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Where to go in Airlie Beach (Airlie's Nightlife)

From the moment you arrive in Airlie Beach, you can hear the hum of a good time. This vibrant town is renowned for its nightlife and has often been referred to as the party capital of Queensland!

Backpacker hostels, fully equipped with licensed bars, offer cold beer at cheap prices and a variety of activities to keep you busy - you can play pool, volleyball, giant jenga (among other games) and mingle with fellow travelers. Pubs line the main street and fill with locals and visitors alike as dusk falls. Seven days a week, you are guaranteed to find reknown DJs and sensational acoustic performances.

With a large patio seating area, gaming lounge, pool tables and more, Magnums is the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor beverage any time of the day. It's huge! With a massive beer garden along the main street you won't be able to miss the infectious atmosphere of this happening bar. Whether you're looking for a foam party, live music or just some good banter, Magnums has it. With four seperate seating areas, two of which are along the main street, it's the perfect place for bumping into people you met on Fraser Island or your Whitsunday sailing trip. There's another seating area outside Mama Boys where you can order food throughout the day. The other area is at the back around the pool tables where you can play for only $3 a game. It's the best place to play pool in Airlie, with the most room and the best tables in town. It also has a gaming lounge with Pokies and Keno.

Beaches is a backpacker favourite and where most post-boat trip parties begin! It is a bar, bistro and also an affordable hostel located in the middle of Airlie Beach. You couldn't miss this pumping purple and green pub if you tried. Beaches is a popular venue for both locals and tourists, with its pool tables, live music and gaming room. It's a great place to catch up with mates, not to mention the cheap food and accommodation. Most of the Whitsunday sailing trips put up a table for their passengers for a post-trip party, giving passengers and the crew the opportunity to reminisce and make some more memories. Beaches starts to get busy after 8pm and by 10pm is usually packed. No cover charge applies unless it is a special event. You will definitely want your camera for this pub!

Down Under Bar
Only a stones throw from the lagoon at the top end of the main street, Down Under Bar is perfectly placed for you to quench your thirst after a hard day in the sun. Whether you fancy a quick afternoon beer and steak at happy hour or a big night out with your new friends, Down Under is a great place to get things started. With outdoor seating, a pool table, giant-sized jenga, a large pole and a dance floor (including a pole!)... anything can happen at night in the Down Under Bar. Located next to X Bbase, the popular backpacker hostel, it's the perfect hangout for new buddies to bond.

Boom Nightclub
This is a place that doesn't really get going until after midnight. But when it gets going, it's the place you want to be at. This small nightclub, located upstairs next to Paddy Shenanigan's, might not meet up to everyone's musical taste but the atmosphere alone will keep you well and truly entertained. Dance music, lazer lights and comfortable seating booths for when your feet get tired - this is where to go if you want to end your night on a high!

Phoenix is one of the smaller bars of Airlie Beach with a huge personality. Both locals and tourists come to chill out in this more intimate environment where the DJ lays down the latest tracks and drink specials have you buying rounds for the bar. People-watch with your mates by the large front windows, let your hair down on the dance floor or if you want to hear a word the person next to you is saying, or go get some fresh air out the front. Plus, if you take a cruise that doesn't have a table booked at Beaches, chances are the after-party will be held here and may even include a free pizza. If Phoenix isn't your first stop in town then make it your second, or even your third.

Mama Africa
Mama's is the late-night mash-up venue of choice in Airlie beach and easily the most popular nightclub in town. You are bound to end up here if you want to have a dance at the end of the night. Follow the red carpet up the stairs to this surprisingly little nightclub with zebra crossings at every turn. If the music doesn't get you moving then sample the delicious cocktails at the bar and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. But don't think of going before midnight, that's when Mama's really fires up and you'll be guaranteed a good time.

Paddy's Shenanigans
Paddy's is a very popular Irish pub that you mustn't miss out on! A true local favourite, this place offers great live music performances, a balance of seating and open dance space as well as their signature drink - the Nashy (alcoholic cider, vodka and redbull). If you are looking for a kick to your night, this drink is sure to put a stride in your step. No cover charges apply unless it's a special event and the staff and overall vibe is awesome!

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