The best nightlife in Cairns – where to go

Cairns has an extraordinary lively night life. Many of the venues form a “strip” along Spence Street where you can experience all sorts of entertainment and nightlife. These are the most popular clubs and bars in Cairns:

Salt House

Address: Marina Point, 6/2 Pier point Road, Cairns, 4870
Telephone: +61 4041 7733

The Salt House is set on a priceless location at the Cairns Marina, right at the end of the esplanade. Its location on the waterfront offers views on the ocean, Trinity inlet and the famous lengthy mountains which are so characteristic of the Tropical North Queensland. In other words, this bar-restaurant-club guarantees the best views in Cairns. Furthermore, the bar-club offers three separate spaces in which you’ll be able to find different vibes such as funky live music, techno music, chilled out music with a beautiful cocktail lounge area and many more things! Salt House is a stylish, chilled-out, lively and welcoming structure all at once.

Top tip * – Monday night is hospitality night which means cheap drinks, food and it’s pumping with great atmosphere and is a weekly ritual for most travellers!


Address: 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, 4870
Telephone: +61 7 4041 6566
The Gilligan’s Backpackers  is one of the best party hostels in Cairns. It’s the right place to go if you’re looking for a great night out! The hostel is located in the heart of Cairns and it has a huge open-air beer hall with a total capacity over 1.000 people and an outside pool but also a bar opened 24h licence. If you’re looking for lively atmosphere every day of the week, this is definitely the place to go!
Top tip * – Saturday night is the best night here.  If you want a quieter, quirky bar visit The Attic above Gilligans.

The Pier Bar

Address: 1 Pier Point Road, Cairns, 4870
Telephone: +61 7 4031 4677
The Pier Bar is also very popular during the weekends. This lively place is a bar/restaurant which also located at the Marina. It offers live concerts and a very good nightlife. There’s also a function space connected to its main bar which is used for birthday parties and other events. On a Friday or Saturday night, the Pier Bar can gather up to 500 people with great views over the ocean, palm trees and esplanade.
Top tip * – Visit every 3rd Friday of the month if your a fan of latin vibes and experience the best latino party in Cairns.  Great meal deals for Cairns sharehouse guests available.

The Woolshed

Address: 22-24 Shields Streets, Cairns, 4870
Telephone: +61 7 4031 6304
The Woolshed is very known among both backpackers and locals. In here, you’ll probably find the craziest nights in Cairns. Its atmosphere is unique; the music is loud with many different genres being played and dancing on the tables is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! You can lay back in both of the saloons near the bar upstairs and downstairs. The typical foods you’ll find at the Woolshed includes burgers, steaks and pizzas.
Top tip * – Pick up your voucher from Cairns Sharehouse for a great meal deal and free entry before midnight.

The Cotton Club

Address: 24 Shields Streets, Cairns, 4870
Telephone: +61 07 4041 1400

Just on the right-hand side of the Woolshed, you’ll find the Cotton Club, it’s neighbour club.  The Cotton Club has different functions; during the day it’s a restaurant and during the night it becomes a night club and a cocktail bar. Enjoy a delicious cocktail specially during the happy hours, then make your way through the second floor where you’ll directly access the Woolshed.

The Jack Hotel

Address: Sheridan Street and Spence Street, Cairns, 4870
Telephone: +61 7 4051 2490
For those looking for a vibrant night, at the Jack, you’ll be more than served. This bar-club has three bars, a big dancefloor for live music and other events, a beer garden but also a gaming room with slot machines! The Jack has the same concept as Gilligan’s; it is also a backpacker’s hotel.

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