The Coolest Bars in Darwin, According to Locals

From high-end to cozy spots, the best bars in Darwin offer the perfect setting for an epic night out.

Whether you’re seeking a sophisticated cocktail lounge, a lively pub with live music, or a relaxed waterfront spot to sip a cold beer, this fun Australian city has it all. These are the best bars in Darwin where you can unwind, socialize, and enjoy lively entertainment.

We’ll also highlight what makes each place unique. From food, drinks and atmosphere to helpful staff and lively entertainment, all our featured bars offer something special that makes them worth checking out. Let’s explore!

A Local's Guide To The Top Bars in Darwin

Bell Bar & Bistro

127 Flynn Circuit Bellamack NT

Are you looking for a great bar in Darwin? Look no further than Bell Bar and Bistro! This local pub has everything you need for an unforgettable night out. It has a vibrant, warm atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Plus, their menu of classic Aussie pub grub is sure to satisfy your cravings!

The friendly staff and excellent service make this the perfect spot to host your best friend’s birthday party or catch up with friends over the game. Their selection of spirits and the wine list help put it at the top of our best bars in Darwin list. Their pub classics, from fish and chips to incredible vegan meals, are great options on game day or any week.

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@thebellbarbistro on IG
spacious light-filled room with pool table and high bar tables
Pool room at @lizardsdarwin

Lizards Bar and Restaurant

105 Mitchell St, Darwin City

If you’re looking for the perfect place to relax with a cold one, have we got the place for you! Lizards Bar and Restaurant knows how to pour a beer!

Their wide selection of beers, wines and cocktails makes it a great place to hang out. Having been Darwin’s famous watering hole for nearly 20 years, it’s where you want to watch the Sunday rugby game or enjoy a hearty pub meal. The infectious atmosphere and the eclectic music ensure that there’s always something to keep your toes tapping. 

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The Trader Bar 

3 Harriet Pl Darwin City

Located in one of the city’s most stylish spots, The Trader Bar offers a spectacular selection of cocktails, bubbles and fine wine. Plus, it’s the perfect place to come for those who enjoy gin; The Trader’s gin range is second to none!

No matter what your tipple of choice is, you’re sure to find something to satisfy. With its upbeat vibe and upscale ambience, it’s no wonder why The Trader has been voted one of the best bars in Darwin! 

At The Trader Bar Darwin, it’s all about enjoying fantastic drinks in an equally great atmosphere, so go ahead and treat yourself to an extra special night out. 

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Stylish interior of @thetraderbar
Picture of The Territori- Tini. This is a Northern Territory Icon. It encapsulates the vibrant cultural mix of the Territory with the ochre colour to match and is made with white rum, mango, Coco- Pandan syrup & topped with a slaty plum.
The The Territori- Tini drink by @domsbarandlounge

Dom’s Bar & Lounge

60 Aralia Street, Nightcliff

If you’re looking for a great night out away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Dom’s Bar & Lounge is the place to be! Along with its relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy a free bowl of popcorn on arrival!

But it’s not just about the atmosphere, this is one of the best bars in Darwin because they have some of the best cocktails in town! You can choose from their signature range of drinks to tantalize your taste buds – or why not have the talented bartenders craft something that will knock your socks off?!

And if you’re feeling peckish, they have plenty of delicious nibbles on offer too.

Stone House Wine Bar & Kitchen

33, Cavenagh Street, Darwin

If you’re looking for a unique bar experience, you have to try Stone House Wine Bar & Kitchen Darwin! With its cozy and rustic atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to socialize with friends.

Plus, they offer an extensive wine selection, which is married perfectly with the food pairings! Whether you choose their grazing platters or build your own platter, you won’t be disappointed.

Plus, you can count on knowledgeable staff to help guide your experience.

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Wine and nibbles at @stonehousedarwin
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Cocktails at @palmcourtbarandlounge

Palm Court Bar and Lounge

32 Mitchell Street Darwin NT

Located in Hilton Darwin, Palm Court Bar and Lounge is all about bringing premium drinks to Darwin locals.

Known for their tasty cocktails, this top bar in Darwin has master bartenders that put together high-end blends that will bring you back for more.

Their tapas dishes and the relaxed atmosphere make them one of the city’s most exciting stops for a drink.

They even offer decadent pairing events!

DBar & Restaurant

81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT

If you’re in the mood for a premium, locally sourced selection of modern Australian and Asian cuisine in the city, none do it quite like DBar & Restaurant. With a dynamic cocktail list influenced by the Territory, this stylish bar in the H on Smith Hotel has an extensive cocktail menu. However, its the relaxed vibe that makes them a top-rated bar in Darwin for business travelers and the after-work crowd.

PS: If you are looking for a place to relax on a Sunday arvo, this is the place to be. Remember to bring your bathers!

two glasses and a bottle of wine at top bar in Darwin
Wine at DBar & Restaurant @h_on_smith

Have you been to any of these top bars in Darwin?

Let us know in the comments below or suggest your favorite Darwin bar or pub!

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These results are from our ‘Best in Darwin‘ series, where the Norther team post an Instagram story asking for people to vote for their favourite [it’s different every week!] in Darwin. If you’d like to participate in voting, watch our Instagram Stories on our account @darwinweloveyou and be sure to vote!

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