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Shae Killey4 years ago

Who said Gen X can't have a little fun?

Byron Bay is famous for its exciting nightlife and laid-back atmosphere. Wild bars and restaurants packed to the brim with young backpackers and locals alike all looking for a good time and treating each day like it’s their last. While they may seem like they're having fun, we all know Gen X are the ones who really know how to have a good time.

Gen X knows exactly how to let their hair down and have a fun night, you just need a place for the fun to start. We’ve found 4 places Gen X can enjoy a drink in Byron Bay.

The Railway Friendly Bar

RailwayFamily by day, party by night. The Rails Byron Bay can be a great place for those with families to enjoy a nice cheap meal over some light music. But come 9pm, it’s time to send the kids home, tuck them into bed, get your dancing shoes on and let your hair down. With music 7 nights a week, this Byron Bay landmark has been entertaining mature-aged partygoers for over 30 years. It is located just back from the main road on Johnson Street in central Byron Bay, beside the historic Byron Bay Railway Station and left of the Railway Park. Its captivating rustic decor and open-planned layout means you can enjoy the stars, a beer and some quality music all at the same time. With such a welcoming vibe, the Rails isn’t exclusively a mature crowd, but either way you’re sure to have a good night.
Where: 86 Johnson Street Byron Bay NSW

The Balcony Bar and Restaurant

balconybarYear-by-year as you grow older you learn to appreciate the simple things in life and The Balcony Bar and Restaurant ticks all the boxes. Elevated above the bustling streets of Byron Bay, you can get a nice view of all the action without having to get your hands dirty. High ceilings, extensive verandahs, and spectacular sunsets provide the perfect setting for you and a few friends to enjoy a good night. Open 7 days a week, The Balcony Bar and Restaurant also offers a range of delicious tapas and an oyster menu to get you into the mood. Locals say witnessing a sunset here is a must, but should be accompanied (or closely followed) by a famous cocktail or even an ice cold beer. Whether you’re bringing your partner for a romantic evening out or just want to treat yourself to a night out, Balcony Bar and Restaurant is perfect for you.
Where: Cnr of Lawson and Johnson Street Byron Bay NSW

The Sun Bistro

sunbistroThere are two types of Gen X’s out there. The ones forever trying to relive their glory days and the ones who have seen it all and just want to relax with a cold wine or beer in their hand. The Sun Bistro is for the latter. Do you want to go enjoy a night out without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of a busy Byron Bay main strip? The Sun Bistro is the perfect escape for those whose who are content with a good cheap meal, followed by hours of laughter over a fine shiraz or beer. With such a friendly atmosphere you’ll be chewing the fat with friends you met only moments before. This somewhat of a hidden gem is nestled among a bush setting but still not far from the heart of Byron. Unfortunately the fun stops here at 9, but a free courtesy bus is perfect for those who enjoyed one too many beverages or need a free ride to The Rails.
Where: 61 Bayshore Drive Byron Bay NSW

The Roadhouse Byron Bay

RoadhouseThe team at The Roadhouse are the owners of a whisky collection that would make lovers of the distilled spirit weak at the knees. Last year, World of Whisky ambassador, Dan Woolley relocated to Byron Bay – taking his extensive whisky collection with him. Meaning the Roadhouse now boasts the biggest whisky assembly in the entire country. But enough about whisky, why else would a middle-aged person want to spend the night there? It’s contemporary warm vibe and wide range of cocktails draws a somewhat sophisticated crowd which means there will never be a dull conversation all night.
Where: 6/142 Bangalow Road Byron Bay NSW

Are you in Gen X and feel like we may have missed something? Tell us your favourite places to enjoy a drink in Byron.

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