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Cairns is often considered a top backpacker destination but luckily there’s much more to the city’s nightlife than hostel bars and jammed nightclubs. Whether you’re looking for culture, cocktails with a backdrop or simply a cheap drink, you’ll find it in Cairns. Tanks Arts Centre in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct features a regularly changing program of live theatre, music and cultural performances. Meanwhile, the waterfront Pier Shopping Centre overlooking Trinity Bay boasts cosmopolitan bars such as Bá8 and Bellavista, where you can enjoy the views over a delicious cocktail. Otherwise, there’s the popular Cairns Courthouse Hotel for $4 Coronas, live music and big screens to watch all the local sporting action.