Drinking Cocktails on the beach - best beach bars in Australia

Best beach bars in Australia

Disclosure: We love how our audience helps us grow. This post may contain affiliate links. Please check our disclosure policy for more information.

Summer in Australia isn’t complete with a visit to at least one beach bar, if not several beach bars! After enjoying the sunshine, who doesn’t want to enjoy a cool beverage on the beach, sand between your toes, soaking up the views as the sun goes down?

Compared to places in Europe and worldwide, you’d think Australia wasn’t making the most of its stunning coastline by having more beach bars. However, with tighter alcohol regulations, sometimes that perfection is just a step away from the beach rather than actually on it. Let’s just say more often than not, they are more ‘beachfront’! Either way, you can still relax with sand between your toes (from walking along the beach) and chill out in an incredible environment around you.

An Australian summer isn’t complete without a visit to a chilled out beach bar for a cool beverage or two. Check out these top 20 beach bars around Australia, from each coastal state! #beachbar #beach #sydney #melbourne #adelaide #perth #darwin #cairns #australia #summer

Check out these top beach bars around Australia:

New South Wales Beach Bars

Havana Beach, Manly

There is something about Manly’s vibe that takes us back there again and again, and the Havana Beach bar has a lot to do with it!

Kick back in one of Sydney’s best cocktail bars, with chilled Cuban vibes and the ocean views that Manly is famous for. This place rocks, and it’s no wonder their hashtag is #havanagoodtime.



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Havana Beach (@havanabeach) on

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watson’s Bay

Be a part of the Beach Club at Watsons Bay and enjoy the views from one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches. Sitting right on the water’s edge, nothing gets in the way of the panoramic views of the city skyline and harbour, except the cold refreshing beverage right in front of you.

This stylish venue is the perfect place to unwind and relax with a beverage. And there’s even accommodation if you don’t want to leave, and we wouldn’t blame you!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Iconic Waterfront Venue (@watsonsbayboutiquehotel) on

Selected Just For You:
Top 16 Sydney Harbour cruises from Circular Quay

Beach Hotel, Byron Bay

If there was a place that packed a serious punch with summer attitude, you’ve found it right here.

The Beach Hotel in the heart of Byron Bay is by far Byron’s most famous pub – just a jump across the road from the main beach. It’s got something for everyone with live entertainment, a fantastic beer garden, accommodation, a beach resort and a range of cuisines to feast upon.

Needing to cool down in the heat of summer? The Beachy is the place to go!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Beach Hotel, Byron Bay (@beachhotelbyronbay) on

Queensland Beach Bars

Foxy’s Bar, Fitzroy Island, Cairns

Want a cold, crisp beer after a salty swim? Look no further than Foxy’s Bar, situated right on the beachfront on Fitzroy Island. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, pool tables, a wide range of beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks, you’ll be relaxed in true Fitzroy style before you know it!

Open daily with live entertainment during the weekends.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Fitzroy Island Resort (@fitzroyisland) on


The Beach Shack, Kewarra Beach, Cairns

Want a snorkel with your drink? If the Beach Shack got any closer to the water, this is exactly what you would need!

Views don’t get much better than this of the Coral Sea whilst sipping an ice-cold beverage, barefoot on a private beach. Open from May to December on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with tables often reserved weeks in advance, so plan ahead and book early.

You won’t be disappointed you did!

The Beach Shack, Kewarra Beach - Beach Bar
Image credit: Kewarra Beach website

Pool Club, Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef

After the devastating impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Hayman Island by InterContinental will open in July 2019. This spectacular island resort is completely reimagined with breathtaking beauty and paradise.

With five new restaurants and bars opening, you will be spoilt for choice. And the new beachfront Pool Club next to the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea will not disappoint.

A visit to this beach bar will need a hop over to the island, but it will be worth every moment.

Hayman Island InterContinental, Great Barrier Reef - beach bar
Image credit: Hayman Island by InterContinental website
Selected Just For You:
The Best Boat Hire in Airlie Beach

Corrugation Bar, Cape York

Not only is this Australia’s most northern tap beer, but also Australia’s most northern wood-fired pizzas on Australia’s most northern beach bar! And its name is pretty ironic too, given the road conditions in northern Australia!

No trip to the top end tip would be complete without a visit to Corrugation Bar. With a range of cool beverages on offer, it’s the perfect place to meet fellow travellers and share your own stories about how you finally got there!

The beach bar is part of Cape York camping at Punsand Bay and is absolutely beautiful.

Corrugation Beach Bar, Punsand Bay, Cape York
Image credit: Cape York camping website

Victoria Beach Bars

Republica, St. Kilda

We reckon this is the best beachfront bar in the whole of Victoria! We popped in for just one drink, and didn’t leave until several hours later!

Located right on the iconic St. Kilda promenade, anyone who has already been to St. Kilda knows it is the perfect place to people watch! Take in the fascinating views with a stunning backdrop of the white sandy beach and kitesurfers doing their thing.

With a menu of Asian and Italian influences, this funky and hip venue adds to the coolness that is St. Kilda. We dare you to just pop in for only one drink!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Republica St Kilda Beach (@republicastkildabeach) on

Pontoon, St. Kilda

We love this bar with its nautical feel and hair of the dog attitude! It’s the perfect place to soothe your soul with hangover bites and cocktails.

