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Best Beer Pub and Bottle Shop in Canberra

By Mess - 12 June 2008 44

In continuing a Riot-Act tradition of rating the best (and worst) our fair city has to offer, I was wondering where are the best beer pubs and bottle shops in Canberra? My vote goes to Debacle for the best beer pub (60-odd beers on offer), and I would say somewhere like First Choice Liquor in Phillip for the best selection of beers in Canberra. Any thoughts rioters?

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Best Beer Pub and Bottle Shop in Canberra
mouthface 9:38 am 13 Jun 08

I think Plonk might have closed down. I am going through there today so I will check, but i did here it closed.

S4anta 9:36 am 13 Jun 08

I like this pub at the moment:

Best pub since Pamela Andersons Norks

H1NG0 8:45 am 13 Jun 08

Danman said :

George Harcourt for cheap good grub and bulmers.

A DUI bike ride away from home too

I second the George. Good for a few pints and a good cheap meal. Good atmosphere and friendly service. Best pub available for Gungahlin area. I also don’t mind the G Lakes if you count that as a pub.

My favourite grog shop is Dan Murphys in Belcompton Westfield. Great range of booze and it is always cheap. Probably better for their wine selection though. As for a convenient bottle-o for Gungahlin, Denman Cellars is quite good.

Meconium 8:41 am 13 Jun 08

oh sorry, forgot to add Plonk! to that list, they had a pretty average range when they started but now they’re selling a pretty solid range of small NSW microbrewery beers. Worth a look.

Meconium 8:40 am 13 Jun 08

List of bottle shops with a decent beer range:

•Vintage Cellars Oaks Estate (not affiliated with the Coles chain)
•First Choice Phillip
•Cox Kelly, Uni Ave Civic
•George’s Liquor Stable Phillip
•Braddon Cellars
•Dan Murphy’s Belconnen (especially when you can get a six pack of Tui, the greatest beer ever brewed, for only $15, right Mael?)

Pubs with an unusually good range of beers on tap:

•Wig and Pen
•Debacle
•Belgian Beer Cafe
•Transit Bar (only place in town with Matilda Bay’s Alpha Pale Ale)
•Harmonie German Club
•and Filthy’s/Durham between them have a few unusual ones.

As for bottled beers, notable mention goes to Kremlin Bar on Northbourne, which has a range of Baltika beers from St Petersburg. There are many different styles in the range, many of which are awful, but worth a try for something different.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all the places for decent beer in Canberra, but maybe there’s a gem somewhere that I’m missing out on. You’ll never find me in a pub or club that doesn’t serve either Cooper’s or Zierholz. Fortunately there are a few southside venues not too far from home that have Zierholz on tap – Deakin Soccer Club, Woden Tradies and the Hellenic Club. Thanks for that Christoph; when I feel like a beer at 3am and I have to go to the Tradies, finally I can enjoy a pint of something decent and not have to settle for Pure Blonde.

LG 8:23 am 13 Jun 08

sirocco said :

And Plonk! A tiny little shop full of interesting imported beers from around the globe and heaps of domestic craft beers (…and not a single VB).

Although I hear they’re in the process of moving to bigger premises at the moment, anyone heard any rumours about where that might be?

All I know is… they’re closed at the moment (very sad!). The online whitepages listing still shows the same old address but they’re not there any more. Nor is there a sign saying where they are moving to.

canberracafe.com 10:59 pm 12 Jun 08

yeah I was referring to King O’Malley’s.. Great pub, lots of room.

Morgan 10:37 pm 12 Jun 08

PJ’s on West Row is just as good as Kingos and has better beer prices.

You 10:36 pm 12 Jun 08

Best grog shop is George’s Liqour in Dundas Court, Phillip.

VicePope 10:30 pm 12 Jun 08

I have spent enough time at the Wig and Pen to have worn a VicePapal groove into some of the furniture. The beer is good – if you can’t find something that suits, you really shouldn’t be drinking. The food is, perhaps, a bit one-noteish – pretty well done, but some change would reward the regulars.

sirocco 10:21 pm 12 Jun 08

lumnock said :

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Wig & Pen is also fantastic for the beer, but the shop itself is far too small, and the layout does not do well with the limited space provided.

Oh, true, the Wig&Pen is small – but when I said Plonk I meant a beer shop called Plonk in Manuka…

🙂

lumnock 10:09 pm 12 Jun 08

Debacle is a joke. The beer there is so over-priced, that anyone other than people in the high income bracket, or people just there for a couple of pints find it unaffordable.

I’m presuming the Irish pub near the Civic bus interchange you are referring to canberracafe.com is King O’Malleys? If so, then I agree, it has a great atmosphere, and the beer is reasonably priced also, which probably makes it my overall favourite.

Wig & Pen is also fantastic for the beer, but the shop itself is far too small, and the layout does not do well with the limited space provided.

sirocco 9:54 pm 12 Jun 08

You gotta love the Wig & Pen in Civic for the best, freshest and most interesting tap beer in Canberra.

And Plonk! A tiny little shop full of interesting imported beers from around the globe and heaps of domestic craft beers (…and not a single VB).

Although I hear they’re in the process of moving to bigger premises at the moment, anyone heard any rumours about where that might be?

Danman 9:07 pm 12 Jun 08

George Harcourt for cheap good grub and bulmers.

A DUI bike ride away from home too

canberracafe.com 9:01 pm 12 Jun 08

Can’t go past the Irish pub in Civic near the bus interchange – just a nice atmosphere and they server Guiness.

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