Gold Coast Nightlife & Entertainment
If you're after nightlife then the Gold Coast won't disappoint ! The lights shine brighter at night and the cocktails flow until the early hours of the morning here.
The Gold Coast has a broad range of nightlife spots including the bars, pubs and clubs of Surfers Paradise, the wine bars of Broadbeach, Jupiters Casino, local Taverns, live music venues and a number of Surf Clubs which line the foreshore.
Browse through the pages below to find some local destinations that are great for meeting new people, dancing, gambling, eating and playing. Although the clubs and pubs are close to the beach they still do have dress codes so before you hit the bar we recommend you go home and change out of your boardies.
Gold Coast Nightlife & Entertainment:
The award-winning facilities of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) makes the Gold Coast the perfect place to mix business and pleasure.
The GCCEC specialises in all events from small meetings to corporate conferences, banquets, exhibitions, concerts and sporting and special events.
Synonymous with entertainment on the Gold Coast, the Centre continues to attract a diverse mix of entertainers and events.
Situated in Broadbeach, Jupiters Hotel & Casino has been a Gold Coast icon for entertainment for over 25 years and is the Coast's only casino.
With regular stage spectaculars in the recently refurbished multi-million dollar theatre, live music and entertainment throughout the various bars and clubs, weekly comedy nights, award winning restaurants and bars, boutique shopping and of course, more gaming tables and machines than any other venue on the Coast.
The Arts Centre Gold Coast is the Gold Coast's premier cultural facility, bringing visual and performing arts to the residents of South East Queensland.
The complex houses the Arts Theatre, Gold Coast City Gallery, two Cinemas and the Arts Cafe as well as several stunning function rooms, a chapel and two small performance spaces where depending on the night of the week you'll find live jazz or a stand up comedy club.
There is a good local live music scene on the Gold Coast, with a plethora of bands, roots artists, hip hop and a splattering of funk and soul.
Most taverns and hotels offer live music after dark and the quality can range from exceptional to unbearable, depending on your point of view.
If you really want to see some good live music your best bet would be to pick up the local street press from a music or record store and see what's happening. You won't be disappointed!
As a clubber's paradise, the Gold Coast falls somewhere between Ibiza and Bondi Beach with late night clubs and fashionable bars and Surf Clubs offering beautiful views with a nice cold glass of wine. The Coast is home to about three or four large nightclubs with good reputations for hosting regular touring DJs, dozens of boutique clubs catering for a diverse range of musical tastes and styles and more than enough cheesy establishments which provide holiday makers and locals with a place to dance to the latest top 40 tunes without having to worry about trying to look too cool for school.
Most suburbs have their own RSL or Leagues club of some description, so you'll never be far from the action. Southport RSL, Currumbin RSL, Surfers Paradise RSL, Nerang RSL, Southport Sharks and Twin Towns are the main clubs.
Surf Clubs are also found in great abundance throughout the coast and usually all offer a great seafood platter and an even better view as they sit on prime real estate overlooking the beach. Not only is your local RSL club a great place to meet your friends, go out for dinner and see some live music, but by going there you’re contributing to the local community.
The pub scene on the Gold Coast has just taken off in recent years with a number of gastro pubs opening up in the area.
There are also plenty of old favourites to choose from which have a good range of beer on tap, decent counter meals at decent prices, sport playing in the background and more pokie machines than you can throw a two dollar coin at.