• Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon featuring the famous fish sculptures. Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

The best bars in Cairns.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sun-kissed days to balmy nights, when it comes to bar hangouts in the tropics, Cairns has a lot to boast about. So, whether you choose to sit back with a Pina Colada in hand and sand between your toes, or chill-out on lounges in speakeasy bars, the scene here has holiday vibes going year-round. 

The outdoor Bar at Hemmingway's Brewery in CairnsHemmingway's Brewery

Gin Social

Inside the Hilton, Gin Social delivers an extensive menu of the good stuff. We are talking over 40 of the best gins, the world over. If gin doesn’t take your fancy, they also have a decent selection of rum, bourbon, whiskey and tequila. Clean tropical décor makes this the perfect hang, post beach hop. And let that air-con take you places while you sip on some rather aesthetically pleasing alcoholic creations. 

34 Esplanade, Cairns 

The Conservatory Bar

Candlelit and cosy, this ambient bar boasts quirky furnishings and DIY grazing boards.  Just what you need after a long day in the tropical sun. Opt for a Falling Water cocktail which refreshingly combines Feijoa vodka, cucumber and lemon topped with apple cider. With live music on Friday and Saturday nights in the vibing courtyard, you will be hard-pressed to find a friendlier service. 

12/14 Lake Street, Cairns 

Salt House

Ideally positioned on the Cairns Marina, Salt House provides A-class views of the mountain-fringed inlet. The bar itself is equally easy on the eye with day beds galore, palm fronds and cool ponds to dip your feet in. Cocktails are the name of the game here but feel free to indulge in a glass of wine or two.

6/2 Pier Point Road, Cairns 

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Three Wolves 

Tucked away down an alleyway, Three Wolves is a speakeasy bar that takes is spirits very seriously. Aside from their extensive cocktails, wine and beer offering, they have dedicated menus for vodka, gin, tequila, rum and whisky. There’s no doubt, they will have your favourite tipple on-hand. For those who want something spesh, select a barrel-aged negroni. 

32 Abbott Street, Cairns City 

Hemmingway’s Brewery 

No comprehensive list of Cairns’ watering holes is complete without Hemmingway’s. Why? Because they have a 19-metre bar and 20 beers on tap (with at least half being the brewery’s own creations). Add  the modern interiors of black and wood accents and dazzling waterside views to the mix, and you’re set for a chilled-out evening. 

Wharf Street, Cairns City 


Hands down, Rocco has the best (and most extensive) Champagne menu in Cairns, and if that’s not enough, the rooftop location offers up sweeping views of the city and the Coral Sea. The ambient bar also has a selection of Mediterranean bites to feast on, complemented by a decent line up of aromatic cocktails. The Cinnameeter is appropriately exotic with a cinnamon reduction, freshly pressed citrus and Bombay gin. We will take one for each hand. 

131-141 Esplanade, Cairns 

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Kewarra Beach Shack Bar

Sip away on a Pina Colada with sand between your toes. Literally. On a private stretch of sand directly in front of the Kewarra Beach Resort, this tropical bar is what holiday dreams are made of. Open seasonally, there are no extravagant cocktails here, just plenty of Pina Coladas to go around. Check the bar’s socials for any fun themes. We hear the woodfired pizza night is the place to be. 

80 Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach 

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