Canberra Cocktail Bar Directory

20131228-134423.jpgThere’s nothing worse than being thirsty for a Martini or Negroni in this town.

So this list might be handy.

It has most of the reliable cocktail bars around town where I think you should, the planets and bar staff permitting, get a decent cocktail. Note, I haven’t included pubs and the like.

CAVEAT: Apologies in advance for any errors in the list, and if I’ve missed someone, please let me know. This list is not an endorsement of a particular bar- just a reference for you.

Last Updated 4 October 2018


  • Hours: Monday to Wednesday 4pm – 12am
    Thursday 4pm – 4am / Friday 12pm – 4am / Saturday 4pm – 4am / Sunday 4pm – 12am
  • Where: Basement  8-10 Hobart Place Canberra City
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16 West 

  • Hours: Weds-Sun 4pm- 2am
  • Where: 8 West Row, Canberra City
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58 Benjamin


  • Hours: 7 days 7.3am till late
  • Where: Bunda St City
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Bar Rochford

  • Where: First Floor, 65 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Hours:  Tuesday – Thursday 5pm–late, Friday – 3pm – 2am, Saturday 5pm–2am
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Black Market

  • Hours: 7 days from 5pm
  • Where: Beneath A.Baker in New Acton
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Chifley’s Bar and Grill

Hippo & Co

Highball Express


Howling Moon

Joe’s Bar at East Hotel

  • Where: 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston
  • Hours: 7 days from noon with full bar menu from 3pm
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  • Hours: bar Food Menu 11:30am – 11pm
    Full Food Menu 11:30am – 3pm (Lunch Period)  / Full Food Menu 5:30pm – 10pm (Dinner menu)
    Tiki Bar 5pm – late (Wed-Sat)
  • Where: Cnr Bunda and Genge Street Civic
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Knightsbridge Penthouse

  • Hours: Tues to Wed, 5pm to 12 am; Thurs 4pm til 1am; Fri and Sat 4pm to 3am.
  • Where: 1/34 Mort Street, Braddon
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Lazy Su

  • Hours:
    • Tues-Thurs: Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm Dinner: 6pm – 11pm / Fri / Sat: Lunch: 12pm – 3pm Dinner: 6pm – 1am Bar closes 2am / Sun: Lunch: 12pm – 3pm Dinner : 6pm – 11pm Full menu available all day
  • Where: 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
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  • Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4 pm til very late (and by late we mean early hours of the morning). Friday lunch from 11 am
  • Where: 50 Bunda Street, Civic
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Mint Garden Bar

Monster, Hotel Hotel


  • Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 4pm-12am / Thursday to Saturday: 4pm-2am
  • Where: Wooden Door, Odgers Ln, Canberra
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National Press Club

  • Hours: Mon to Fri from 11am
  • Where: 16 National Circuit, Barton
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Ostani at the Realm hotel

Parlour Wine Room

  • Hours: Tues & Wed: 5pm-11pm / Thurs  12pm till midnight / Fri & Sat – 12pm until late / Sun – 12pm until 10:30pm
  • Where: New Acton Pavilion/16 Kendall Ln, New Acton (behind Diamant Hotel)
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Playground Tapas Bar

Palace Electric Cinema Civic, Bar

Public Bar

Polit Bar

  • Hours: Tuesday Saturday 5pm to late
  • Where: Upstairs 8 Franklin St, Manuka
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SkyLounge at QT Hotel

Swan and King

  • Hours:  Wednesday: 16:00 – 22:00 / Thursday: 16:00 – 22:00 /Friday: 16:00 – 00:00
    Saturday: 16:00 – 00:00 / Sunday: 14:00 – 21:00
  • Where: Level 5, Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon.
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Tipsy Bull

  • Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to late
  • Where: 2/5 Lonsdale Street Bradfon
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  • Hours: Open Wed-Sat, lunches from noon on weekdays until late.
  • Where: Sydney Building, 32 Northbourne Avenue, Civic.
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Library Bar, Peppers Gallery Hotel

White Rabbit Room

Zaab Street Food 

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