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Darwin Nightlife

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.
Website: http://www.darwinskiclub.com.au

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.
Website: http://www.theprecincttavern.com.au

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.
Website: http://www.thetap.com.au

Clubs in Darwin

Discovery Nightclub

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.
Website: http://www.discoverydarwin.com.au

Monsoons

Address: , 46 Mitchell Street, Darwin, 0800
Telephone: +61 8 8941 7171.
Website: http://www.monsoons.net.au

Opium

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.
Website: http://www.opiumdarwin.com

Throb Nightclub

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.
Website: http://www.throbnightclub.com

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.
Website: http://www.yourcentre.com.au

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.
Website: http://www.ducksnuts.com.au

Happy Yess

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.
Website: http://www.happyyess.com

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Value Inn

Don't be put off by the name, all the rooms in this affordable city centre hotel feature queen sized beds, a single bed, air conditioning and en suite facilities. There are also three pools, a licensed bar, and a spa available for guest use at Melaleuca on Mitchell, the award-winning backpackers hangout across the road.

Oaks Elan Darwin

This impressive newbie is a 301-room property with a range of one- and two-bed apartments. It has a decent central location, while the in-house restaurant, O.A.K., is another good reason to visit. Private balconies, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi are all part of the deal too.

Vibe Hotel

A fresh and funky boutique hotel in the Waterfront Precinct, expect fine harbour views, several swimming pools with bars, an excellent restaurant and all the usual high-end trimmings. It's adjacent to its sister property, Adina Grand Waterfront, which is similarly appealing. All rooms have Wi-Fi access, digital TVs and round-the-clock room service.

The Cavenagh

This centrally located hotel is a great base from which to explore Darwin's vibrant nightlife. The Cav also delivers a touch of luxury, with a large outdoor swimming pool, TV lounge and free Wi-Fi throughout, in addition to a cozy bar and restaurant.

Skycity Darwin

It's always a gamble staying at a casino, especially if you're open to temptations. This place is a winner, though. It's a casino hotel set among 7 hectares (17 acres) of tropical beachside gardens. There is a selection of dining options on-site as well as a pool. It's also very close to the Mindil Beach Markets.

Mantra Pandanas

Neatly situated in the heart of the city, Mantra Pandanas has 336 hotel rooms as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments, some with private balconies overlooking the harbour and city. Expect a chic tropical style, evident in the modern rooms and down at the pool, which features its own waterfall.