Vibrant new rooftop venue set to open at HOTA Gallery

Get ready to enjoy a drink sky-high at the HOTA Gallery!

A vibrant new rooftop bar and dining venue called ‘The Exhibitionist Bar’ is set to open there this May.

Located on level five, across 233 sqm of indoor and outdoor terrace spaces, The Exhibitionist Bar will offer sweeping panoramic views of the Gold Coast.

As for the food, we can expect a sophisticated tapas style bar menu with specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list, house made sodas and local craft beer. It will also be the place to go in the gallery if you are in need a morning caffeine fix.

HOTA Head of Culinary Arts, David Ashford said The Exhibitionist Bar will deliver a spectacular destination rooftop experience.

“The vision behind The Exhibitionist Bar was to create an iconic venue that provides a memorable experience for our visitors,” said David.

“The building was inspired by William Robinson’s stunning painting, The Rainforest, and being at the top of the extraordinary HOTA Gallery, we have taken inspiration of being in the rainforest canopy with the stylish fit out and theming. The venue has a luxurious and relaxed style, just like the Gold Coast.”

The Exhibitionist Bar’s bar manager, Tom Angel is looking forward to welcoming Gold Coasters to the rooftop for an experience like no other.

“The Exhibitionist bar team can not wait to welcome our first guests in May to enjoy specialty cocktails, music, art, fabulous food, and spectacular sunsets,” he said.

“Just imagine finishing the day sipping a glass of champagne, sharing some tapas while watching the sunset over the Gold Coast hinterland.”


WATCH: Enjoy 40 Days Of Flavour at The Star Gold Coast

An autumn explosion of food, drink and entertainment is coming to The Star Gold Coast from 22 March – 30 April.

40 Days of Flavour will bring together cultural tastemakers, expert chefs and music talent in an exciting celebration of the season’s flavours.

For 40 days and nights, The Star Gold Coast will dish up a diverse program of dining experiences, created by some of Australia’s brightest chefs, using the finest produce available.

Watch below for a taste of what to expect:

Here are some of the highlight events happening at 40 Days Of Flavour: 

Nineteen at The Star Chef’s Showcase
When: 22 March – 30 April, Friday & Saturday Lunch from 12pm
Cost: $96pp
What: Guests will enjoy a spectacular four-course celebration of executive chef Uday Huja’s favourite flavour combinations and staple spices for autumn, set against the glittering Gold Coast skyline from this chic rooftop restaurant and bar.
To book:

Kiyomi Omakase
When: Select dates between 27 April – 1 May, 6.30pm
Cost: From $195pp
What: Revel in the most-exclusive seat in town as the restaurant’s chefs handpick the season’s freshest flavours and finest produce with an adventurous Omakase menu, just for you. With the intimate event accommodating just seven guests per seating, Chase Kojima and his talented chefs will be exclusively yours in the ultimate Japanese degustation for ten nights only.
To book:

The Star Grazing Tour
When: 1 – 29 April, every Thursday from 6.15pm
Cost: $145pp
What: Experience the very best of The Star with a four-course progressive dinner, enjoying signature dishes from some of the Gold Coast’s most popular dining experiences. The evening starts at Nineteen at The Star, with the second course at Garden Kitchen & Bar and the third course at Kiyomi. An Italian-inspired chocolate dessert at Cucina Vivo brings the tour to a sweet close, with a mystery post-dinner cocktail for those tempted to uncover the Gold Coast’s newest underground bar.
To book:

Cucina Vivo Cork, Culinary & Colour
When: 10 April and 24 April, from 12.45pm – 3pm
Cost: From $99pp
What: Unlock your creativity at Cucina Vivo with an art class like no other. Expect an exquisite experience where art and appetites collide, accompanied by a delicious high tea and beverage package.
To book:

Live on The Lawn
When: 22 March – 12 June, Thursday – Sunday
Cost: Free
What: It’s not just tastebuds that will receive The Star treatment this autumn. 40 Days of Flavour will also feature the best Australian sounds to satisfy live music cravings, with a weekly line-up of homegrown headline talent on Live on The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar. The line-up includes an acoustic soloist on Thursdays and Sundays, an R’n’B DJ on Fridays and headline acts alternating with James Canning and the Radio Metro DJs every Saturday as the sun goes down.
Headline Acts:
● Sat 27 March – KLP
● Sat 3 April – Northeast Party House [DJ Set]
● Sat 17 April – Miami Horror [DJ Set]
● Sat 1 May – Confidence Man [DJ Set]
● Sat 15 May – Set Mo [DJ Set]
● Sat 29 May – Bag Raiders [DJ Set]
● Sat 12 June – Dirty South
To book:

For more information on 40 Days Of Flavour at The Star Gold Coast, visit:

Plus, to celebrate The Star Gold Coast’s 40 Days of Flavour, 1029 Hot Tomato and Nine Gold Coast News have teamed up to give away luxurious Starcations. Find out how to win here!

