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The 10 Best Beach Bars Around Australia

From laidback shacks to chic venues, these are the best beach bars across Australia.

It’s summer so it’s the perfect time to move all your social events to the beach. From family outings to nights out spent in the company of your dearest friends, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a relaxing drink with stunning views of the ocean. We’ve scoured Australia to find the best of the best for you, so grab your umbrella and sunscreen, because you’ll want to head straight to the beach after looking at our selections.Without further ado, here’s the 10 best beach bars across Australia.

The Best Beach Bars in Sydney

The Bucket List
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The Bucket List

When people think of beaches in Australia, their first thought is the globally iconic Bondi beach. So let The Bucket List help you tick off one more life goal, by relaxing and enjoying all it has to offer – which is quite a lot. With a brilliantly vivid interior, plenty of space, views of breathtaking Bondi Beach, along with the requisite excellent selection of wine and cocktails, it makes sense that The Bucket List is at the top of our bucket list.

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Bondi Pavilion, Shop, 1 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
El Camino Cantina
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El Camino Cantina

Find something to sing about at El Camino Cantina in Manly, whose infectious Mexican-inspired cheer is visible throughout the whole restaurant. Here, you’ll find bountiful tex-mex cuisine, colourful margaritas and brightly joyful decor. Plus, it’s nestled right on Manly Wharf so it’s both easy to get to and offers the rare opportunity to watch the sunset across the water, which is hard to find with Sydney’s East-facing coastline. From luxuriously long lunches to admiring the sunset, what better way is there to enjoy the beach?

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Manly Ferry Wharf, Belgrave Street and, West Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

The Best Beach Bars in Melbourne

Sebastian Beach Bar & Grill
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Sebastian Beach Bar & Grill

If you’re looking for luxury on the beach, you need to head no further than Williamstown, where the Sebastian Beach Grill & Bar offers the ultimate lounging experience. With an atmosphere inspired by the Basque country in Spain, the Latin-inspired cuisine and mix of Australian and Spanish wines will give you a sense of the extraordinary, while the blue-and-white décor will bring the nautical vibe.

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Republica
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Republica

Republica provides a place for anyone to enjoy, right on the seaside of the stunning St Kilda Beach. Light wood furnishings give it a casual feel, while menus for any time and any age will ensure you’re welcomed no matter when you turn up (as long as it’s during opening hours). There’s even live music on the weekend, so if you’re looking for a new spot to relax with mates, head over to Republica.

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10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Sea Baths, VIC 3182

The Best Beach Bars in Adelaide

The Moseley Beach Club
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The Moseley Beach Club

The Moseley Beach Club combines influences from across both Europe and South East Asia, with its very own unique Australian flair to top it all off. Helmed by the Moseley Bar & Kitchen, the Beach Club is only open for the summer season so head down soon to enjoy your own beach lounge and coconut or pineapple drink, straight from the fruit.

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11 Moseley Square, Glenelg SA 5045
The Grand Bar
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The Grand Bar

With a name that has a lot to live up to, The Grand Bar certainly delivers. Just steps away from Glenelg Beach, with sumptuous burgers and fish & chips perfect for the beachside (as well as a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails), it’s also housed in the beautiful Stamford Grand Adelaide and features live performances on the weekends.

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2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA 5045

The Best Beach Bars in Darwin

Darwin Trailer Boat Club
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Darwin Trailer Boat Club

Darwin Trailer Boat Club has the power of history on its side, because since it opened in 1954, it’s had a lot of time to get things just right. With brilliant views of Fannie Bay and a selection of seafood dishes to die for, as well as plenty of kid-friendly play areas, this is the perfect place to catch one of Darwin’s iconic beach sunsets. Don’t believe us? They recently raked in some prizes at the Hospitality NT Awards too – so you can expect great things here.

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8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay, NT 0804

The Best Beach Bars in Perth

Clancy's Fish Bar
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Clancy's Fish Bar

Clancy’s calls itself a ‘fish pub’, which is an intriguing enough idea to head over just to see what it means. You won’t be disappointed as Clancy’s has a lot of virtues to its name, especially in its City Beach bar, with a café that opens from early and a restaurant that stays awake until late for an all-day appreciation for the views. It offers a variety of share plates, drinks, fish-centred cuisine, and anything from samba dancers to jazz bands in terms of entertainment.

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195 Challenger Parade,City Beach WA 6015
Scarborough Beach Bar
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Scarborough Beach Bar

Bright, and brilliant – Scarborough Beach Bar in a phrase. Luscious cocktails and perfectly curated cuisine, combined with the colourful décor, make this a beach bar worth visiting. And since it’s on the second level, it has a perfect bird’s eye view of Scarborough Beach and the ocean that stretches beyond it. It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon with friends or an evening celebrating something special.

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1 Manning St, Scarborough WA 6019

The Best Beach Bars in Noosa

Bistro C
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Bistro C

Queenslanders, rejoice! The stunning Bistro C is open for anyone to come and enjoy the beauty of Noosa Main Beach accompanied by a curated menu inspired by Queensland’s quality produce. Opening bright and early at 7:30am and closing late, it’s the only place you’ll need to have the perfect beach day.

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49 Hastings St, Noosa Heads QLD 4567

Keen to uncover more waterside restaurants and bars? Deep dive into the best waterfront eateries in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Or, if you’d rather look for somewhere great you can swim, discover the best secluded beaches around Sydney.

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This article was first published on December 23 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on January 10 2021.

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