When you think of Gold Coast nightlife, a touristy party scene usually comes to mind. But luckily new nightspots with more of an urban vibe are emerging.
In particular, I kept hearing about this mysterious place called the "Stingray Lounge
". A local tradie said it's the place for Friday after work drinks but some other ladies told me it's a bit "too sceney". Anyway a friend and I finally got to check it out on a Saturday night. We didn't know what to expect but I'm happy to say we were impressed!
The first positive thing was the location. With Stingray being based in the QT Gold Coast Hotel on the northern side of Surfers Paradise, means you're nowhere near Orchid Ave's crazy party strip. And from the outside the place looked inviting, with understated dim lighting. We arrived at around 930PM and it was surprisingly packed inside. There wasn't a cover charge either –bonus!
We got snapped!
Once you get inside there's a real California beach vibe, and a yummy looking Mexican menu. Bar staff also told us that there're 50 different types of tequilas. While we didn't succumb to any Mexican cocktails that night, a couple of sparkling wines were definitely enjoyed–compliments of a generous feeling bloke in the queue! Speaking of the crowd, it was good to see that we weren't surrounded by annoyingly drunk tourists. Actually there was a cool mix of Brisbane people down for the weekend and locals. And plenty of thirtysomethings like us were bopping away with young tanned looking glamazons.
On the topic of the "beautiful people", judging by the sight of so many groups of guys in suits and girls wearing heels and with feathers in their hair, we sensed post-races celebrations (that also explained the free drinks at the bar). I loved these shoes that I saw on at least five different sets of race-going legs. Patent beige peep-top pumps are obviously a Gold Coast fashion staple! One of the enthusiastic wearers told me to head to Joanne Mercer at Harbour Town to get some. And indeed I did - a nice birthday present for myself.
A post-Stingray purchase.
In terms of music, the staff say that they play pop, soul and Latin beats from Thursday to Saturday nights. We won't that keen on all of the music because it got a bit modern, but a few songs had us boogying (as latin tunes tend to do for me). Anyway ,around midnight we made our escape just on closing time. I texted my other friend in Sydney and told her we'd found a new bar that's "a mix of Porpoise Spit and Hugos" – a cool combination!