Macca’s launches drool-worthy new McFlurry flavour

Try to stay calm, but McDonald’s has just launched one heck of a new McFlurry flavour inspired by our friends across the ditch.

Say hello to the Cookie Time McFlurry – which, as the name suggests, features crumbly pieces of much-loved New Zealand biscuit brand, Cookie Time.

The limited-edition McFlurry is also filled with swirls of chocolate sauce and everyone’s favourite soft-serve ice-cream.

It comes after Macca’s yesterday teased customers about the mouth-watering concoction.

“Something big is coming to Macca’s – give us your best guesses! And before you say bubblegum, this is a McFlurry collab Australia’s never seen before – one for all our Kiwi friends!” the company said in a post on Facebook.

But there’s a catch, you won’t be able to simply walk into your local McDonalds and order one of these bad boys over the counter today as they’re only available through the Uber Eats App.

However, from March 3, we will be able to get our hands on the Cookie Time McFlurry at all Macca’s stores across the country.

Kurrawa beach to host Rosé Coast festival

A wave of rosé lovers are expected to wash onto the Gold Coast this May, for festivities such as ‘rosé roulette’ and ‘the masked wine’.

It has been announced Kurrawa Beach will play host to an inaugural Rosé Coast festival, on Saturday May 1.

Rosé Coast Co-Producer and Creative Director Kristen Francis said the beachfront location is an idyllic venue to sip the day away.

“Everyone involved has worked hard to put the event together, given circumstances over the last year, so we’re very excited to finally share the news that we will be hitting Gold Coast shores this May,” said Kristen.

Rosé Coast will showcase a huge variety of the best rosé from over 20 wine growing regions across Australia, including prosecco, sparkling rosé, rosatos and frosé.

“These will be complemented by alternative options such as sparkling, red and white wine, Brookie’s Byron Gin, Brix Distillers from Sydney, Matso’s Brewery and Gage Roads Brew Co. from WA, along with the Wine Selectors Discovery Bar, all matched with a carefully curated gourmet food offering by Gold Coast legends, In Season Catering.”

Major Events Gold Coast CEO, Jan McCormick, welcomes the exciting new concept.

“As an event which fits our destination so perfectly, I am delighted to welcome Rosé Coast Gold Coast to our city,” she said.

With an entry price point of $49, tickets are expected to sell quickly. They will be available from Monday 22 February, to subscribers of the Festival.

There will also be an option to upgrade to the exclusive VIP Beach Club, or for those after a super exclusive vibe – a very limited number of VIP Beach Cabana tickets will give a private space for up to 10 people.

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If you want to do more than sit and sip in the sand, then you can line up for complimentary ‘Pinot & Picasso’ art classes, beach volleyball and badminton on the beach, or a pampering by endota spa Broadbeach.

Plus, rosé students will be able to test their skills at building more than your run-of-the-mill sand castle. Sand sculpture artist Dennis Massoud will be running specially designed lessons on how to create something magical in the sand.

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Enjoy a lavish Lunar New Year at The Star Gold Coast

Get ready for an opulent celebration to mark the Lunar New Year at The Star Gold Coast.

The resort is ushering in the Year of the Ox, with an array of special dining experiences and entertainment from Thursday 11 until Friday 26 February.

Chief Operating Officer Jess Mellor said colourful entertainment would bring a festive flavour.

“Our talented chefs have created authentic and tantalising special dishes and menus to ensure everyone can celebrate this significant event on the cultural calendar in spectacular fashion,” Ms Mellor said.

“What better way to mark this auspicious occasion than to watch a dazzling lion dance and firecracker performance before tucking into dim sum at Imperial at the Star, or traditional Lunar New Year cakes at Mei Wei Dumplings?”

Mei Wei Dumplings (which, by the way translates to ‘delicious’!) is expected to pump out more than 200 kilograms of dumplings over the course of the festival, while Imperial at the Star is planning to plate-up over 350 kilograms of king prawns!

“For a prosperous and luxurious start to the Lunar New Year, guests can indulge in our most decadent seafood with Kiyomi’s magnificent Seafood Celebration Platter,” Ms Mellor added.

The lavish platter platter of sashimi lobster and Siberian Black Pearl Caviar will set you back $888, and has been designed to bring families and friends together in a luxurious celebration of new beginnings and the promise of an abundant and prosperous new year.

Kiyomi’s Lunar New Year $888 platter. PHOTO: Supplied

Ms Mellor said The Star had placed considerable thought into every detail of its Lunar New Year program to ensure guests who could not travel overseas for traditional family celebrations could still enjoy an authentic experience.

The lion dance begins with a bang as firecrackers are lit at the main entrance before weaving their way through the Atrium and Imperial at the Star restaurant, before dancing through The Darling Lobby to end the performance in the main foyer.

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