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Benchmark Wine Bar

65 Northbourne Avenue, Acton ACT 2601

If you are a wine connoisseur, or just love drinking in lovely surrounds, then Benchmark Wine Bar is for you. They serve over 100 wines by the glass and more than 400 by the bottle from both new and old world countries.

Dine at Benchmark. Their menu is European based and French influenced. Try their popular tapas menu anytime of the day. Their philosophy for the cuisine you’ll enjoy is to serve the best possible produce daily in a simple and unique style, where both food and wine complement each other.

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Hippo Lounge Bar

1/17 Garema Place, Acton ACT 2601

Head to the Hippo Lounge Bar for cocktails, wine and groove. Relax and indulge yourself at one of Canberra’s most sophisticated drinking venues.

Their friendly and efficient staff will happily guide you through their impressive array of exotic and classic cocktails. Will you martini, muddle or champagne it on your next visit?

Enjoy some of the city’s finest eclectic live music on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

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Civic Pub

8 Lonsdale Street, Ainslie ACT 2602

If you're after old-fashioned pub culture, head to the Civic Pub in Braddon. They're only a few minutes walk from the city centre.

If you want a good game of pool, the Civic Pub displays all the classic pool hall traditions.

Enjoy their two licensed bars, music and a bistro. They also have backpacker accommodation upstairs.

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30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ACT 2612

Debacle is a casual joint close to the City specialising in snack-type dishes such as pizzas and tapas-style plates.

Try some of the best Modern Australian food in town. Their emphasis is on fresh produce.

Debacle is a relaxed, something-for-everyone pub which is a great draw for indecisive types who aren't sure if they want to drink, nibble or dine. Those same indecisive types may trip up ordering a drink however, as Debacle stocks more than 120 types and sizes of beer and more than a few wines.

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George Harcourt Inn

Gold Creek Village, Nicholls ACT 2913

The George is opposite Cockington Green Gardens; perfect for relaxing after playing tourist.

There's plenty of room to enjoy a meal and drink with family and friends in front of their large open fire. Choose from their comprehensive pub menu, dinner menu and special kids menu.

Make the most of their large outdoor entertaining area any time of the year. It's covered to keep you cool when it's hot. Gas heaters and wood fires will keep you warm during the cooler weather.

Check their website or the local paper for live entertainment details.

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Digress Restaurant and Lounge

11 Akuna Street, Canberra City ACT 2600

Digress Restaurant & Lounge is situated on Akuna Street which is across the road from the Waldorf hotel. Our premise offers a unique, stylish and exotic ambience. With a menu consisting of a carefully designed fusion cuisine of Indian & Italian food, we use only the freshest of local ingredients to create a never seen before fusion in Canberra.

We have a creative list of cocktails that will tantalize your taste buds, made with the finest imported liqueurs from Europe.

We also carry a broad range of local and imported wines to choose from as well as many imported beers all from their true country of origin. Digress Restaurant & Lounge has two different elements. It has the lounge side which boasts a fusion Tapas menu alongside a fine dining restaurant. We believe Digress has the ideal atmosphere for intimate settings for small sizeable groups however can also cater for exclusive venue use for large private events.


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Tongue & Groove

1 Genge Street, Canberra City ACT 2600

We are a Canberran restaurant and bar that pushes the concept into a new realm, with a visibly refined elegance and a menu perfectly designed for those who love to sample and share.

We’re one of Canberra’s hottest nightlife venues, home to local and international artists and DJ’s. We have an exceptional, original and delightful cocktail menu, and a large range of tap and boutique bottled beers.

We encompass Melbourne’s hospitality expertise, the flare of Sydney’s CBD pubs, and a take a modern Australian approach to dining and ambience.

Postmodern concrete beams add a rugged charm, while the customised hydraulic pendent droplights lower at night completing the intimate 'after-dark' feel. Tongue & Groove also incorporate the use of 'Enviro Foam', an environmentally friendly insulation for noise, resulting in perfect acoustics.

Tongue & Groove buzzes with good conversation and laid back tunes 7 days a week.

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1927 Cocktail Lounge

35 East Row, Canberra City ACT 2600

The 20’s theme carries through to the décor with 1920's style chandeliers hanging from the high, original ceilings and vintage lounges creating warmth and old school charm.

1927 Cocktail Lounge is open now at 35 East Row, Sydney Building. Ph (02) 6247 4530.

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Academy Club

29 Garema Place, Canberra City ACT 2600

For functions and events that require a truly unique atmosphere, Academy and CandyBar are available for function bookings 7 days a week with a variety of room configurations to fit your party size and budget.

