Canberra's November 2020 hot list

Canberra's November 2020 hot list

Drink up a perfect Canberra sunset under a festoon lit outdoor bar, eat ramen at the latest city laneway hot spot and be inspired by a city that’s different by design. 

You’ll find more than the usual experiences in our November hot list. Try one or try them all...

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    Sunset drinks by the lake

    Drink in the late spring vibes by the lake at the Armada Outdoor Bar. Festoon lights and outdoor tables make this spot the perfect place to hang out and take in a stunning Canberra sunset framed by Lake Burley Griffin. A favourite sunset view for many a local, the bar adjoining The Boat House by the Lake is the place to be. Open Thursdays to Sundays, it’s weather dependent and bookings are essential. Keep an eye out for upcoming picnic events.

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    Go scootering

    For a bit of fun, why not hire one of the orange Neuron or purple Beam electric scooters that are currently being trialled in Canberra. It’s a great way to explore any of the city’s precincts or scoot between attractions. But remember, age restrictions and road rules apply (no drinking and riding), helmets are compulsory and you’ll need to be mindful of other footpath and road users.

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    Clamber over the Canberra Aqua Park obstacle course

    If you’ve always wanted to tell someone to go jump in the lake, now’s your chance. Canberra Aqua Park is returning mid-November for their second summer season. This inflatable world at Black Mountain Peninsula is a guaranteed energy burner for would-be Aussie Ninja Warriors. Book before you go.

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    Discover women artists at the NGA

    As part of its ongoing initiative to increase the representation of female artists the National Gallery of Australia opens its Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 on 14 November. See more than 300 works from the NGA’s collections and other collections from across Australia. From lesser-known to leading artists, it’s hoped that many more Australians will upend the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.

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    Laneway dinner and drinks at Verity Lane Market

    The latest hot spot to eat can be found in a laneway behind the historic Sydney Building off Northbourne Avenue. The Verity Lane Market is a chef-driven food hall with three kitchens Enoki Project, Ramen Daddy and Pizza Artigiana serving the hungry hoardes and the art deco cocktail style Verity Bar offering an array of drinks. In time, the laneway offering will expand. It’s open Thursdays to Sundays until late.

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    Explore the DESIGN Canberra Festival

    If you’ve wanted to peek inside an architecturally significant house, visit an artist’s studio or learn about brutalist architecture, you’re looking at the right city. For three weeks from 9 to 29 November, you can embrace your inner design nerd at the DESIGN Canberra Festival. With more than 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, collaborations, artist studios and open homes, this uniquely Canberra festival offers something for everyone.

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    Discover vegetarian delights at Monster Kitchen and Bar

    In what’s dubbed the ‘Year of the Veg’, Monster Kitchen and Bar has gone fully vegetarian for a year. It’s part of a move by all Ovolo Hotels to move their restaurant offering to a plant-based menu. If the name Monster is not enough to tempt you, get excited with this recipe from executive chef Paul Wilson. Better still, book your spot at a table.

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    Float away with a canoes, champagne and canapes experience

    The company who brought family glamping under the stars at Tidbinbilla has introduced a new lake experience: Canoes, champagne and canapes. Wildfest is running twice daily double canoe rig hire, with local wine or bubbly and a platter of local food to consume. It’s another fabulous way to experience Lake Burley Griffin.