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Pubs, Bars, Music, and More - The Night Owl's Guide to Coffs Harbour

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A stroll along the beach listening to the waves roll in and watching the moon sparkle on the water is a perfect way to wind up a day. If you’re looking for a bit more action, Coffs Harbour has a lively pub scene offering a variety of entertainment, as well as theatre and cinemas.

Coffs Harbour’s pubs


Coffs Harbour's nightlife is centreed on its bustling pub scene, with most pubs offering live entertainment. But if you’d prefer to spend a quiet evening with a drink in a leafy beer garden under the stars, or chat with friends in a cozy lounge bar, there are still plenty of options.


The Coffs Hotel


The Coffs Hotel is an Irish-themed pub that is popular with locals. It offers karaoke and live bands in the main bar, as well as a relaxing beer garden, and you can choose from Mexican or bistro dining.


Corner Pacific Highway & West High Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450Tel: +61 2 6652 3817


The Coffs Hotel website


The Coast Hotel


One of Coffs Harbour’s oldest pubs, The Coast has a rain forest-themed main bar and a spacious terrace for balmy evenings. There’s a cool cocktail bar with DJs upstairs, and acoustic music during the week, with live bands on weekends.


2 Moonee Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6652 3007


The Coast Hotel website

Live music in Coffs Harbour


With a young population, and being a popular destination for backpackers, Coffs Harbour is one of the best towns on the coast if it's live music you're looking for. You’ll find touring bands and local musicians taking to the stages of the city’s pubs almost every night of the week.


The Hoey Moey


Behind Park Beach, the Hoey Moey’s beer garden is ideal for a cool drink on a hot afternoon. Popular with the backpacker crowd, things really heat up in the evenings, and the gig room hosts touring Australian and international acts.


90 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6652 3833


The Hoey Moey website


The Plantation Hotel


The “Planto” plays host to big-name bands and touring acts on its main stage, which also converts into a dance club with top DJs. The palm-lined beer garden is the perfect chill-out area.


88 Grafton Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6652 3855


The Plantation Hotel website


Outside Coffs Harbour


Travel outside Coffs Harbour and you’ll find more intimate pubs and smaller crowds. The locals are friendly, and there’ll usually be a relaxed beer garden or a cozy bar. The pubs are often among the best places for a meal. Most also offer entertainment, ranging from local musicians to big-screen sports.


The Federal Hotel


Built in 1901, the Federal Hotel on Bellingen’s main street features an elegant latticework verandah, and is a welcoming country pub frequented by locals. There’s regular live music, with the emphasis on folk and jazz.


77 Hyde Street, Bellingen NSW 2454. Tel: +61 2 6655 1003


The Federal Hotel website


Cinema and theatre in Coffs Harbour


If the pubs aren’t your thing, Coffs Harbour also offers theatre, dance, comedy, and movies. The scene centres on the vibrant Jetty Memorial Theatre, in the heart of the buzzing Jetty Strip. As well as plays by community and touring companies, the Jetty also regularly hosts live music, dance, arthouse and international films, and comedy.


Jetty Memorial Theatre


The heritage-listed theatre, built in 1928, has a cool bar and a spacious deck, both ideal for kicking back with a drink after the show.


337 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6652 8088


Jetty Memorial Theatre website


Birch, Carroll & Coyle Cinema


This modern multiplex cinema specializes in mainstream movies, including many in 3D.


Corner Bray Street and Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6651 5568


Birch, Carroll & Coyle Cinema website