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Beth McFadden3 years ago

The best bars to drink at on your FIFO swing

FIFO shifts can take their toll if you don’t spend enough time relaxing in between your daily shifts. The mining projects on Curtis Island employ thousands of staff that commute to and from the island every day. If you’re one of these FIFO employees, you’re probably looking for a bar to call a home away from home to fill in the time between swings. Look no further than these location in Gladstone for your evening shenanigans in between daily ferry trips. You’re sure to see a few of your work colleagues down at these local hotspots for a game of pool and a few cold beers to kill the time.

Dicey’s Bar & Grill

Try the meaty ribs at Dicey's Bar & Grill - Gladstone
Try the meaty ribs at Dicey’s Bar & Grill – Gladstone

What better place to have a drink with your mates than in an Irish pub. Dicey’s Bar & Grill is a popular watering hole for locals and FIFO workers in Gladstone, with different specials and events on every week to keep you busy. Whether you’re just after a Guinness or you want a full meal, you’ll have a great night out at Dicey’s Bar & Grill. Check out their menu with main meals such as pork belly served with scallops, salad and sherry glaze or a T-bone with your favourite topper. If you’re working over the weekend, pop down to Dicey’s on Saturday night for live music to unwind, or Sunday arvo to watch the UFC and meet some new mates. The atmosphere here is always lively, so you know you’ll have a great time if you choose to visit after your shift.
Where: 71-77 Dawson Road, West Gladstone QLD 4680

Central Lane Hotel

The loved beer garden, The Central Hotel - Gladstone
The loved beer garden, Central Lane Hotel – Gladstone

Central Lane Hotel is in the heart of Gladstone and right near the harbour, so you won’t have to travel far after getting off the ferry in the afternoon if you’re looking for a cold drink. Step into the Central Lane Hotel and take a seat in their beer garden complete with a pool table for your entertainment. Grab an icy cold beer off the tap and sit back to relax with your mates and banter over who has the best pool cue technique. This is an awesome place to go if you’re looking for somewhere to unwind and have good chats with your friends before retiring to your camp. You can catch up on the footy or sit down for a game of poker every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening. If you’re looking for a good meal, why don’t you visit on a Sunday afternoon for their weekly spit roast lunch followed by live music by local artists.
Where: 35 Yarroon Street, Gladstone QLD 4680

The Grand Hotel

Visit this popular bar, The Grand Hotel - Gladstone
Visit this popular bar, The Grand Hotel – Gladstone

The Grand Hotel offers the full package when it comes to food, drinks and entertainment. Known by the locals as one of the best event venues in town, if you step into The Grand Hotel you’ll love meeting new people and catching up with friends in the bar area. The awesome staff at The Grand Hotel run plenty of events and promotions to keep the vibe lively and fun. Whether you pop down on Thursday for giveaway vouchers or want to sit and enjoy the live music every Friday and Saturday night, this bar will make you feel right at home. If you’re hungry pop downstairs to Ribs & Rumps or duck into the TAB to check on your sports bets. They have plenty of beers on tap including the James Squire Fifty Lashes pale ale and XXXX Summers lager for a light refreshment. If you’ve been working hard on your shifts, this place will fix you up with drinks and food for a mid-week or weekend evening out.
Where: 79 Gondoon Street, Gladstone QLD 4680

Where’s your Gladstone stomping ground while you’re on FIFO swings? Let us know below!

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