Sitting waterside with some of the most beautiful views, these are the best beach bars around Australia!

It’s summer, so it’s the perfect time to move all of 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.

From laidback shacks to chic venues and even beach clubs, we’ve found the 10 best beach bars around Australia of 2023! So grab your sunglasses and an appetite as these coastal pubs and bars in Australia are well worth visiting!

The Best Beach Bars in Sydney:

<strong>The Bucket List</strong>
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The Bucket List

When people think of beaches in Australia, their first thought is globally renowned Bondi Beach. Thankfully, The Bucket List promises front-row views to this beautiful beach. Temporarily closed since June 2020 and set to reopen after current renovations are complete; The Bucket List promises a relaxing atmosphere, an excellent selection of wine and cocktails, great food and, of course, one of the best beach clubs Sydney has to offer!

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Bondi Pavilion, Shop, 1 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
<strong>El Camino Cantina</strong>
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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 as it illuminates the sea, what better way is there to enjoy this beach bar?

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

The Best Beach Bars in Melbourne:

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If you’re looking for luxury on the beach, you need to head no further than Williamstown – where 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. Come for a drink and stay for a while thanks to this beautiful beach bar in Melbourne!

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26 Esplanade, Williamstown, VIC 3016
<strong>Republica St Kilda Beach</strong>
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Republica St Kilda Beach

Sitting on the shore of St Kilda Beach is Republica, one of the best beach bars in Australia that promises to provide a space for anyone to enjoy. 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 Blvd, St Kilda, VIC 3182

The Best Beach Bars in Adelaide:

<strong>The Moseley Beach Club</strong>
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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 order their Coconut Margarita ($20) made with Don Julio Tequila, coconut and coconut flakes! If you’re looking for a beach bar in Adelaide that’s on the beach, this is it.

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11 Moseley Square, Glenelg, SA 5045
<strong>The Grand Bar</strong>
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The Grand Bar

Housed inside the Stamford Grand Adelaide and just steps away from Glenelg Beach, The Grand Bar is one of the best beach bars in Australia worth visiting in 2023. Living up to their name, The Grand Bar goes beyond being just a beautiful, waterside beach bar. With sumptuous burgers, fresh fish and chips, a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails, what more could you want? Better yet, come to the weekend, you’ll also be treated to live performances! This beach club in Australia is a must visit in summer!

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2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg, SA 5045

The Best Beach Bars in Perth:

<strong>Clancy's Fish Bar</strong>
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Clancy's Fish Bar

Clancy’s calls itself a ‘fish pub’, which is an idea that is intriguing enough to head over just to see what they mean. In our eyes, they’re one of the best coastal pubs and bars in Australia! You won’t be disappointed as Clancy’s has a lot of virtues to its name, especially in its City Beach bar, with a cafe that opens 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, seafood-centred cuisine and anything from samba dancers to jazz bands in terms of entertainment. Count us in at Clancy’s!

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195 Challenger Pde, City Beach, WA 6015
<strong>Scarborough Beach Bar</strong>
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Scarborough Beach Bar

Welcome to Perth’s best beachside bars! It is bright and brilliant – pretty much everything you need to know about Scarborough Beach Bar in three words. 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 birds-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 Darwin:

<strong>Darwin Trailer Boat Club</strong>
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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 beautiful beach 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 sunsets as it hits the sea. Don’t believe us? They’ve also previously picked up a selection of prizes at the Hospitality NT Awards – so you can expect great things at this waterside bar in Darwin.

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8 Atkins Dr, Fannie Bay, NT 0804

The Best Beach Bars in Noosa:

<strong>Bistro C</strong>
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Bistro C

If you’re trying to find the best beach bar on the Gold Coast, why not make a trip out of it and explore Bistro C in Noosa. Under a three hour drive north and overlooking Noosa Heads Main Beach, Bistro C is famed for being one of the best beach bars around Australia! This beautiful waterside bar and restaurant promises curated menus all inspired by Queensland’s quality produce. Open from 11am daily, we guarantee that this is the only place you’ll need to have the perfect beach day.

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49 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

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This article was first published on December 23 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on February 10 2023.