It’s a marathon trek to Alice Springs (about 915km – a full day's drive), where you’ll want to quench your thirst at the Todd Tavern. The old-style corner pub is located across the road from the Todd River, the dry riverbed running through Alice’s heart. The view changes dramatically, though, if heavy rain falls in the catchment area. Luckily, the tavern’s liquid refreshments are more reliably available. For a more modern vibe, head three blocks south to Monte’s Lounge, which blurs the boundaries between pub and restaurant. Or chill out at the retro-styled rooftop bar above the Epilogue Lounge in the Todd Mall.