FROM pavlova-inspired cocktails to candy cane-topped creations, Gold Coast bars and restaurants are taking their menus up a notch with over-the-top drinks to satisfy summer crowds.

Roosevelt Lounge bar manager Breeana Erica said the festive period was peak ‘cocktail season’ with more people likely to step outside their comfort zones.

“The Christmas period is always busy and I think people are more likely to go out and try something new,” she said.

“I like to create cocktails that taste like things people have eaten before, so there’s a lot of trial and error involved with mixing flavours.

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We went here for a team Christmas lunch and have to say it was great. The staff members were so friendly and helpful with different menu item recommendations. The food came out quite quickly and looked amazing. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Everyone in our big group had a terrific time. I am sure we will be back to test out the cocktail menu soon! FACEBOOK Denise McGregor December 13

Such a lovely place with amazing staff! Super location to go for dinner and drinks with friends as the atmosphere is always vibrant and happy. The food is great and the drinks amazingly well presented. Definitely a must to visit this place if you are ever in the CBD! FACEBOOK Christina B. Hansen July 9

 "I wish these guys would open in my home town - Sydney" Travelling for work i stopped in for lunch on my own. The staff were great, excellent service, the food was amazing I had the abundance bowl with chicken - i loved it! Best "salad" Ive ever eaten! I'm back at home now and have been craving another one of these every day since, highly recommended! Please open a store in Sydney!!!!!! TRIP ADVISOR melissajanderson

"Great food, cocktails and service!" Loved our night out at Comuna Cantina. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, but not over the top which was good. We ordered a round of cocktails (Candyman = amazing!) and some share platters for the two of us. Huge servings! And having eftpos only made things quick and easy when leaving. Will definitely be back on the next trip to Brisbane!   TRIP ADVISOR 6 Sep 2017 Reviewed by Danielle K

Ordered via UberEats and was pleasantly surprised considering I'm not huge on Mexican. Grilled corn and pulled pork taco were better than expected and loved the Fernanda's Fiesta salad. Would order again! ZOMATO Milla Vanilla

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