A varied selection of bars and clubs scattered throughout Alice Springs ensure that you will always find somewhere to drink or dance the night away. Lots of places also have promotional nights so ask in your hostel or keep an eye out for flyers or posters advertising such events. They’re an excellent way to cut down on your spending usually offering free drinks and other such treats.
As well as the host of bars offering entertainment to visitors to Alice Springs, there are also a number of excellent festivals and events taking place throughout the year. If you can coincide your visit with one of these, you are in for a real treat. The first takes place in April and is a traditional Heritage Week which celebrates the town’s rich history. On the first Monday in May you will find the Bangtail Muster which is basically one day of mayhem. The Camel Cup races take place in mid July while rodeo season begins in late August. Alice’s most famous event, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta, takes place in early October involving bottomless boats – don’t ask. Finally, on the last Sunday in November you will find the Corkwood Festival – the town’s arts festival.
And, to keep up to date with the goings on after dark in the city keep a look out for Pulse NT which is free every fortnight or the town's Central Advocate which will also keep you fully informed as to what events and concerts are taking place in Alice.
115 Gap Road, Alice Springs, Australia
Offering a choice of drinking al fresco or sitting indoors in the shade, its location makes this resort particularly enjoyable. Situated at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges, try to make it for sunset at least once during your stay.
Melanka Lodge, 94 Todd Road, Alice Springs, Australia
The fact that this pub is located in a popular backpacker hostel in the town centre ensures that there are always a host of fellow travellers to party the night away with.
Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Australia
Another extremely popular bar and restaurant situated right in the heart of the town centre featuring live music from 8.30pm nightly and serving a superb selection of both food and drink – what more could you possibly want?
1 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Australia
Located in a typical Aussie hotel in the centre of town, this place caters for everyone. With live music, an excellent restaurant and a ‘Jam Session’ every Monday, this is one of the most popular watering holes in Alice Springs.
The Stuart Arms Hotel, Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Australia
The most popular nightclub in Alice Springs, you can boogie to sounds from the past four decades in Legends. Stock up on energy though as this place is buzzing until the early hours of the morning.
80 Todd Street, Alice Springs, Australia
A traditional outback saloon and restaurant, Bojangles features live music nightly and serves typical Aussie cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Really good place to pay a visit to at any time of the day or night.
21 Hartley Street, Alice Springs, Australia
A traditional English pub attracting a host of international visitors who can choose from the eighteen different beers on tap or the excellent and reasonably priced food on offer. Also has happy hour from 5.30pm until 7.00pm from Monday to Friday.
Barrett Drive, Alice Springs, Australia
Choose between Simpson’s Gap Bar which is open from Tuesday to Sunday and features live music and a resident DJ on alternate nights or check out Breezes Cocktail Bar where the classier among you can sample an excellent selection of mixed drinks from 5.00pm nightly.
51 Bath Street, Alice Springs, Australia
And, the obligatory Irish Bar, every city has them and Alice Springs is no exception. Especially popular in this particular branch are the Jam and Reggae Sessions on Sunday afternoons.