City-like experiences you didn't know existed on the Coast
Living on the Sunshine Coast, residents are blessed with kilometres of pristine beaches, suburbs hidden away within rainforest and regions surrounded by lush green hinterland.
While we await the $430 million development of the new Maroochydore City Centre, many might think the Coast is lacking that city spark. You can't have a city that's both beautiful and buzzing, right?
The Coast is already reaping the benefits of the future it's slowly building, giving those in the region the opportunity to live the best of both worlds: a coastal lifestyle with all the perks of a city. And here is the proof.
Get sky high
For those not in the know, the Coast actually has its own rooftop bar and, honestly, it's a scene straight out of New York City.
The Circa Rooftop Bar and Restaurant at the Kon Tiki building in Maroochydore really ramps up those inner-city vibes but instead of smog, you'll be breathing in that fresh sea breeze.
It has a mix of bright pink decor and climbing greenery, with Mediterranean goddess-like vibes on the deck and a luxurious Gatsby-style bar in the centre.
It's definitely the place to gather the girl squad on a Saturday afternoon with a specialised champagne menu, exquisite cocktail list and a fine selection of tapas, mains and sharing plates.
Maybe you can blame it on the altitude but the Circa Rooftop Bar will have you feeling damn fine.
Circa Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, 55 Plaza Parade, Kon Tiki Building, Maroochydore.
Gold Class Cinemas
No more driving all the way to Chermside in north Brisbane for a five-star movie experience because the Coast now has its own Gold Class Cinema.
At a surprisingly reasonable price, you can treat someone special to the experience that includes pre-movie bar access, food and beverage delivery to your seat throughout the movie as well as reclining armchairs. Plus, they are the type of armchairs you can recline without feeling like a douche: there's no intruding on the personal space of others.
Kawana Shoppingworld, 119 Point Cartwright Dr, Buddina.
Out on a school night
For city slickers, weeknights are just an extended version of the weekend, and the same goes for Sunny Coasters.
There are some great weeknight food and drink deals throughout the Coast for punters to take a night off cooking while catching up with mates.
Here are a few of Weekend Magazine's favourites:
Your Mates: They had us as at "$3 taco”. What more can we say? The Your Mates Brewing Co's Wednesday Mexican Night is definitely one to pencil in for the weekly to-do list. Not only are they legit are the most delicious tacos in existence, but they are also cheap, cheap, cheap. There's fish, beef and pork, as well as a vegetarian option to choose from.
Try one of the speciality local froths while you're there that are all brewed on site. Play it safe with a Larry or be adventurous and try the Chipotle larger - sounds like a drink that's a perfect match for a taco, if you ask us.
Your Mates Brewery, 41 Technology Dr, Warana.
Good Bar: "Have you heard of Good Bar?” "Yes, it is a good bar”. Once you and your friends get through the confusion that, yes, Good Bar is actually the name of the bar and not just a good place to drink, it's time to head to the venue's $10 burger night.
From 11am every Thursday the burgers within the "Good Burger” menu are just $10. It's a great time to have that end-of-week wind-down, just a day early. They are generous-sized burgers with beef, chicken, pork, vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.
However, if you aren't quite full, wash down your burger with a spiced rum and apple juice. Served with freshly squeezed apple juice, they are a tasty treat that'll satisfy that dessert craving.
Good Bar, 5/19-23 First Ave, Mooloolaba.
The Wholefood Kitchen: For the animal lovers and those wanting to be sustainable at heart, don't worry, you are not forgotten. Here is an idea for your weekly food ritual.
The Wholefood Kitchen is an all-vegan and organic (spray-free) pop-up kitchen that operates out of the Grilled Gecko Cafe every Friday night. Renting out the café for the night, The Wholefood Kitchen head chef produces a different menu each week.
Usually starting from about $12 per person, you can sit back and feast while playing a board game or two.
Takeaway options are available for those who bring their own containers.
The Wholefood Kitchen, 2/932 David Low Way, Marcoola.
The Sunshine Coast is an extremely creative city, with start-up businesses popping up everywhere.
Gone are the days when entrepreneurs were chained to the '80s-style office cubicle, with the online revolution, there's now freedom to work from anywhere.
For those working from home, starting their own business or studying, co-working spaces are a great way to keep the motivation running high and fresh ideas flowing.
The Common Collective is a creative hub that offers hot desks, desk rentals, study lounge areas and conference rooms available for the use of the public.
Its interior is pleasing on the eye and has an abundance of natural life that will awaken the brain's best ideas.
Creative Collective, 11/12 Norval Ct, Maroochydore.