Darwin dining & entertainment

Entertainment finders

Music venues


  • Event Cinemas Darwin CBD multiplex (formerly Birch Carroll & Coyle) – also note Casuarina and Palmerston multiplexes (usually slight variations in scheduling);
  • Deckchair Cinema – Darwin Waterfront – outdoor cinema operating in dry season only – arthouse and mainstream screenings – well worth a visit. See program.


  • Roma Bar – 9 Cavenagh Street, CBD (usually 7am-3pm)
  • PM in Knuckey Street (open fairly late evening for coffee and nibbles)
  • Eva’s – Darwin Botanical Gardens(usually 7am-3pm)
  • The Cool Spot – Fannie Bay shops cnr Ross Smith Ave and Keith Lane (7am until 10 or 11pm)


  • Yots (Cullen Bay) – Greek food – good food, generous serves, excellent service (our dining room when too tired to cook);
  • Ruby (Knuckey Street, CBD) – Vietnamese and Chinese food (yum cha on weekends) – great when it first opened, still OK but no longer outstanding;
  • Chow (Darwin Waterfront) – Vietnamese – good food and service, great location;
  • Moorish Café (Knuckey Street, CBD) – Middle Eastern, tapas – excellent food but very noisy when crowded;
  • Wharf One – eclectic menu including tapas option; great location by the harbour and Waterfront lagoon; good food though service a bit variable;
  • Hanuman (Mitchell Street, CBD) – Thai and Indian – excellent food but very noisy when crowded;
  • Noodle House (Mitchell Street, CBD) – traditional Chinese food – reliable rather than outstanding;
  • Prickles (Parap Shopping Centre) – Mexican food – longstanding Darwin institution (along with the Happy Garden across the road, another reliable Chinese restaurant);
  • Saffrron (Parap Shopping Centre) – Indian – BYO – really excellent Indian food, not sure if they still use cardboard/paper plates which we found irritating;
  • Oka Tepanyaki (Parap Shopping Centre) – excellent Japanese food; we suggest going for lunch rather than dinner unless you are fond of lots of children screaming over a performing chef throwing food across the room.


We don’t really frequent bars, but if we did then Lola’s Pergola is just down the road, a happy and friendly place with a great ambience and located by the marina at Cullen Bay. It also has good, fairly cheap burgers, steak sandwiches etc.  We have also been known to have a drink at the Railway Club in Parap, and at the Ski Club at Vestey’s Beach watching the sunset. Bona fide visitors are welcome at both.