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Cheers to the weekend with these fresh new Canberra bars. Did anyone say drinks after work?

Brew Nation

Credit: Lean Timms.

Thirsty? With 80 plus beers on offer, 12 on tap and a constant rotation of kegs, the chances are great Brew Nation will have a perfect beer for you.

The city’s inner bar is the most specialized craft beer supplier in Canberra. It also has a foothold in first-class meeting rooms and after-work drinks, housed in the historic Sydney building, with a façade for the bus exchange on Alinga Street and a convenient link to all food events at Verity Lane Market.

Read more here.

102 Alinga Street, Sydney Building |


Credit: Rohan Thomson

Bootleg’s enviable location in the center of town (on Bunda Street, where Lola used to be) makes it the perfect place for after-work or pre-dinner drinks.

With a dark and whimsical interior that goes back to the Prohibition era talking books, Bootleg’s charming south-inspired menu can just convince you to become more than a drink …

50 Bunda Street, Canberra |

BentSpoke’s Pontoon Beer Garden

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BentSpoke has utilized one of the sculptural wooden piers at Reconciliation Place and has unveiled a special pop-up pontoon beer garden this summer.

Sit under the shade of one of their colorful umbrellas and sip a tasty brew or two from Thursday to Sunday each week until Sunday, February 14th.

Reconciliation Place, Parkes | See Facebook for details on the event

Stone house Amaroo

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Amaroo’s newest watering hole is a family – friendly offering for all ages with plenty of green outdoor seating and local breweries on tap.

12 Pioneer Street, Amaroo |


Bootleg’s sister site, Dolly’s, has renewed the once dimly lit Shorty for a whole new experience. With pastel interiors and plants galore, Dolly’s is the perfect place to retreat to a hot summer afternoon.

With a full menu of pub classics, burgers and hearty salads, you will not go hungry if you choose to stay for a while.

50 Bunda Street, By |

Paranormal wines

Paranormal, the idea of ​​Kiwi-born hospitality guru Max Walker and his Canberra-born art administrator, Georgia Hobbs, is more of a reference to experimenting beyond the wine’s sure grounds and being open to new tastes and methods.

Paranormal Wines opens today and promises to be both a place to get in for a glass of wine and chocolate barrel after work or a place to grab a bottle for dinner – thanks to the 15 years of wine expertise gathered by Max.

Read more here.

27/6 Provan Street, Campbell |

Verity Lane Market

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Canberra’s new home for cool food – Verity Lane Market – has made great strides since opening late last year. But did you know that they have their own bar?

With a package of signature cocktails, local wines and beers, you will find the perfect drop at any price in the market hall.

Read more here.

Verity Lane, City |


The Queenies at Kingston will open in late 2020 and promise a breath of fresh air on the corner of Giles and Kennedy Streets.

Owned by the team behind Old Canberra Inn, Ben Johnston, Kalina Koloff and Nick Driver, the decor is the first thing you will notice as you walk by — namely, a majestic, floating, art deco-inspired bar made of brass and glass along the back wall.

Designed by Kelly Ross and made by blacksmiths Lok Sutherland and Chris Sulis of Double Griffin Forge with a hand-painted fresco by local artist and gallery owner Kacy Grainger, the bar is lit by huge glass and brass hanging globes and is a decidedly glamorous place to pull a stool up to a martini after working with friends.

And when we talk about drinks after work, bar manager and cocktail lover Holly Ingram may well suggest that there is no better time to order a Witches Versus the Patriarchy-Pre-Prohibition rye, Belgrove Distillery ginger hammer, lemon, white and fizz- than now.

Read more here.

Corner of Giles and Kennedy Streets, Kingston |

Knightsbridge Penthouse

Step inside Knightbridge Penthouse‘s new location – which will open soon – and you’ll be forgiven for getting déjà vu.

To begin with, the front doors are the same impressive silver panels found in their former location on Mort Street 34, and when opened, you find yourself in an entrance hall with the same carvings in the wall opposite.

Pop around the corner and there’s the same piano that acts as the DJ deck, as well as a familiar selection of vintage leather sofas and upholstered chairs.

The other reason for an acquaintance may be that the new location is only about five doors down from the old one, at 26 Mort Street, near Gather Cafe.

Read more here.

Opens soon | 26 Mort Street, Braddon |

And a very sneaky one …

We have good authority that Verity Lane Market will soon open another very cool company – Dear Prudence. See this place…

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