We have four different size spaces available and our team of hospitality professionals are ready to look after you and your guests.

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North Bar

46 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2600

Located in the heart of Canberra’s CBD at 46 Northbourne Ave, Northbar is a stylish and sophisticated cocktail bar perfectly suited to a few intimate drinks or a big night out.

With some of the best DJs Canberra has to offer playing every weekend, Northbar is one of Canberra’s most inviting destinations.

Modern, intimate and sophisticated, Northbar provides the perfect venue for your private function.

With a huge range of wines, beers and spirits and a great selection of tasty food platters available, plenty of comfortable seating, a state of the art music system and plenty of space to dance, Northbar has everything you need to throw a great party.

So relax and let our dedicated staff take the fuss out of your function so you can concentrate on the important business of enjoying yourself.

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Wig & Pen

53 Alinga Street, Canberra City ACT 2600

The Wig & Pen is a traditional brewpub and has been part of the Canberra social scene since 1994. It has ten different beers brewed on premises and regularly holds special events.

The food is traditional pub fare, with generous servings. All main meals have the brewers recommendation of the beer to match your choice of meal.

Come in for your brewery tour or just relax with your favourite pint.


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Honky Tonks

17 Garema Place, Canberra City ACT 2600

Honkytonks is one of Canberra’s most hip place to be. With murals on the walls, Tom Skeehan’s stools scattered around the space and jugs of Sangria on offer, it is a breath of fresh air.

The bar serves sparking, champagne, red, white, Sangria, ciders, beer – you name it.

Take advantage of their Taco Tuesdays, by grabbing yourself two delicious tacos and a can of Tecate with a wedge of lime for $10 every Tuesday, all summer long!

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Mercury Bar

38 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2600

It has become renowned for its friendly staff and quirky Cocktail Teapots. We pride ourselves in serving quality drinks and providing a comfortable environment to enjoy your well-earned nights out.

 Mercury Bar is a perfect venue for a function. It is large enough for a serious function but small enough for an intimate party.

Mercury Bar ensure it is exclusively provided only for you for the function duration… and venue hire is FREE. Mercury Bar only requires a $300 deposit to book and confirm the date. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the venue until the deposit is paid.

You need to know the following before booking Mercury Bar

  • Mercury Bar is a licensed premises and every person in Mercury Bar must be 18+ with ID.

  • Mercury Bar is a small intimate venue with a license to hold a maximum of 80 people.

The $300 deposit is redeemable on the night of the function or party in the form of a bar tab or towards food, music or security. After the $300 has been used you can top the bar tab up during the night with as much or as little as you like or even stop the bar tab after it has been spent. Mercury Bar cannot offer discounted or reduced price drinks during functions.

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Muddle Bar

8 West Row, Canberra City ACT 2600

Muddle Bar on Canberra’s West Row is a fresh concept, designed for Canberrans and out of town clientele hoping to engage their tastes in something unique and opulent.

A combination of classic warm décor and ultra modern furnishings has created a comfortable environment that provides a level of creativity, style, service, warmth, and sophistication that you will love.

Our highly trained staff are some of the best in the country. And they will endeavour to make every visit to Muddle a special one.

The end result is a sensational new establishment for Canberra.

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The Uni Pub

17 London Circuit, Canberra City ACT 2600

Set in the heart of Canberra’s rapidly evolving lakeside district, surrounded by the academic, law and finance precincts, the Uni Pub is a stylish five level venue offering something for everyone.

From after work drinks to business lunches, corporate events and birthday functions or partying well into the night in our fourth floor nightclub, The Uni Pub has all the features you could want in one venue.


122 Alinga Street, Canberra City ACT 2600

What do you Krave?? How about Canberras new premiere hotspot Krave Niteclub featuring Live Bands, Recording Artists, Hot DJs, Sexy Dancers & a delicious food menu prepared by a very skilled Chef! If that sounds like something that you are kraving then why not come and “Krave” with us?

Krave Niteclub is located in the heart of the nations capital (that is Canberra for those who think its Sydney…lol) right smack center in the CBD (known as Civic) at the bus interchange. One of the best looking venues in Canberra, Krave Niteclub sports a double layered stage, lots of mirrors & not 1 but 2 really cool cages with poles in the center of them!

A variety of music is played or performed live in Krave ranging from R&B to Hard Rock and everything in between. Operating hours are Thursday – Saturday 10 til late with the occasional Wednesday thrown in for good measure.

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105 London Circuit, Canberra City ACT 2600

Mooseheads is located in the Sydney Building, on London Circuit in the central Canberra region of Civic. Mooseheads claims to be the longest-established bar and night club in Civic.

