Hotel Darwin

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Once commonly known as the ‘Grand Old Duchess’ and long regarded as Darwin’s premier meeting place, Hotel Darwin has been a local icon since it first opened on the Esplanade in central Darwin in 1940. Despite surviving both the bombing of the city and Cyclone Tracy, the main part of the hotel was demolished in 1999. A bar at the rear of the original site, formerly known as the Hot & Cold Bar, now functions under the name Hotel Darwin.

Rising from the ashes as it were, the current Hotel Darwin is still one of the most popular places in town to go for terrific entertainment, great food and fun times.

Hotel Darwin is proud to serve up fresh local and seasonal produce and cuisine, including NT mud crabs, croc ribs, buffalo steaks and kangaroo pie.

Each day brings its own lunch and dinner special, from Chicken Tuesdays, to 400-gram barbeque pork ribs, to wild-caught barramundi from the Kimberly, all served with a side of chips. All the pub classics are featured on the menu and the 12-inch pizzas are homemade.

The venue even has a fridge sitting on the bar displaying the size and quality of the meat on offer.

Hotel Darwin has three main areas:

  • Beer garden – This is a wonderfully relaxed spot, with chilled out music playing, solo acoustic music in the dry season and delicious aromas from the outdoor kitchen! The beer garden is particularly popular with those looking to catch up with friends and enjoy the sunshine.
  • Sports bar – Decorated with some nifty sporting memorabilia, this bar features UBET, Pokies, Keno and pool tables (with a weekly competition for the serious sharks). You can watch live Fox sports and Sky racing on the big screen. The staff also turn the sound up on the TV, as customers love to hear the commentary. Spirits are served on tap here, including Captain Morgan and coke, and now Bundy and coke!
  • Main bar – This area, with its beautiful timber floors and furniture, is perfect for lunch, dinner or a refreshing drink. Kick back, relax on the veranda and watch the passers-by. Could life be any better?

39 Mitchell Street, Darwin 0800

Tel: +618 8941 7947

Images courtesy of Hotel Darwin

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