Street smart and sophisticated, One 50 Public House occupies a favourite local haunt; a location that has hosted many nights out as Margarita’s on the Water, then Surfers Rowers, before undergoing a total revamp.
Now the doors are open again as One 50 Public House, a trendy New York inspired bar and restaurant, and a fabulous addition to the coast’s nightlife. While it may not look like a ‘public house’, its name marks its purpose. The dress code may be smart casual (read no visible tattoos), but there’s nothing laid back about the venue. This is a contemporary city pub with a mix of entertainment; smart, slick, image and security conscious, a place for locals and tourists alike to socialise, enjoy live music and a drink. It’s a spacious venue with dining in the ground floor restaurant for 70, a large upstairs function area suitable for functions or weddings, and a gaming room on the way.
Even from the outside, it’s a remarkable refurbishment of the venue by local developers the Rayjon Group. Situated beside the main traffic thoroughfare Bundall Road, a huge mural designed by Melbourne illustrator Travis Price (painted by local artist Michael Perry) fronts the building. Inside, the transformation is complete. Stripped to a bare industrial shell, there’s warmth in the timber feature columns, softening sleek lines of steel, brick and polished concrete, and floor to ceiling glass looking out over the waterway. The ‘take your life in your hands’ verandah is gone, the rickety floor has been replaced by elegant timber, and a few leather-studded armchairs offer relaxed seating away from the dining tables.
The extensive gastropub menu shows American street food influences: New York hot dogs quite unlike our own, Chilli dogs, and Reuben sandwiches, pizzas labelled Waldorf, SoHo, Wall Street and Queens, as well as at least a dozen street food dishes which span the globe ($5 – $19).
We enjoyed a weekend lunch of Sticky prawns with lemongrass, honeyed soy and burnt lime (Street Food), and tender Pork cutlet with bok choy and ribbons of carrot on rosti with a spiced apple jus (Mains). But our other main, the Fish of the Day is a disappointment. Poached snapper (fresh, the waitress tells us), is bland in taste and soggy in the middle, redeemed only by the spicy tang of its accompanying cress salad. Most mains are mainstream modern Australian: Crisp skin NZ salmon, 14 hour ribs with sticky BBQ glaze and the One50 Signature Steak with braised leek and potato mash ($25 – $45 plus sides). It’s possible to have a bit of a splurge, but just as likely you’ll be visiting One 50 to meet up with friends, enjoy a cocktail or beer with a mix of tapas to share.
Situated next door to Gold Coast City Council offices and just off a major thoroughfare, One 50’s position is a major drawcard. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks to suit every occasion, with lots of entertainment and special event dinners up their sleeve, there’s a lot to draw people to this venue. Despite the urban glam of the deco, it’s the view north across glistening water to skyline views of Surfers Paradise which steals our attention, the ‘all eyes out front’ gravitation to water. This is, after all, a ‘public house’, Gold House style!
150 Bundall Road, Bundall Ph: 07 5504 6688 Open: Mon – Sun 10am till late