Things to Do in Coolangatta at Night
Home to some of the best beaches on the east coast, Cooly also offers a few good reasons to stick around after a day in the sun. Whether it’s an afternoon cocktail, some locally-brewed craft beers, grabbing a pub meal paired with delicious wine or dancing the night away, there’s something for everyone — you just need to know where to find it! Keep reading to find the best things to do in Coolangatta at night.
1. Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema
Catch the latest movies in 2D and 3D at this six-Cinema complex with Dolby Digital sound. The cinema also hold regular events, so make it an unforgettable night with a group of friends! Whether you want a romantic evening or to catch up with friends, Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinema is the perfect spot.
2. Coolangatta Hotel
A night out in Cooly isn’t complete without a stop at the Coolangatta Hotel. A local institution, the Cooly Hotel is one of Australia’s best live entertainment venues, regularly featuring local and international acts, up-and-coming DJs, and coverage of all the biggest fights and games. If dance music is more your thing, the hotel also offers Icon Nightclub and Lounge Bar, where the dance floor is always packed on Friday and Saturday nights. And if you’re just looking for a great feed with an unbeatable view, try Crave restaurant — open for lunch, dinner and breakfast on Sundays.
3. The Surf Club Coolangatta
With beachfront views from Rainbow Bay to Surfers Paradise and icy cold beers on tap, the Surf Club is a favourite with locals. The club offers a family-friendly, award-winning restaurant with quality food at great prices, an array of drinks plus a modern gaming room, and weekly meat and seafood raffles. All proceeds generated by the Coolangatta Surf Club go to the Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club, which allows the summer volunteer lifesavers who patrol the beach to get vital rescue equipment, as well as learning proper surf training.
4. Bin 72
The third restaurant from acclaimed Gold Coast chef Daniel Ridgeway, Bin 72 offers a sophisticated selection of mains, share plates and small plates. Think duck spring rolls, baked eggplant, and stuffed zucchini flowers; or Asian sticky Pork salad with chili Carmel dressing. In addition, Bin 72 features an impressive assortment of cocktails and vintage wines. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate dinner, catch up with friends, or post-work drinks — with the added bonus of a spectacular beachfront view.
5. Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club
You don’t have to be a golf superfan to head to Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club. Besides offering a stunning golf course with sweeping views, the club is also the place for great dining and an eventful night out. There’s a range of food choices and awesome views. Danny’s Buffet, an award-winning restaurant, also features dishes to suit everyone, from gourmet salads and soup to sushi. The dinner buffet also features a selection of premium local seafood.
6. Café 28 Cooly
Part of the Quiksilver flagship concept store, Café 28 is buzzing throughout the day, with dishes such as bacon and egg sandwiches, avocado mash, and ham, cheese and tomato melts — perfect for brunch! But it really comes alive Friday and Saturday nights, with live music from local bands pumping and drinks flowing. Think a tempting selection of wine, beer and cocktails to wash down your delicious pub meal.
7. Sample local craft beers
There’s nothing better than supporting your local community by tasting some of its craft beers. Craft beer is made by traditional means, and brewed with the intention of creating interesting, complex and unique flavours. While some bigger breweries are testing the waters when it comes to craft beers, there are smaller breweries along the Gold Coast that solely focus on this, and create one-of-a-kind brews. Make sure you head to Bin 72, or Cafe 28 to sample some of these fine craft beers yourself.
8. The Strand Coolangatta dining precinct
The Strand Coolangatta dining precinct features a variety of cuisines, with something to suit every taste. To sample mouth-watering Asian cuisine, make sure you head to Top Noodle, a Japanese-style noodle bar serving a variety of affordable and tasty food. Or head to O’Sushi, which features authentic, healthy and fresh Japanese eats. For a more laid-back, Aussie meal, make sure you visit Grill’d, which offers a range of healthy, gourmet burgers. You can even choose the toppings.
On the other hand, if you’re all about indulging your sweet tooth, look no further: Gelato Messina is renowned for their creative flavour combinations including their 40 signature flavours cabinet, with crowd favourites such as the salted caramel, white chocolate, tiramisu, and pistachio. They also have a ‘specials board’, which includes 5 new flavour combinations each week.
If ice-cream doesn’t do it for you and you’re more of a chocoholic, consider heading to Max Brenner, which offers the ultimate chocolate experience (don’t leave without tasting the waffles with chocolate sauce). Alternatively, Passiontree Velvet is the place you go when you want to indulge in a world of edible luxury — with a decadent high tea, freshly-baked scones, macarons, cakes and tempting chocolates.
And if you want to get the best of both worlds and mix delicious treats with a party vibe, Komune Beach Club is for you. Komune offers great food, exotic cocktails, live music and resident DJs.
Everything you need in one place
There’s no doubt that Coolangatta has more than enough attractions to keep you busy during the day. But that’s not all: Cooly can also keep the fun going into the night. Whether you want to catch a flick, grab a mouth-watering pub meal, or head to the Strand for some sweet-tooth indulgence, Coolangatta has something for everyone.