Darwin Laneway and Arcade Guide: AUSTIN LANE

Darwin is a city of many flavours – literally & figuratively!

We have laid back pubs, more palm trees and ocean views than you can poke a stick at, pockets of fine waterfront dining, a bustling market scene, and right in the middle of the CBD – a laneway that looks like its straight outta Melbourne.

Welcome to Austin Lane – today we’ll take you through the North End of the lane, between Knuckey St and Edmunds St.


Starting on the Edmunds Street end – you’ll find the Mad Snake Café on your left – a funky 80s themed café, with memorabilia, movie posters, books and games.

Locally-owned and a supporter of local bakers and local coffee D-Town Coffee Roasters – the café caters to all tastes, and is open Monday- Saturday.


Straight across the arcade is Darwin’s First Retro Theme small bar – Babylon Bar.

The bar is still relatively new to the Darwin bar scene, and you may see some similarities to Cullen Bay’s Lola’s Pergola as it is from the same creative brains!

Babylon may be small but it’s vibe is huge, and they’ve got a range of spirits, cocktails and craft beers on tap – perfect for knock offs, pre-dinner drinks, or pre-dancefloor drinks.


If you exit Babylon and cross the road, in a few short steps you’ll find Little Miss Korea – a unique, industrial-style Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant run by one of Darwin’s favourite chefs Chung Jae Lee, which is great for lunches, dinners, and everything in between.

The lotus chips are a must, the bibimbap is DELISH – but perhaps the best locals tip is the $1 dumplings with any mains on Mondays!


Right next door to LMK – The Loading Bay is like the fun, cocktail loving little sister! They have an extensive spirit selection, including over 20 gins – but we love their cocktails! You can still order bar food from LMK, or utilise the space for a private function!


Out of the Loading Bay and straight next door, you’ll see an inconspicuous graffiti-covered door. Head inside, up the stairs, and you’ll burst into a room with huge distilling tanks to the right – you’ve find Charlies of Darwin!

Charlie’s has a definite ‘upstairs’ speakeasy vibe – Darwin’s first gin distillery will make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into another city. It brings you straight back here with its Territory-inspired drinks, and will be bringing the Darwin energy in soon, with an outdoor rooftop bar overlooking Raintree Park.

Also in the area and worth exploring are the Stonehouse Wine Bar and the Air Raid Arcade – so stay tuned for our next laneway & arcade guide!