Darwin has always had a reputation for playing hard, and now young travellers keep up the tradition, especially on the weekends. Just about every pub also serves food and some have rather extensive menus.
In recent years, Darwin has become very cosmopolitan with fabulous multicultural markets, shopping centres, casinos, nightclubs, a smorgasbord of restaurants and – of course – pubs galore.
This is a classic Irish theme pub serving Guinness and Kilkenny on tap with an air-conditioned interior and a large street-side veranda. Serves up a filling Irish stew along with regular live music.
At Squires Tavern you can take a tasty drink in a quiet and relaxing venue. There is also a beer garden if the weather is nice. The bar offers a wide selection of beers on tap and an impressive wine list.
Bars & Nightlife
The Cavenagh has a funky 70’s retro look and live music on Sundays. It serves food and has a large cocktail menu. There is comfy seating in smoking or non-smoking sections, and a deck area with a swimming pool in the garden.
Darwin Sailing Club
This is not an up-market sailing club, but it is one of the best places to sip a quiet drink and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. It is also a popular alfresco dining option.
Bars & Nightlife
Its internal tropical cocktail bar is set among palm trees, flowers and flowing water. It is a good alternative from the Mitchell Street pubs for a quiet and more sophisticated evening drink.
This hotel/resort has a beautiful beachside location with several restaurants and bars. Ranging from fine dining to bargain eating options and has the only full casino in the Northern Territory.
Darwin Entertainment Centre
This is the city's main concert venue and located in the heart of Darwin's central business district. The Darwin Entertainment Centre offers more formal evenings out watching plays, ballet, cabaret and concerts.