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An icon can’t be manufactured, it can’t be copied. Such is the destination of Surfers Paradise. Built by legends that are fast becoming folklore, this eclectic beach town owes its international reputation to those who flew in the face of those who said, ‘’it can’t be done’’.

Enter…the Walrus…

Alcohol wasn’t easy to come by in these parts back in the mid 1800s, so a foolhardy yet enterprising ‘Bosun’, James Stewart, went about setting this straight. Through genius ingenuity and iron will, he hand built a floating rum distillery aboard an old paddle wheeler steamship he lovingly named, SS Walrus. James and his Walrus sailed the Nerang River distilling local folks’ sugar cane into prized Walrus Rum for three years keeping spirits high onshore while giving customs officers a rum-for-their-money trying to account for all the gallons produced!

From the golden fields of cane, a legend was born. Walrus Social House is a tribute to James and his trusty SS Walrus. This is why we are a heritage inspired establishment built on traditional sugar cane earth that bore the fruits of the Walrus stills – the very steamship moored in the Nerang River on our back doorstep. This is why we are bringing back the social decency of sharing good drinks and fare with good people. Being community. Being entertained. Breathing in life. Breathing out worries. Living in the moment. As James would want us to.

 

Like the SS Walrus and its ingenious ‘Bosun’ James Stewart who produced fine rum for coastal locals, we’re all about keeping spirits high in a legendary town that’s famous for fun. 

We’ve got over 25 rums from around the world to choose from, over 70 spirits to savour, 60 odd wines on list and imported, local and craft beers on tap or by the bottle. Spoilt for choice is a gross understatement.

Our twelve heritage-based Signature Cocktails keep tradition alive dedicated to iconic people, places and events that have shaped the Gold Coast over the past 150 years. The White Shoe Shuffle, Barney Bolton, Stafford’s Punch and Spray Tan Man are just some of the refreshingly delicious creations to savour as the sun goes down. Our Head Barman, Kurt, hones his mixing craft with a creatively methodical madness that always results in sublime sipping sanity - his talented team all following suit.

Open everyday from 10am till late, the Walrus Social House gaming room offers 35 of the latest gaming machines, including the interactive 'Lightning Link', 'Jackpot Carnival' and a variety of other in-house jackpots for your experience. Walrus Social House promotes responsible gambling. If gambling becomes a problem please call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858. The information provided on this page in not intended for persons under 18 years of age. 

A TASTE OF OUR SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
  • White Shoe Shuffle

    A flash in the distance gleaming from the equinox of a summer sun. From a hundred yards away they pace with duck-like determination. Men who built a city by the sea instantly recognisable for doing so by their shared love of donning arctic white leather shoes. A symbol of status. A statementthat I mean business, White Shoe Brigade style. This one's smooth and silky like a Surfers property salesman of the 70s.

  • Barney Bolton

    Legendary boat builder, hirer and ferry man Barney Boulton called the GC home in the late 1880's after emigrating from England. Famous with locals and Brisbanites, the jovial skipper ferried beachgoers across the Broadwater from Southport to Main Beach. So lovable, when he'd head north to Brisbane and walk the city barefoot, people would call out, “How they biting Barney?!” A cocktail with a sweet yet salty bite.

  • Stafford’s Punch

    In our beautiful sunburnt country, where would Australian women of today be without the bikini? Enter Paula Stafford, the dazzling Gold Coast beauty and fashion designer credited with introducing the bikini to Australian shores in her own backyard of Surfers Paradise. Against conservative criticism she persisted with punch to make this swimwear the preferred beach fashion statement during the 40s and 50s - the rest is now history. A taste with vision, this one's for Paula.

“For me it’s about creating a sense of well-being; a nourishment of the senses”
Executive Chef, Daniel Smith.

Like our name implies, at the Walrus we’re all about being social which is why our menu offers you tapas share plates, pizzettas and other delightful dishes to interactively indulge in as a couple or group.

Made fresh from our sister establishment Clifford’s Grill & Lounge, you’re getting premium produce as cooked by our world-class Executive Chef, Daniel Smith, and his handpicked team of culinary creatives.

Try some of these house-made delicacies…

King prawns, char-grilled, garlic and herb dipping sauce, toasted sourdough loaf (gf)

Free range buffalo wings, sticky New York spices, house ranch dipping sauce

Walrus lobster baguette – poached lobster tail, preserved lemon mayo, dill pickle, eggplant crisps

Three hour slow braised pork belly, sweet Bali manis, fresh basil, crispy shallots (gf)

Pizzetta - Byron Bay inferno salami, buffalo mozzarella, roasted chilli

Bread board – Moutabel, Beirut spicy hummus, marinated labneh, sour herbs, house baked Iranian bread (gf)

Check out our comprehensive Walrus Social House menu - we look forward to serving you soon.

Enter the Walrus and you’ll find it hard to exit.

WHY WALRUS?
  • Dishes cooked fresh daily from the Clifford’s Grill & Lounge executive kitchen
  • Premium produce sourced locally – exotic spices and condiments offshore
  • Extensive tapas share menu
  • Seafood, meat, vegetarian and gluten free options available
  • Serving food from 10am till late

“For me it’s about creating a sense of well-being; a nourishment of the senses”
Executive Chef, Daniel Smith.