Mooseheads was opened in September 1990, making it one of the longest-running nightclubs in Civic. The premises contains 4 levels, including one below street level. This basement level has long been a popular venue for University and ADFA students, and contains a pool table. The street level contains a pool table and several televisions, and is open every day except Sunday. During the day, the kitchen serves classic pub food including steaks, fish and chips and pizza.

The two levels above the street comprise the nightclub, and are only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 9 PM. The first floor holds the dance floor and the DJ Booth. There is a cover charge of $5 to get in to the nightclub on Saturday nights. Mooseheads is very popular with ADFA and ANU students.

Currently, on Friday nights, Mooseheads has live bands playing on the street level from the late afternoon, which often attracts a crowd of Canberra’s many public servants.

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Binara One

1 Binara Street, Canberra City ACT 2600

Binara one is the signature bar at Crowne Plaza Canberra and one of Canberra’s best bars. Enjoy light snacks, a varied lunch and dinner menu and something to share with friends from our tapas menu and canapés selections. The Binara Bar has an impressive range of wines and imported and local beers to accompany your bar meal.

The urban bar highlights a new standard of style and sophistication for the Canberra nightlife scene.  The back lit bar, long lounge area, modern designer furnishings and outdoor terrace of Binara one help to create the perfect mood for after work drinks or pre-dinner drinks, enjoying a night cap after dinner or private cocktail party.

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Kremlin Bar

65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2600

Come in to Kremlin Bar and Tapas for a chic, comfortable night out.

Kremlin is the perfect place for an after work drink or to indulge in one of our famous cocktails to kick off your evening.

Ask our experienced staff to mix you something special and enjoy our signature or classic cocktails.

Kremlin Bar has a range of international and Australian wines including many local varieties.

Choose from one of our craft, boutique or imported beers.


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Playground Martini and Tapas Bar

25 Garema Place, Canberra City ACT 2600

It's finally playtime for adults in Canberra, at Playground Martini & Tapas Bar. From the moment you walk in the front door, you'll get the sense you're not in a typical Canberra restaurant or bar. From the vibrant yet understated mix of colours and textures of the fit out, the animated bird nesting in the image of a tree on the wall or the thoughtfully blended mix of soul, funk, blues and jazz playing through the sound system; you'll understand right away that Playground isn't trying to be like anything else. It's an exciting venue created by passionate individuals who obviously have a love for life, fun and quality food and drinks.

Experience the much talked of traditional tapas food including Paella, Octopus & Chorizo or the not-so traditional Braised Lamb with Smoked Eggplant, Roasted Beetroot & Goat's Cheese Tartlets or the crowd favourite Pig's Cheek Schnitzel. Accompany your food with a superb international or local wine, most offered by the glass and all in a half carafe.

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A Bite to Eat, a Drink as Well

Chifley Shops, Shop 8, Eggleston Cr, Chifley ACT 2606

A Bite To Eat is an eclectic cafe found in the Canberra suburb of Chifley. Opened in 2004, the three time Delicious Magazine winner, has doubled in size from its original layout and boasts a character and style original to Canberra. The cafe has a large sunny courtyard, and couch area inside for relaxing.

The menu is full of wonderfully different food, with free range and organic products used where possible. All cakes are hand-made daily from scratch on-site. The cafe also uses Piazza Doro sustainable coffee, served up by our talented baristas.

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Section 57

Heard Street, Mawson ACT 2607

Section 57 is one of Canberra’s most stylish, funky bars with a very cosmopolitan feel. 

The beautiful sun-drenched courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing drink after work and comfortable lounges inside beckon those wanting a little more intimacy.

The bar offers an impressive array of wine, beer, spirits, ready-mixed drinks and cocktails. Great coffee and a delicious selection of made-to-order nibbles and snacks are also available.

On Friday nights renowned Canberra DJs Miles and Troy Wade pump out the beats from 8pm until late.

Section 57 also offers breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am – 1pm.

Hellenic Club Woden

1 Matilda Street, Woden ACT 2606

There are 4 sensational dining options including the Hellenic Bistro, Ginseng @Hellenic, the Hellenic Trattoria and the Hellenic Café which are all open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Along with a state of the art Gaming Lounge, Sports Bar with all TAB facilities, Function Facilities, a children’s play area, 8 bars, free live entertainment, the Hellenic Club features 3 sensational outdoor areas. With member’s badge draws, great shows, raffles and other incredible giveaways this is the place to be.