Soak up the waves (ok, maybe there aren’t that many waves in St. Kilda, but it’s worth a try) whilst sipping a ‘Windy Sail’ or ‘Pontoon Colada’ cocktail. It’s pure paradise from the Pontoon.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Pontoon St Kilda Beach (@pontoonstkildabeach) on

Selected Just For You:
How to swim with wild dolphins in Australia

The Sandbar Beach Cafe, Middle Park

If you are looking for a slightly more relaxed and low-key venue, check out the Sandbar Beach Cafe in Middle Park. Located right on the beach, take in the breathtaking view of Port Philip Bay, or why not have a go at beach volleyball if you’ve conserved enough energy after the beach?

Open every day from morning to late afternoon, this really is the place to soak in some sun rays in a family-friendly environment.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Sandbar Beach Cafe (@sandbarbeachcafe) on

Western Australia Beach Bars

Scarborough Beach Bar, Perth

This ultimate beachfront bar in Scarborough is, what we think, the best beach in Perth. It is located a bit further back from the beach, but the views are amazing, and the vibes are super chilled. Scarborough Beach Bar is a popular place, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Don’t miss stopping by for a few cold beers and checking out their Facebook page for upcoming events.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Scarborough Beach Bar (@scarbsbeachbar) on

Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Perth

Cottesloe Beach Hotel offers the absolute beach club experience. Situated right opposite one of Perth’s favourite beaches, this isn’t just any ordinary beach bar. Offering accommodation, function, bar and dining options, it will be hard for you to leave a place that really has it all!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by The Cottesloe Beach Hotel (@cottesloebeachhotel) on

Selected Just For You:
The Best Boat Hire in Perth

Bathers Beach House, Freemantle

This Freemantle beachfront bar is only 3 steps away from the white sands of Bathers Beach, Freemantle. Soak up the sand and waves whilst lazing on a sunbed directly on the beach, umbrella at your side and cocktail at the other. Does life get any better than this?


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Bathers Beach House (@bathersbeachhouse) on

South Australia Beach Bars

Check out our latest post for summer pop up beach clubs in Adelaide, right on the sand!

The Moseley Beach Club, Glenelg

This pop-up beach bar is right on the popular beach of Glenelg and is a serious hot spot during Adelaide’s summer months. It’s been a long time coming, but Adelaide finally got their beach bar on the sand!

With premium sunbeds or fully serviced lounges, grab a cocktail and soak up the vibes, with live music and DJ’s spinning summer tunes. Or plonk down on one of the bean bags for the evening and enjoy one of the best sunsets in Australia!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by The Moseley Bar & Kitchen (@moseleybk) on

Selected Just For You:
Top 12 Adelaide Boat Trips & Water Activities

Bacchus Bar, Henley Beach

Enjoy one of the best beaches in Adelaide at the Bacchus beachfront bar. Named after the Greek God of food, wine and debauchery, it’s hard not to have a good time at this popular location.

Making the most of South Australian local produce and wine, there really is no excuse to go anywhere else!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Bacchus Bar (@bacchushenleybeach) on

Hortas, Port Noarlunga

In its premium location overlooking the gorgeous Port Noarlunga beach and jetty, enjoy a cold beer, wine, cocktails, seafood and tapas with a Portuguese influence at Hortas.

This award-winning venue is a popular beach bar. Book ahead if you want your senses bought alive with contemporary Australian and Portuguese inspired dishes.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Hortas (@hortaspn) on

Selected Just For You:
Find the right beach with Beachsafe

West, Henley Beach

There’s a new kid on the block! Henley Square is turning into a super chilled place to be this summer.

West bar is located one level up on the Square, meaning it can show off its uninterrupted views of the white sands on Henley Beach. Inside is a classic walnut timber bar, perfect for cooling down with a beverage or two of your choice. Head outside, and you’ll find the stunning outdoor seating area – perfect for any lazy weekend afternoon.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by West At Henley (@west_henley) on

Northern Territory Beach Bars

Darwin Trailer Boat Club, Darwin

When you think trailers, you don’t necessarily think beach bar, but Darwin has got this one nailed!

Relax and unwind on their gorgeous beachfront lawn, play in the shaded playground area, take a dunk in the pool and watch the big screen as the sun goes down. There’s a massive line up of events, big bar area, bistro and function area for any event.

This is the perfect location to enjoy everything Darwin has to offer.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Darwin Trailer Boat Club (@darwin_trailer_boat_club) on

Darwin Ski Club, Darwin

Soak up the top ends best sunset beach bar as the sun melts into the ocean at Darwin Ski Club. This popular little place is the most chilled out space along the beachfront.

Grab a drink. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting. Soak in the sunset. As you are about to witness something very magical.

And don’t forget, surf clubs around Australia often have some of the best local views! Grab a drink and a bite to eat whilst supporting a great cause that saves lives every day.

What’s your favourite beach bar in Australia? We’d love to know . Leave a comment in the box below.

Like it? Pin it!

An Australian summer isn’t complete without a visit to a chilled out beach bar for a cool beverage or two. Check out these top 20 beach bars around Australia, from each coastal state! #beachbar #beach #sydney #melbourne #adelaide #perth #darwin #cairns #australia #summer

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *