The Best Bars in Townsville, Australia

Hard at work at Hooch & Fellow
Hard at work at Hooch & Fellow | © Hooch & Fellow

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.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Rambutan

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.

Shorehouse

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.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article