plenty of bars in town due to there being loads of backpackers in town!
The sports bars good. most people head to the Woolshed for drinking games and snogging!
The Playpen is a club/bar which i dont remember being in!
Just behind the hotel I was in (was the Marriot Courtyard Resort back then, now the Clarion Resort) was Palm Cove's only late night drinking spot.
The Tavern was also a decent bottle shop.This was the place the local bar and restaurant staff went to after closing so it could get quite lively. Quite a large place with pool tables and TV.
Dress Code: Nothing special
PJ O'Briens is a typical Irish pub. I've been told that more than 80% of the interior comes from Ireland. They serve lots of Irish beer and of course the Ozzie beers! The bar staff is very well trained and you never have to wait for a long time.
Twice a week there's a live band (when I was there in June 2002 it was on Tuesdays and Thursdays) playing good music. When there's a special event (like the World Cup) they have a big screen showing the event.
During happy hour they have good deals on jugs of beer (AU$6 for 1,1 litre) and other drinks. They also serve food till 9 pm.
Dress Code: Casual, especially during the day. At night time they're a little more strict, but nothing to worry about. Because of the tropical climate in Cairns there's no strict rules on clothes...
It's the most popular backpackers bar in Cairns. From 6 PM till 9 PM you can have a cheap meal, in combination with a voucher from one of the many hostels. After 9 PM the place changes into a bar dancing filled with backpackers.
There's a couple of special nights where you can get good drinking deals. On Tuesday night it's 5 for 9 night (five drinks for 9 AUD) and the best night is Thursday: 3 for 5 (3 drinks for 5 AUD). On both nights this is your entrance fee too. You pay the money and get a voucher for the drinks with it, that is if you come in before twelve. After twelve there's no vouchers on sale anymore. The vouchers are valid all night for all kinds of drinks, from a soda to beer to the stronger stuff (e.g. Vodka or Bacardi)
My special tip: on Thursday you can buy more than one voucher. This means you can drink cheap drinks all night if you buy a couple of vouchers at the start of the night. and drink cheap drinks for the rest of the night!
Dress Code: Practically anything is allowed in this place, even flip flops.
A nice night out, with a possibility of winning some money! There's all kinds of games, like roulette, blackjack, pokies, etc.
As usual the casino looks very nice: luxurious interior. No matter what your budget is, you can always play some games and try your luck. The roulette table has a minimum bet of AU$2 which makes it available for every traveller...
Dress Code: Not very strict. No flip flops, that's about it.
This is a homosexual nightclub .. they play great music .. and even if you arent homosexual and love to dance and meet nice new people .. its still a fun place to go!!
Not for the faint hearted! ;o)
Dress Code: Smart Casual but Funky!
Not my favourite place .. but generally the bar where everyone ended up at the end of the night ...
More dance/techno music as the night goes on .. more people and drinking to be had ..
This place has a cover charge .. student concessions applicable too!
Dress Code: I think they prefer collars here .. wasnt taking that much notice but everyone seemed a little more dressed up here than anywhere else.
They have a great range of down to earth people, great live music, pool tables and general all round good fun and drinking to be had!!!
Many a fond memory at this pub! :o)
Dress Code: Smart Casual .. Jeans and shirts are fine .. girls get away with just about anything these days ..
PHOTO: WOOD FIRED PIZZA OVEN AT RATTLE N HUM.
We ate in Cairns along the Esplinade overlooking the Ocean at two very different places, both excellent. The Rattle n Hum is a Bar & Grill that has good service and good substantial food and drink. The Men's toilet is not to be missed as it look out on the back sit-down restaurant (one way glass I hope).
A few doors north of Rattle n Hum is the Ocean Palace Chinese Restaurant. I had Moreton Bay Bugs with XO sauce (A kind of slipper lobster, closely related to rock lobsters) It was fantastic. Barbara had the best sweet & sour chicken she has ever tasted. We sat out on the sidewalk area in both restaurants and people watched and looked at the Ocean and the hills to the south where some fires were going (the drought has hit Australia hard)
Dress Code: Very very casual but shoes required.
This building, looking a bit like an overgrown greenhouse, is actually the Cairns Casino.
Dress Code: Neat dress, no jeans, no thongs, no sneakers/runing shoes (the usual)
Cairns hotels, restaurant and other buildings in the city, and especially along the Esplanade, are also very nicely lit up at night.
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