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Soul Bar

Ground Floor, Bank House, Town Square, Woden ACT 2606

Established in 1976, the Soul Bar has long been part of Canberra’a pub scene, and today stands as the only pub still remaining in the Woden area.

The pub has recently undergone a change in management, and is now run by former professional footballer Alan Strachan and his family.

Well known in local football circles, Alan came to Canberra in 1988 to compete in the NSL, having previously played in the Scottish Football League with Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Arbroath. He also represented Scotland at schoolboy level.

Alan and his team have already brought the soul back to the bar, by creating a warm, friendly personable atmosphere that makes everyone welcome.

The Soul Bar has a comprehensive range of nine tap beers, which include Guiness, Kilkenny, Sparkling Coopers, Fat Yak, Carlton, XXXX, Peroni, Coopers, Resch’s and Bulmers Cider.

There is also a large range of bottled beers, and a fantastic collection of wines.

The Soul Bar really is a great place to relax, with a rear beer garden, rear atrium area,  as well as an outdoor front area. There is also a pool table and a juke box. Traditionally the place to come and see live music, Alan is introducing live music again on friday evenings commencing 3/8/12.

The Soul Bar is located in the corner of Woden Square, diagonally across from the entrance to the Westfield Woden Shopping Centre.

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Southern Cross Club Woden

92-96 Corinna Street, Woden ACT 2606

Woden is the heart of the Canberra Southern Cross Club. It is where the Club was first founded and is the biggest venue of all six.

The recent addition of the state-of-the-art Events Centre has propelled it into a new league, making it a serious contender for the National Capital’s top conference and event venue. For years Woden’s main entertainment venue, Top of the Cross, has been providing the Canberra community with a constant line-up of quality, live entertainment. Woden also boasts three affordable quality restaurants, ranging from award-winning contemporary French cuisine to bistro fare and features two fantastic children’s play areas. Centrally located in the heart of Woden’s CBD, it provides members with plenty of secure, under-cover parking and a range of other great facilities.

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George Harcourt Inn

3 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls ACT 2913

The George Harcourt Inn (opposite Cockington Green) was built in 1980 and named after a local landowner, George Harcourt. George was a bit of a lad in his time. He was a good businessman, a keen sportsman and, generally, an all round man’s man — and an Englishman to boot.

More recently, The George was taken over by a couple of Canberra folk and as a result, underwent a face lift that has recharged this cosy meeting place for years to come.

Your hosts Gil and Colleen offer the best of live music, great food and a cool kick-back atmosphere, giving The George a unique ambiance. This fine establishment has great appeal to those who don’t want the *kachink* of pokies and the constant drone of TV screens in the background. The noise has been replaced with the sounds of cruising music as a background for good conversation and relaxation.


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Raiders Club - Weston

1 Liardet Street, Weston ACT 2611

Located on Liardet Street, just around the corner from Cooleman Court, Raiders Weston is a great meeting place for those living in the Weston Creek area. With plenty of free parking, including 6 disabled car spaces, you'll never need to worry about finding a convenient place to park.

With our state of the art bar, espresso coffee machine, gaming lounge and full Keno facilities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Raiders Weston is committed to upholding the principles of Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Conduct of Gaming to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all our patrons and visitors.

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Canberra Irish Club

6 Parkinson Street, Weston ACT 2611

The Irish Club is one of the friendliest places in Canberra to relax with friends.

The Club was officially registered as an incorporated association in 1975 and in 1982 moved to its own premises at Oatley Court, Belconnen ACT. It moved to its present location at 6 Parkinson Street, Weston in 1986.

The Club has just been completely refurnished and looks great. Food Service is now done in-house and we are developing a new menu. The focus will be on pub-style food with a touch of Irish from our newly named, Molly Bloom's Kitchen, though we're also taking advantage of our Chef's expertise to include some great dishes from his Fijian homeland.

Our support of local sports and recreation groups, as well as Canberra's Irish organisations, shows our commitment to the wider community and to fostering Irish culture

Once you visit you will understand why the club is so popular. Its relaxed, welcoming atmosphere has an underlying "Irishness" which is hard to find anywhere else.

With a membership of over 6000 and growing, the club can offer great facilities and entertainment.

There's always something going on at the Canberra Irish Club.

Why not come and see for yourself.

PJ O'Reilly's Tuggeranong

1/4 Reed Street North, Greenway ACT 2900

P.J O’Reilly’s is a traditional Irish pub that prides itself on excellent service, mouth-watering cuisine and a wide variety of beverages, including our trademark beer Guinness on tap.

P.J’s has been an integral part of South Canberra’s community for over 11 years, and has built up a great regular clientele of local workers and residents.

