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Rooftop Bars Gold Coast

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Rooftop Bar Gold Coast
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Gold Coast Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

Stretching along the coastline of eastern Australia, and with an average of 300 sunny days per year, it is no surprise that the Gold Coast is a highly popular destination for outdoor fun. That includes al fresco dining and drinking in the sun, and to get a more elevated experience, you should take aim for upwards, to a Gold Coast rooftop bar.

But which is the best rooftop bar Gold Coast has to offer? You will find out right here, with the ultimate guide to the best Gold Coast terraces, packed with all info you need about each venue: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more.

From vibrant rooftops in Surfers Paradise to high-end rooftop lounges Broadbeach, there is a rooftop bar Gold Coast for everyone. Just scroll down and find the Gold Coast rooftop bars best suited for you.

The list

14 best rooftop bars in Gold Coast

Rooftop bar Gold Coast The Island Rooftop in Gold Coast

The Island Rooftop

$$$ | 2nd floor | Surfers Paradise
  • Highlights
  • Largest
  • Vibrant
  • Live music & DJs

Found at the boutique hotel The Island Gold Coast in the heart of Surfers Paradise, The Island Rooftop is not only the largest open air rooftop bar in the city, but also one of the most vibrant. Packed with Californian and coastal vibes, here you can the enjoy good-times and live music and DJs from Thursday to Sunday, together with refreshing cocktails, cold beers and wine, as well as large selection of international food.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Nineteen at The Star in Gold Coast

Nineteen at The Star

$$$$ | 19th floor | Broadbeach
  • Highlights
  • Luxurious
  • Amazing views
  • Rooftop restaurant & lounge

Both a chic rooftop restaurant and a sundrenched rooftop lounge bar, found on top of the The Darling at The Star Gold Coast in Broadbeach. Among floating VIP booths, day beds and a fantastic rooftop infinity pool, here you can enjoy panoramic views over the Goald Coast skyline and the Pacific. Sharp, vibrant and sophisticated, Nineteen at The Star is one of the most luxurious Gold Coast rooftop bars, and a 'must-try' for a sky-high experience and at least one crafted signature cocktail.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast The Collective Palm Beach in Gold Coast

The Collective Palm Beach

$$$ | 2nd floor | Palm Beach
  • Highlights
  • 5 restaurants
  • Charming
  • Creative cocktails

The Collective is truly an innovative venue, and the place to go if you have a hard time deciding what type of food you crave. Browsing the food menu, you will have no less than 5 different restaurants to choose from. Or you settle for creative signature cocktails, sangrias or some wine at the charming rooftop bar. A great spot to wine and dine with family and friends, or just enjoy a drink with sunset views over Palm Beach.


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Rooftop bar Gold Coast The Exhibitionist Bar in Gold Coast

The Exhibitionist Bar

$$$$ | 5th floor | Surfers Paradise
  • Highlights
  • On top of art gallery
  • Panoramic views
  • Creative cocktails

The new HOTA Gallery opened in early 2021, and apart form offering a modern venue to enjoy art, it also introduced a new and swanky Gold Coast rooftop bar. The stylish indoor lounge open-air terrace comes surrounded with amazing and panoramic views of the Surfers Paradise skyline, the Gold Coast waterways and across the hinterland. Enjoy a creative cocktail menu, plenty of wine, champagne, beers, and a tasty bar food menu designed to share.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Aviary Rooftop Bar in Gold Coast

Aviary Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 6th floor | Southport
  • Highlights
  • Eventful
  • Sweeping views
  • 'All-You-Can-Eat Pizza'

Perched on top of hotel Mantra at Sharks in the heart of Southport, the Aviary Rooftop Bar is a vibrant and happening venue, where you can just relax with a drink or join in on any of the large selection of events. Surrounded with with sweeping views of the iconic Surfers Paradise skyline and the Gold Coast Hinterland, the rooftop bar offers handmade, Italian pizzas and a fine selection of signature cocktails, as well as non-stop live entertainment during weekends.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Burleigh Pavilion in Gold Coast

Burleigh Pavilion

$$$ | 2nd floor | Burleigh Heads
  • Highlights
  • Ocean views
  • Beachside vibes
  • Open daily

Found on the southern corner of Burleigh Beach, the Burleigh Pavilion is by no means the most elevated Gold Coast rooftop bar, but it still comes with one of the best views, boasting amazing panoramics over the Pacific, Burleigh Beach and the Broadbeach skyline. Dressed in a bright, beachside suite and open daily from 11am, the Pav menu includes a wide range of fresh comfort food and refreshing drinks. Enjoy a beachside lunch break, after beach drinks and weekend local DJs.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast The Salty Fox Rooftop Bar in Gold Coast

The Salty Fox Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 7th floor | Bilinga
  • Highlights
  • Airport rooftop
  • Panoramic views
  • Unique

Found metres from the Airport terminal and a 5 minute walk from the beach, The Salty Fox Rooftop Bar is a stylish indoor / outdoor rooftop on top of the Rydges Gold Coast. With a unique setting, here you get panoramic views over the ocean and uninterrupted vistas over the airport runway. The rooftop bar offers crafted signature cocktails, as well as a large slection of Margaritas, wine and craft beers and a tapas style grazing menu, as well as occasional live music, DJ sets and trivia.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Justin’s Rooftop at Justin Lane in Gold Coast

Justin’s Rooftop at Justin Lane

$$$ | 2nd floor | Burleigh Heads
  • Highlights
  • Vibrant
  • Handmade pizza & pasta
  • Live DJs

