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Best Beer Gardens in Canberra

By CrocodileGandhi - 26 September 2011 35

Afternoon Rioters,

As the weather heats up, thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors. I’m keen to find out where the best beer gardens are located to enjoy a few cold drinks on a Friday afternoon. Bonus points given to those gardens which are in sight of actual greenery.

While all submissions are welcome, places in and around the city or parliamentary triangle are preferred.

Cheers!

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Best Beer Gardens in Canberra
MonarchRepublic 9:02 am 27 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

Used to also love the ANU Staff Centre, later called Old Canberra House. Dunno if there’s still a pub in there, but the gardens were stunning.

There is a licenced cafe called the Ivy Cafe at Old Canberra House. There was a post on The Riot on 13 Sep about their Friday night drinks session kicking off, including happy hour and live music. Haven’t benn over to check it out yet sadly…

tidalik 8:40 am 27 Sep 11

Spoono said :

University House at ANU on a warm friday arvo is lovely for some after work drinks, really nice. Beats anywhere else I’ve been.

Yes, agree! In fact you could even say it is a real garden, not just a beer one.

MWF 10:36 pm 26 Sep 11

The Chisholm Tavern has a beer garden. It has a lovely aspect being that it is adjacent to the Chisholm shopping centre toilets. The “Tav’s” beer garden is also adjacent to the entrance to the local Chinese takeaway joint. I imagine the smells from the toilets and the takeaway joint make for a lovely ambiance on a sultry summers’ evening.

EvanJames 10:22 pm 26 Sep 11

Used to very much enjoy the funny little old garden out the back of the ACT Leagues club or whatever it’s called (and I was a member, too), that tiny little place on the fringe of Civic. They had buffalo grass and carefully-tended roses, and beyond that in recent years you could watch the Raiders huffing and throwing. I hope it’s all still there. We need more beer gardens, not less.

Used to also love the ANU Staff Centre, later called Old Canberra House. Dunno if there’s still a pub in there, but the gardens were stunning.

RUC has quite a nice thing out the front, tables and trees.

keepitup 10:10 pm 26 Sep 11

My favourite would have to be the Wello. Aaww, that’s right . .

molongloid 9:33 pm 26 Sep 11

The Old Canberra Inn has something approaching a beer garden. What a shame it doesn’t have decent beer.

Bramina 9:17 pm 26 Sep 11

+1 for University House

poetix 8:19 pm 26 Sep 11

Jethro said :

The one at the Gininderra Labor Club in Charnwood has a giant steel cage around it, if you like your beer gardens with a bit of ghetto ambience.

Is it to keep people in or out?

Nostalgia alert:
I have never found a beer garden in Canberra anything like as good as the ones at old Victorian pubs in Melbourne; totally sheltered from the road, old vines, ancient stains on the tables…

Spoono 8:10 pm 26 Sep 11

University House at ANU on a warm friday arvo is lovely for some after work drinks, really nice. Beats anywhere else I’ve been.

Thumper 6:59 pm 26 Sep 11

The one at the Gininderra Labor Club in Charnwood has a giant steel cage around it, if you like your beer gardens with a bit of ghetto ambience.

Truly horrendous.

George Harcourt is nice on a summer afternoon.

CrocodileGandhi 6:38 pm 26 Sep 11

Tecko12 said :

Rose cottage is good. Plenty of space.

I live right near Rose Cottage. Probably not as convenient for my mates, who are mostly in the city surrounds.

Jethro 6:19 pm 26 Sep 11

The one at the Gininderra Labor Club in Charnwood has a giant steel cage around it, if you like your beer gardens with a bit of ghetto ambience.

Tecko12 5:52 pm 26 Sep 11

Rose cottage is good. Plenty of space.

buzz819 5:24 pm 26 Sep 11

Sorry.. George Harcourt in at Gungahlin, also tops….

buzz819 5:19 pm 26 Sep 11

I would say a “good” beer garden in Canberra is hard to find.

Soul Bar in Woden, right next to some greenery, but can’t fit many people inside it.

How does the place go down at the National Gallery? I think during summer they open on a Friday arvo, then you’ve got King O’Malley’s, The Durham and Holy Grail.

If you want to travel a little further west, I think the Irish Club in Weston has hands down the best beer garden in Canberra – well now that I wrote that, Rose Cottage popped into my head, the amount of work they have put into the place in the last 3 or 4 months is astounding.

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