5 Best Nightlife Experiences in Darwin
- By Ken Teo at Ausinet – 22 October 2020 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology
It is getting hot and humid up in the Territory, regardless of what day it is, odds are you and your mates are going to find yourselves going at some stage for a night out in Darwin. If you are wondering what to do in Darwin when the sun goes down, we have put together our top picks of some of the best bars, clubs and attractions in this city.
Darwin Ski Club
Darwin Ski Club is a friendly beachside bar. Wreathed with lights hanging from the palms, great food and drink, plus great sunset-watching spot, there is no better place in Darwin for a sundowner than this laid-back beach bar. Despite its million-dollar sunset views, it has little more than some plastic chairs and tables dotted among the palm trees, which is why locals like this place.
The real magic happens as soon as the sun goes down, do not leave, grab another cold beer and watch the changes on the horizon. There is live music on Friday and Sunday afternoons and standard pub grub, including the terrifyingly tall Bad Boy Burger stuffed with beef, chicken, bacon and egg.
Address: 20 Conacher St, Fannie Bay NT 0820
Contact: (08) 8981 6630; darwinskiclub.com.au
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 12-10pm, Fri-Sun: 12pm-11pm
If you fancy watching an open-air movie, Deckchair Cinema is the place to go. Operating seven nights a week from April to November, this pop-up outdoor cinema shows an eclectic range of film from family favourites, cult classics and the latest blockbusters.
The ambience is very laid back and relaxed. The outdoor setting is also stunning where you can watch the sunset over the sea and enjoy the tropical garden setting with a meal and a drink before your movie starts. So why not make an evening of it, order some dinner, and watch an amazing movie with the stars as a great backdrop for the screen?
Address: Jervois Rd, Darwin City NT 0800
Contact: (08) 8981 0700; deckchaircinema.com
Opening hours: Depend on the movie time
Lola’s Pergola is a quirky, carnival-inspired family-friendly bar on the marina in Cullen Bay. Lola’s started as a pop-up bar at Adelaide Festival, and after the huge success, they opened this great permanent location in 2015. Now it is a local favourite bar decked out with life-size mannequins and carousel horses.
This convivial bar and restaurant is a great place to lounge around with some drinks, have a chat with a local and when hunger strikes, hoe into the hefty booze-friendly meals. From time to time, there will be some bawdy circus shows. It is also unquestionably a fantastic venue to host your birthday, festival celebration and any kind of family or friends gathering.
Address: 48 Marina Blvd, Larrakeyah NT 0820
Contact: (08) 7913 7809; facebook.com/lolaspergola
Opening hours: Wed-Thu: 2pm-12am, Fri-Sun: 11am-2am
Darwin Entertainment Centre
The Darwin Entertainment Centre is the city’s main concert venue and hosts theatre and orchestral performances in Darwin. The centre is located in the Heart of Darwin central business district.
This large, centrally situated event centre offers a full programme of cultural events, including musicals, comedy, theatre and more. It is the biggest musical theatre that grabs the headlines in Darwin. The Darwin Symphony Orchestra regularly plays there. Expect to see anyone who is touring the country from Don McLean to The Wailers.
Address: 93 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
Contact: (08) 8980 3333; yourcentre.com.au
Opening hours: Depends upon the type of event
The Precinct, a local tavern at the Darwin Waterfront, is undeniably one of the best pubs in Darwin. For those drinkers who just cannot make up their mind, the Precinct has 46 taps of craft beers and cider to choose from. “Tasting trays” of four different beers are also available, alongside with a decent selection of wines, spirits, cider and modern pub food.
If you are craving seafood, every Friday they do a delicious mussel night guaranteed to delight your taste buds. This is the place to go when you are in the mood for a fuss-free night of fun with spectacular views of the Darwin Waterfront as your backdrop.
Address: 7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
Contact: (08) 8941 9000; theprecincttavern.com.au
Opening hours: 10-2am
Make the most of Darwin at night with our selection of best places worth spending an evening at. And once you are done exploring the nightlife, why not check out our 10 Incredible Darwin Weekend Getaway Destinations to find out your next destination.