First look – The Well

Heather Lansdowne 11 August 2015

The University of Canberra has a new go-to watering hole, and its name is The Well.

The student-built, student-run bar popped up during the winter term, and welcomed the start of O week with a bang last week.

The establishment opened its doors to an influx of students and Canberra creatives of all types for its official launch party, and the food, drinks and entertainment didn’t disappoint.


The Well’s cinema-inspired theming provided the perfect inspiration for the night, with guests treated to the bar’s signature Citizen Kane cocktail. Entertainment was provided by Rockabilly band the King Hits as well as Jemist, Bottle Brush and Darcy Welsh.


But the star of the show was undoubtedly the amazing array of delicious savoury and sweet treats on offer (delivered by 50s style roller girls no less).

Head chef Jess Phillips created bite size versions of the all-American menu, including New York sliders, veggie mojo sliders, chilli dogs, southern fried chicken and buffalo wings.


For dessert, she put together a smorgasbord of sugary goodness ranging from nutella cheesecake with crushed oreos to churros cupcakes to chilli chocolate ganache tarts.


“I wanted to incorporate elements from our usual menu, like the cheesecake, as well as some classic American desserts like the lemon meringue pie,” Jess said.

“We also put together a candy bar to complete the quintessential movie experience with small packets of lollies, Twizzlers and peanut butter cups. We even created a bacon-salted popcorn to provide that all important aroma.”

The most mouthwatering of all however, had to be the towering chocolate brownie cake, covered with oreo buttercream, toasted meringue, honeycomb and fresh berries.

And if all those sweets left you feeling a little worse for wear, a 1964 red convertible mustang was even provided as a convenient getaway car.


Now you may think that pulling of an party like this would take an experienced event planner. And while the bar is managed by Chop Shop alum Patrick Rose, I happen to know that he has a lot of help from the Well’s official mascot, Orson.


Orson is a cheeky monster who just wants to make a little mischief and inject some fun into the drudgery of student life.

The Well is open 12pm-late everyday, for more info on events check out

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