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Nightlife in Surfers Paradise - From Booming Clubs to Upscale Bars

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A youthful energy dominates the nightlife scene in Surfers Paradise. There are countless clubs and pubs that cater to backpackers and recent college graduates, offering affordable drinks, loud music, and relaxed dress codes. Those in search of a calmer, dressier night out can try the bars at the area's luxury hotels. Families looking for evening fun have several cinemas and theatres to choose from.

Major venues near Cavill Avenue


Cavill Avenue in downtown Surfers Paradise is the suburb's social hub, and draws a youthful crowd every night of the week. There are dozens of pubs and clubs to choose from, and partygoers often hop from venue to venue, creating a lively atmosphere on the streets. Inside, you'll find pool tables, DJs playing pop and R&B hits, and competitively priced drinks.


Beer Garden


This unpretentious venue attracts plenty of locals and students from nearby universities, giving it a more authentic vibe than some of its touristy competitors. It's also one of the few places in Surfers Paradise to host regular live music.


Corner of Cavill and Orchid Avenues, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217Tel: +61 7 5570 1322


Beer Garden website


Cocktails and Dreams


Considered by many to be the ultimate Gold Coast club, this multi-level complex has a huge dance floor and often runs themed nights. The lines are long, the drinks are strong, and the crowd is young and boisterous.


3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5592 1955


Cocktails and Dreams website

Cocktail bars at fancy hotels


For those who prefer a quiet drink in relaxed environs, the best options in town are the bars at upscale hotels. You don't need to be a hotel guest to order drinks at these bars, but be sure to dress appropriately – some venues have a zero-tolerance policy on beach attire.


Stingray Bar & Lounge


Don't be fooled by the surfer vibe: this is a classy venue that draws a sophisticated crowd. Custom cocktails and several craft beers make it a great spot for adventurous drinkers.


7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5584 1200


Stingray Bar & Lounge website


Lobby Lounge Bar


It's a great place for afternoon nibbles or high tea, but the open-air bar at the Marriott Hotel is even better at night, when hotel guests and well-to-do locals arrive for Champagne and cocktails overlooking lush, landscaped gardens.


158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5592 9800


Lobby Lounge Bar website


Movies and performance for the whole family


Evenings in Surfers Paradise are often hot and sticky, so a couple of hours in an air-conditioned theatre or cinema can be welcome relief - especially if you have children with you. There are several multiplex cinemas in the vicinity, and all of them screen films for families. Live performance is also an option, but be sure to book ahead, as many theatre productions sell out well in advance.


Arts Centre Gold Coast


This multipurpose facility is considered the region's premier venue for plays and live comedy, with a main theatre and 2 smaller spaces for niche productions. There's also a 2-screen cinema that focuses on international films for both children and adults.


135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5588 4000


Arts Centre Gold Coast website


7D Cinema


Kids will love this cinema-ride hybrid that features moving seats, 3D glasses, and 7 different “special effects,” including mist. It's open late every night and no bookings are required - but don't attempt it on a full stomach.


6/34 Trickett Street, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5538 8308


7D Cinema website