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Published September 11th 2012
$11 Steak and Beer*
There are not many places on the Gold Coast where you can get a steak and a pot of beer for $11, but you can at the Liar's Bar in Broadbeach. A pot of Extra Dry at that, not Tooheys or XXXX. Well, technically it's $11, but in real life it's $13. It's an extra $2 for sauce, and let's face it, you don't want to eat an $11 steak without sauce to cushion the blow.
A pot of Extra Dry is a splendid entrée to enjoy as you wait for steak. The best place to sit is the couches in the corner, but you probably won't be able to sit there because I will be sitting there.
Liar's boasts that comforting yeasty smell that all good pubs have. Heavy and stale, with a hint of sour and maybe a touch of spew. The carpet design is appropriately out-dated and depressing. You can get your DJ on at the Jukebox, or relax and listen to various 1990's classics such as 'Coco Jambo' and 'Red Red Wine.'
The steak is tasty for the price and you get your $2-worth of sauce. It will be accompanied by chips and salad. You will only ever get one cherry tomato in the salad. The dressing is surprisingly tasty – it's all about the condiments at Liar's.
Once, I decided after I had just ordered that I wanted to add a calamari topper to my steak for $6. But I was unable to do this, as the lady did not know which button to push on the till to change the order. I felt like a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire asking Eddie to change their answer after they had just locked it in. Of course, Eddie would have said no too. Be clear on what you want to order before you lock it in.
When the steak's gone you have a variety of options to carry you through the afternoon. You can lose all your money on the doggies at the TAB. You can play pool for $3 a game. The tables aren't green, they are a suicidal grey colour and have pictures of Jim Beam bottles on them. Pool tables which aren't green freak me out. You can read dishonest quotes by famous people on the walls as you wait for your shot. I always wonder, if you are at a place called Liar's, is it OK to move the balls around while your opponent isn't looking?
You can always sit on the wooden tables on the balcony and just watch Broadbeach pass on by. The street adjacent to Liar's makes a wind tunnel on blustery days which is guaranteed to blow girl's dresses up as they pass if the dress isn't too tight. Walking past myself, I have experienced this several times, and each time fluro-shirted men on the balcony experienced it with me. But let's face it, this is the GC and the chance of a girl walking past whose dress is not too tight or cut above their buttocks already is fairly low.
Cheap lunch, an afternoon down the pub, and the chance to feel like a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. You're winning all round with at Liar's, and that's the truth.