800/6 Dashwood Pl, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia
Photo courtesy of Nirvana
Dining NirvanaJust off the most touristy stretch of Mitchell Street, Nirvana has managed to maintain a local's vibe, despite some trashy neighbors. Homey dishes reflect Thai, Malaysian and Indian influences, and cocktails like the Zen Monk and Scurvy Killer are as refreshing as the ambience—especially if you ordered above your spice threshold. Come on Tuesday night to hear locals play in the bar's long-running jam night, or on Thursdays when singer-songwriters take the cozy stage, surrounded by dark timber and Chesterfield leather sofas. The weekends get a bit more sexy with belly dancing and other exotic entertainment. No matter what day of the week, you'll be welcomed warmly into a unique Northern Territory community. Nirvana indeed.