If you’re looking to grab a drink in Byron Bay, you’ll be pleased to know that there is no shortage of options. From local pubs serving up cold beers to trendy bars offering delicious tapas and live music, there’s something for everyone in this charming beach town.
To make your search for the perfect watering hole a little easier, we’ve put together a list of some of the best bars in Byron Bay. Whether you’re looking to unwind with friends, catch the sunset, or dance the night away, you’ll find a spot that suits your taste.
Before you head out for the evening, it’s always a good idea to check the bars’ social media accounts for the latest information on hours and days of operation. These details can sometimes change due to current circumstances, so it’s best to be in the know before you go.
Loft Byron Bay
If you’re looking for a lively spot to catch up with friends or loved ones, Loft is the perfect choice. Located just off Main Beach, this modern, minimalist restaurant is always buzzing with activity. Not only is it conveniently located, but it also boasts top-notch service and an extensive menu of local wines, craft beers, and delicious seafood dishes.
But the real star of the show at Loft is the communal dining concept, which encourages guests to come together and enjoy each other’s company in a fun and relaxed setting. And with three sizes of main dishes available, there’s something to suit every appetite. Plus, don’t forget to try the oysters and charcuterie and cheese boards – they’re not to be missed!
Given its proximity to the water, it’s no surprise that Loft’s menu is brimming with seafood options. So if you’re a fan of fresh, locally-caught fish and shellfish, you’ll definitely want to make a reservation at Loft. Just be sure to book early, as this popular spot is always in high demand.Regenerate
But it’s not just the wine that’s worth raving about. The chef has created a range of delicious finger foods, including fresh sardines slathered in olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes. And in a nod to the European flair of the chef and the no cutlery policy, serviettes are placed on the floor for you to enjoy your food with. All in all, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed evening of wine and tapas-style bites.
If you’re looking for a welcoming spot to enjoy some delicious cocktails and food with a Vietnamese flair, Light Years is the place for you. Located just off of Lawson Street, this friendly cocktail bar is the brainchild of Melbourne native Kim Stephen and boasts a well-curated drinks list put together by a team of knowledgeable staff.
One of the most popular drinks on the menu right now is the ‘Netflix and Chill,’ which combines rum-soaked popcorn, Brookie’s macadamia gin, passionfruit, and lemon for a truly unique and tasty experience. The garnish of popcorn wrapped in passionfruit skin is an added touch of creativity, and the use of a vegan frother instead of egg whites makes this drink suitable for those with egg allergies or vegan friends.
While Light Years is a great place to visit anytime, it’s especially busy during the off-season, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance if you want to dine there. Trust us, the delicious cocktails and food are well worth the planning.
Treehouse on Belongil
If you’re in search of a peaceful retreat that’s just a short five minute drive from the bustling center of town, look no further than Belongil Creek and the Treehouse on Belongil. Nestled amidst the foliage, the Treehouse offers a tropical hideaway that’s right on the shoreline and features an open conservatory that’s shaded by palm trees. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind while surrounded by nature.
But the Treehouse isn’t just a place to kick back and relax – it also boasts a delicious and colorful menu courtesy of their new Lebanese chef. Drawing inspiration from his family’s culinary roots and his travels to Morocco and Italy, he’s created a menu that includes exotic shared plates such as duck ragu with handmade gnocchi and Moroccan spiced lamb kebabs, as well as the ever-popular woodfired pizza.
And if you’re in the mood for a drink, the Treehouse has a smaller but more creative cocktail menu, as well as a selection of craft and bottled beers to choose from. The wine list features a range of options from Australia, as well as a few of the chef’s personal favorites from France and Italy.
In short, the Treehouse on Belongil is the epitome of tranquility while being surrounded by nature. But be warned – you may find it difficult to leave!
Botanica Beach Bar
For those seeking the ultimate indulgence, Elements of Byron delivers in every way. This luxurious retreat is the perfect combination of comfort and style, with top-notch accommodations and a hip beach bar that will leave you feeling pampered and spoiled.
The Botanica Beach Bar, housed in a vintage-style caravan, is open every day from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Belongil Beach. Imagine the sand beneath your feet, the warm sun on your skin, and the breathtaking views of the Byron Bay Lighthouse as you sip on a refreshing drink.
