Nine outdoor dining spaces perfect for summer

Nine outdoor dining spaces perfect for summer

Long summer evenings are meant for long al fresco dinners.

Add these nine outdoor venues to your must-eat list to taste the flavours of Canberra’s summer. 

  1. Snapper on the Lake

    Bring a blanket, BYO a vino and buy some fresh fish and chips from Snapper on the Lake. Watch the sailboats skim across Lake Burley Griffin as you soak up some sunshine and debate who gets the last chip. After your meal wander through the nearby Nara Peace Park and soak in the serenity.

  2. Rizla

    Rizla pays homage to the wonders of riesling and is the first bar in Australia to be devoted to this humble beverage. With an extensive variety of rieslings on offer from everywhere including Canberra, Australia and France, you can taste your way across the world.

    People watch from this intimate courtyard bar on Lonsdale St before exploring the boutiques and artisanal delights of Braddon.

  3. George Harcourt Inn

    Prepare to be wowed by the Tudor design of this authentic English pub. Grab a seat in the outdoor beer garden and enjoy your favourite pub classics cooked to perfection. Enjoy live music each Sunday arvo at the George Harcourt Inn or sign up to sing for your supper and perform for 15-minutes to be rewarded with a free feed. 

    This family-friendly venue can be found in Gold Creek Village, a 15-minute drive from the city. Delight the kids at Cockington Green Gardens or hear the dinosaurs roar at the National Dinosaur Museum

  4. Brindabella Hills Winery

    For stunning rural views overlooking the Murrumbidgee River and Brindabellas make tracks to Brindabella Hills Winery. Sample your way through the wine list, being sure to taste the passionfruit-inspired 2018 sauvignon blanc. The café serves up moreish share plates each weekend, with the cured salmon with cucumber and lime, and calamari with yuzu mayo being crowd favourites.

  5. Armada Outdoor Bar

    Right on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, this new outdoor dining venue shines with festoon lights. Wave to the stand-up paddleboarders on the lake as you eat and drink your way through the Armada menu. Take in the sunset with a Sunset Spritz in hand or nibble on Manchego and jamon fritters. 

    Just over the river from Jerrabomberra Wetlands, head to this nature reserve to try the art of forest bathing. With over 170 bird varieties seen in these wetlands, you’re also sure to see a feathered friend or two.

  6. Crack a cold one on top of a mountain

    Lace up your trainers, pack a few tinnies in your pack and aim for the top of the mountain. Whether you’re racing your family up Mount Ainslie or reconnecting with nature at Black Mountain, cracking open a local brew at the summit as you take in the view is the best way to end a hike. Choose between cold beers from Capital Brewing Co and BentSpoke Brewing Co.

  7. The Pop Inn

    Keep an eye out for The Pop Inn. Popping up in different parks and events across the region, this wine bar transforms grassy knolls into a scenic drinking spot.

    Regularly visiting Bowen Park and the National Carillon, this pop-up wine bar is the perfect place to recharge while exploring the museums and galleries Canberra is famous for.

  8. Grease Monkey and Assembly

    Detroit style pizza topped with a mouth-watering amount of cheese, burgers you want to wrap your hands around and an ever-changing variety of shakes are all on the menu at Grease Monkey. Calling an old mechanic’s garage home, this popular eatery still features décor that speaks to the heritage of the building with wrenches and parts artfully decorating the joint.

    Assembly’s party-lit beer garden out the back of its Lonsdale Street-fronting pub is the perfect spot to catch up with friends. Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this pub is great people watching venue.

    After soaking up some summer rays in their beer garden, why not explore the nearby homeware store Bisonhome and jewellery store KIN gallery?

Visiting a Canberra venue? Download the Check in CBR app and scan the QR code at participating venues where the Check in CBR app poster is displayed. The app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for customers to sign into Canberra venues and assist ACT Health with faster contact tracing.