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Canberra's Best Bars for Wine & Cocktails

Explore the best bars Canberra has on offer this winter as the temperature drops and the wine and cocktail scene soars.

Dear Prudence
Dear Prudence

ANZAC day has come and gone and every Canberran knows what that means – time to turn up the heat (literally, on your heating system). Here are the cosiest bars in Canberra to enjoy a drop of whatever-you-fancy and warm up your toosh by the fireplace.

Molly
Molly
Molly

One of the newest kids on the block, Molly, is Canberra’s latest secret. Specialising in the classic combo, whiskey and jazz, she requires Google Maps to be on its A-game to find her: 35°16’44.5”S+149°07’42.0”E. This speakeasy gem will give you all the Prohibition-era vibes – in a good way.

Coordinates as stated above.

High Jinks
High Jinks
High Jinks

With warming flavours like fig, honey, rhubarb, ginger and spice, High Jinks is tantalising our tastebuds this autumn. Surrounded by marble walls, polished concrete floors, an array of rugs and dim lighting, High Jinks promises an evening of delicious nips and a chill ambience.

Basement, 2/15 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton

White Rabbit Cocktail Room
White Rabbit Cocktail Room
White Rabbit Cocktail Room

‘Off with their heads!’ is most likely the first thought you will have when walking through the doors of the White Rabbit Cocktail Room. Whimsical, playful and decadent, this cocktail bar features drinks such as the ‘Tweedle Rum’, ‘The Caterpillar’ and ‘Wonderland’. Friendly and inviting, snuggle up for a night of fun.

65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City


Beirut Bunker Bar
Beirut Bunker Bar
Beirut Bunker Bar

The Paris of the Middle East has set up shop in the capital. Beirut Bunker Bar is one of Canberra’s edgiest cocktail bars with dark hues, wooden bar-tops and live DJs spinning French rap and mushroom jazz. For an Arab experience with a twist, head down to the bunker as the nights become cooler and enjoy a glass of ‘boozy bubble tea’.

25 Garema Place, Canberra City

The Highball Express
The Highball Express
The Highball Express

Influenced by the Prohibition era, you will find yourself transported to the balmy shores of Cuba when you enter The Highball Express. Classics such as daiquiris, mojitos and bowls of punch (with a kick) are on the menu and the ambience is mellow. Rebel against the chilly weather and jump into the sunshine at this cocktail bar.

Level 1, 82 Alinga Street, Canberra City

Dear Prudence
Dear Prudence
Dear Prudence

Canberra’s latest addition to the wine scene is Dear Prudence, a member of Verity Lane Market. Wines and alcohol on this bar’s shelves hail from France, Germany, Italy and all-around Australia. This bar has a cool European flair to it paired with contemporary charm.

Sydney Building, 100 Alinga Street, Canberra City

Bar Rochford
Bar Rochford
Bar Rochford

Bar Rochford is the place to be when you’ve had a long day of work and you feel like a glass of good wine and vinyl beats with a sexy vibe. This Canberra-city wine bar serves some of the best local and Aussie drops, as well as bottles from France, Italy, New Zealand and a myriad of other exotic wine regions. Curl up in a booth, get cosy and enjoy sippin’ the evening away.

1st/65 London Circuit, Canberra City

Lucky’s Speakeasy
Lucky’s Speakeasy
Lucky’s Speakeasy

You’d be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into a New York chic bar if you find yourself at Lucky’s Speakeasy. Located at QT Hotel, Lucky’s is a world of its own. Adorned with decadent leather seats and a dimly lit atmosphere, hurry in from the cold and thaw out with any drink of choice – they have it all.

1 London Circuit, Acton

Parlour
Parlour
Parlour

Parlour at New Acton is hands-down one of the most intimate wine bars in Canberra. Decorated with vintage furniture and cute little marble-topped tables, Parlour is sophisticated and their wine and cocktail menu, expansive. Enjoy a cheeky late-night tipple or make a night of it with the girls, Parlour has something for all.

16 Kendall Lane, Acton


Sipped your way through the best bars in Canberra and ready for a little more? Check out our family-friendly guide to Canberra, or if you're still a little peckish take a look through the foodies getaway guide to Canberra.