Winter warmers: 9 dining hotspots to escape the chill
YOU don't have to sacrifice pristine ocean views while meeting up with friends on the Sunshine Coast this winter.
As temperatures plummet on the Coast - sending locals into their annual winter hibernation - enjoying an afternoon on a balcony with friends might not be your first choice.
Staying in can seem like the only thing to do when temperatures are expected to drop to 9C into next Tuesday and rainy weather continues to dampen spirits.
But with cosy dining options like One Up Bar and Bistro at Mooloolaba, you can still enjoy all the Coast has to offer while staying warm.
Manager Steve Musico said the restaurant's balcony was the perfect place for locals to enjoy ocean views while staying protected from the weather.
"We've got seats all along the window that look over the ocean,” he said.
"And while you can enjoy obviously a beer, there's coffee and all sorts of beverages that you can enjoy through winter with a good selection of tapas food as well.”
Mr Musico said while winter was usually a slower season for venues across the Sunshine Coast, the restaurant was dedicated to bringing locals back to the venue.
"Winter usually does slow down. But Mooloolaba's very weather-orientated,” he said.
"With the view and everything that we have to offer, we really want to see the locals come back and just enjoy themselves.
"Whilst the tourists are great, we really want the locals. Without the locals you really don't have anything.”
One Up Bar and Bistro is opening for breakfast for the first time this weekend and Mr Musico said he was expecting a stellar customer turn-out for the cooler months.
The restaurant is also hosting an over-28s night this Saturday night, featuring classic hits with a live DJ from 7pm.
Mr Musico said entertainment precincts like Ocean St and the newly-renovated Wharf were popular among the younger crowd and tourists, but he wanted to attract a different market.
"Those who don't necessarily want to go to a nightclub, that would like to hear some nice tunes whilst looking over the view and enjoying some beverages,” he said.
This winter, Mr Musico said customers could enjoy popular meals like crispy pork belly, Thai-flavoured chicken wings and stir-fried noodles.
"The warmer food really starts to attract the people,” he said.
The Sunshine Coast is full of cosy cafes and bars that are a must-visit this winter.
From the beach to the hinterland, there's always somewhere to enjoy the Coast lifestyle while staying warm.
Here are some warm places to visit on the Sunshine Coast this winter
Harry's on Buderim
Harry's on Buderim is described as the "hidden gem” of the Sunshine Coast.
Set amongst the beautiful Buderim Forest Park, you can dine on the veranda or in the private room.
It's indoor fireplace and rustic charm makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a cold winter's night.
Riba Kai, Maroochydore
Located at The Concept at Maroochydore, Riba Kai is a must-visit for its coffee and food alone.
It's a top spot to visit in all seasons on the Sunshine Coast with its cosy indoor dining options and outdoor heaters.
Dirty Moes, Mooloolaba
Another Mooloolaba classic, Dirty Moes has plenty of comfort food to keep you warm this winter.
It's the perfect place to meet up with friends for a drink and a feed to hide away from the cold weather.
Pizzami Gourmet Pizza Bar, Peregian Beach
The family-owned and operated Gourmet Pizza Bar sits right on the coast at Peregian Beach, and its outdoor heater will let you keep enjoying the stunning views throughout the cooler months.
With an extensive pizza menus as well as pasta, salads and entrees plus a full bar, there's something for everyone to keep warm at this Coast hotspot.
Ba Vigo, Cotton Tree
Spanish restaurant Ba Vigo offers a uniqye dining experience in an elegant setting, perfect for enjoying the Coast lifestyle in the cooler months.
A Sunshine Coast favourite since 2004, the tapas bar is a must-visit this winter.
Augello's has been described as one of the Sunshine Coast's bests Italian restaurants for more than a decade.
Its outdoor heating will make you feel cosy at Mooloolaba Esplanade even on the coolest of nights.
The Pocket Espresso Bar, Moffat Beach
A favourite among Caloundra locals and tourists alike, there are plenty of cosy corners at The Pocket to keep warm this winter.
It's no surprise the local gem is always busy, as it boasts pristine views over Moffat Beach and has plenty of space inside and out.
Montville Cafe, Bar and Grill
The iconic Montville Pub is a hive of activity during winter as locals and tourists flock to the Sunshine Coast hinterland for a day out.
It's the perfect place to enjoy a lunch-time feed and escape the chilly weather with great food and entertainment in the traditional Montville Pub atmosphere.
Did we miss a local favourite? Let us know your favourite winter hotspots in the comments below.