5 hottest bars in Cairns
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Float in a pool of cool
Soak up summer at Cairns’ only rooftop terrace cocktail bar. Taking its cues from the Miami vibe, Lilo pulls it off in style with panoramic views of the city’s skyline. There’s plenty to keep you and your peeps excited, from sexy cocktails to funky lounges to glamorous clubbers. Oh, and let’s not forget the amazing pool deck, with its outsized pool: just the place to strip down to bikinis and baggies and take a break from the Queenstown heat!
Cnr Spence & Grafton Streets, Level 3 Rydges Plaza
Tel: +61 7 40 46 0300 www.lilowetbar.com.au
Gilligan’s Backpackers Bar
Let down your hair and party
Probably the biggest party venue in Cairns, Gilligan’s pulls in the crowds. It’s not just backpackers though; locals and the jet set both come to let their hair down over a few brewskis. It’s the laid-back Aussie way to unwind after a hard day hiking the rainforest or diving the reef. You’ll be able to catch Cairns’ most popular live acts Thursday through weekends, with bands and DJ’s pumping out tunes till late.
57-89 Grafton Street
Tel: +61 7 4041 6566 www.gilligansbackpackers.com.au
Tel: +61 7 4095 3515 www.yungaburrapub.com.au
This is Queensland old school!
With a name like Yungaburra, it has to be Australian! Hardly changed at all since its establishment in the early 1900s, the pub is your place to go for country charm, a historic atmosphere and, of course, the thing which never goes out of fashion: beer! There’s a home cooked menu to make your mother proud - and you even more comfortable - and, afterwards, head upstairs to put up your feet and savour a whisky.
6 - 8 Kehoe Place, Yungaburra, QLD 4884
Tel: +61 7 4041 5061 www.greenantcantina.com
Green Ant Cantina
Queensland for Mexican
They say it’s Cairns’ best kept secret. Well, we’re letting you in on it. An institution for its regulars, this Mexican themed bar and cantina fuses South of the Border with South of the Hemisphere – and comes up tops! Its funky venue boasts live music, a wide range of boutique beers as well as wines, cocktails and Mexican cuisine. There’s even a Beer Lover’s Loyalty card which will have you drinking your way to free beer!
183 Bunda St
Tel: +61 7 4041 7733 www.salthouse.com.au
Sleek, sexy and sought after
Salty too, but only in the literal sense, since it’s right next door to Cairns’ sophisticated new yacht club. Salt House’s nautical design pulls in the yacht-set, the snowbirds and the glamour girls, with no signs of its popularity abating. It boasts two bars, the luxury lit up lantern Sailing Bar, with live music, as well as the Balinese Deck Bar, with crazy cocktails and DJs on decks. Plus there are views to die for: an ocean, marina and city panorama.
6/2 Pier Point Rd