Stuck for ideas on where to watch State of Origin on the Gold Coast?
It’s that time of year again when every Queenslander and New South Welshman dons their colour — be it maroon or blue — and gets behind their home state.
And one thing's for sure: wherever you’re from and wherever you happen to be when the game kicks off, prime viewing location and a festive atmosphere are essential ingredients for a good night out.
We've rounded up the best of the best and here is our pick of some of the best places to watch live and enjoy the State of Origin on the Gold Coast.
All you need to do is come out cheering!
Best Gold Coast bars to watch the game
Mackenzie's Sports Bar @ Southport Sharks, Southport
- Address: Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Aves, Southport, QLD 4215
- Facebook: Southport Sharks
- Phone number: (07) 5532 1155
The guys at Mack’s Sports Bar are well-versed in creating the perfect atmosphere for their sports-mad patrons, and State of Origin night will be no exception.
With $3 schooners, $18.50 pizza and schooner combos and the chance to win a personallise State of Origin jersey, Mack’s is a great option for a boys’ night out.
Surfers Paradise RSL, Surfers Paradise
- Address: Level 1, 9 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
- Facebook: Surfers Paradise RSL
- Phone number: (07) 5539 8966
The family-friendly Surfer’s RSL is a much loved feature of the Gold Coast.
This RSL tends to make a night of it for the State of Origin with raffles and live music all night long. Bring your family (or don’t!)
LoneStar Tavern, Mermaid Waters
- Address: Cnr Markeri & Sunshine Blvd Mermaid Waters 4218
- Facebook: LoneStar Tavern
- Phone number: (07) 5572 2000
All three games will be screened live at the LoneStar.
Generous VIP packages are happening this year which feature front-and-centre seating, table service throughout the night, beverage packages and hot food platters. We're hungry just thinking about it!
If VIP isn't your style, LoneStar is also offering $10 BBQ pork ribs and Tooheys New schooner deals, $18 250g steak and pot deals, pint specials, free half time nibbles and door prizes.
- Address: 52 Price Street, Nerang, QLD, 4211
- Facebook: Cineplex Nerang
- Phone number: (07) 5502 0222
Break from tradition, skip the pub, and take the whole family to the Nerang Cineplex where all three games will be played, live, on the big (cinema-sized) screen.
Entry is free, but Cineplex have teamed up with the Animal Welfare League to collect a gold coin donation from all attendees.
- Address: Cnr Warner Street & Marine Parade Coolangatta, 4225
- Facebook: Coolangatta Hotel
- Phone number: (07) 5589 6888
Live on TWO big screens, you can expect the Coolangatta Hotel to be packed to the rafters with the sounds of cheering each and every State of Origin game.
To get you prepped for the atmosphere ahead, think $15 pizza and beer deals, $5 halftime hot dogs and instant prize wins.
Atrium Bar @ Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast, Broadbeach
- Address: Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
- Facebook: Atrium Bar, Conrad Jupiters
- Phone number: 1800 074 145
Jupiters Hotel and Casino needs no introduction on the Gold Coast, combining luxury accommodation, casino and gaming facilities, entertainment, as well as a range of quality bars and restaurants.
Make no mistake, though, the State of Origin festivities will be just as enthusiastic here and revolve around a Live on the Lawn event that takes you to its Garden Kitchen & Bar deck and lawn. Here, the games will play on giant screens, player appearances will feature every game (Jharal Yow Yeh, Matt Scott and Scott Prince are all lined up to hang around), bean bags will set the scene and smoked bbq meats will be your meal plan for the evening.
The game will also play indoors at the Sports Bar.
- Address: 165 Duringan Stree Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
- Facebook: Currumbin RSL
- Phone number: (07) 5534 7999
A classic State of Origin experience awaits you at the Currumbin with complimentary finger food, $4 schooners, cocktail and meal specials and the chance to win the best seat in the house.
PS - every seat here is pretty darn good, if we do say so ourselves.