It gets hot and humid up in the Territory - so beers go down very easily indeed. In a drinking culture like this it's not hard to find watering holes, and you'll find many of the most popular spots along Mitchell Street in the city centre.
There's also a good choice of more modern options in the Waterfront Precinct area. As for nightclubs, be aware that the standard Northern Territory dress of thongs (flip-flops) and t-shirt won't get you in everywhere. For more information on pubs, bars, nightclubs and music gigs, check out Off The Leash (www.offtheleash.net.au).
Bars in Darwin
Darwin Ski Club
That's ski as in waterski. Darwin Ski Club is a friendly beachside society close to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Wreathed with lights hanging from the palms, this wonderful beachside spot has good food and drink, plus great sunset-watching potential. Tourists are welcome, but need to sign in.Address: Fannie Bay, 20 Conacher Street, Darwin, 0820
Telephone: +61 8 8981 6630.
The Precinct Tavern
One for those drinkers who just can't make up their mind. The Precinct has 44 beers on tap, the bulk of them Australian. "Tasting trays" of four different beers are also available, alongside a decent selection of ciders, wines and spirits. It has a great location too, with wonderful views of the Darwin Waterfront.Address: Waterfront Precinct, 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8941 9000.
The Tap On Mitchell
It's all about the outdoors at The Tap On Mitchell. Set beneath a huge melaleuca tree, the tastefully landscaped alfresco beer garden is ideal for lazy drinks in the cool. Grab a spot under the big sail-shaded area or find a table with an umbrella and some brightly colourful stools.Address: , 58 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8981 5521.
Clubs in Darwin
For late night debauchery and streams of neon lasers, look no further than the gargantuan Discovery Nightclub, featuring three separate floors and seven bars – all heaving come Saturday night. Expect a gamut of huge name DJs, pumping music, cocktails, onsite karaoke and an in-house silent disco. All until late too.Address: , 89 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8942 3300.
MonsoonsAddress: , 46 Mitchell Street, Darwin, 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8941 7171.
Darwin's newest nightclub hosts big name Australian DJs, international live acts and some dubious celebrities for its Selebrity Saturdays series. This sweaty hotbox doesn't look like much, but when the tunes get pumping the crowd really gets going, expect to stay until very late indeed.Address: , 58 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8941 1920.
Throb may be Darwin's only gay and lesbian venue, but that doesn't mean it rests of its laurels. Popular with just about everyone, it draws up-for-it crowds with DJs, live acts and some hilarious drag shows. Expect plenty of flesh, late night drink deals and regular themed nights.Address: , Level 1/ 64 Smith Street, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8942 3435.
Live music in Darwin
Darwin Entertainment Centre
This large, centrally situated events centre offers a full programme of cultural events, including musicals, comedy, theatre and more. It's the big musical acts that grab the headlines here though. Expect to see anyone who's touring the country from Don McLean to The Wailers. Check the website for listings.Address: , 93 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8980 3366.
Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill
With a vodka bar and a sunken VIP lounge area, this popular watering hole in the heart of Darwin's bustling bar stretch, Mitchell Street, really stands out. The Ducks Nuts also has a live covers band every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until midnight. It's also a decent place for food and coffee.Address: , 76 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8942 2122.
Possibly the weirdest venue in Australia, Happy Yess is a ragtag, artist-run boozer that promotes the good, rad and ugly of the Darwin music scene. Expect everything from heavy reggae sound systems to grungy psych-pop and anything that plugs the holes in between, including comedy, lectures, book clubs and open mic nights.Address: , 12 Smith Street, Darwin, NT 0810
Telephone: +61 4 2914 9850.