I’m calling it. Gold Coast is the night market capital of Australia. It could be our perfect climate, it could be our penchant for outdoor-living, or it could just be that we have the best darn foodtrucks and entertainment options from across the entire nation.
Whatever the reason (and seriously, who’s complaining), we’ve really honed our night market offering, thanks in part to the pioneers at Miami Marketta.
Last week we introduced you to Bundall Bazaar which runs Friday nights at, you guessed it, Bundall.
But the latest cab off the rank is Social Market at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. Running every second Saturday with live bands and DJ at each event, the market dishes up two alleys of food trucks with dinner and dessert options.
And with all good night markets, it’s not just about the food (although it’s really about the food, isn’t it?) There’s also art, fashion and design stalls which highlight some of the awesome talent producing quality goods locally.
The Social Markets have also put kids front and centre with a jumping castle, face-painting and bowls for children. And of course there’s barefoot bowls for the adults too.
And if you think the 80s are making a comeback, you’ll be right on the money at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. Their beergarden prices have been stuck in the 80s for like forever.
You’ve probably driven past the Mermaid Bowls Club for the past ten years and not even noticed it. It’s just off the Markeri Street x Gold Coast Highway intersection at Mermaid Beach and if you wanted to take the light rail it’s about a ten minute walk from the terminus.
Social Markets at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club run the first and third Saturday of the month with the next markets being 17 December, 7 January and 21 January from 4.00 – 9.00pm.
DJ Elliot Ramsay and home-grown acoustic guitarist Dan Irwin will provide the tuns on 17 December with Elliot Ramsay back on the decks on 7 January alongside brother and sister duo from the band The Superlove who will lay down some tunes as DJ Acoustic.
On 21 January, Jackson James Smith will make an appearance for some blues-infused vibes.