The beautiful beachside town of Byron Bay paints a pretty picture by day: stretches of white sand and sparkling blue waters, surfboards, bikinis, smiles, and sun. But what happens when the sun goes down? We list the best nightlife options in this free-spirited town.
Woody’s Surf Shack
Pub, Nightclub, Bar, Austrian, Pub Grub, $$$
Woody's Surf Shack | Image courtesy of Woody's Surf Shack
Enjoy a frosty beer after a day in the sun at Woody’s Surf Shack, and join the throng of partygoers as the night deepens to revel in the music, dancefloor, and euphoric atmosphere of this retro-style pub. Vintage surfboards hang from the ceiling, and graffiti and local artwork stretch along walls. Comfy booths, an outdoor patio, and several pool tables provide a perfect recess from the dancefloor.
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Byron Bay Brewing Co
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Australian, $$$
Established in the early 1980s, The Byron Bay Brewing Co is home to the six premium beers of the Byron Bay label. All six beers are on tap and brewed directly on-site; you won’t be getting a fresher taste anywhere else. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, complete with a view of the brewing process, several bar areas, and a beer garden. For your listening pleasure, the pub hosts a different gig almost every night, from open-mic and comedy, to an array of different band performances.
La La Land lounge bar and club has been a major player in the Byron Bay nightlife scene for 15 years, making its mark as the more upmarket venue in town. Be dazzled by the interior design of the club: a blending of bohemian and chic with Moroccan, Indian, Indonesian, and South American influences creates a space that is both elegant and exotic, contemporary and hippie. Talented local and interstate DJs regularly play house music.
Referred to as ‘The Rails’ by its locals, Byron Bay’s The Railway Friendly Bar has been a favorite among both Byron Bay folk and travellers for decades. The bar is located beside the historic Byron Bay Railway Station, and its rustic charm is underlined by a laid-back atmosphere; the very quintessence of the Byron Bay lifestyle. An icon for live music, The Rails is the only pub in Australia to have had a live music performance every day of the week for over 30 years.
The Beach Hotel overlooks Byron Bay’s Main Beach, and its beautiful location on the waterfront complements the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of its bar. With regular, live music and sporting entertainment, beer garden, and several bars, The Beach Hotel is one of Byron Bay’s liveliest destinations.