time Machine – just to name a few) along with a beach volleyball court, huge outdoor cinema and daily performances by professional dancers; Cali Beach is a must to add to your itinerary. Oh, and the best part? Entry is free, day and night (excluding special ticketed events). Don’t forget to pack your best sunnies, swimwear and a bottle of sunscreen too.   

For specific venue details, please visit the website

Where: 21a Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD 4217 

KURRAWA BEACH CLUB 

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Set up on the Broadbeach sand at the first pop-up Gold Coast Beach Club. 

People have been mooting this topic for years on the Gold Coast — “When are we going to see a bar right on the beach, you know, Hawaiian style”? Well, wait no longer because it’s here now with the all-new pop-up Kurrawa Beach Club, perfectly perched on one of the Coast’s most beautiful stretches of sand in Broadbeach.  

After an official call was put out seeking a reputable hospitality company to set up and run a beach venue, several operators threw their hats in the ring with Australian Venue Co. ultimately securing the deal. And what a stellar job they’ve done in such a short time; activating a laidback, beachside space that's been welcoming locals and visitors sand-side since early January 2022 and serving up until Sunday, March 13 — so you better get your flip-flops on and scoot down soon! 

This has been an authentically thought-out beach club designed to offer a comfortable, chilled out vibe complementing the gorgeous location it’s nestled in, just off the bustling Kurrawa Terrace. Free to enter, there are a few ways you can kick back and enjoy the cool summer breeze, rolling waves out front and relaxed, beach club buzz that drifts in the air. If you’re planning on settling in for a good while, then VIP cabanas for 2—4 people can be booked, as can plush day beds slung low on the sand — large market umbrellas helping to shade you from the sun. The casual dining zone with tables is popular with families looking for an easy bite to eat amongst their beach time action, bookings again recommended. And on that note, this is a family friendly set up with a dedicated kid’s zone and menu plus an awesome face painter on Sundays. Heaps of canvas deck chairs are also placed around the club for casual beach wanderers looking for a cool cocktail, and the deck runway helps you navigate the soft sand, which comes in handy when juggling your shout back to the table! 

So, with such a great atmosphere setting the scene, let’s dive into the food and beverage side of things which doesn’t disappoint. This is simple beachside food done right; no fuss, no mess and easy to sink your teeth into. Order tender beef, prawn or satay chicken skewers straight off the grill. If you’re a bit more peckish, a mouth-watering Wagyu beef, chicken or plant-based burger should hit the spot. Fries, sliders, fried halloumi, or a fresh salad (the avocado bowl being a popular one) are great bite-size options. And what beach club menu is complete without a selection of succulent seafood? Take your salty pick of a bucket of fresh prawns, natural oysters, fried calamari, beer battered barramundi, the delicious Moreton Bay bug roll or convenient seafood pack for two. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options also appear on the menu, complementing what is a fantastic selection of beach club fare.   

When it comes time to wet your whistle, the pop-up container bar serves an impressive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic tipples that are sure to quench a beachside, insatiable thirst. A crafty selection of locally brewed beers pours off tap with Burleigh Brewing, Balter and Precinct sharing the bar, while some canned options back them up in the golden form of Black Hops and XXXX. Talking cocktails, you can’t go wrong with the trusty summer go-to’s like the pina colada, Aperol spritz and Midori illusion, being just a few sweet sensations. A generous selection of wines and spirits round out the libations list — and another cool thing — you can order beer, seltzer (local Hard Fizz) and wine eskies, with four cans and ice included. How much more chilled can you get?!       

To top off this incredibly cool alfresco experience, the Kurrawa Beach Club stages live entertainment and events, with DJ Sunday sessions and the Sunday Brunch weekly program highlights. Function enquiries are also welcome.  

For specific venue details, please visit the website

Where: Kurrawa Terrace, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD 4218  

La Luna Beach Club

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A new beach club is on the rise bringing a slice of sophistication to the Broadwater.  

