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Published October 28th 2012
Nightclub or Tavern? Maybe Both
When I first turned 18, I experimented with a lot of different clubs on the Gold Coast and while I did enjoy a few, I found that my personal preference was bars and pubs. I liked the relaxed environment and the fact you could still hold a conversation and hear one another. That doesn't mean I still don't enjoy a big night out. I have retired from Surfers Paradise, unless it's a massive celebration or someone's Birthday. I do love Coolangatta's chilled nightlife, but I am definitely a Broadbeach girl.
If you are after a few drinks, a chat and possibly a dance, then Broadbeach Tavern goes above and beyond. This tavern does attract a older crowd, but that doesn't bother me. They have good priced drinks, great meal deals, gaming room, keno, classic music, attentive staff, pool tables, plenty of seats and doesn't cost entry (more money for drinks!). On Fridays and Saturday nights the atmosphere is jumping.
Okay, so you have your serious dancing shoes on and are even having pre-drinks before going out? You mean business. Platinum Nightclub is the spot for you. It does cost entry depending on the night, usually either $10 or $20, but it is worth it if you are planning a big one. As soon as you walk down the stairs and enter this buzzing nightclub, you are greeted with many other party people. Unless you go un-fashionably early like 9.30pm (which I've done many times), then you usually have the club to yourself. The music is very house-techno and Platinum have had numerous famous DJ acts. The dance floor is in the shape of a circle and you really can't help but shake it while you are there. The crowd is generally very young, 18 – 24. Drinks are expensive, but what you would expect from a night club. They have funky couch areas and VIP spots.
If I had to choose either venues for a night out, Broadbeach Tavern would win hands down, but that most likely has something to do with the fact I'm in a serious relationship, not much of a dancer and I don't like really loud music (Who is this Grandma?). However, it comes down to personal choice and both places offer something different and fun. I suggest trying both out when you can.