Cape York Hotel: Pandamonium Live Bands
The Cape York Hotel is a venue for live bands and is popular with the regulars and visitors alike.
It gets a bit rowdy and loud but all good fun.
The Pandamonium room is medium sized and has a real pub atmosphere.
Some big local bands are playing on Friday 14th Oct.
Doors open 7pm and there's a $10 entry fee.
If you like really loud music then this is the place....
Dress Code: Smart casual.
ba8: LOUNGE BAR
This a great Bar, it is on the waterfront at the Pier Complex.
It's some where all ages can go and have a drink in great surrounds. It has lounge chairs with coffee tables, High tables with stools and an out door deck, all in a friendly decor.
A lot of locals meet here for an after work drink.
You can select drinks from the extensive wine list, to mixers and shots.
There is also a great snack menu, this is an all night thing. We really enjoyed the calamari rings and avocado mixed with king prawns. I like the idea of grazing while drinking.
There is a resident DJ, I suppose the music is rather loud, but I am old!!!!!
Great place to people watch, or just meet up for pre dinner drinks before walking along the Pier to select where to dine from a number of lovely restaurants, all looking over the Marina.
The drinks on a Friday night are half price until 7pm...that's a bonus!
Dress Code: Once again, when in Cairns you can wear that little black number or you can go more casual, anything goes really. Except, you will be expected to wear a shirt and shoes:)
It is a rather laid back type of feel here in the Far North Queensland.
Gilligan's Back Bar: Tropical Resort Style Backpacker Bar
If you are looking for a nice place to unwind with a drink and conversation, then your best bet is to head off to the back bar of the backpacker resort called Gilligan's located in downtown Cairns. It is one of the more relaxed portions of the place, where there is the music of the inside dance club that comes through when the door opens, but just a bit of rowdy style talking going on.
I would highly recommend the beer, as it seemed to be extremely affordable before 9pm... three beers only cost 7.50.
Drink up until 9pm, when it piles up to 10.50.
Open Air Beer Hall: Rock out at Gilligan's
One of the things that I had missed about Austin, was that there really wasn't much live music playing down here in Melbourne. Well, that was quickly resolved on our trip to Cairns, as we headed out to the first floor of Gilligan's Backpackers bar where we joined a couple hundred of our closest neighbors and bunk mates to listen to this band rock out.
They were severely over-amplified and their lyrics sucked, but hey, there was cold beer, they were rocking out, and the kids were enjoying it. Maybe some day they will be the next Ozzy Ozbourne.
Anyway, have fun there at Gilligan's... you never know, you might see me next time!
Dress Code: The only requirement is to make sure you are wearing shoes!
- Beer Tasting
Cairns Bars: The famous Aussie Sunday Sessions
Every Sunday, many bars in Cairns have something called a Sunday Session. Typically starting around 5 pm, certain drinks are 2-for-1. It's a good deal and a great way to meet people, because many locals and tourists know about the deal.
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- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
The Wool Shed: An interesting nightlife experience
The Wool Shed has a reputation for being a rowdy backpacker nightclub. It is usually crowded, the music is loud, and you get some really interesting people there, so I would recommend coming with at least one friend. This is not to say that you are in any danger by going there, just that it's not your run-of-the-mill nightclub. I met people who loved it, and I met people who swore never to go there again. I had some good experiences, but I always made sure to go with people I knew.
Gilligan's: A good place to meet other travelers
Gilligan's is a popular place with travelers and local college students. The bar has three main areas: the large floor, an upstairs lounge area, and a massive porch out back. The main floor offers a large dancing area, some tables, and a wraparound bar, and a DJ is employed on weekends. There is occasionally a live band. This is a place for the younger set. The bar is a little on the expensive side, but the porch is definitely worth the added price. Gilligan's bar is large enough that even when the party is in full swing, it isn't oppressively crowded like many other places can be.
P.J. O'Brien's: Irish pub with class
PJ's is a displaced Irish pub, laden with all sorts of Irish paraphernalia and drinks. It's more of a sit-and-drink type of place than a nightclub, though there is often live music and it can get pretty crowded. The food is good, and they get some interesting characters. There is also an outdoor seating area on the sidewalk who would rather enjoy the night air.
- Food and Dining
The Pier Bar: Nightlife on the ocean
The Pier offers a stylish nightclub spot located right at the end of the Cairns Esplanade. The clientele is young and there is often live music on weekends. It does get fairly crowded on weekends, though there is a great deck that overlooks the harbor in case you need fresh air. The view is spectacular and they have good deals on Sundays (like many other bars in Cairns). The Pier also serves food, though I never ate meals there.
Dress Code: No dress code, though most people wear typical nightclub apparel.
- Food and Dining
CASINO: EAT, DRINK OR GAMBLE
The Casino has a few options for entertainment.
