Australia’s most iconic beach town lures sunseekers from all corners of the country for its crystal clear waters and reliable rolling waves.
But there’s more to Byron Bay than the beach.
Once the epicentre of East Coast counterculture, Byron has evolved into a chic boho playground full of trendy restaurants and happening bars. Check out these five sensational venues for a post-beach aperitif to shake those inescapable holiday cocktail cravings.
Cape Byron Distillery
Nestled amid dense subtropical rainforest about 15 minutes from town, Cape Byron Distillery lets you sip world-class gin in a serene natural setting. Order the signature Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin to quaff a truly top-shelf drop—this award-winning concoction is distilled from 25 botanicals, 17 of which are grown on-site.
Rather slurp something darker? Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin exudes delicate undertones of its key ingredient, the Davidson Plum.
An industrial-chic institution on Bay Lane, Supernatural draws scores of socialites for its eclectic wine list, tasty tapas, and creative cocktails. You’ll find a broad range of boozy mixtures on the cocktail menu, from contemporary creations to timeless classics like the Old Fashioned.
Swing by during happy hour (5-6 pm), and you’ll get to scoff down sublime margaritas and negronis for the rock-bottom rate of $15 a pop.
The Mez Club
A Main Street mainstay, The Mez Club does light Mediterranean bites and brightly-coloured cocktails. Inspired by the souks of Morroco and the vibrant Greek Isles, this rustic white-washed venue features ever-so-cosy furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal people watching.
Grab their signature creation, the ‘Turkish Princess,’ and wax lyrical with your mates over soothing live electro tunes.
Botanica Beach Bar
Bang on Belongil Beach, this funky vintage caravan serves tasty cocktails all afternoon. It’s attached to the five-star Elements of Byron resort, so don’t come expecting a bargain.
But if you’re craving the classic ‘cocktails-on-the-beach’ experience (toes in the sand and all), then this swanky spot is well worth the splurge. Remember to dress to impress.
Come for the exquisite Pan-Asian cuisine (don’t miss the Korean fried chicken bao buns) and stay all day for the smooth, fruit-infused cocktails. While primarily a restaurant, this hip pastel-hued venue has become a landmark on Byron’s hyper-competitive cocktail scene.
Located one block from Main Beach, Light Years serves a slew of creative boozy concoctions. Try the lychee rose martinis if you know what’s good for you.
Explore Byron Bay with Kiff & Culture
Keen to chew through Byron’s best farm-to-table fare and sip top-shelf drops from refined artisanal booze-makers?
Then book your spot on our Farm Long Lunch and Husk Distillers Tour. We’ll whisk you to a famous paddock-to-plate restaurant and a world-renowned distillery in one action-packed afternoon.