“Live by the sun, dance by the moon.” The luminescent sign just off the La Luna Beach Club entrance perfectly encapsulates the enchanting, waterside ambience that overlooks a stunning flotilla of luxury yachts moored at the neighbouring marina — an alluring slice of Mykonos as the glistening Broadwater puts on a mesmerising show akin to the sway of the Aegean. This is a modern Mediterranean experience done so well you’ll feel as though you’ve been teleported to the islands of Greece on that dream overseas holiday. 

Recently opening its doors in January 2022, meticulous attention to detail has been the ethos behind this new hospitality delight that invites you to sit down, relax and take your time sharing good food while sipping on your favourite tipple, the sea breeze gently blowing in through the open marina vista. Light timber features, bespoke linen soft furnishings, earthy rendered walls and a lush, creeping vine across the ceiling creates a fresh feel that sits comfortably in the space of boho-luxe. Even the plates are in theme, with gorgeous crockery featuring a lunar look — light and dark versions used for day and night dining, respectively.                     

The well-curated cuisine offering is a modern Mediterranean fusion of epic tastes. Try woodfired bread and dips off the Mezze, fresh seafood and salads from the Cold Bar, char-grilled premium beef, souvlaki crispy chicken or the homemade gnocchi — just a taste of what you can look forward to. A delicious vegan menu is also available, and the delectable dessert menu serves up some sweet delicacies such as coconut panna cotta, passionfruit semifreddo and chocolate delice.  

The La Luna drinks list offers a refined selection of quality sipping options for day and night diners. A quick snapshot includes local and international beers, wines from notable regions (Marlborough — NZ, the Hunter Valley, Margaret River and Barossa Valley, among others), popular sparkling and champagne favourites, classic spirits and sea-inspired signature cocktails that certainly raise the bar.  

But there’s some big news in the wind that’s set to elevate this experience to even greater heights. The launch of the floating La Luna Beach Club! That’s right. Owner, The Gennari Group (whose Gold Coast hospitality portfolio also includes Koi Dining, The Loose Moose Tap and Grill House, Roosevelt Lounge, Maggie Choo Asian Fusion and Glass Dining), has secured prime marina space directly in front of La Luna restaurant and is launching a world-class beach club on a custom-made, luxury pontoon. An ingenious and exciting vision, this 840 square metre super club is set to feature an onsite kitchen and bar, two pools to kick back in, 10 cabanas, a private VIP cabana and a seated restaurant for up to 100 guests.  

No expense has been spared, nor shortcuts taken, in crafting the uber-chic, contemporary fit out under the guidance of architects, House of August, and hospitality specialists, Space Cubed. The raised cabanas offer adjustable audio levels, USB charges and drawable linen curtains for a touch of privacy. Sumptuous day beds and lounges line the expansive pool deck, while the alfresco restaurant runs down the southern side of the club connecting to the bespoke kitchen and bar. Another wow factor — a feature runway between the two pools that crescendos at a crescent moon showpiece overlooking the Broadwater, perfect for a few holiday snaps! 

The Beach Club dining menu will mostly reflect the Mediterranean fusion direction of the accompanying restaurant, with easy cabana bites also available like sushi, sashimi, fresh seafood and more. A top-spec DJ Booth will host reputable acts to play poolside — and to top off this memorable experience — plush, branded beach towels are included in your visit when you book a cabana or day bed (not for keeps though!). 

Opening mid-2022, the sensational La Luna Beach Club will be an incredible addition to the Gold Coast hospitality scene and one to put on the holiday bucket list if you’re keen to spoil yourself with a taste of sophisticated dining style, seaside.     

For specific venue details, please visit the website

Where: 26/74 Seaworld Drive, Marina Mirage, Main Beach, Gold Coast, QLD 4217 

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Population 591,000
Area 1,402 km2 (Gold Coast area)
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
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