When it comes to enjoying a tipple or two at the end of a long day, Canberra’s vibrant bar scene offers an intoxicating array of new haunts, for every kind of night.
Photo: Lean Timms for Bar Rochford
A well-worn Canberran icon, reborn.
This light-filled bar-cum-restaurant may be relatively new to the scene, but it’s already making waves. Taking out the top prize for Australia’s Best Bar in the Gourmet Traveler 2018 Restaurant Awards, Bar Rochford is a lesson in Canberra cool. From the outstanding wine list of boutique natural wines and refined cocktails to the refined light bar-style menu and the soulful sounds of owner Nick Smith’s vinyl collection, everything here manages to feel distressed and luxe, all at once. It’s even a great place to work – for this, we suggest taking a seat in front of the stunning original arched window overlooking London Circuit.
First floor, Melbourne Building, 65 London Circuit, Canberra City
Photo: Kon Kudos for Bar Rochford
Good things come to those who are willing to search.
Nothing warms the soul more than a strong whisky and some smooth jazz. A firm crowd-favourite since opening in 2014, Molly celebrates the Prohibition era in style. True to the 1920’s era, you’ll find Molly mysteriously hidden from view behind a wooden door in Odgers Lane. Expect old-fashioned service and a whisky collection to rival all others (Molly stocks an impressive 500 varieties) and the house Negroni, barrel-aged in American Oak is also worth noting. Canberra’s best local jazz talent plays here every Tuesday and Thursday evening so be sure to swing by.
Photo: Lala Hospitality
All-day dining from the team behind ONA Coffee.
Breathing new life into the airy corner site formerly occupied by SubUrban, Highroad is the latest project by Ona Coffee, dedicated to paying homage to the raw and refined elements of the bush capital. Designed by Foolscap Studio, the space is a harmonious blend of organic textures, materials and flowing forms, warmly and easily transitioning from day into night and encouraging guests to linger. With specialty coffee, a diverse wine list, local and interstate craft beers and a menu featuring local Australian ingredients, Highroad is venue where locals can enjoy contemporary food and drink without venturing into the city.
Cnr Cape & Woolley Street, Dickson
Photo: Tom Ferguson for Foolscap Studio