Whether you are looking for a lunchtime or evening meal, a night out dancing or just a friendly catch up over some beers; P.J O’Reilly’s will cater for all your entertainment needs with our diverse weekly line up of events. Open 7 days, it will be hard not to find something you love about P.J’s.

Our newly established reputation guarantees quality of service and entertainment to all patrons, with a family friendly atmosphere and dynamic bar staff.

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The Lighthouse

78-80 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT 2617

The Lighthouse is located on the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra & boasts one of Canberra’s most famous Beer Gardens. Only minutes from Bruce Stadium, the University of Canberra and Belconnen Town Centre, The Lighty is always action packed.

Holy Grail

Jardine Street, Green Square, Kingston ACT 2604

Have a great night out full of entertainment and delicious food.

The Holy Grail is a multi-award winning entertainment venue. Enjoy live music five nights a week.

The Holy Grail Kingston offers an extensive wine list comprising local and imported wines. Choose from their large range of ales, a delicious selection of cocktails and other drinks.

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Zierholz Premium Brewery

Unit 7/19-25 Kembla Street, Majura ACT 2609

At Zierholz Premium Brewery we’re dedicated to creating the freshest, most flavoursome beer you’ve ever tasted.

Our beer is handcrafted in Canberra using traditional brewing techniques to enhance its distinctive fresh taste.

Each brew is nurtured with care and attention to create a satisfying balance of aroma and flavour.

Because it’s locally made, it’s as fresh as you can get.

We only use the finest local and imported ingredients to create a great range of beers to cater for anyone’s tastes.  Our beers are simply made with Malt, Hops, Water and Yeast in accordance  with the famous German Reinheitsgebot, the “Beer Purity Law”.

You won’t encounter any preservatives or chemicals in our beers.

Speaker's Corner Bar

Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT 2600

With cosy corners and an open fire in winter, or sun-filled veranda’s and open courtyards in summer, this bar is perfect for a catch-up or quiet get-together with friends. Choose from a large selection of ales, wines, spirits or your favourite cocktail.

Charlie Black

2 Furneaux Street, Manuka ACT 2603

With an extensive wine list, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Charlie Black is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day at the office, or just a casual catch up with friends or colleagues.

Located in Manuka, Charlie Black overlooks an outdoor courtyard and the bustling streets of Manuka.

The courtyard is a great place to unwind and watch the world go by. Inside also boasts a great atmosphere, with wooden floors, a great club lounge and a beautiful fireplace.

Our Chef Alex O’Brien works with the best produce, and delivers an exceptional culinary experience with a superb daily menu. Specials change every day, and the kitchen is open from 12 noon until late every day.

So come and unwind with us for lunch, dinner or just a casual drink and some nibbles.


Legends Spanish Restaurant and Wine bar

17 Franklin Street, Griffith ACT 2603

With a 15 year history, Legends has become one of Canberra’s most well known dining destinations.

Based in the heart of Canberra’s inner-south, Legends encompasses a warm, home-away-from-home feel, with an authentic Spanish twist.

Whether you’re wanting an intimate dinner for 2, a casual ‘unwind’ drink & nibble on the balcony, or a function up to 150 people, Legends is sure to satisfy


24 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603
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Belgian Beer Cafe, Little Brussels

29 Jardine Street, Kingston ACT 2604

The Belgian Beer Cafe, Little Brussels is a welcome addition to Kingston, it is also one of Canberra’s most unique venues offering Belgian fare and over 40 Belgian beers.

Since being taken over by Chef/owner Alex Denham in April 2010, Little Brussels has once again become popular with locals and visitors alike.

Reflective of its authenticity, Little Brussels serves up a menu unlike anything else in Canberra.

The Belgian Beer Café, Little Brussels is popular with corporate events, lunches, dinners, after work drinks and functions.

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Edgar's Inn

1 Edgar Street, Ainslie ACT 2602

There's something so agreeable about being able to unwind in a bar that resides in the heart of a suburb.

Located at the leafy Ainslie shops, Edgar's Inn is the perfect location for a relaxing drink, hearty dinner, low key lunch or catch-up coffee.

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Hostage Bar & Tapas

Shop 6/26 Challis Street, Dickson ACT 2602

Hostage Bar and Tapas has a funky modern feel, great food, and creative cocktails you’d be a chum to miss it. Hostage brings a different type of experience to the Canberra bar/café culture with a splash of Spain… Tapas! Lets face it, who doesn’t like to enjoy some yummy snacks while relaxing in the sun with a drink or coffee. The folks in Spain sure know how to do it properly.