Brew Nation

Photo by Lean Timms.

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

The inner-city bar is the most specialised craft beer supplier in Canberra. It also has a foothold on prime meeting ground and after-work drink territory, located in the historic Sydney Building, with frontage to the bus interchange on Alinga Street and a handy link to all the food happenings in Verity Lane Market.

102 Alinga Street, Sydney Building |


Photo by Rohan Thomson.

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

With a dark and moody interior that harks back to Prohibition-era speakeasies, Bootleg’s charming Southern-inspired menu may just convince you to stay for more than a drink…

50 Bunda Street, Canberra |

BentSpoke’s Pontoon Beer Garden

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Taking full advantage of one of the sculptural wooden piers at Reconciliation Place, BentSpoke has unveiled a special pop-up Pontoon Beer Garden for summer.

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

Reconciliation Place, Parkes | See Facebook for event details

Stonehouse Amaroo

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Amaroo’s newest watering hole is a family-friendly offering for all ages, with plenty of leafy outdoor seating and local brews on tap.

12 Pioneer Street, Amaroo |


The sister venue of Bootleg, Dolly’s has revamped the once-dimly lit Shorty’s into an entirely new experience. With pastel interiors and plants galore, Dolly’s is the perfect place to retreat to on a hot summer afternoon.

With a full menu of pub classics, burgers and hearty salads, you won’t go hungry should you choose to stay awhile.

50 Bunda Street, City |

Paranormal Wines

The brainchild of Kiwi-born hospitality guru Max Walker and his Canberra-born arts administrator partner Georgia Hobbs, Paranormal is more a reference to experimenting beyond the safe grounds of wine and being open to new tastes and methods.

Paranormal Wines opens today, promising to be both a place to pop in for a glass of wine and charcuterie platter after work, or a place to grab a bottle to go with dinner—thanks to the 15 years of wine expertise amassed by Max.

27/6 Provan Street, Campbell |

Verity Lane Market

Photo by Lean Timms.

Canberra’s new home of cool food—Verity Lane Market—has enjoyed booming success since opening late last year. But did you know they have their own bar?

With a suite of signature cocktails, local wines and beers, you’ll find the perfect drop to go with whatever market-hall style fare takes your fancy.

Verity Lane, City |


Opening in late 2020, Queenies at Kingston promises a breath of fresh air on the corner of Giles and Kennedy Streets.

Owned by the team behind the Old Canberra Inn, Ben Johnston, Kalina Koloff and Nick Driver, the décor is the first thing you’ll notice when you walk past—namely a majestic, soaring, Art Deco-inspired bar made in brass and glass along the back wall.

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

And speaking of after-work drinks, Bar Manager and cocktail mistress Holly Ingram may well suggest there is no better time to order a Witches Versus the Patriarchy—Pre-Prohibition rye, Belgrove Distillery ginger hammer, lemon, whites and fizz—than now.

Corner of Giles and Kennedy Streets, Kingston |

Knightsbridge Penthouse

Step inside Knightbridge Penthouse‘s new location—which will be opening soon—and you’d be forgiven for getting déjà vu.

For starters, the entry doors are the same imposing silver panels found at their former location on 34 Mort Street and when opened, you find yourself in an entry hall with the same cut-outs in the wall opposite.

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

The other reason for a familiarity might be that the new location is only about five doors down from the old, at 26 Mort Street, near Gather Cafe.

Opening soon | 26 Mort Street, Braddon |

And one very sneaky one…

We have it on good authority that Verity Lane Market will see the opening of another very cool establishment soon—Dear Prudence. Watch this space…