Classic corner pubs are a rarity in Canberra. It seems country towns have a pub on every corner, but Canberra trends more towards trendy hidden bars and industrial-chic brew pubs.
But in Dickson’s ever-popular dining precinct, the Dickson Taphouse is serving up classic corner pub hospitality, and more!
Owned by the group behind The Old Canberra Inn and Kingston cocktail bar Queenies, Dickson Taphouse opened its doors in April 2021 replacing the (appallingly named) Ducks Nuts.
A good local is an essential service in any community and, with so many new apartments popping up in and around Dickson, the Taphouse is buzzing any night of the week, with good reason.
Walking in, the first thing you’ll notice is the bar where 18 taps are pouring a rotation of Australian craft beers. Stick with an ever-quaffable Capital Brewing XPA or check out the blackboard for a taste of something new. The staff really know their stuff and they’ll be able to offer you recommendations and even give you a sample if you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to a full pint of something unusual.
For non-beer lovers, there’s generally a cider or ginger beer on tap and the wine list is full of Canberra region classics: you can’t go wrong with a Nick O’Leary Riesling.
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Perch yourself at a high-top table, sink into a booth or call dibs on the old-school leather wingback chairs to enjoy your pint. There’s restaurant seating inside for family meals and outdoor seating, wine barrels and stools on the street corner. Once the construction on Woolley Street is completed, this will be the best spot to soak up some sunshine during a summer arvo sesh.
The Taphouse has put together a packed schedule with specials, live music, and events. Local musicians feature at the weekly Sunday sessions, and there’s a popular trivia night every Wednesday from 6:30 pm. Thursday is Flight Night: for $20, the bar staff will curate a tasting paddle with four craft beers.
A popular happy hour is on between 4 and 6 pm on weekdays, and if you’re watching your wallet make sure you visit on a Monday for the ‘two for one’ pasta special. All their pasta is made fresh in-house using Australian durum wheat flour with a few different shapes to choose from. There’s a mix of traditional sauces, and a couple that might shock Nonna (but are nevertheless extremely tasty). Try the spring veggies with jalapeno pesto for a vegetarian feast, or the pork, beef and fennel meatballs are enough to make a carnivore break out into song.
You can also get the pasta for only $15 at lunchtime and yes, there’s a gluten-free option!
The whole menu is good solid pub fare with a little extra flair: even the fries come with pecorino and rosemary salt. You can’t go wrong with their tasty burgers, but the real magic happens in the snacks and the specials. The kimchi arancini are so moreishly good you’ll want to order an extra serve for the table! The sardines are also very tasty, and wouldn’t be out of place on the menu of an upmarket wine bar.
The menu changes seasonally and the weekly specials are announced on social media and are always worth checking out, especially the tacos!
Whether you drop in for a post-work pint, stick around for dinner, or swing past for a drink after dinner elsewhere on Woolley Street, there’s a reason to visit the Dickson Taphouse any night of the week.
The Dickson Taphouse is located at 30 Woolley street Dickson. Open seven days a week from 11:30 am to 12 am.
Check their Facebook or Instagram pages for weekly specials and events