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    Green Ant Cantina

    by northeast80 Written Feb 4, 2007

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    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.

    Address: 183 Bunda St

    Phone: (07) 4041 5061

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  • The Reef Hotel Casino: Casino/Rainforest/Restaurant

    by Orpheous Updated Apr 29, 2007

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    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 swimwear
    No thongs (flip-flops/jandals) sandals are ok ;)

    Address: The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf Street

    Directions: Turn right at the esplanade!
    Between Wharf St and Abbott St.

    Phone: +61 (0) 7 4030-8888


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    Souvenir shopping: Night market

    by misakitaguchi Written Jul 23, 2006

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    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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    Woolshed: Woolshed

    by amazingclick Written May 12, 2004

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    Woolshed is in the center of town. It organises various theme nights every night. One day it is water throwing at the 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

    Address: Center of town

    me and two of my roomies from the hostel

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    Woolshed: Holy Backpackers Bar Batman!

    by tuoedisni1 Written Jun 2, 2004

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    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.

    Address: Shields Street

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    Rattle n Hum and Ocean Palace Chinese Restaurant: Dining in Cairns along the Esplinade/Seashore

    by BeverlyTyler Written Feb 1, 2003

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    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.

    Address: Rattle n Hum 67 The Esplanade, Cairns QLD

    Directions: Ocean Palace was about a two minute walk further north along the Esplanade

    Phone: Rattle n Hum (07) 4031 3011

    Friday 27 September 2002

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    Cairns Bars: The famous Aussie Sunday Sessions

    by Gypsygirl05 Updated Jan 10, 2011

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    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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    by littlebush Written Sep 20, 2003

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    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!

    wally on the reef
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    Johno's Blues Bar: Pure fun

    by phalangid Updated Feb 21, 2006

    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!

    Address: Upstairs on the Esplanade, above McDonalds

    Directions: Really, it's above McDonalds!

    Phone: (070) 315 008

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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  • Starts at PJ O'Briens: Frog and Toad

    by Frogntoadrobbie Written Oct 6, 2006

    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)

    Address: PJ O'Briens, Cairns

    Directions: Right near the bus terminals.

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    Woolshed, Rhinobar, Courthouse: Great spots in Cainrs

    by yozza2005 Written Jan 24, 2007

    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

    Directions: all in centre

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    Rattle & Hum Bar and Restaurant: Just Chillin'

    by beefjerk Written Jan 21, 2005

    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!

    Address: The Esplanade, Cairns

    Phone: 07 4031 3011

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    Shannanagan: Getting upto some shannagan's

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Apr 24, 2005

    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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    The Woolshed: Table Dancing

    by CindyLou99 Written Sep 27, 2005

    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.

    Address: Lake Street

    Directions: Cairns

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    The Tavern: The Tavern

    by pmarshuk Written Sep 11, 2003

    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

    Directions: Part of the hotel resort on the corner of Veivers Rd and Williams Parade.

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