As the sun sets, Byron Bay’s allure doesn’t diminish for tourists or locals.
With fantastic food, tantalising drinks and a choice of atmospheres to suit any taste, there’s plenty to explore once the stars come out. From a casual speakeasy to a lively brewery, and iconic views to gigs by the roadside, we’ve pulled together the best bits of the town’s eclectic nocturnal nature.
So, whether you’re visiting for a romantic getaway or simply seeking a new hangout, read on to discover the best Byron Bay has to offer after dark.
Restaurants & Romantic Eats
The Balcony Bar
Cnr Jonson St & Lawson Lane, Byron Bay.
For a birds’ eye view of the bustling streets of Byron accompanied by fine wine, oysters and other culinary treats, head upstairs to The Balcony Bar on the corner of Jonson St & Lawson Lane.
The extensive wine list features reds, whites and rosés from Australia, New Zealand and Europe, alongside bubbles and champagne. Designed to suit a variety of tastes, the cocktail menu features both classic and fun new flavours.
The food menu includes expertly prepared seafood, on-the-bone meats and share plates. As far as Byron Bay restaurants are concerned, The Balcony Bar is one of the best vibes for a long evening of oysters and champagne.
17 Lawson St, Byron Bay.
Light Years is a trendy, retro-style Vietnamese restaurant & cocktail bar. Promising a great night out, its patrons find themselves devouring delicious, authentic street food and tangy cocktails against a backdrop of vibrant pink walls & hanging plants.
Dig into sticky steamed bao buns, zesty coconut and kaffir lime panna cotta and wash it all down with a spiked kombucha cocktail as you enjoy the killer soundtrack!
2 Fletcher St, Byron Bay.
Byron’s latest Italian eatery offers an intimate, authentic experience in a stylish and casual wine bar.
Nibble on fresh antipasti platters and sip on exceptional Italian and Australian wines or choose from Di Vino’s original cocktail menu the next time you’re looking to unwind after a day in the sun.
Locals recommend the crispy pork cheek with rigatoni, followed by Nonna Linda’s classic tiramisu, a sweet and creamy delight on a moist, coffee-soaked sponge.
11 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay.
A plant-based paradise, No Bones has quickly become the regular Byron haunt for vegans & vegetarians alike. With a deliciously fresh food and cocktail menu, the all-female powerhouse behind No Bones offer something for everyone – even carnivores love it!
A far cry from Byron’s traditional hippy cafes, this Byron Bay restaurant has taken things to the next level. Everything is made to order in house – you’ll find no packets or store-bought breads here! The vegan calamari and housemade gnocchi with almond ricotta are fan favourites.
4/1 Byron Street, Byron Bay.
Launched in late 2018, Bang Bang brings a unique Asian fusion to Byron Bay in sophisticated, industrial-style surroundings. Grabbing the attention of some of Melbourne’s most celebrated chefs, its menu puts a sumptuous twist on the traditional cuisine of Southeast Asia to deliver a unique taste experience.
Menu highlights include fresh sashimi, spicy satay and sticky braised beef ribs. Be sure to book a table via the website – the word’s out and Bang Bang’s booking out fast!
AZURE BAR AND GRILL
144 Bayshore Drive at Elements of Byron.
Named after the stunning shade of blue waters surrounding the restaurant, Azure offers locals and guests a memorable dining experience in sophisticated “lux décor” surroundings. A locally sourced menu celebrating some of Byron Bay’s best producers, Azure Bar and Grill is powered by fresh ingredients and creative cooking fuelled by fire. Top the experience off with a drink at the fire pit before or after dinner.
Looking for more intimate restaurants & bars in Byron? Check out our guide to the best romantic restaurants in Byron Bay, here.
MVP BYRON BAY
U7, 7 Lawson Street, Byron Bay.
There is no doubt that the flavours of this restaurant are steeped in culinary genius handed down through generations of proud Italians. But this isn’t your Nonna’s Sunday dinner. This menu is modern, cool and delicious. Perfectly balanced, hand-made pasta and colourful sauces that make you close your eyes and say, “Mmmmmmm…”. A casual atmosphere served with a sense of humour, MVP is heaven for anyone passionate about pasta.
Cocktails & Wine
9 Bay Lane, Byron Bay.
Supernatural is a community wine and cocktail bar tucked away in the heart of Byron Bay.
With a dark, loud and sexy ambience, Supernatural Cellars offers naturally sourced wines and handcrafted cocktails built with pizazz. Paired with small bites of salty, seaside snacks, the Supernatural experience is a toast to the finer things in life.
Designed as a hub of hedonistic food and drink, the menu features smaller bites as well as larger plates meant to be shared.
THE MEZ CLUB
4/85-87 Jonson St, Byron Bay.
Transform into a Moroccan souk for an evening of cocktail creativity at The Mez Club. From the sleek contemporary interior, enjoy an evening that slowly spills out under the stars into the lively Byron Bay nightlife.
The cocktail menu is a tantalising read. Pick from signature, classic or ‘remixed’ cocktails (plus mocktails), which draw clear inspiration from cultures across the world. For a vibrant taste experience, try The Smokin’ Lady, which combines the powerful punches of mezcal, angostura and rosemary, or sit back with the Psychedelic Sunset, best sipped slowly as the sun descends over the hinterland.
4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.
The original site of Byron Bay’s renowned Hog’s Breath Café, Loft is an open plan, coastal space that has quickly become one of Byron’s most popular evening hotspots. A contemporary cocktail bar with a creative drinks menu featuring local organic and biodynamic produce, Loft also offers a food menu with mouth-watering plates designed to share.
Loft is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with friends over a casual cocktail (or two!).
THE BOLT HOLE
9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay.
