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Canberra’s Best & Worst Bars

By Ingeegoodbee 16 April 2008 142

So we’ve had the recent to-and-fro with respect to Canberra’s best and worst when it comes to buying a meal. So how about Canberra’s’ best and worst when it comes to knocking back a couple of stiff ones (and no, I’m not talking about the loo’s at Black Mountain Peninsula).

Where, what and who are the wine bars, pubs, clubs, den’s of iniquity, salubrious establishments and cafes and restaurants that pay mere lip-service to the idea of food yet offer liquid sustenance non-the-less that keep the wheels of this fine city well lubricated.

It’s horses for courses of course – apples ain’t oranges after all – so the extensive list of wines by the glass and a limitless conga-line of tipsy office girls mightn’t always stack up against hard liquor, easy cocaine and a broad selection of rent-boys after 4.00am!

Disclaimer: those nominating quiet enjoyment of expertly crafted home brew on the back verandah (or anything similar) should be prepared to let other RAers judge for themselves by providing an address…

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ant 10:10 am 02 Jan 09

Some old names there, I didn’t much like most of them, have to say. I went to the Wig and Pen when it was Peppers! I was such a regular, I once paid for a shout with a cheque…

Terminus andThe Shanty always seemed similar, for some reason.

The old Canberra Inn was a nice place to go. And who remember the bar at Natex, in Building B? We’d play indoor hockey out there in B and F, and then rehydrate at Ron’s bar.

I never went to The Hungry Horse but the name still makes me giggle, as a drinking buddy, after a nigth out in Belco with us, decided she needed food before heading home and so went there. We heard the next day that she got a tad rowdy, cops came, and she dealt with four of them before being persuaded to accompany them to the station.

farnarkler 10:09 am 02 Jan 09

As we’re going through the archives, does anyone remember the name of what was a quite classy nightclub next to Antigo’s around from Baileys arcade? It’s still a club now but back in the early 90’s it was lovely and airconditioned and had a nice crowd. Damned if I can remember the name though!!

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