The Cock and Bull: The Cock and Bull
The Cock and Bull is a pub well equipped for watching sporting events. it was here that I came to see the Wallabies duke it out with the All Blacks. This is a bit further out of town, and a little on the local side. What it's known for is huge servings of food. You can't get a burger, but I had a really good shepherd's pie, and other things looked quite tasty as well. Beer is about average, there is an attached restaurant, and they have HUGE TV screens. Although every time I opened my mouth it was apparent I wasn't from Cairns, no one showed the slightest interest in where I was from or cared that I was a tourist in the least, but more than happily talked about the games. Make no mistake, this is a friendly place and one not to be missed.
Dress Code: There isn't a formal dress code, but this isn't a dive. Dress in clean clothes, look respectable, and generally observe everyday etiquette.
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Shennanigans: Party with Leprechauns
If you are looking for a cold beer with plenty of young drunk hostel guests, than you will probably want to head over to Shenannigan's.
I was the only in this particular location to have a beer and use the ATM machine so I could make change for the parking meter, but this place was already pretty full at 5pm.
As I pulled money out of the ATM though, I noticed that there were several contests that were on the billboards all of which showed this place absolutely packed to the rafters with people drinking and having a good time... so head on over!
Dress Code: Its Cairns...
Shenannigans is open from 10am to 2am, 7 days a week
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
Johno's Blues Bar: Pure fun
This is a really mixed crowd of super friendly people, including Johno himself! Eclectic mix of greenies, businessfolk, and beach bums. Really easygoing and to me anyhow, what Oz is all about, lots of good conversation. Oh, and the music isn't bad either!
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The Woolshed: Table Dancing
The Woolshed is probably the craziest place to party in Cairns. They have a menu so you can also catch a bite to eat there. It's always packed with tourists as well as locals and the DJ and hosts are great with getting the crowd to play crazy humiliating games for extra drinks.
By the end of the night, You will be dancing on at least one of the tables for sure. Great place to go and always guaranteed a good time!
Dress Code: Girls can wear pretty much whatever they want. They don't like it when the guys are wearling shorts or sandals. But its not that strict.
Shannanagan: Getting upto some shannagan's
I visited this place only once while in Cairns. Although the Cairns night scene is big this place was not the place for me. Not enough people to get the vibe going. Admittedly it was early.
Place has a decent stage area towards the back where they were running a compeition for the backpackers. Things like eating dry Wheetbix.
Winners would receive a prize varying from t-shirts to a ride on the slingshot bungee across the road to be taken immediately. Certainly not what I'd prefer for a prize after several drinks.
Dress Code: Cairns is casual. do not overdress is the idea. After all most people out are backpackers.
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Tropos Nightclub: Cairns R&B, Hip Hop
Before my visit to Cairns I couldn't find any information about R&B or Hip Hop Nightclubs in Cairns. Now, as i've been there for 2 weeks I know that there is one. It's called Tropos Nightclub. The exact location is at corner Lake & Spence Street. This is the only club where you find proper Hip Hop or R&B Music. It is a good location for Dancing especially on weekends when you are fed up with typical Backpacker Parties such as "Woolshed".
Dress Code: There is no real Dresscode. At least as a Boy you should not wear "thongs" or for europeans "flip flops".
Bring your ID because they ID erveryone who wants to enter the club.
P.J. O'Brien's: The Irish pub
Eat, drink, watch people go by. See the Coyote Ugly girls and dance with them on the bar. In the center of the city it's just spot on. The staff is simply the best I have ever met anywhere.
The staff here as well got to know me bit too well, asking only if I want a pint of a half (of cider). One day when I was coming from work the doorman said that 'you're late'. When I walked past him to the pub the manager wondered 'where have you been?'
At night this cosy pub changes into a nightclub so be aware of the party people
Dress Code: Casual wear but no sandals.
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Rattle & Hum Bar and Restaurant: Just Chillin'
This is a great place just along the front. Theres a restaurant at the back which is always busy serving cheap good food. The Atmosphere is great in this place, very studenty/backpackerery. you can sit inside or out and the sexy waiteresses will serve you at your seat. Theres also a Pool table although theres not much room for some shots.
All in all a great place!
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The Woolshed: Backpackers place to be in Cairns
Bar/Club, always packed with backpackers out for a laugh. Great atmosphere as always in these places, good music, offers on drinks and cheap food served earlier in the evening.The usual fun, silliness and dancing on tables. Definately worth a visit.
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Cairns Ultimate Party: Ultimate Bar Crawl
This is a guided bar crawl taking you to 5 bars around town, it takes you from a bar called Piranha where all the girls are given nuts and the guys given bolts in all different sizes, it's an ice breaking game where everyone goes around talking to eachother and trying to find a match. free shots for winners and it gets everyone chatting so a good start to the evening. Then moving on to a sports bar, casino, tavern and leaving you in a nightclub. Free entry to all 5 places and free shos in each, ticket price also includes a t-shirt and a group photo of the whole group. A good night out and a good way to meet fellow travellers.
- School Holidays
Mad Cow: Locals Nightclub
This was my favorite bar in Cairns. It's more for the locals and you can tell from the attitudes of the bartenders - much less pretentious than at PJ O'Briens. And the atmosphere is a lot of fun. If I go back to Cairns, I'd definitely pay this place another visit.
Woolshed: Holy Backpackers Bar Batman!
I was told that this was the place to be in Cairns. And that's true if you want to hang out with other backpackers. But if you're over 30 (or aren't ready to strip for a free beer), I suggest PJ O'Briens.
Dress Code: Overdressing not required.
Woolshed is in the center of town. It organises various theme nights every night. One day it is water throwing at the girls..one night it is 5 bucks for a jug of beer..and so. It is usually packed with backpackers..everyone trying to hook up and..its a good scene.
Dress Code: Casuals
Various: Illuminated buildings
Another of Cairns' buildings to be attractively lit., this time, an historic one.
Nearby, there is another illuminated building which at first glows green, then changes to blue, yellow and other single colours. Really pretty to watch, as the hue of the building changes!
Various: Lots of nightlife
There is certainly no shortage of night life in Cairns - just depends what type you're looking for. There are pubs, bars, clubs, an endless string of esplanade pavement dining restaurants - it's really quite alive with people at night.
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