Our Walrus Social House Cafe is a little slice of the Hamptons in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Open seven days a week, we offer a great range of healthy snack options including fresh focaccias and wraps, muffins, acai bowls and more. For the sweet tooths we also have an awesome range of cakes and pastries baked fresh daily for the ultimate cheeky indulgence.

Professional baristas brew up a storm from sunrise to sunset and fresh juices, shakes, soft drinks, iced teas and other refreshments are all part of the Walrus Cafe offer.

You can also take your cafe goodies anywhere in Walrus Social House to enjoy – perhaps the morning sunshine and cool sea breeze in the cabana may suit your mood?!

Enter the Walrus and you’ll find it hard to exit.

WHY WALRUS CAFE?
  • Fresh snacks made daily from our new executive kitchen
  • Dedicated pastry chef crafting amazingly delicious treats
  • Vitoria premium coffee ground fresh daily
  • Fresh juices and health shakes

EVENTS AT WALRUS

The Walrus Social House is an ideal venue to host your next event or party at with an all-inclusive experience available on personal request.

You can book the cabana lounge exclusively, an area in the Walrus or even extend for increased guest numbers to include the plush and adjoining Clifford’s lounge. The entire venue can also be booked-out on discussion with Walrus management*.

Set menus and drinks packages can all be tailored to suit your individual needs, with entertainment and theming support also available on request.

Simply contact us via our details provided and one of our events team will get back to you to discuss your needs further.

Enter the Walrus and you’ll find it hard to exit.

*Minimum spend applies.

WHY EVENTS AT WALRUS?
  • A new venue not scene before by your colleagues or social set
  • Stylish fit out and area options to truly wow your guests
  • Custom food and drinks packages available on request
  • Dedicated staff available on request (depending on event size)
  • State of the art sound system
  • Surfers Paradise G:link light rail station on our doorstep

DECADENT HIGH TEA

A modern twist on tradition in the secluded surrounds of the alfresco cabana deck.

- Savour a delectable array of handmade French macarons, petite-fours, delicious ribbon sandwiches, scones and more.
- Sip coffee, premium teas and herbal infusions or a glass of sparkling wine for $9 or French champagne for $19

Bookings Essential 07 5588 8304
bookings@walruscliffords.com.au


WALRUS IS A LIVE MUSIC VENUE

The true essence of a venue can be judged by the entertainment it offers and the associated mood it evokes. At the Walrus, our goal is to keep the artists fresh and tunes in line with our personality - lounge vibes and soulful. Here you can chat without having to raise your voice whilst taking in the ambient talents of some of our best musicians and DJs as supplied monthly by national talent management gurus, MAS Entertainment.

Every Friday through Sunday the Walrus gives you live entertainment with a more relaxed vibe around sunset dialing up to a bit more energy early evening till late.

We’ll be rotating our line-up regularly so keep an eye on this page and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming artists performing at the Walrus.

 

WHY WALRUS?
  • Live music weekly Friday – Sunday
  • New artists monthly
  • Notable local and interstate artists
  • Chilled out acoustic performances 

Here’s some more information you may like to know about Walrus Social House.

Dress Code
We are a proud establishment and we’d like our guests to feel the same. We therefore ask guests to please follow our dress code. At our discretion, management reserves the right to refuse entry.

Day
Smart casual day attire, footwear must be worn, no swimwear.

Evening - 5:00pm
Smart casual evening wear. Men dress shirts, pants or dress jeans (no tears), covered dress footwear. No face or neck tattoos, no caps.

Credit Card Surcharge
Credit card payments will incur a 1.5% surcharge.
Payments can be made by credit card up to a value of $5,000.00.

Venue Hire / Minimum Spend
Venue hire/minimum spend policies may be applicable for sole use requests. Availability and prices quoted on interest.

Public Holidays
A 15% surcharge is applicable om Public Holidays.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
Minors are welcome in Clifford’s Grill & Lounge and the Walrus Social House Café as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult (18+) and provided they do not consume alcohol. Minors are not permitted in the Walrus Social House gaming and bar area.

WHY WALRUS?
  • Walrus follows best practice conduct across all facets of operations
  • Walrus if fully licensed according to all hospitality and dining government agency requirements
  • The Walrus team are all trained in accordance with industry regulations in their dedicated roles
Walrus Cafe Menu Walrus Drinks & Tapas Menu Reservation Enquiry
  • Executive Chef
    Daniel Smith   
  • Dress
    Smart casual
  • Book
    p 07 5588 8400
    Email an Enquiry
  • Address
    3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd, G:link Surfers Paradise Station, Under the Watermark
DRESS CODE

We understand that some fashion statements are considered stylish however, after 6pm please remove caps and sunglasses before entering. 

Dress code after 6pm – smart casual wear
Footwear – no thongs, even designer
No offensive clothing inclusive of t-shirts with slogans

Thank you for keeping the Watermark stylish.

OPENING HOURS
Bar and Gaming
Monday to Sunday
10am – midnight

Café 
Monday to Friday
7am – 3pm
Saturday to Sunday
6:30am – 3pm

Offers & Events