Entertainment in Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise is almost as well known for its nightlife as it is for its beaches, and justifiably so too. Thanks to a mass influx of younger visitors over the past decade or so, the town is literally throbbing with activity after the sun goes down.

Yet, despite the fact that things get so crazy after dark, you can still enjoy a relatively cheap night out for a variety of different reasons. Firstly, your hostel will probably have passes and cards for the various pubs and clubs offering half price drinks, two for one, free admission or some other such bargain. If you don’t find them there, you are guaranteed to find various flyers and passes around town so don’t panic. Finally, quite a few places don’t even require flyers or passes. Happy hours, free admission for ladies as well as numerous competitions ensure that there’s always some establishment which will reward you with a free drink or two.

The most popular bars and nightclubs are generally centred around Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue but as the town grows so do the party zones so don’t be afraid to venture away from these streets either. And, once you hit the streets prepare yourself for karaoke nights, wet t-shirt competitions, pool competitions as well as a host of different theme nights.

Finally, for the best guides to what’s going on in and around Surfers while you’re there, your hostel will usually have excellent information. As well as this, however, there are numerous free weekly magazines including Look, Point Out and Wot’s On.

Entertainments in Surfers Paradise

  • Rose & Crown

    Level 1, Raptis Plaza, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    With some form of entertainment every night from local DJs to male and female strip shows, this is one of the main party centres in Surfers Paradise. Also has its own nightclub, Studio 54, and serves excellent and reasonable food during the day making it the perfect location to satisfy all your needs – well most of them anyway.

  • Dracula's Monster Club

    Broadbeach Waters, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Located in typical Gothic surroundings, Dracula’s is home to the weirdest and wackiest cabaret you will ever witness. Two hours of non-stop mayhem while you enjoy your meal and then its upstairs to the Graveyard Disco and Lounge. The show is a little bit pricier than your average entertainment at AU$45 per night ($52 on Saturday) but you get to enjoy an excellent meal and show and dance and drink the night away so it is well worth it.

  • D'arcy Arms

    2923 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Serving up an authentic Irish food, drink and entertainment, this establishment proves popular among locals and visitors alike. You can always rely on an Irish pub or restaurant to be the perfect location for a guaranteed good time and the D’arcy Arms is no exception. A bit more laid back than loud, an excellent place to have a pretty reserved night out.

  • The Party

    The Mark, Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Located on the most happening street in Surfers Paradise, this is one of the most popular nightspots in the area. And with a name like The Party, it’s not difficult to see why. With excellent drink specials and promotion nights, keep a look out for flyers and posters advertising these ultra effective ways to save money.

  • Cocktails & Dreams

    The Mark, Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Upstairs from the mayhem and madness of the Party you will find this cocktail shot bar where you can dance the night away or relax and play pool with fellow revellers. With more dance music than the alternative variety played in the nightclub, this venue attracts a slightly younger crowd.

  • Billy's Beach House Tavern

    The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Part of the Iluka Beach Resort, this establishment adjoins Billy T. Bones and has two poolside bars as well as Mansells Nightclub which you will find on the first floor. One of the most popular complexes in Surfers Paradise providing the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry in one location.

  • Shooters Saloon Bar

    Shop 46, The Mark, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    Open until 5.00am nightly, this venue hosts different events every night. With a huge dance floor as well as a number of pool tables for those of you who feel up to it at 4.00 in the morning, most hostels give out free drink cards for Shooters so keep your eyes peeled.

  • Bourbon Bar

    The Mark, Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Australia

    With live bands and a DJ playing a host of R&B, Funk and Reggae, transport yourself to the deep south in this New Orleans inspired establishment. Also serves excellent food at really good prices which is always an added bonus.

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