Starting as a humble little Burleigh Heads pizzeria in 2011, Justin Lane has grown in popularity and in size, and it is now a multi-level restaurant, bar and event space. Boasting 5 different areas, the prime spot is the Justin’s Rooftop, a lush, colorful and vibrant terrace with views out to the world famous Burleigh Point. With the motto 'Eat, drink & be messy', here you can enjoy delicious 100% sourdough pizza and hand made pastas, as well as crafted signature cocktails, refreshing drinks, and a curated selection of wines and beers.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Mr. PP's Deli & Rooftop in Gold Coast

Mr. PP's Deli & Rooftop

$$$ | 2nd floor | Southport
  • Highlights
  • Gourmet pizza
  • Sunset views
  • Weekend events

A heritage bar and restaurant, found in the heart of Southport CBD in the northern part of Gold Coast. Set over two floors, with downstairs deli and a rooftop terrace perfect for sunshine (or sunsets) looking out over the Southport skyline, Mr P.P.’s specialise in gourmet pizza, pasta, deli meats and summerish cocktails, and also host regular events, like the Long Lunch Friday, DJ’s on Saturday nights and Sunday Sessions with local musicians.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Surfers Paradise Beer Garden in Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise Beer Garden

$$$ | 2nd floor | Surfers Paradise
  • Highlights
  • All day & night
  • Live sports
  • Games

Branded as 'The Heart & Soul of Surfers Paradise', this venue is a place for local and visitors alike to gather for every day and every night fun. With a courtyard with retractable roof and a wraparound terrace, this is a great spot to enjoy sunshine, views over the skyline and people-watching over Cavill Avenue. A wide variety of local and imported tap beers are mixed with local seafood, meaty pizzas and pub classics, as well as live sports and plenty nostalgia-fun games.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Tropic Vice in Gold Coast

Tropic Vice

$$$ | 2nd floor | Nobby Beach
  • Highlights
  • Colorful & vibrant
  • 'Florribean' cuisine
  • Sunday Bottomless Brunch

Found in the heart of Nobby Beach, the trendy, vibrant and fun Tropic Vice invites all to enjoy an 'overseas' experience in the Gold Coast. The bright, modern and sun-drenched rooftop comes with a California meets Florida kind of vibe, and surrounded with sweeping views of the Gold Coast you can indulge in a curated and eclectic selection of eats and drinks. From 'Florribean' cuisine, combining Caribbean & South American flavours, to a refreshing selection of Vice Signature Cocktails and bubbles.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Moxy's Rooftop Bar in Gold Coast

Moxy's Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Coolangatta
  • Highlights
  • Trendy
  • Unique cocktails
  • Live music & DJs

A rather new addition to the Gold Coast rooftop scene, Moxy’s Rooftop Bar is found in the heart of Coolangatta. Industrial chic, the indoor / outdoor rooftop comes with a retractable roof and cool views over Coolangatta and the beachfront. Here you can sip unique signature cocktailsunique signature cocktails as well as crafted classics, along with share jugs, spirits, beers and a selection of wines. All in a trendy yet all-are-welcome atmosphere, often highlighted with live music and DJ sets.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Skyline Rooftop Bar in Gold Coast

Skyline Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Surfers Paradise
  • Highlights
  • Weekend hot-spot
  • Live music
  • Pool

Found on top of Waxy’s Irish Pub, a classic watering hole in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the Skyline Rooftop Bar is both a great event venue and a perfect spot for elevated weekend fun. Part interior with a VIP lounge area, and part lush al-fresco courtyard with really cool views over the Surfers skyline, here you can gather with friends to sip delicious cocktails, share some plates, listen to live & house music music, and maybe challenge each other in a game of pool.

Rooftop bar Gold Coast Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar in Gold Coast

Rubi Red Kitchen & Bar

$$$ | 2nd floor | Nobby Beach
  • Highlights
  • Asian-isnpired
  • Sunset views
  • Charming

Rubi Red is a Pan Asian inspired restaurant and rooftop bar, with an idyllic Nobby Beach location. Here you find a stylish, red-ish and contemporary indoor restaurant, but also a more bright and airy second floor rooftop bar, perfect for al-fresco vibes and lovely views. Rubi Red offers a un, shareable and exciting take on Pan Asian cuisine, along with creative Asian-inspired cocktails, sake and a mix of Australian and Asian beer, as well as a very impressive wine list.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bar Gold Coast

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: Sept-May

Residents: 680 000

Climate: humid subtropical

Located south of Bribane on the east coast of Austraila, Gold Coast is a metropolitan region, mostly famous for its pleasant climate and long sandy beaches. But this pleasant climate, with hot summer and mild winters, means that it is also a great place for rooftop bars.

Spread out over the different towns within the Goald Coast, you find rooftop bars from Coolangatta through Surfers Paradise and to Southport.

While there are a few really elevated Gold Coast rooftop bars, many of them are found at lower levels. But that does not stop the from providing sky-high vibes and plenty of long and fun hours in the Gold Coast sun, or under the starry sky.

About Gold Coast

Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia, stretching along the coast of east Austraila, from Southport to Coolangatta. These towns within the city are to many more famous than the city itself, with Surfers Paradise as maybe the most notable.

The coastal location means plenty of long sandy beaches, but the Gold Coast is actually half covered by forests, and also holds man-made waterways that stretches over 260 kilometers.