After a long day seeing the sights of the Gold Coast, nothing beats a well-earned drink. But with so many incredible vistas to enjoy both day and night, it’s a shame to just stay on floor level.

So instead, with our expert help, discover some of the best rooftop bars in Surfers Paradise, where you can kick back and relax with drink in hand while appreciating the area’s killer views.

The Island Rooftop

Order the Peachy Keen – a stone-fruit twist on the classic old fashioned.

While they may be the new kids on the Gold Coast block, by no means is Island Rooftop struggling to gain popularity. Already, this transformed hotel has become the largest rooftop bar and al fresco dining area in Surfers Paradise, attracting a consistent crowd of locals and visitors each week.

From up top, enjoy unbeatable views of the Main Beach Coastline and vibrant CBD, in an outdoor area comprising of retro Californian style decor complete with plush couches, pastel-coloured umbrellas and lush palms.

The Island Rooftop is also renowned for its Sunday sessions with live music and DJ sets, providing the perfect soundtrack as you sip the day away!


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The Collective

Order the Captain Kirk Kelly – a blend of coconut whiskey, pineapple and cinnamon infused rum, pineapple juice and a kick of fresh jalapeño chilli!

The Collective is exactly what it says on the tin; a collective of five top restaurants and two incredible bars in one beach-front location in Palm Beach. Among the coveted collection of eateries and drinking joints is a stylish rooftop bar serving up a selection of zesty cocktails and beverages. Up top you’ll find an expansive seating area adorned in twinkling fairy lights with a central marble bar. Best part is, if you manage to nab yourself a table, you can order food from any of the five restaurants and the friendly staff will bring it all to you, along with your chosen bevvie!


Justin Lane

Order the Bee’s Knees – an intoxicating blend of honey, lemon and Bombay Sapphire gin. As Burleigh Head’s original rooftop bar, Justin Lane knows a thing or two about serving up delicious drinks in an incredible atmosphere. Just a 20-minute drive away from the centre of Surfers Paradise, you and your friends can spend a lazy afternoon gazing at the swell with tropical drink in hand. Sound good? Of course it does! Justin Lane is also famed for their authentic pizzas, so be sure to order in a few to share.

When visiting Surfer’s Paradise’s top rooftop bars, always nominate a designated driver.

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