Don’t stop the party!

credit: Leonardo Patrizi

It may feel sometimes that the fun police are set to shit on the party and ruin your night out what with lockout laws emerging across Australia and places like Sydney already feeling the pain of this new legislation on their party culture. But fear not - TNT is here to show you the best places to let your hair down and have fun.

Sydney

As mentioned above, Sydney might have taken the biggest battering from the fun police recently but it’s still a great place to have some fun. If you can party within the lockout criteria the the old haunts like Kings Cross are still a good option. Just don’t expect its reputation to precede it, Kings Cross is nothing like it’s infamous past, nowadays many of the clubs have shut down, and it doesn’t see anything like the footfall it used to get a few years back. But for the non-conformists out there you need to look outside the lockout zone for your drinks and debauchery. Places outside the lockout zone like Darling Harbour, Surrey Hills and Newtown are starting to pickup some of the slack and enjoying their exclusion from lockout laws.

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Melbourne credit: DTStudios

Melbourne

Melbourne prides itself on having a more unpretentious, grassroots party scene than Sydney – you’ll find more lounge bars, live music and sofas. There are classier dress codes and a selection of “best-kept-secret” bars which you’ll have to navigate side-streets and laneways to find. Start by picking up a clubbing guide from a music store, bookshop or bar. St Kilda is the most well-known party spot, whether you want to relax or rock out, while Fitzroy has the most pubs of any suburb in Melbourne. You should also check out Chapel St, Prahran. It’s a Melbourne mainstay, boasting fashion and food as well as nightlife.

Darwin

Darwin is often labelled the “Drinking Capital of Australia” with an average annual beer consumption of 230 litres per person (for which, some Darwinites try to blame the hot weather, perhaps legitimately). We say, when in Rome... Mitchell Street is home to the most pubs and clubs, with live bands, DJs and plenty of drink deals to entice you in until the early hours of the morning.

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Brisbane credit: RobertDowner

Brisbane

Fortitude Valley – or “The Valley” – has the most to offer, from chilled wine bars (for those who prefer posh partying) to lively clubs that go off on the weekends. The West End encapsulates Brisbane’s move towards more stylish entertainment, so if you want to party 'en vogue', this is the place for you. Kangaroo Point, though quieter on the whole, has a couple of great places hidden away from the city bustle, with fantastic water views to boot.

An hour out of Brisbane is the fabulous Gold Coast and one of our favourite party locations - Surfers Paradise. Whilst a popular Schoolies destination, there is still plenty of fun to be had for everyone else and has a buoyant party scene all year round. In fact, Wicked Club Crawl won Best Backpacker Night this year for their ability to party like no other, with the biggest nightclub party tour in Australia. Often regarded as the Ibiza of Australia, Surfers Paradise and the surrounding area has a lot to offer for anyone wanting to party.

  • credit: Wicked Club Crawl

  • credit: Wicked Club Crawl

  • credit: Wicked Club Crawl

Perth

The CBD is great for a drink after business hours on a weekday, but on weekends the party definitely goes off elsewhere. Northbridge is the must-see scene, with some of Perth’s top nightclubs and bars. Mt Lawley is close behind, and Subiaco has less venues but is a bit more fashion-conscious. There’s some fantastic live music to be found in Perth, particularly in Northbridge and down in fantastic Fremantle.