Young people and backpackers flock to Gilligan's, 57-89 Grafton St. (tel. 07/4041 6566; www.gilligansbackpackers.com.au), and its three bars. The Beer Deck has live entertainment Thursday to Sunday, and you can watch all the big sporting events on the biggest outdoor screen in Cairns. The 1,000-person Beer Hall doubles as a nightclub with a dance floor, DJs, and live bands; and The Attic is a lounge and cocktail bar. For something more sophisticated, try Bá8 (tel. 03/4052 7670; www.ba8.com.au), at the Shangri-La hotel on the marina. It's open daily from noon to midnight. The Reef Casino, 35-41 Wharf St. (tel. 07/4030 8888) is open Sunday to Thursday 9am to 3am and from 9am to 5am on Friday and Saturday. It is closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, and until 1pm on April 25 (Anzac Day). Entry is restricted to adults 18 years and over.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.