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Byron Bay Nightlife and Entertainment - Lively Bars, Music, and Movies

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One great way to spend an evening in Byron Bay is on the beach, listening to the waves roll in and watching the lighthouse cast its beam over the ocean. But if you’d like something more sociable, whether it’s a beer in a lively pub or signature cocktails in a cool bar, pulsating dance beats or a rocking live band, Byron Bay makes for a great night out.

Pubs in Byron Bay


Byron Bay has more than its fair share of pubs, where you can sip a beer or a cocktail, enjoy a good-value meal, and take in some entertainment. The family-friendly Beach Hotel, overlooking the ocean at Main Beach, is the spot to watch the sun go down over a cool glass. The restaurant is also excellent, and there’s live entertainment most nights.


The Railway Friendly Bar


“The Rails” is located in a disused railway station, and has a cozy bar and a relaxed beer garden. There’s a restaurant, big-screen sports, and live music every night.


Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481Tel: +61 2 6685 7662


The Railway Friendly Bar website


Byron Bay Brewery & Buddha Bar Restaurant


Formerly the iconic Piggery, the lively brewery has its own beers on tap, a restaurant, and live entertainment.


1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481. Tel: +61 2 6685 5833


Byron Bay Brewery & Buddha Bar Restaurant website

Bars and clubs in Byron Bay


If it’s a cooler vibe you’re after, Byron Bay has an array of bars where you can kick back, sip on a custom cocktail, listen to some chilled sounds, and hit the dance floor if the mood takes you.


The Balcony Bar & Restaurant


The Balcony is in one of Byron Bay’s last historic buildings, and is a great spot to relax over a perfectly blended cocktail and watch the crowds pass by on the main drag.


Corner Lawson and Jonson Streets, Byron Bay NSW 2481. Tel: +61 2 6680 9666


The Balcony Bar & Restaurant website


La La Land


La La Land has a cool, tropical vibe, and hosts some of the finest Australian and international DJs.


6 Lawson Street, Byron Bay 2481. Tel: +61 2 6680 7070


La La Land website


Live music in Byron Bay


Byron Bay is a breeding ground for some of Australia’s best musical talent, and is a regular stopover for touring bands. It’s also the scene of some the country’s best music festivals. Several pubs have live music most nights of the week - you can check local papers "The Echo" or "The News" for gig guides.


The Northern


The Northern has Byron Bay’s largest live music venue, with touring acts as well as regulars. The main bar has a relaxed atmosphere, with a good choice of locally brewed beers on tap.


35-43 Jonson Street, Byron Bay 2481 NSW. Tel: +61 2 6685 6454


The Northern website


Woody’s Surf Shack


Woody’s is inspired by the longboard surfers who first colonized Byron Bay in the 1960s, and has live bands and DJs, a dedicated dancefloor, and a relaxed outdoor patio.


Shop 9-10 The Plaza, 90-96 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481. Tel: +61 2 6680 7677


Woody’s Surf Shack website


Cinemas in Byron Bay


If you’re in the mood for a more tranquil evening, how about a movie? Byron Bay is a film buff’s town, and hosts the annual Byron Bay International Film Festival, one of Australia’s most important cinema events. "The Echo" and "The News" will tell you what’s showing.


Pighouse Flicks Lounge Cinema


The cinema is located in a former piggery and specializes in art-house, foreign, and classic movies. Afterwards you can stop for a drink next door at the Byron Bay Brewery.


1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481. Tel: +61 2 66855828


Pighouse Flicks Lounge Cinema website


Palace Byron Bay


The Palace, in the centre of town, shows the latest Hollywood blockbusters, as well as international and art-house films.


108 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481. Tel: +61 2 6680 8555


Palace Byron Bay website