Perched above Fletcher Street and just a stone’s throw from Main Beach, The Bolt Hole is a wood-lined speakeasy with leather chairs, whiskey, cocktails and trademark BBQ food. It has called itself a place of ‘refuge, grog and BBQ’, but we think it goes beyond even this enticing proposition.
After dark, relax in this vibrant social hub with a craft beer or creative cocktail, all of which are beautifully presented. With a side of ‘low and slow-cooked’ American BBQ – you won’t be disappointed with a visit to this intimate Byron Bay bar.
Corner Fletcher St and Lawson Lane, Byron Bay.
Taking inspiration from the tables of Spain, St Elmo Dining Room is a modern Byron Bay bar, offering both tapas and cocktail menus designed for sharing.
St Elmo’s curated wine list features Australian and full-bodied Spanish varieties, handpicked to compliment the flavours of their innovative share plates, highlighting the region’s fresh local ingredients. An intimate, relaxed vibe, sit back and leave yourself in the talented hands of their bar staff who are masters of the creative cocktail.
We’ve put together a guide to Byron Bay’s best restaurants and bars; click here to explore more of what the area has to offer.
6 Lawson Street, Byron Bay.
When the restaurant is named after a cyclone, it’s hard to know what to expect. But there’s nothing to fear. You see, in 2019 Cyclone Oma came through the east coast of Australia. While she was strong, she caused only minimal damage and left a gift – 11 days of perfect swell for the surfers of Byron Bay. In the same way, enough passion and energy to rival mother nature has gone into developing this sophisticated and sassy food and wine bar. Now all that’s left is the gift of inspired food and wonderful wine. Be sure to gaze upon featured artwork by local artist Mlak while you feast.
1 Bay St, Byron Bay.
Located on the sparkling shores of Byron Bay’s Main Beach, the iconic Beach Hotel is an open, vibrant space that has welcomed locals and visitors for over 25 years.
Affectionately known as ‘The Beachy’, it offers live entertainment, a lush beer garden and an extensive menu spanning classic and contemporary pub food. Patrons can enjoy a drink while watching the Beach Hotel’s very own pizza chef create woodfired delights. For a more intimate cocktail experience, head to the Green Room and enjoy an espresso martini in the venue’s pared-back natural interior with sea green hues and luxe details.
Late at night, the Beach Hotel becomes home to some of the best local and touring acts. Be sure to visit the Gig Guide before your next night out and enjoy Byron’s best live music on the beach!
THE NORTHERN HOTEL
35 – 43 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.
Cocktail bar/Pub/Live Music
Overlooking the main street in the heart of town, The Northern is a heritage Byron Bay bar with old school charm. Known as the home of the best local blues, rock and folk performers, it comes alive after dark with an energy like no other.
This charming locale offers patrons two main areas, the front cocktail bar and Backroom, so no matter what kind of night you have in mind, The Northern is the place to be. Passers-by can expect to hear the jovial banter, laughter and the clinking of glasses of regulars. But the venue’s famous Backroom is where the magic happens; host to over 30 years of rock n roll personalities, the Backroom has seen a number of music icons pass through its doors, including the White Stripes and Bloc Party.
11/8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Cocktail and Tapas Bar/Live Music
In the hub of downtown Byron Bay, this cocktail bar flexes its mixologist-muscle to the rhythm of international music that makes you sway. The space is full of chatter, laughter and an atmosphere that is just a little bit sexy. We love the Ole Muchacha cocktail for his peppery honey flavour and the All-Night-Long for its fruity homage to gin. Sip them with tapas of Spanish flavours and native Australian ingredients. Acts include musical artists and DJs from around the world, not to mention some of our local favourites. Follow Spott on Instagram so you don’t miss their next tasting experience or pop up dinner event.
Street Scene & Live Music
BUSKERS, BEACH WALK AND FIRE PIT
One quintessential night-time Byron Bay experience is to wander through town and listen to the talented buskers that line Jonson Street and populate the space beside Main Beach. From solo guitarists busking acoustically to acts bringing a full stage-style setup to the roadside, it’s an eclectic addition to Byron Bay’s nightlife, and worth meandering through slowly.
What better way to end your evening than walking barefoot along the beach and listening to the waves break softly under a moonlit sky? Main Beach is easily accessible at various points along Bay and Lawson Streets, while Belongil Beach is best accessed directly from Elements of Byron. And, of course, Byron Bay lighthouse offers the finest elevated view of the moonlit bay.
Cap off any night with a drink under the night sky sat next to a fire crackling impossibly over water. The Fire Pit at Elements of Byron is a fantastic spot to sip slowly and speak late into the evening.
441 Eltham Road, Eltham
Start to slow down and relax on the 30-minute drive through the hinterland to one of our most iconic watering holes, the Eltham Pub. This 118-year-old bar is the scene of epic long lunches, tables full of inspired, modern pub grub and live music that is just plain cool. Look out over expansive verandas, beautiful gardens and views of the surrounding countryside while the stage comes alive with bands from all over Australia. Waves of bluesy, rock n’ roll and folk music will have you tapping your foot and wanting to stay longer. Watch out for gig announcements, as tickets often sell out fast.
Byron Bay is famous for hosting the best local and touring acts, with both ticketed and free gigs happening across town every week. Check out the below venues for an up-to-date monthly line up:
- The Beach Hotel
- The Northern Hotel
- The Sun Bistro
- Hotel Brunswick
- The Rails
- The Byron Theatre
- Bangalow Hotel
You can also find gig guides in Byron’s local publications, such as the
Echo’s North Coast Gig Guide.
For more ideas on enjoying this coastal destination, check out our guide to Byron Bay for couples.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.