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 the best pubs in Darwin city.
When you’re visiting the Northern Territory, you may need a few tips to get you through a visit to one of the local pubs.
Fosters is the beer with most fame however, if the truth were known you won’t catch any fair dinkum Aussie drinking Fosters!
Australia is one of the great wine producing countries in the world but we still love an icy cold, refreshing beer.
Surprisingly, Australian beer sales have increased with advertising portraying a skewed attempt to poke fun at Aussies and our weird sense of humor. It’s not true, I tell you!
How to order a beer at the bar
Surprisingly, there is etiquette when it comes to ordering a beer in Australia. There is a bit of a knack to putting your order in … correctly.
It pays to know the rules. Ordering a beer is easy, but shouting is quite another thing.
‘Shouting’, is peculiarly Australian.
Do not be the person who suddenly has to go to the loo when it is their shout. This is very bad form. Take your turn!
Buying a round of drinks for people you’re drinking with, is called ‘a shout‘. If you’re with friends at the pub, each person takes their turn to buy a round of drinks – or shout.
When it’s your turn, you say ‘my shout’ and go order the beers from the bar. Shouting a beer in Australia is expected when you are out with mates.
If you’re new to the Territory, here’s a little tip. 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
The etiquette of shouting
Australians love their beer, but did you know there is a beer drinkers etiquette you should be mindful of?
- Never accept a beer if you do not intend to shout by return.
- The order of the shout is determined by each person volunteering that it is his or her shout. Other members of the should should not have to remind others of their turn.
- It is unacceptable to accept a beer in a shout and then just buy a beer for yourself when it’s your turn to shout.
- Equally, it is not cool to go home before you’ve had your turn to shout.
- Knocking over someone’s beer will only be forgiven if you replace the spilt beer immediately and acknowledge your clumsiness.
- When a person wishes to stop drinking he or she should wait until after they have shouted, or alternatively, order a non-alcoholic beverage as a substitute. It is to ensure equality amongst the group.
- These rules are gender neutral.
The low-down on the best pubs in Darwin
The range of popular beers ‘on tap’ is growing in the pubs around town! Most pubs and bars in Darwin provide a range of different craft beers ‘on tap’.
A great place to meet friends, 12 icy cold beers on tap, a good selection of wines and great cocktails! Stay for the night and try out the food menu at the Cav – my advice is to make sure you try the Nam Jim oyster shots – to die for! Locals consider the Cav has the best steaks in town!
Six Tanks also offers a variety of hand-crafted, traditional craft beers complemented with a selection of high-end boutique wines and spirits unique to Darwin. To compliment, choose from a variety of tapas, wood-fired pizzas and hand-crafted mains. Located in Mitchell Street, Six Tanks is something different for the locals of Darwin!
The Craft Beer Bar: Boasting an extensive range of over 46 Local, Premium and Imported beers and ciders on tap, the Craft Beer Bar during the day is relaxed and a casual place for a bite to eat.
The Beer Garden: This outdoor bar is out front of the Darwin Wave pool. Enjoy a diverse range of 46 craft beers and cider, and a selection of popular cocktails and wines.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hotel Darwin is one of the first hotels of Darwin which survived the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy. 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.
Lizards Bar & Restaurant
Lizards Bar is where locals go to catch up with mates for a drink or to enjoy a great pub meal. It’s where tourists and visitors come to meet the locals. Located at the corner of Mitchell & Daly Street this pub offers a relaxed environment with a wide variety of beers, wines and cocktails. The restaurant offers good pub fare and a range of meals.
So there you have it! Darwin’s 10 best pubs (my version)!
There are many more ‘watering holes’ to put on this list? Keep exploring, enjoy the atmosphere, and take the opportunity to meet up with some of Darwin’s locals.
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