The best bars in Cairns.

Explore the list of best bars at Cairns for your next holiday escape.

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. 

Photo credit: Miss Chief

Miss Chief

Perched above the hustle of Cairns, immerse yourself in the lush surrounds of Miss Chief Bar & Eatery. An intimate space adorned with great tropical vibes and bartenders dedicated to the craft of the cocktail. The menu has been created around the ethos of sharing and fun with finesse.

Level 1, 39-49 Lake Street, Cairns

The Pier Bar

The Pier Bar is a favourite with the locals set on the waterfront with laid back vibes, cold beers, great pizzas & burgers, pool tables and live music.

The Pier Shopping Centre, 1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns

Whiskey & Wine

Treat yourself to one of the best wine, whiskey and cocktail bars Cairns has to offer. Whiskey and Wine at Crystalbrook Flynn is the perfect destination to wine and dine, wind down and indulge in the world-renowned views across the Coral Sea.

Crystalbrook Flynn, 85 The Esplanade, Cairns

Photo credit: Conservatory Bar Cairns

The Conservatory Bar

Candlelit and cosy, the ambient Conservatory 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


Three Wolves

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 

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