Of course you can go into the Gambling area and try to win a few dollars, while having a drink or two.
Then there is the area where you can have a drink and also listen to live music.
For those that want to have a bit of a light fantastic, there is a dance floor.
This is a popular place for young and old. All depends on the night. Sometimes it has a mature feel about it, others there is a mixture of ages.
They have a regular band that plays on weekends, also they have special guests.
I don't mind heading here to have a drink and dance.
It's a great place to people watch, as it is also known as a mature age pick up place. This mating game thing can be great intertainment!!!!
Dress Code: Once again, you can wear your little black number, or you can go casual, jeans/long pants and shirt. You can't wear thongs ( shoe variety). Go glam or just go casual.
The Reef Hotel Casino: Casino/Rainforest/Restaurant
It's not that big, but it has plenty of character and things to do. Best described as "Australia's only Boutique Casino", it houses around 500 one armed bandits and numerous table games, 4 restaurants, a rainforest habitat(!), several bars and lots of friendly local staff.
The interior design looks like you're looking through a kaleidoscope!
Flinders Bar & Grill, located inside the Casino is a good place for a pit stop, where they serve everything from coffee to T-Bone steaks, with nothing over AUD$10!
Vertigo Bar just outside of the main entrance to the Casino is open from mid afternoon til late, and has some decent live entertainment
Bring some ID if you're under 25, you'll most likely need it ;)
For the family:
Above the Casino is The Rainforest Dome, which is a large glass dome/enclosure on the rooftop, containing LOTS of native animals. If you don't have the time to visit all of the other zoo's/wildlife parks in Cairns, this is a must see!
The star attraction is definitely "Goliath", a massive, pale coloured, saltwater crocodile who looks thoroughly spoilt in his own pool in the centre of the dome. The birds, bats and lizards all move around freely inside, as I'm sure the Koala's would too if they weren't too busy cuddling visitors/sleeping or posing for photo's :) Luckily the snakes ARE kept in there own separate enclosures. Keep your eye out for the Black Cockatoo, he's very friendly!
Pacific Flavours Restaurant opposite the main entrance serves buffet style meals at reasonable rates. If you're a big eater, don't miss out on breakfast here, it's all you can eat, and it's good quality.
Cafe China Noodle Bar is excellent value if you like Asian
noodle and rice dishes.
Velvet Rope Nightclub has an excellent cabaret style show in the evening (for the whole family), and turns into a full blown nightclub afterwards, playing everything from trance to R&B music. The resident DJ (Chooky) has been in the scene in Cairns for nearly 18 years and mixes it up with the best of them.
Dress Code: Neat, clean and casual.
No sleeveless shirts/singlets/tank tops if you are male
No thongs (flip-flops/jandals) sandals are ok ;)
- Budget Travel
- Casino and Gambling
Green Ant Cantina
This is some walk from the centre of Cairns, I got to it through the shopping centre, but is well worth it if you're getting a bit sick of all the backpackers in town; less of them walk this far!
Seemed very full whenever I was there with a live DJ.
They don't sell beer on tap which I wasn't too impressed with, but like lots of Australian bars there was a constant free supply of tap water next to the bar, and plenty of bottled beers.
They also do food, which I didn't try, but it was kind of pub food Mexican style.
Woolshed, Rhinobar, Courthouse: Great spots in Cainrs
Where most backpackers head for their free evening meal. Drinks are relatively cheap compared to other bars in area. Have themed nights, from wet t-shirt to mr & mrs backpacker.
RhinoBar: Cheap drinks, cheap food, good crowd on Fridays and weekends
Courthouse: Good on Sunday's - Live Music by the Swiggin' Alley Catz. (Jazz & Blues) Highly recommended.
PJ O'Briens: Expensive drinks, expensive and poor food, stupid themed nights from pole dancing to stripping...
Dress Code: casual weeknights
smart casual weekends
Starts at PJ O'Briens: Frog and Toad
I used to work for this bar crawl for 3 months and they were probably the drunkest months of my life. If you go to Cairns then you have do try this. There is another Bar Crawl out there called the Ultimate Party, but it's got nothing on the Frog and Toad. The guy who runs it is called Snapper and he's one of the soundest guys you will ever meet. Give it a go. You can get info from PJ O'Briens any day of the week. Live the Dream!!!
Dress Code: Guys, no thongs (thats flip flops to all outside OZ)
- Budget Travel
- Study Abroad
Souvenir shopping: Night market
If you missed to buy Australian souvenir,dont worry,Night market open 4pm to 11pm!
You can find so many souvenir here for sure.If you are lucky you can get reduced things as well. Almost all stuff are Japanese.There are some food coart and take away shop as well. If you go over 10pm, chinese take away shop will discount sometimes.
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