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Pop-Up Bars at Surfers Paradise Festival 2014

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Peroni? Moscato? Surprise me
These pop-up bars are an example of cooperation between Helm Bar & Bistro, Rosemount Estate Wines, and Peroni Italy who are showcasing their wares and providing the perfect accompaniment to Festival events on the foreshore throughout April.

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Rosemount Estate Pop-up Bar


Helpful staff at the Rosemount Pop-Up Wine Bar offer tastings of a selection of premium wines, and you can purchase any favourites by the glass. I tried their Merlot, but then an old fave caught my eye.

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wine tasting


Sipping a chilled and lightly sparkling Rosemount Moscato, while pushing back on a Peroni deck chair, gazing out over the moonlit beach, as a light breeze drifted in over the waves, to the sound of Darryl Braithwaite performing close by, was sheer bliss. The roving waiters also ensure that your glass is never empty.

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zoned area on the foreshore


The Helm Festival Bar is inside the zoned-off area and just behind the Rosemount Pop-Up Wine Bar. They offer a range of bar drinks and a few potato crisps, but the star of the show is the Peroni they have on tap.

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Helm Pop-up Festival Bar


The Surfers scene has a bad reputation for after-dark drunken antics, but not here. The police presence is high, there is security on the gate, and you must be aged 21 or over to gain entry. Of course, very young children can come in with parents who are hanging out for a cold beer and a glass of wine.

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(image courtesy of Surfers Paradise Alliance)


Operating in conjunction with other Festival events on the foreshore, this pop-up bar is a casual, relaxed, and somewhat sophisticated little hideaway from the madding crowds. Operating hours are generally 5pm-10pm on nights with special events throughout April.

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operating hours for Festival pop-up bars


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(image courtesy of Surfers Paradise Alliance)
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Why? The closest thing to the Italian Riviera without leaving town
When: 5-10pm in conjunction with selected Festival events in April
Phone: Surfers Paradise Alliance (07) 5584 3700
Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: FREE entry, drinks are at bar prices
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