The Exhibitionist Bar
Check out the Gold Coast's new art gallery, then peer over Surfers Paradise at its sky-high rooftop bar.
When HOTA, Home of the Arts opened its new six-storey gallery in May, it did more than just give Gold Coast residents a towering place to peer at art. That's obviously on the agenda — the site is Australia's largest gallery outside of a capital city, after all — but the colourful building is also home to a sky-high drinking spot.
If walking through art-adorned halls and staring at masterpieces makes you work up a thirst, you'll want to end your visit to HOTA Gallery with a trip to its fifth floor. That's where you'll find The Exhibitionist, an attention-grabbing bar that pairs bites and beverages with views across the city, as well as out to the hinterland. Here, you can sit either indoors or outdoors, then tuck into tapas, sip cocktails and stare at the Surfers Paradise skyline.
The drinks lineup goes heavy on cocktails; the 'Heat and Time' pairs gin, mezcal foam, lemon and ginger, for instance. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, knock back local craft brews or opt for a house-made soda.
Food-wise, head chef Dayan Hartill-Law has whipped up a menu filled with share options, including salt and vinegar onion rings ($9), suckling pig sausage rolls with burnt strawberry ketchup ($9), oysters with finger lime vinegar ($6) and halloumi with green tomato pickle ($12). Or, there's the duck pie made with sour cream pastry (14), oven-roasted Gold Coast prawns ($16) and a brioche lobster roll with Sriracha mayonnaise ($16) — which you can then follow up with cheesecake mousse ($14) or cake truffles ($4) for dessert.