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Gold Coast NightlifeAnd Entertainment Venues

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 wide range of nightlife spots, most famously being the bars, pubs and clubs scattered throughout Surfers Paradise, the restaurants and wine bars of Broadbeach, the southern dining (and drinking) precincts such as Burleigh, Nobbys and Coolangatta, The Star Gold Coast casino, dozens of local taverns, live music venues and surf clubs which line the foreshore. 

Browse through the pages below to find some local destinations and venues 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 and thongs.

Situated in Broadbeach, The Star has been a Gold Coast icon for entertainment for over 25 years and is the Coast's only casino. With regular stage shows in the recently refurbished multi-million dollar theatre, live music and entertainment throughout the various bars and clubs, award winning restaurants and bars, boutique shopping and of course, more gaming tables and machines than any other venue on the Coast.

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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.

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The Home Of The Arts (formerly Arts Centre Gold Coast) is the Gold Coast's premier cultural facility, bringing visual and performing arts to the residents of South East QLD. The complex houses the Arts Theatre, 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.

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As a clubber's paradise, the Gold Coast offers plenty of clubs and bars offering beautiful views with a nice coldie. 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 more than enough establishments which provide holiday makers and locals with a place to dance to the latest top 40 tunes.

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What's better than stopping at the pub for a drink, a catch up with mates or a hearty pub meal? The pub scene on the Gold Coast has taken off with a number of gastro pubs opening up across the Gold Coast. 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. 

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There is a good local live music scene on the Gold Coast, with a plethora of bands, roots artists, hip hop and 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!

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Most suburbs have their own RSL or Leagues club of some sort, so you'll never be far from the action. 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 overlook 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.

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The Gold Coast is home to some excellent live music venues and has hosted talented acts from all over the world. From epic stadium shows presenting international artists, massive day-long music festivals showcasing dozens of bands and performers to more intimate venues supporting local and national acts, you'll be sure to find a great gig to whet your musical appetite. Check out the gig guide to see what's coming up on the Gold Coast.

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Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

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