4 Best Bars in Darwin, The Outback


City Center Fodor's choice

You'll likely hear it before you see it—there's live music nearly every night of the week, and folks are singing or dancing along with it outside on the terrace. This lively and local favorite Irish pub and restaurant offers traditional pub grub as well as a special Sunday roast, with Guinness, Kilkenny, and Harp on tap, among other popular beer selections. Join in on trivia night or karaoke night, held once a week, or dance the night away with everyone else.

The Darwin Ski Club

Fannie Bay Fodor's choice

This favorite local spot is the place to go for a sunset beer in the tropics, and it's right next to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Its plastic white chairs and tables add to the laid-back, "old Darwin" vibe. There's live music on Friday and Saturday night, too.

Hotel Darwin

City Center

Built as an iconic hotel in the 1940s, the original structure survived the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy only to be torn down in 1999 and rebuilt as the popular bar and restaurant you see today. Stop by for daily lunch specials between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (or daily dinner specials between 6 pm and 9 pm), catch a game inside the sports bar, try your luck with with the keno and UBET machines, or grab a drink and listen to live music in the spacious outdoor beer garden.

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City Center

Renowned for its floor shows and drag acts, Throb is Darwin's only gay nightclub. Open Friday and Saturday only from 11 pm, the shows start around 12:30 am and the fun doesn't end until 4 am. Cover charge is A$10–A$15.