Okay, it’s that time of year again Queenslanders! Get behind our boys in maroon and watch them squash some cockroaches from one of these great Gold Coast pubs.
Parkwood Tavern

Great seating areas, Parkwood Tavern - Gold Coast
Great seating areas, Parkwood Tavern – Gold Coast

Located opposite Griffith University in Southport, get your colours on and head to the Parkwood Tavern who are the experts in providing State of Origin entertainment. Whether you’re a student looking to go somewhere nearby or you just want a place with guaranteed atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed if you choose Parkwood Tavern as your game day destination. With a bistro, steakhouse, gaming lounge and sports betting facilities, there’s really something for everyone. Plan on watching the game with mates? Book a Supertable where you and up to four people can get the best seats in the house, along with a $100 food and beverage voucher. If the kids aren’t as passionate about the state-versus-state rivalry, there’s a great playground facility available to ensure they have fun too!
Where: Wintergreen Dr Parkwood Gold Coast QLD
Lone Star Tavern
Grab a cold one, Lone Star Tavern - Gold Coast
Grab a cold one, Lone Star Tavern – Gold Coast

If you live near Mermaid Beach and are looking for a place where the whole family can watch the big game, then you can’t go past the Lone Star Tavern. With the origin viewable on TVs in both the bistro and sports bar, you can sit down and watch the game as a family over dinner or head to the sports bar where things will be hitting fever pitch. If you choose to dine, we suggest ordering the little ones something from the kids menu, while you choose from a range of great-tasting steak selections, which the Lone Star Tavern is famous for. Just because it’s family friendly, doesn’t you shouldn’t come to Lone Star Tavern with your mates. Just bypass the bistro and head straight to the sports bar where you’re guaranteed to find plenty of others getting into the spirit. You can play some pool, make use of the sports betting facilities or just sit there with your eyes glued to the screen – it’s really up to you.
Where: Sunshine Boulevard Mermaid Waters Gold Coast QLD
Wallaby Hotel
Friendly bartenders, Wallaby Hotel - Gold Coast
Friendly bar staff, Wallaby Hotel – Gold Coast

Situated off the Pacific Motorway in Mudgeeraba, this popular heritage-listed pub is one of the oldest and most popular on the Gold Coast. Be sure to get down early to the Wallaby Hotel to satisfy your dinner cravings with some delicious pub grub from the bistro before kickoff. With 20 per cent off your food bill on Wednesday nights, you’ll have plenty of money leftover for more important things, like a nice cold  beer! After your meal, head straight to the sports bar, where you can watch the game from one of their numerous screens, or if you want to feel like you’re actually there live, save a spot near the big screen. There will also be bikini girls, so if you’re bringing your partner, you’ve been warned. If you plan on overindulging in some cold tap beer throughout the night, there’s a courtesy bus available, as well as on-site accommodation.
Where: 45 Railway Street Mudgeeraba Gold Coast QLD
Are you heading to a Gold Coast pub for State of Origin game one? Let us know where in the comments below.