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Jessica McCabe4 years ago

Say "cheers!" with Simmo, Terry-John & Bazza

Darwin is notorious for the fly-in fly-out lifestyle, so it's vital that you and your colleagues can perk yourselves up in a quality watering hole and concentrate on banter and beer after a big day on the tools. After the daily grind no one wants to go home and put on a waistcoat and head out for a $300 schooner. So check out these casual yet rustic Darwin venues where you can rock your hi-vis without feeling the wrath of the chino wearing venue manager. Although these venues sport a relaxed vibe they definitely don't sacrifice on quality with classic menu favourites plus local and international beers that will help take the afternoon edge off.

Darwin RSL Services & Social Club Inc

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Knock off drinks, Darwin RSL Services and Social Club – Darwin

Right in the heart of the Darwin CBD, this newly renovated gem is the prime spot to congregate with your buddies after work for an icy cold beer or chicken parmigiana. Borella’s Bistro within the Darwin RSL Services and Social Club is open 7 days a week and serves main meals until 8:30pm. So don’t worry about waiting for that tragic corn beef to defrost and slaving in the kitchen for a couple of hours after your strenuous day. They have a gaming lounge, their ‘Club Bar’ known for the coldest beers in Darwin and even function spaces if you’re wanting to throw a little work shindig. Congratulations, the Darwin RSL Services and Social Club is now your go to after work destination, and don’t worry she will never leave you high and dry.
Where: 27 Cavenagh Street, Darwin, NT, 0800 

Hidden Valley Tavern

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Interior view, Hidden Valley Tavern – Darwin

Alright FIFO workers, get ready to start your engines. Hidden Valley Tavern is an absolute riot and an obvious choice if you’re on the hunt for a place to lubricate with your thirsty friends. The public bar has a motor sports theme with a replica V8 supercar protruding from the ceiling. The walls are adorned with motor sports memorabilia, they have a gaming lounge, an enclosed beer garden, veranda and pool tables if you consider yourself quite the pool shark. The Santa Fe restaurant located within Hidden Valley Tavern serves meals until 9pm on weekdays, and don’t worry about putting on your tails or winged eyeliner lads because thongs, singlets and stubbies are permitted here. This baby boasts a number of quality clubs and promotions including the ‘Punters Club’, ‘Footy Tipping Club’ and the most important of them all, the ‘Beer Appreciation Club’. Every Monday to Thursday they have ‘Happy Hour’ which for after work drink enthusiasts, is a pretty self explanatory term. There is even an adjoining cellar and bottle shop so you can pick up your favourite bottle of bubbles on your way home if you win big in the gaming lounge. Or maybe you snookered your boss and need a celebratory bottle of Jack.
Where: 644 Stuart Highway, Berrimah, NT, 0828

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Palmerston Tavern

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Steak and beer, Palmerston Tavern – Darwin

If you’re looking for a great spot that will welcome your hi-vis with open arms, Palmerston Tavern is your beacon of hope in Darwin. They’re not going to kick you to the curb like hungry, little Oliver Twist, they will bring you in, pour you a glass of their best beer and provide you with a meal you would be happy to serve up to your own mother. Lounge back on the open deck or on a stool in the TAB. The Palm Bar is now a public facility and boasts a true sense of Darwin community. The staff here are super friendly and the decor has recently been refurbished but is still full of character. If you have a little tacker or an annoying colleague, drop them in the ‘Kids Zone’ with kids movies on loop and a brand spanking new playground. This place is bound to keep them out of your hair while you unwind with an afternoon beverage in this awesome location.
Where: 1110 Chung Wah Terrace, Palmerston, NT, 0830

Where do you love to have an afternoon beer after a strenuous day working in Darwin? 

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