It’s easy to find a bar that suits your taste in Byron, as the city’s drinking establishments offer everything from cold beers to tapas to live music. Here is our list of the best Byron Bay bars to wet your whistle or sip a cold refreshing cocktail.
Although Byron is only a smallish beach town, it has plenty of bars and pubs where you can relax with a cold one after a day in the sun. Whatever your mood, we have compiled a list of the top pubs in Byron Bay, so you can relax with friends, watch the sunset, or dance the night away.
It’s a good idea to check the bars’ social media accounts for up-to-date information on their hours and days of operation before heading out, as these details are subject to change depending on the circumstances.
Loft Byron Bay
Loft will always be buzzing purely by its strategic location right off Main Beach – thus booking early is wise. The inside has a modern, minimalist design that gives off an air of efficiency, and the service is just as high-quality.
Loft’s communal dining concept makes it a fun and exciting spot for groups of friends and loved ones to get together and chat in a lively setting. There are plenty of options for local wines and ten different craft beers on the extensive cocktail and drink menu.
The oysters are the main course, and then there are charcuterie and cheese boards. Main dishes are available in three sizes to accommodate a variety of appetites. Given its proximity to the water, it comes as no surprise that the menu has numerous seafood dishes.
A biodynamic gem, reminiscent of the wine bars of France and the tapas bars of Spain, has recently opened on Bay Lane.
Natural wines from all over the world, served in traditional clay soul cups, are the pride of the staff here, who know their stuff (Hunter Valley winemaker Peter Windrim is a part owner).
Delicious finger foods are provided, such as fresh sardines slathered in olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes. To show appreciation for the European flair of the chef and to comply with the no cutlery policy, a serviette is placed on the floor.
Light Years is a friendly cocktail bar off of Lawson Street that serves food with a Vietnamese influence. The beverages list was curated by a knowledgeable staff and is the brainchild of Melbourne native Kim Stephen.
The ‘Netflix and Chill,’ which consists of rum-soaked popcorn, Brookie’s macadamia gin, passionfruit, and lemon, is a popular drink right now. Popcorn wrapped in passionfruit skin is an ingenious garnish. The team uses a vegan frother instead of egg whites, which is great for people with egg allergies or vegan pals. Warning: even in the off-season, you’ll need to make a reservation in advance if you want to eat there.
Treehouse on Belongil
Belongil Creek and the Treehouse on Belongil offer a peaceful retreat just five minutes from the centre of town. The Treehouse is a tropical hideaway tucked away in the foliage close to the shoreline, complete with an open conservatory that is shaded by palm trees.
The new Lebanese chef draws inspiration from his family’s culinary roots and his travels to Morocco and Italy to create a colourful menu. Exotic shared plates, such duck ragu with handmade gnocchi and Moroccan spiced lamb kebabs, sit alongside the ever-popular woodfired pizza.
There is a smaller but more creative cocktail menu, and there are also craft and bottled beers to choose from. Wines from Australia predominate on the list, with a few of the chef’s personal favourites from France and Italy. The Treehouse is the epitome of tranquilly while being ensconced in nature, but you may find it difficult to leave.
Botanica Beach Bar
For a luxurious indulgence, Elements of Byron checks off all the right boxes. Not only for its luxurious accommodations, but also for its hip Botanica Beach Bar, which is housed in a vintage-style caravan and is open on Belongil Beach from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm every day. With the sand at your feet and sweeping views of the Byron Bay Lighthouse, you can order alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, beers, wines, and even some great nibbles at this establishment.
A terrific place to unwind is at Bang Bang, a refreshing sanctuary located in the heart of Byron. It is a trendy and leafy restaurant on the inside, but the lighting is somewhat dim, so bring a mobile device with a torch with you so that you can read the menu.
The wok is used to prepare fusion foods in addition to a variety of curries that are cooked over a low heat for a longer period of time, such as braised pork shoulder in Massaman green curry.
Along with a few mocktails, we will be serving up some original cocktails with an Asian-inspired theme to get the celebration started.
Although the wine list at Bang Bang is less than the usual, there are still plenty of options to satisfy most people’s preferences from winemakers in Australia, France, Italy, and Spain.
The Bolt Hole
Since it first opened its doors in late 2015, The Bolt Hole has become an institution in Byron Bay. It is known as a craft cocktail, whisky, and gin bar, and it offers customers more than 300 different premium spirits to pick from. The cosy watering hole has a refined cocktail and wine list, and it is decorated with dark décor and cosy lighting.
Think of tinnies, whisky sours, and prosecco as some of the specials available during happy hour, along with rates that will actually make you happy as well. After midnight, you should go on over there because the menu features a variety of local distilleries and the establishment is licenced until 2 in the morning.
The Rails (The Railway Friendly Bar)
The Rails is the place to let loose, with live music most evenings and more than 20 draught beers. Musicians play everything from reggae to roots, blues to funk, and folk to rock.
The bar is open and airy, decorated with oddball artefacts. There is also plenty of seating outside, but there is no wait staff, so you’ll have to get your own food and drink.
The menu is comprised entirely of hearty pub staples such as burgers, pastas, fish & chips, steaks, and even vegan burger and pasta alternatives.
Twenty standard draught beers are joined by rotating guest taps, and the wine list, while compact, is stocked with bottles from many different domestic vintners. This is the kind of place where you can take your time over lunch while listening to some soothing tunes.
Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
The Balcony has a long history of being regarded as a pillar of the community, and much like a fine vintage, it continues to mature and improve with time. It has one of the most breathtaking vantage points in all of town thanks to its lofty perch high above the lively shopping district.
After undergoing a more recent transformation into the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co., it now provides customers with fresh oysters, an inventive cocktail list, and the option to dine on high bar stools or informal couches, all of which contribute to a seaside atmosphere.
You can’t go wrong with either a weekend of endless bellinis or their famed oyster hour; alternatively, you may have their excellent espresso martini with a candied orange twist; either way, you won’t be disappointed. You’ve arrived at one of Byron Bay’s most popular watering holes, if that’s what you were looking for.
The Mez Club
At the Mez Club, you may sample cocktails and dishes inspired by the flavours of Greece and Turkey, two countries far apart across the Mediterranean. The beachy neutral tones are carried through to the open floor plan, island bar, and spiral staircase leading to the lofty top level, which is ideal for hosting intimate gatherings.
Providing a relaxing atmosphere with a fireplace and two daily happy hours (think Brookies, Ink Gin, Stone & Wood). Mix it up at lunchtime with a “Mez Maragita” and some local fried halloumi, pickled onion, and mint.