Darwin’s nightlife has a raucous reputation. A wander along a certain couple of blocks in the famous Mitchell Street and you’ll probably agree that it is well deserved. But outside this lively backpacker magnet, the nightlife and entertainment options are quietly and calmly blossoming, in all directions.
Beer lovers welcome a pit stop at the Precinct Tavern in the waterfront complex. Among the many fine eateries of the waterfront, the Precinct serves 44 beers (including ciders) on tap, evidenced by the maze of kegs visible through the main bar’s transparent wall. If you’re feeling indecisive, select the $12 tasting tray.
Alternatively, the beer garden at Parap’s Railway Club is an intimate space adored by local hipsters and artsy folk; it feels like a 1960’s lodge. The garden’s adjoining room stages indie bands from all over Australia, and its interior is strewn with fairy lights, low couches and wine barrel high tables.
Because life is an adventure, try a Darwin-flavoured drag show at Throb (Smith Street). Don’t be put off by the kitschy name, this joint attracts open-minded Darwinites from all walks of life.