Entertainment in Darwin, Australia

The good news for anyone intending to spend any time in Darwin is that there seems to be something going on every single month in the city. From the festival of Darwin to the Cup Carnival and the Sunset Jazz Festival to the Beer Can Derby there should always be something going on to ensure that you have the most enjoyable time possible.

And, even if you don’t catch one of these monthly goings on, there are more than an adequate amount of permanent sources of nighttime entertainment around to help you release any left over energy. Darwin has a variety of options from 24-hour nightclubs to Irish bars, outback style Aussie pubs to cabaret shows which will ensure that your nights will be equally as eventful as your days in the city.

There is also a host of venues featuring a variety of national and international performers who will treat you from anything from comedy to opera singing. In order to keep up to date with these events, however, you should either check with the locals or consult the event listings in the local newspapers. The ‘Your Weekend’ supplement in the Friday edition of the Northern Territory News is probably the best of these.

If you find you’re not spending enough of your money at the various pubs and clubs throughout the city why not head to the casino and try out your luck at Roulette, Black Jack and the like.

And, a final alternative for those of you who prefer something a little more sedate is the Deckchair Cinema where you can catch your favourite movie under the stars.

Entertainments in Darwin

  • Shenannigans

    69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, Australia

    Darwin’s first Irish pub and an establishment that proves consistently popular with backpackers visiting the city. Serving a variety of Irish and local beers as well as traditional Irish food and with nightly entertainment, Shenannigans comes highly recommended.

  • The Darwin Entertainment Centre

    93 Mitchell Street, Darwin, Australia

    For classic entertainment including plays, ballet and cabaret, the entertainment centre is where you need to go. Hosting a variety of live performances in two theatres and numerous galleries, you will need to check out local entertainment listings when you arrive in the city to see exactly what’s on. But, rest assured there will be something to cater for everyone’s tastes, no matter how strange they may be.

  • Rattle 'n' Hum

    12 Cavenagh Street, Darwin, Australia

    This is the number one backpacker nightspot in Darwin staying open late, serving as a nightclub and a reasonably priced restaurant and giving out prizes nightly. With a party atmosphere all the time, you could win a trip to Kakadu or Ligchfield or simply dress up for the theme nights. Whatever you decide, you are guaranteed to meet up with lots of fellow travellers and have a really good time.

  • Throb

    Level 1, 64 Smith Street, Darwin, Australia

    Although this is a gay and lesbian venue it open to all so long provided they’re open minded enough for it. With drag shows every Saturday night, anyone who wishes to try it is welcome to do so, and an extensive range of cocktails it is a thoroughly enjoyable establishment in which to spend an evening.

  • Rorkes Drift

    46 Mitchell Street, Darwin, Australia

    One of the more popular English theme pubs in the Northern Territory. Serving excellent food and a wide variety of English and international beers it’s the perfect location for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks.

  • Chilli's Backpackers

    69a Mitchell Street, Darwin, Australia

    While the main function of Chilli’s is as a hostel, it also serves as a meeting point for backpackers from all over Darwin where they can avail of cheap food and drink and live entertainment. It’s also right in the heart of the social centre of the city which is always a big advantage.

  • Time Nightclub

    3 Edmunds Street, Darwin, Australia

    One of the most popular nightclubs in Darwin and has been for the six years that it has been in operation. Playing classic house and garage as well as music some of you might have heard, it’s open on Friday and Saturday nights and admission is free before midnight.

  • Kitty O'Sheas

    Corner Herbert & Mitchell Street, Darwin, Australia

    Boasting the best pint of Guinness in the Northern Territory, this is yet another Irish pub which proves extremely popular with both visitors to the city and the locals. With traditional Irish music at the weekends and serving reasonable but tasty food daily, Kitty’s is well worth a look in.

  • The Blue Heeler Bar

    Corner Herbert & Mitchell Street, Darwin, Australia

    For all of you looking for an authentic Aussie bar during your stay in Darwin, the Blue Heeler is where you need to go. One of the most popular of its kind in the State it serves a variety of food and drink and really knows how to help the punters celebrate big Australian events. Also features live music at least four nights per week adding to the already electric atmosphere.

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