The Gold Coast is the perfect place to getaway with your mates. Pack up your rental car, pile on in, and head to these events and locations for an exciting fun-filled evening.

Fill up on delicious food

What better time to indulge than when you're on holiday? There are so many amazing restaurants on the Gold Coast you'll be spoilt for choice. Whatever your preference of cuisine or ambiance, you'll find something perfect for you.

Espana is a perfect place to take your friends. On Broadbeach, it's a small and completely genuine Spanish tapas bar. Relatively new, the restaurant opened at the end of 2010, and since then has continued to serve up food that is fresh, authentic and full of flavour. Along with your meal, you'll have your choice of Spanish beer, wine or sherry.

The dishes, such as the paprika spices chicken skewers with mojo verde, and slow cooked pork belly with lentils and quince alioli, are made to share – so get a selection for the table and tuck in!

Champagne, the cafe, restaurant and bar on Broadbeach, is another eatery that serves up great food in a relaxed and environment. Chef Oliver Burgos is behind the amazing food here. He has made Champagne to be a modern take on a traditional French Bistro.

The Degustation Menu changes every month, is designed to be perfect for two or more people and is matched with some of the delightful wines from the extensive list. You'll be treated to a selection of taste sensations, all directly inspired by French dishes. 

Verve is also on Broadbeach and is a more luxurious dining experience. The modern Australian cuisine is wonderful, and the wine list has won awards. Take the chance to try Australian wines and see how delicious and special they are.

Allure on Currumbin is another restaurant that specialises in French flavours with an Australian twist. You'll be served up some of the best dishes in Queensland in an elegantly casual atmosphere.

Let the Gold Coast entertain you

If you and your friends love live music, The Arts Centre Gold Coast welcomes a range of acts every month. If you love folk music, get your tickets for the Boy and Bear gig on September 12. The indie, folk band is known for their simple and utterly clever mellow songs that transport you to meadows touched with a hint of nostalgia. Listening to these guys create their music is a great way to end the day. 

Boy and Bear will be joined by Holy Holy, who are the singer songwriting duo from Melbourne and Brisbane. This is a great opportunity to get into the Australian music scene and enjoy the talents of some locals.

Alternatively, you could go and see the opera! The Met Opera Winter Encores runs from September 7 – October 26 and is a wonderful place to start if you've never entered the world of opera before – who knows, you and your friends could emerge with a newfound appreciation for the rich sounds of tenors and sopranos.

If you've come to the end of the day and you just want to chill out, Arts Cinema is a great place to catch a film as they've got all of the latest blockbusters along with art house and foreign films. September sees a great line-up of films coming to the big screen. There's the comedy, drama romance flick Magic in the Moonlight with Colin First and Emma Stone, the unique and critically acclaimed film Boyhood and the adventurous and uplifting movie titled The 100 Year-old Man Who Climbed out of The Window and Disappeared.