The Best Bars in Townsville, Australia

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With over 300 days of sunshine annually, Townsville fortunately has plenty of bars where you can quench your thirst after a long day of exploring the tropical city. From rooftop havens to local hangouts, here are the 10 best bars to visit in Townsville.

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Rambutan’s rooftop

Rambutan has it all. It’s a hostel and hotel, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant. The bar is open daily from midday until late, so it’s the perfect place for pre-drinks as it’s located in the heart of Townsville’s nightlife district. The bar at Rambutan is stocked with local and imported beers and wines, and a classic cocktails list. There’s live music on Friday nights, as well as DJs and live entertainment poolside at its popular Sunday sessions.


Quarterdeck Restaurant

Behind the bar at Quarterdeck

The Ville Resort-Casino is currently undergoing a $42 million redevelopment in stages. The first stage included the introduction of the new Quarterdeck, which comes equipped with views over the infinity pool towards Magnetic Island; a dance floor; indoor and outdoor seating for 330 guests; and two big television screens. The bar menu at Quarterdeck includes wines from France and across Australia, as well as modern takes on classic cocktails like the Quarterdeck mojito and Maggie Island iced tea.

Heritage Exchange

Established in 2015, the Heritage Exchange is run by the team behind its Flinders Street East neighbour: the Heritage Bar and Grill. Housed in the Exchange Hotel building from the 1880s, Heritage Exchange has exposed red bricks, vintage decor and a cosy outdoor space. There are also three bars within one venue: the Whisky Bar, the Rum Garden, and the Public Bar. The Whisky Bar has 70 different whiskies from around the world and whisky flights. The Rum Garden serves 50 international rums, and you can’t visit a Heritage property without enjoying a cocktail or two.

Riverview Tavern

Located in a residential neighbourhood near James Cook University and overlooking the Ross River, Riverview Tavern is a very popular bar and restaurant in Townsville. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and the tavern always has rugby league and UFC games playing on its big screen. Join the locals and relax on the deck in the evening with a pint of one of the many Australian beers on tap.

The Watermark Townsville

The Watermark Townsville

The Watermark Townsville is located along The Strand, which is the city’s most popular attraction. It is open everyday from morning until midnight and offers waterfront views in a relaxed environment. The Watermark has live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and daily drink and food specials. The Beach Bar at the Watermark has lounges inside a raised beer garden deck. It serves a wide range of beers, wine and cocktails.

The TapHouse Townsville

The TapHouse Townsville is North Queensland’s first bar with self-pour craft beer. It says it offers a different way of “thinking, tasting and appreciating speciality beers and ciders”. There are eight taps to choose from, with a rotating selection of beers. Guests purchase a prepaid card, which they tap on the screens next to the beer before pouring their own glass. Save money and only pay for the amount of beer you pour. The TapHouse also has a small cocktail list.

Australian Hotel

The Australian Hotel was first opened in 1888, but in recent years it has had a full renovation. Located on Palmer Street, the Australian Hotel is a great place for a relaxing afternoon drink, or to watch an important sporting match. There are daily drink and meal specials, and live music on the weekends. The Australian Hotel pours a variety of Australian beer, including Queensland classics and Furphy, a Geelong-based brew.

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