Top Airlie Beach Nightclubs and Bars

As soon as you arrive in Airlie Beach, you can be sure you are going to have an amazing holiday. Although it is famous for its idyllic beaches and being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it is well renowned for its nightlife, often being referred to as the backpacker party capital of Queensland.

What makes Airlie Beach so different is it has a wide range of backpacker hostels that are fully equipped with licensed bars and offer some of the best alcohol at the cheapest prices. These bars also have a wide range of activities, including pool tables, volleyball and giant jenga.

There is a wide mix of pubs and clubs throughout Airlie’s main strip, providing some of the best live music and attracting some of the best international DJ’s for guests to enjoy. Whether you’re into a laid back pub vibe, or more of a dance club fan, you can be sure Airlie Beach has something for everyone.

If you’re wondering where the best spots in Airlie Beach are, we have rounded up a list of the most popular just for you.



Known as a backpacker favourite, Beaches is where most of the post-boat trip parties begin. It provides a laid back pub type atmosphere and is a massive hit with locals and visitors alike.

Most of the boat trips organise a table for their passengers for a post-trip party, allowing everyone to enjoy each others company some more and make those extra memories.

Beaches is a fun choice, with pool tables, a gaming room and great live music, not to mention it’s incredibly affordable drinks.

If you’re looking for somewhere to start the night, Beaches is the perfect place.

356 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802



Probably one of the biggest and most popular places to go in Airlie Beach, Magnums is a must visit on your list.

It has an enormous outdoor patio seating area, providing the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor beverage with your friends.

It is essentially a massive beer garden, which you won’t be able to miss if you’re walking through Airlie’s main strip. Magnums has an infectious atmosphere and is a great place to socialise and meet new people.

They tend to play most sporting events on their outdoor screens and even host some amazing events, including foam parties.

The combination of a spacious outdoor setting, vibrant atmosphere, great live music and affordable drinks makes Magnums probably the most popular choice to enjoy a night out in Airlie Beach.

366 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802


Mama Africa

Another very popular place to go is Mama Africa. True to its name, it is an African themed bar providing a great venue to dance the night away

Follow the red carpet up the stairs and you’ll see zebra crossings at every turn. The music is widely popular, providing some funky mash-up beats that are sure to get you moving.

Mama’s also provides some of the most delicious cocktails, with the bar providing a wide range of drinks that taste amazing and are equally affordable.

This is known as the place to be once all pubs shut at 12, guaranteeing a great venue to kick on and enjoy yourself with your friends.

Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802


Shed Bar

Located behind Nomads Backpackers Hostel in Airlie Beach’s main strip, Shed Bar is one of Airlie’s hidden gems.

It is easily one of the best bars in town, providing a great outdoor setting and amazing atmosphere. Shed Bar is another great place to start your night and is known as the place to be if you love a good Sunday session.

There is always a fun and upbeat crowd at Shed Bar, with it easily providing some of the cheapest drinks in all of Airlie.

354 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802


Boom Nightclub

Another place that completely kicks off after midnight, Boom Nightclub is a fantastic nightclub that is sure to keep you entertained.

If you like to dance and move like no one’s watching, then Boom better be on your list. With funky DJ beats playing all night long, you are sure to love Boom Nightclub.

LEVEL 1, 352 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802


Paddy’s Shenanigans

Located just below Boom is Paddy’s Shenanigans. If you’re into Irish bars then Paddy’s is definitely worth checking out. It provides a great balance of entertainment from awesome live music, open dance space and a range of beverages.

Paddy’s is known for its signature drink, ‘The Nashy’ which is sure to give you the kick you’re after. Mixing alcoholic cider, vodka and Redbull, it combines some absolute favourites making it a drink worth trying.

Our list of top nightlife venues in Airlie Beach, provides a wide mix of backpacker bars, laidback pubs and dance clubs that you are sure to love. You can be sure that no matter where you go, you’re going to have a great time.

352 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802


If you’re looking to enjoy a nice relaxed night with some good live music or dance the night away and have one drink too many, Airlie Beach has it all.

Airlie Beach has no shortage for choice, with its well regarded nightlife scene continuing to attract so many visitors each year.

You can be sure you will have a weekend not to forget in Airlie Beach and you won’t go home disappointed. If you are looking for Airlie Beach party packages we have you covered. There is also group accommodation available. Be sure to check out our party specials.