Darwin’s Vibrant Bar Scene: Unveiling the Top Spots for Every Taste

Are you ready to take a tour around the best bars Darwin has to offer? Well, strap on your shoes and get ready for an adventure of drinks and fun,  we have you covered!

From the most daring mixologists to creative cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else, there’s something for everyone in Darwin. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back spot to grab some beers or an upscale spot to sip on some of the city’s finest wines, we’ve got it all.

We’ll show you not only where to go when you’re out in Darwin but also 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!

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Photo by @stonehousedarwin

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!

For those of us wanting something stronger, Bell Bar is the place to be. It offers a range of inventive cocktails and espresso martinis that will tantalize your taste buds. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable night out in Darwin, Bell Bar and Bistro is a must-visit!


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@thebellbarbistro on IG
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Photo of @thetraderbar on IG

The Trader bar 

3 Harriet Pl Darwin City

The Trader Bar! Situated in one of the city’s most stylish spots, this chic and contemporary venue 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! Whether you’re a regular or just popping by for a quick drink after work, this spot provides the perfect combination of atmosphere and drinks.

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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Dom’s Bar and 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 and Lounge is the place to be! With its relaxed atmosphere, crafted cocktails and a free bowl of popcorn on arrival, you won’t be disappointed.

But it’s not just about the atmosphere, they also 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. From their legendary steamed dumplings, cheese platter or house-marinated olives, there’s something for everyone! So why not head over to Dom’s Bar and Lounge for a truly unforgettable night out!

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 on IG
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Image by @stonehousedarwin on IG

Stone House Wine Bar and Kitchen

33, Cavenagh Street, Darwin

If you’re looking for a unique bar experience, you have to try Stone House Wine Bar and 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. Whether it’s recommending a specific bottle of wine, suggesting food combinations or just chatting, they truly care about making your time at Stone House one to remember!


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 is sure to make your mouth water. Not only do they offer up delicious food and an inviting atmosphere, but they really know how to pour a beer!

The service is always great with friendly staff, and will be sure to help you find something that tickles your taste buds. Plus, if you need some advice about what’s on offer or what might pair best with your meal, just ask your friendly bartender! They’ll be more than happy to help out. So why not give Lizards Bar and Restaurant a try?

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Friendly staff in @lizardsdarwin

Darwin’s bar scene has something for all adults, whether you’re looking for a chill vibe or an amped-up atmosphere, there’s a bar just for you. Take some time to explore these top-rated establishments and pick out your favourite spots. Grab your mates and join in the fun! With amazing music, great drinks, and an atmosphere that will have you coming back for more, the Darwin bar scene is one of the best in the country.

Have you been to any of the bars we have listed above? We would love to know your thoughts on them. Please comment below if you’ve been to any of them.

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*Cover image by @lizardsdarwin on IG

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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