10 best pubs to spend Beer O’clock in Darwin city

Sunset at beer o'clock

There’s nothing more refreshing than a icy cold beer on a hot day – and do you know what?

Everyday is a hot day in Darwin!  It’s always beer o’clock in Darwin city so follow us around the city for the scoop on Darwin’s 10 best pubs and get yourself an icy cold beer !

The range of popular beers ‘on tap’ is growing in the pubs around town!  Most palettes are catered for as most pubs and bars provide a range of different craft beers ‘on tap’.  Gotta love ‘options’!

Just giving you the heads’ up.  The size of the glass is all important when ordering your beer at the bar.

  • The Schooner – 425 ml of ice cold beer
  • The Pint – 570 ml – a giant beer and the most popular beer size to order

Darwin’s 10 best pubs and bars:

The Cav

A great place to meet friends, 12 icy cold beers on tap, a good selection of wines and great cocktails!  A good food menu at the Cav – my advice is to make sure you try the NaJim oyster shots – to die for!  Locals go to the Cav for the steaks!

Monsoons Bar

Right in downtown Mitchell Street, Monsoons is a nice open air pub to do some serious people watching.  The alfresco dining area sports a great menu with tapas, burgers and steak. Monsoons has and entertainment 7 nights a week and offers a wide selection of beers and wines.

The Tap Bar

A popular open air pub in Mitchell Street with a gnarly old fig tree right in the middle of the beer garden.  Great atmosphere, a good selection of icy cold beers and an ‘all round’ menu for snacks, lunch and dinner.  The Tap Bar is a popular place to meet friends.


Located in Darwin’s premier tourist strip – Mitchell Street.  Wisdom is known as the ‘live music and party bar’.   A great food menu with plenty of choice, a great selection of cocktails, beers and wines and entertainment.  Rumoured to have been once a dentist surgery – Wisdom is an award winner!


Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this venue turns into one of the most popular nightclubs in Darwin to party so you can party into the wee hours.  Featuring 3 separate levels and 5 individual bars, Discovery is a great venue for hens & bucks nights and somewhere to go clubbing.


City pub, Rorkes has a following of locals!  Icy cold beers, wines and a mix of contemporary and classic features make this re-purposed old banking establishment a place to visit in Darwin city.  Self-serve beer on tap, a wide range of boutique beers and a rooftop beer garden are a part of the attraction at Rorkes.

The Deckbar

Offering over 80 varieties of beer, this outdoor bar is one of the popular venues in Darwin city.  Situated at the ‘top of the town’, the Deck Bar is open 7 days a week.  The Deck Bar has a great dinner menu and for something light, tapas and bar snacks are available too.

Shenanigans Pub

An Aussie style Irish Pub, Shenanigans is a very popular pub with the ‘in crowd’ of Darwin. A huge range of beers on tap, live music and good selection of food to ward off the munchies.  Always pumping, this pub is a busy little venue.  Drop in and check it out!

Ducks Nuts

Located on the famous Mitchell Street, Ducks Nuts is a Darwin icon.  Ducks Nuts is popular
with locals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   A line up of great live entertainment, including solo artists and DJ’s keep you entertained throughout the week.  An excellent selection of beers and wine makes this one of our favourite haunts.

Hotel Darwin

One of the early hotels of Darwin surviving the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy, Hotel Darwin was once known as the ‘Raffles’ of Darwin.  This icon of Darwin serves a good selection of tap and bottle beers – both imported and Australian.  A good place to chill out with an icy cold beer away from the hustle and bustle in the Mitchell Street strip.

So there you have it!  Darwin’s 10 best pubs (my version)!

There are many more ‘watering holes’ in Darwin, so keep exploring, enjoy the atmosphere, and take the opportunity to meet up with some of Darwin’s locals.

Have you ever done a ‘pub crawl’ in Darwin?  We’d love you to tell us about your experience!