There is an abundance of free-flowing amber ale in Port Douglas. There are so many places in town to wet your whistle and all of them offer something different for every kind of beer drinker out there. Here are our top picks to find the best beer on tap in town.
If the blood of the old country flows thrugh your veins and the comfort of an Irish pub is what you seek then Paddy’s will welcome you with open arms. Pints of Guinness as well as the classics are all on offer at Port’s famous Irish watering hole. Beers are best enjoyed on the deck overlooking the bustling Macrossan Street where you can watch the world go by with a few hearty brews.
One of the original pubs in Port Douglas and also one of the biggest, The Central is a pub’s pub. There is no faffing about at this place. From the original features of the building to the classic beers and friendly staff, this is a pub that knows how to be a pub. The Central also boasts one of the largest beer gardens in town and, as the name suggests, is central to everything you need when out on the town and hosts the annual Anzac Day two-up game.
Beers made in Far North Queensland for Far North Queensland. This brewery is a Port Douglas original and the beers are made for up here. Light and fruity with so much variety you will find spending an afternoon overlooking the yachts in the Marina and knocking back a tasting paddle is one of the best ways to spend a few hours in town. You also cannot go past the award winning brews with fantasic names like Pitchfork Betty, Doug’s Courage, and 7th Heaven.
Along-standing local favourite, the Court House is located perfectly on the corner of Macrossan and Wharf streets, taking views of Market and Anzac Parks as well as the Sugar Wharf and the ocean beyond. A relaxed venue with beer tap flowing, boutique craft beers, ciders, spirits and cocktails. Pop your head into the retro-decorated venue and say hello to the friendly locals.
Beer, burgers, and sport; what more could you ask for? Port Douglas’ new kid on the block for tap beers has live sport from all over the world, local boutique beers, and the best burgers in the Far North. The tap list is updated regularly to showcase the best of the region’s micro-brewers. You never know, you might find your new boutique favourite at this Macrossan Street burger joint.
The Barrier Reef Tavern
Removed from the hustle and bustle of central Port Douglas is a hidden gem the locals just love. Affectionately know as ‘The Tav’, this unassuming venue sits just metres away from the pristine sands of Four Mile Beach. Another pub that says what it does on the tin, The Tav is the perfect pot to get away from it all and knock back a few quiet ones.
Woodfired pizza and cold beer is a match made in heaven. Rattle’n’Hum serves up the best of both worlds. It also one of the pubs in town with ice-cold air conditioning, a funky saloon style and two happy hours a day. You can’t go wrong!
An open-air venue right near the flags on Four Mile Beach with a kids area that puts most playground to shame. Family friendly through and through, the ‘Surfy’ welcomes guests of all ages and caters for groups of all sizes. A great selection of wines accompanies the tap beers so you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.
Port’s late-night venue has everything you would expect from a pub in Far North Queensland. Big meals, frosty froffies, and nightly cane toad racing, it’s a smorgasbord of Far North silliness. It’s difficult to miss the rusted exterior of the place in Macrossan Street and even more difficult to resit the desire to duck in for a cold one!
The iconic venue takes int h best views of Dickson’s Inlet getting around, their deck extends over the water giving punters uninterupted views of the sunset over the ocean and mountains. The food is plentiful and the beer is cold, a perfect Port Douglas escape.