Best Aussie bars to celebrate your birthday
Birthday celebrations call for bar recommendations – here are some of our favourite watering holes across Australia.
- May 2018
Australia really is the lucky country when it comes to its bar scene – from hidden dens to artful microbreweries and rooftop sparklers, it’s got it all. And when it comes to planning a birthday shindig, you’re bound to find something to suit your style, whether you’re up for a sedate little sip or a swinging-from-the-chandeliers good time.
So pull up a bar stool and check out some of Australia’s best bars for a birthday celebration.
If you want to celebrate your birthday in refined, old-school style, descend to the basement of the 1897 Titles Building in Perth where you’ll find the Halford Bar with its velvet chairs, late-night, ‘50s lounge vibe and compact menu of expertly crafted cocktails. For a more woodsy, laidback, vintage elegance, head up the stairs to the Bolt Hole, hidden in the heart of Byron Bay. Sink into one of the leather Chesterfields to peruse the list of more than 200 whiskys and gins, then cherry pick some smoky, slow-cooked barbecue to go with it.
Rockin’ good times
If you want to go full-tilt on your birthday, here’s a couple for you. Behind an unmarked door in a non-descript lane in Darlinghurst, Sydney, you’ll find all the hoop and holler of Shady Pines Saloon - American cowboy in style, taxidermied in décor, rock-loud in soundtrack and highbrow/lowbrow in drinks. If you could bottle good times, it’d be a brew called Shady Pines. Staying on a Western theme, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane is an award-winning, honky-tonking bar that does a great line in whiskey, live music and finger-lickin’ bar snacks.
Drinks on the DL
Birthday drinks don’t have to be bigger than Ben Hur. Some of you might prefer to keep celebrations on the downlow and slip into a secret drinking hideaway where no one will find you. We get it. If this is your style, head to Melbourne, home of the hidden bar. Duck down Corrs Lane, squirrel up a rickety stairwell and ring the doorbell for Berlin, a kooky cocktail bar divided into two rooms - lux West Berlin and a more bunker-style East Berlin. For an even more clandestine option, head to St Kilda’s Store Room, a nutty, vintage-crammed, gin-heavy cocktail bar in an old barber shop under an apartment block. Entry is via dialling #2 on an old-school phone. Then all is revealed.
Brews with a view
Who doesn’t love a rooftop bar? Sharing champagne with friends as the sun sets on a pretty view and the lights start to twinkle. The Gold Coast’s Island Rooftop sits on top of the newly revamped Island Hotel and has a breezy fit out and duelling views of the city and the surf. Over in Adelaide, the rooftop terrace of the 2KW is spacious and stylish, with sparkling city views, some interesting Californian beers and a menu of equally stylish bar snacks and pizzas.
The Big Chill-Out
Sometimes you just want to chill out on your birthday. No balloons, no fanfare, just a few friends and a few drinks at a laidback local. Down in Launceston, St John Craft Beer is a low-lit boozer that showcases Australian and Tasmanian craft beer and lets you bring your own lunch in from one of the nearby restaurants. After 5pm, the food truck in the backyard fires up. Up in Cairns, The Conservatory Bar is all bright whites and lots of greenery, with seasonal cocktails and grazing boards. Mmm, so relaxing…