The Blue Mango Café & Bar is one of the great happening spots at The Esplanade. Live jazz acts and cheap drink prices mean that it, along with most of the bars in this strip, are packed to the rafters after work on a Friday evening. Tourists fill up the spaces all through the weekend.
The Mad Cow Tavern and the Rhinobar are two of the hip spots on Spence Street, which is easily the hottest nightlife strip in Cairns. During holiday periods and particularly close of school term, the bars and nightclubs along Spence Street are so busy that security contractors are called in for the duration.
The Reef Casino's five bars include the Flinders Bar, which operates a hearty and very popular grill, and the Osprey Bar, which is a sports bar hosting all major live sports events. The Vertigo Bar & Lounge is open from 16:00 Tuesday to Sunday and is the Casino's main bar, popular with locals and visitors.