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In high society: Canberra gets its first rooftop bar, The Howling Moon

By Daniella Jukic 2 August 2018 0
Guy Richardson and Kim-ling Richardson

Guy Richardson and Kim-ling Richardson at the official launch of The Howling Moon.

Rooftop bars are synonymous with big cities, and finally, Canberra can join the club with the official launch of The Howling Moon at the Rex Hotel on Northbourne.

Boasting panoramic views of the city, this newish venue is the perfect watering hole for after-work drinks on a Friday, (or Thursday, if the week is too long!),

VIP guests were treated to cocktails and an exclusive tasting from its Tame the Wild menu while local DJ Ashley Feraude spun the decks.

While classic cocktails are great, I prefer to walk on the wild side and sampled some from their signature menu instead, to go with the perfect antipasto platter.

As a new fan of gin, the ‘Mellow Melon’ was irresistible. With a gin base, it is balanced with watermelon, vanilla liqueur and apple juice (I’ll be back for more soon!).

The Howling Moon is a gorgeous place to relax, with an additional bar below connected by a dramatic glass staircase.

To round up the night, patrons can move down to the elegant Swan & King, which offers an extensive cocktail menu and an ambient setting.

Abuzz with energy and celebration, the official launch attracted a number of Canberra’s socialites who caught my eye.

Sarafina Manyang and Janette Wojtaszak

Sarafina Manyang and Janette Wojtaszak.

Grant Heino and Andrew Giddings.

Grant Heino and Andrew Giddings.

Molly Usher Clarke, Lee Usher-Clarke and Olivia Meenie.

Molly Usher Clarke, Lee Usher-Clarke and Olivia Meenie.

Neon Sign Stay wild

Jackie Gregory and Emma Nobel

Jackie Gregory and Emma Nobel.

Michelle Ho and Nathan Harradine-hale.

Michelle Ho and Nathan Harradine-Hale.

Mark Willoughby, Jewels Major and Neill Van Der Walt

Mark Willoughby, Jewels Major and Neill Van Der Walt.

Glenn Keys and Robyn Hendry

Glenn Keys and Robyn Hendry.

Julie Mckenzie and Emma Bickley

Julie Mckenzie and Emma Bickley.

Prudence Card and Emma Bishop.

Prudence Card and Emma Bishop.

Greg Taylor and Maurits de Graeff

Greg Taylor and Maurits de Graeff.

Photography by: We Are Found

The Howling Moon: Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.

Open: Wednesday – Thursday, 4 – 10 pm; Friday – Saturday, 4 pm- 12 am; Sunday, 2- 9 pm.  

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