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From Beach Bars to Wine Bistros - Nightlife in Mooloolaba

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With plenty of “happy hours” - or pubs offering cut-price, pre-dinner drinks - to enjoy, Mooloolaba doesn't wait for the sun to go down to have fun. More mature visitors tend to favor imbibing at low-key cocktail bars and chic wine haunts found along The Esplanade and by the beach. Younger crowds are drawn to high-energy nightclubs and live-music venues that party into the night.

Along The Esplanade


Overlooking Mooloolaba Beach, The Esplanade has some of the area's most-diverse watering holes. Sophisticated cafés and fine-dining eateries that pour craft cocktails jostle with traditional taverns and casual wine bars. Beer is by far the most popular drink among the locals, and lots of places pour drafts which patrons can enjoy with views of the Pacific Ocean.


Lot 104 Espresso and Wine Bar


A great spot to sip a latte during the day, this café transforms into a cocktail and wine bar with outdoor seating at night. Evenings can be spent enjoying tapas and watching the passing pedestrian parade along The Esplanade.


104/101-105 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557Tel: +61 7 5326 1990


Lot 104 Espresso and Wine Bar website


Mooloolaba Surf Club


At this time-honored hangout, floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of Mooloolaba Beach, and lounge areas give glimpses of The Esplanade's passing parade.


The Esplanade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557. Tel: +61 7 5444 1300


Mooloolaba Surf Club website

The bar and pub scene


You don't have to wander far along Mooloolaba's streets to find a place with cold beer being liberally poured. Causal bars and pubs supply entertainment from karaoke to traditional Irish music, while more modern beer barns have dozens of drafts on tap. You can even knock back a brew at a tavern with an inspiring view of the Mooloolah River.


O'Malleys Irish Pub


If a pint of Guinness and some traditional music from the Emerald Isle takes your fancy, you can pull up a seat at O'Malleys Irish Pub. With sports blaring from large TV screens, clients tends to skew to the younger set.


1 Venning St., Mooloolaba, QLD, Australia. Tel: +61 7 5452 6344


O'Malleys Irish Pub website


Taps Mooloolaba


Inspired by a self-described “drunken trip through Europe,” Taps Mooloolaba lets you pour your own beer from more than 2 dozen draught taps that are built into the tables.


The Esplanade and Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba QLD 4557. Tel: +61 7 5477 7222


Taps Mooloolaba website


Live music in Mooloolaba


Mooloolaba is a center for live music, which can be heard at pubs, clubs, and bars all over town. Live bands and DJs get compact dance floors going at intimate pubs just off The Esplanade. The Marina is also a place to catch some great music, with live acts taking harborfront stages each weekend. The Wharf has a popular nightclub, which welcomes some of Australia's top blues, rocks, and roots bands.


Pub Mooloolaba


A few minutes stroll from The Esplanade, Pub Mooloolaba has live entertainment on weekends that attracts a small but lively crowd to its dance floor.


23 Venning St., Mooloolaba QLD 4557. Tel: +61 7 5477 7011


Pub Mooloolaba website


The Helm Nightclub


Inside the Wharf Tavern, The Helm Nightclub puts on the area's biggest shows from international artists playing before a large crowd. Pulsating lights and a bass-pumping sound system add to the rave-like atmosphere.


River Esplanade and Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557. Tel: +61 7 5444 8383


The Helm Nightclub website