Is your pick hand itchy? Want to be immersed in music that takes you and your skills to another level? Get your groove on by heading to the Malak Shopping Centre, home to the Darwin Community Arts Centre, which will be hosting a free jam session for musicians every Monday night. Meet some new people, play some music and make some new friends, all while having a great time! Whether you’re into jazz, rock or alternative music, it’s all about getting together and having some fun.
Need to kill some time before you head off at 7pm? Here are some great Darwin bars and restaurants close by that are sure to do the trick.

Dolly’s Bar & The Hibiscus Tavern
Bite into an amazing burger before the gig, Dolly's Bar & Hibiscus Tavern - Darwin
Bite into an amazing burger before the gig, Dolly’s Bar & Hibiscus Tavern – Darwin

So you’re ready to listen to or play some awesome music, but you need to fill up first! Gather your friends or tell them to meet you at Dolly’s Bar & The Hibiscus Tavern for the best start to your night. Whether you feel like a real classic pub dish such as traditional bangers and mash with pork and apple sausages, or something a bit different, like their baked Atlantic salmon, you’re sure to be satisfied here.
Better yet, for the musicians over 18 years of age, you can head back to Dolly’s Bar and The Hibiscus Tavern after your jam session for a well-deserved drink at the bar!
Where: 8 Leanyer Dr, Leanyer NT 0812

Hingston Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway
Delicious Chinese cuisine, Hingston Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway - Darwin
Delicious Chinese cuisine, Hingston Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway – Darwin

If you’re after a more subdued ambience to get into the right mood for your music session, head over to Hingston Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway. Open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Monday, you can grab something to go, or choose to dine inside.
Their extensive and mouth-watering menu is sure to tantalise the tastebuds—so afterwards all you need to focus on is your music! Best of all, it’s just a short 5-minute drive to the Malak Shopping Centre.
Where: Shop 1 Anula Shopping Ctr, Yanyula Dr, Anula NT 0812

Santa Fe Café Bar & Restaurant
Casual dining at its best, Hidden Valley Tavern - Darwin
Casual dining at its best, Hidden Valley Tavern – Darwin

If you’re looking for something much more casual, try the Santa Fe Café Bar and Restaurant located inside the Hidden Valley Tavern. Just a short, 20-minute drive from where it all kicks off, this restaurant offers convenience and delicious food.
Serving up high-quality dinners from 6pm until 9pm, you can experience some great old-fashioned Australian dishes, as well as some international meals and spicy cuisine with New Mexico influences. Fill up your belly here, and you’re sure to rock on all night with your fellow musicians.
Where: Hidden Valley Rd, Berrimah NT 0828
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Have you found a great local spot for live music? We’d love to know!