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All That Glitters Is Gold: The 10 Best Nightlife Spots on the Gold Coast

After a long day of playing in the sun and surf of Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast, visitors are more than ready to unwind. Whether your favorite entertainment is dancing to pulsating EDM at a night club or downing a few beers while relaxing at a local bar, there is something for everyone on the Gold Coast.

1. Sin City

Located right in the middle of the Gold Coast, Sin City is the most popular club in Surfer’s Paradise. It is the go-to destination for those who want to dance the night away to the latest house hits and Top 40 tunes. At Sin City, you can enjoy the Vegas-inspired atmosphere and check out their famous bartenders decked out in lingerie. Make sure to drop by Sin City on Tuesday when they have their ladies’ night.

2. Platinum

Tucked in the Broadbeach suburbs, Platinum is the most popular EDM dance club on the Gold Coast. Some of the best Australian and international DJs have performed at the club, including such stalwarts as John Acquaviva and Groove Terminator. Platinum recently underwent a $500,000 renovation, adding even more lights and stages to up their party vibe. The nightclub attracts a hip, young crowd; most of their patrons are between 18 and 25.

3. O’Malley’s

If energetic dance parties aren’t your thing, O’Malley’s Irish Pub provides a more laid-back experience. You can kick back and enjoy any one of O’Malley’s many beers and ciders. The pub’s beachside location makes it the perfect place to wind down after a long day of surfing and swimming. Hungry diners can also gorge themselves on the pub’s famous chicken schnitzel and chips.

4. Shooters

The Gold Coast’s biggest nightclub is Shooters in Surfers Paradise. Only a stone’s throw from the nearest beach, Shooters is the perfect place to ditch your surfboard and rev up your inner party animal. Shooters regularly spins the latest hits and offers a huge dance floor for big crowds and two smaller rooms devoted to house music and R&B favorites.

5. G-Clef

If you would rather belt out tunes than dance to them, G-Clef might be more your style. A Japanese restaurant and karaoke bar, G-Clef is located on Beach Road in Surfers Paradise. You can sit at the well-stocked bar or sing your heart out in one of their heavily soundproofed private karaoke rooms. And if you’re afraid they won’t have your favorite jam, don’t worry; their song library includes tunes in five different languages.

6. Elsewhere

The pulsing lights and throbbing beats of Elsewhere have been attracting house fans to the Glitter Strip since the club first opened in 2003. Elsewhere provides a more mellow experience for music lovers who want to escape the controlled chaos of Cavill Avenue. The best time to visit the nightclub is on Friday nights when their house DJs showcase the hottest new EDM tracks.

7. Beergarden

On almost every night of the week, live music lovers in Surfers Paradise head straight for the Beergarden, a descendant of the historic old Surfers Paradise Hotel. The modern Beergarden provides a relaxing atmosphere where patrons can catch a live show, enjoy cold beer on the balcony or play a game of pool in the game room. Brazilian Backpacker Night on Tuesdays is the most popular weekly event at Beergarden; partiers who come before 9:00 pm get in free.

8. Hotel Komune

For the hottest weekend blowout in town, look no further than Hotel Komune’s enormous pool party. This fun celebration takes place every Saturday and Sunday by the Komune Resort’s pool. You can relax by the water while listening to music and swigging cocktails. If you’re in town during the summer, the hotel also hosts the free KomUnity Pool Party every year featuring top house DJs.

9. Strike Bowling

This bowling alley right off of Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise is a great place to hang out with friends while attempting a strike or two. With a nice selection of cocktails and beer, you can wet your whistle while devouring warm pizza. Pinball, laser tag and karaoke are also available for free spirits who want to buck the bowling trend.

10. Arabesque Bazaar

An unexpected oasis in the middle of the madness of Surfers Paradise, Arabesque offers Middle Eastern food and an outdoor hookah lounge for tired patrons trying to escape the hectic pace of the Glitter Strip. Arabesque is a great place to take a break with some baklava and thick Turkish coffee. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a sinuous belly dancer putting on a show.

Whatever your speed, the Gold Coast is full of fun nighttime activities to match every interest. You can equal the daytime thrill of surfing and skydiving by dancing the night away at one of the area’s local clubs, or you can dry off from a swim in one of the Gold Coast’s relaxing bars and lounges.