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Melbourne. A seriously funky place thriving with culture, Australia’s most livable city features some of the country’s best nightlife.
When it comes to choices, the major party areas are Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Smith Street in Collingwood, Chapel Street which spans from South Yarra to Windsor, and of course, Melbourne’s CBD.
Most of the hip and the young go to Brunswick Street and Smith St. The top club in this area is Yah Yahs on Smith St. Yah Yahs is a local favourite with classic tunes spanning from the 80’s all the way to the mid 2000’s and live bands playing upstairs. They also have an awesome gay night on Thursdays dubbed by the locals as ‘Thursgays’. Yah Yah’s is open until 5am, so you can keep the party going after everywhere else has closed.
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As the largest city in Australia, Sydney is not short of amazing bars and clubs to dig your heels into. But with the lockout laws imposed in the past few years, you've got to be a bit smart if you’re looking to party all night long.
Controversially The Star, Sydney’s casino, is exempt from the NSW government’s lockout laws. What this means for you is Marquee. A great classic style club in the heart of The Star that often draws big acts like Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren and Will Sparks.
Bondi happens to be outside Sydney’s lockout zone. This makes The Junction a popular place and one of the hottest clubs in the city. They’ve got a bar, eatery, art exhibitions and even have the odd live music performance. Just get in early, because The Junction is known to have lines out the door.
Finally, if you’re looking for a more casual place with less club vibes then your best bet is The Soda Factory. To get in, enter through Bobby’s Boss Dogs, a totally legit late night food joint with quality Hot Dogs. After that just pull on the handle of the Coke machine and enter a wonderland of good drinks, good tunes and good times.
After Australia’s most recent election the lockout laws are being reviewed so in the future, you might be able to keep the night alive for longer.
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Even though Sydney’s beaches are pretty famous, you haven’t experienced Aussie beaches properly without basking in Byron's. If you want sick live music near the beach, Beach Hotel is the place you’ve been looking for.
If you want some serious dancing, head to Cheeky Monkey's where they encourage you to dance on the tables and get a bit wild. They even have an awesome event on every night! From paint, parties to dance competitions with $300 cash in prize money up for grabs you can’t resist being cheeky at cheeky’s.
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The Gold Coast in Queensland is truly a city of golden coastlines, and if you want to explore the nightlife right next to one of their pristine beaches, you can’t go past Surfers Paradise. Start your night off at the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, known locally as “Tha Beery” where you can sing and dance along to old style R ‘n’ B, sink some standards for next to nothing and with six pool tables, you’ll never want to leave!
If you do want to leave “Tha Beery”, go drink away your sins at Sin City or Cocktails Nightclub - all the hottest clubs are on Orchid Avenue so it’s not hard to check it all out in one night! Then once your done checking out all the best DJs and drinks, head to the beach right in front of Maccy D’s and watch the sunrise over the golden beach that truly is a Surfers Paradise.
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If you’re looking for cheap, Cairns has some of the best and most budget-friendly nightclubs in Aus! The big hostel Bars are a must go for beers and beats - Nomads, Calypso is a great backpackers hangout featuring beers and pool tables.
Gilligan’s is a kingpin in the Cairns party scene. Boasting some of the biggest events in Cairns such as dinners and sinners, if you’re looking to party like a drunken sailor, Gilligan’s does it better than everyone else.
If you wanna boogie on tables then The Woolshed will not disappoint. It’s known for its wild parties which it’s been hosting for over 25 years. Surprisingly it’s also got a restaurant with pretty good food which makes it a great place to fill up before you party all night long.
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If you need a cooling down from the famous Darwin heat then Chilli’s Backpackers is cheap and chock-a-block with fellow travellers ready for chugging some bevvies and tearing up the D floor.
Shenanigans (known as ‘Shags’ by the locals) is also a popular Irish pub that will shower you with cheap quality drinks. They’ve got great ‘stick to your ribs’ Irish pub classics for a pretty reasonable price that seem to match perfectly with a fresh pint of Guinness. They also have live music 6 nights a week as well as trivia and karaoke so there’s always a good time to be had at Shags.
Then there’s Discovery. One of Darwin’s largest clubs both in popularity and size. The place is 3 levels of good times and good vibes all while drawing in big crowds by hosting some of the worlds best DJ’s. They’re also certified club veterans. Discovery has been keeping the party going since the late 90’s and it seems like they aren’t going to be stopping anytime soon.
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With all the trendy bars, clubs and pubs, combined with some of the friendliest people out there, Australia isn’t short on goods times out. Almost every city in Australia has some sort of killer nightlife it’s and new places are opening all the time it’s too hard to list them all. So wherever you go in Australia, you’re almost guaranteed to have good night out.
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