Whether you prefer a classic cocktail, a cold beer, or a glass of wine, this beachside establishment has something for every taste. And if you’re feeling peckish, there are also some delicious nibbles on offer to pair with your beverage of choice. So why wait? Treat yourself to a luxurious experience at Elements of Byron and let the good times roll.
Bang Bang in the heart of Byron is the perfect spot. This trendy and leafy restaurant is a refreshing sanctuary, and while the lighting is a bit dim inside, don’t forget to bring a mobile device with a torch so you can read the menu.
At Bang Bang, the wok is used to prepare a range of fusion dishes, as well as a variety of delicious curries that are cooked over a low heat for a longer period of time, such as braised pork shoulder in Massaman green curry. If you’re in the mood to celebrate, we also have a selection of original cocktails with an Asian-inspired theme, as well as a few mocktails.
While their wine list at Bang Bang may be shorter than some other restaurants, they still have plenty of options to suit most people’s preferences, with winemakers from Australia, France, Italy, and Spain all represented. So come on in and unwind at Bang Bang!
Hotel Marvell – Rooftop Cocktail Bar
Indulge in the epitome of rooftop luxury at Hotel Marvell’s cocktail bar in Byron Bay. Nestled in the heart of Marvell St, this gem offers tantalising cocktails, crafted to perfection, alongside a serene rooftop pool. Whether you’re seeking a laid-back evening or a lively night out, the welcoming ambiance is perfect for intimate gatherings or making new friends. With a menu featuring Byron’s finest distilleries and breweries, and just a short stroll from the iconic Byron Bay beaches, it’s the ideal spot to transition from a day by the waves to an evening under the stars
The Rails (The Railway Friendly Bar)
Welcome to The Rails! This is the place to let your hair down and have some fun. Every evening, we have live music for your enjoyment, with a diverse range of genres including reggae, roots, blues, funk, folk, and rock. Our spacious and airy bar is filled with quirky decorative items, and we also have plenty of outdoor seating available. Just remember to grab your own food and drinks, as we don’t have waitstaff.
If you’re feeling hungry, our menu has a range of classic pub favorites such as burgers, pastas, fish & chips, and steaks. We also offer vegan options like burgers and pasta dishes. As for drinks, we have 20 different draught beers on tap, as well as rotating guest taps. Our wine list may be small, but it’s packed with bottles from a variety of domestic vintners. So come on in, relax, and enjoy a leisurely lunch while listening to some great music.
Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
The Balcony is a long-standing institution in the community, and like a fine wine, it only gets better with time. Located high above the bustling shopping district, it offers breathtaking views of the town.
Recently, it underwent a transformation into the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co., which now serves fresh oysters, an impressive cocktail list, and the option to dine on high bar stools or comfortable couches, all contributing to a laid-back seaside atmosphere.
If you’re looking to spend the weekend sipping on endless bellinis or participating in the renowned oyster hour, you won’t be disappointed. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little different, try their delicious espresso martini with a candied orange twist. Either way, you’ve arrived at one of Byron Bay’s most popular watering holes, and it’s definitely worth a visit. So come on in, kick back, and relax in the charming atmosphere of The Balcony.
The Mez Club
I recently visited the Mez Club and was thoroughly impressed by the atmosphere and menu. The beachy neutral tones and open floor plan set the stage for a laid-back evening, and the island bar and spiral staircase added a touch of elegance.
The food and drinks were inspired by the flavors of Greece and Turkey, and I particularly enjoyed the “Mez Margarita” and some local fried halloumi. The two daily happy hours also offered a wide selection of tasty drinks to choose from.
But what really stood out to me was the intimate setting and relaxing atmosphere, thanks in part to the cozy fireplace. I would highly recommend the Mez Club for anyone looking to sample delicious Mediterranean flavors and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends.
Raes Cellar Bar
Nestled by the pristine Wategos Beach, Raes Cellar Bar is a haven for both locals and travelers. More than just a picturesque spot, it’s an experience of refined casual dining with a menu that boasts delicacies like the Yellowfish tuna tartare, complemented by cultured dashi cream, and the earthy salt-baked beetroots paired with whipped chevre. Their curated beverage list, featuring the delightful Paloma, is the perfect accompaniment to the beachside ambiance.
With ample seating under a grand umbrella, it’s the ideal spot for a relaxed meal by the sea. Open daily from midday, Raes operates on a first-come-first-serve basis, so it’s wise to arrive early, especially given the bustling nature of popular Wategos. Dive into the Raes experience and let the waves serenade you.