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Cocktails and sundowners in and around Mooloolaba

There are many ways to end a relaxing day on the Sunshine coast, but one of the most enjoyable is to seek out the best cocktails in Mooloolaba. And the secret to finding these little gems is to go where the locals go.

With some insider knowledge of the local area, you can be assured of a pleasant evening tasting new and exciting cocktails, with good service, friendly staff and tempting food.

So whether you want an evening of excitement and dancing or one of relaxation and quiet conversation – here are 5 local venues that serve the best cocktails in Mooloolaba.


If you want to try something really different, this is the place to go. Taps is different to any other bar/restaurant around. In fact it is unique, because with 28 beer taps throughout the bar – either in the walls or in your table – it is the only Australian venue where you pour your own beer.

Choose from a delectable menu, which includes fresh seafood and crisp salads to mouth-watering steaks and classic ribs. They also stock an extensive array of wines and create some of the best cocktails in Mooloolaba.

Oneup bar & bistro

A few minutes’ walk along the busting Esplanade brings you to OneUp, serving fresh, modern Australian cuisine with an ocean view. Their menu ranges from Coffin Bay Oysters and marinated calamari to pasture fed rib fillet or spicy Spanish meatballs. They have a large range of cocktails available - from the fruity Red Corvette to the contemplative Frozen Grasshopper.

The Boatshed

A short 5 minute drive north along the Esplanade will bring you to The Boatshed at Cotton Tree. This first class restaurant and bar is located right on the water’s edge and serves outstanding a la carte food with a full tapas menu, large wine list and generous cocktails – the martini is a speciality.

The Piano Bar

10 mins drive from Oceans finds you the Piano Bar – serving Mediterranean Tapas, wines and cocktails. With a happy social atmosphere this is a very popular venue. Soak up the flavours of the Mediterranean and listen to live jazz/blues, while you select from their extensive menu of delicious tapas and decide on which of their exciting cocktails to try first. The feeling here is one of elegance and belonging.

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