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Five to try … bars with fireplaces

By Olivia_Congdon - 2 June 2016 12

Winter has thrust itself upon us, and going out doesn’t seem so appealing on these freezing cold Canberran nights. However, don’t be put off immediately from stepping foot outside your cosy abode. Gather up your coat, your scarf and your friends and try out these five Canberra bars and restaurants which all feature a fireplace. They are guaranteed to keep you warm and toasty on the inside and out.

Bar Rochford

Bar Rochford
Photo credit: @barrochford
Bar Rochford is that kid in your class who was magically great at sport, secured straight-As, and was also a genuinely nice person — it has it all. This wine bar opened only a few months ago, and they have inserted the fireplace even more recently. The wine list definitely cements its place as a number spot for vino’clock, but Bar Rochford doesn’t stop there. It also has excellent tapas that anyone who’s tried can’t stop raving about. Then there’s the quality range of cocktails, beers and ciders, excellent service and a cosy booth-style fit-out that makes Bar Rochford a top choice for your wintry night out. Make a bee-line straight to that table near the fireplace, and enjoy. Find out more: http://www.barrochford.com/

Monster [1391343]

Monster Kitchen and Bar
Photo credit: @thiscanberralife
Monster is located in New Acton, in the Hotel Hotel precinct. Monster is known for its fantastic seasonal food menu and gorgeous interior, in the trendy part of town. The fireplace is no exception to their artsy vibe — it is open and circular, allowing patrons to sit around it, alluding to a campfire style. It’s well worth coming out for. Find out more: http://monsterkitchen.com.au/

Old Canberra Inn
Old Canberra Inn
Photo credit: @old_canberra_inn
For a more traditional pub with a fireplace feel, head to Old Canberra Inn. The cosy British pub thing is sometimes all you need to spice up your winter evening, and they deliver that beautifully with two fireplaces in the bar. Old Canberra Inn is Canberra’s oldest pub, so there’s some heritage there to check out! Find out more: http://www.oldcanberrainn.com.au/

George Harcourt Inn [1391342]

George Harcourt Inn
Photo: @leehardwick
George Harcourt Inn is another cosy pub that acts as the perfect haven from the harsh elements outside. The food is traditional pub food, but done really well (you can’t go past their chicken schnitzels) and they have a great range of beers and ciders on tap. The décor is cosy, even paired with a taxidermy fox above the fireplace. There are also fire drums in their outdoor area, if you’d like some extra space. The George is a real experience that will be sure to liven up your dreary evening. Find out more: http://www.georgeharcourt.com/

Walt & Burley

Walt and Burley
Photo credit: @ambermaddigan
Along the Kingston foreshore you are pretty well spoilt for choice but my pick of south-side fireplace-equipped venues is Walt and Burley. This classy pub has a lovely atmosphere, and you can warm up inside next to the fire, whilst looking over the lake and enjoying a wintry beverage. They have a great range of dinner options as well, so settle in. Find out more: http://www.waltandburley.com.au/

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12 Responses to
Five to try … bars with fireplaces
HenryBG 11:18 am 04 Jun 16

The fireplaces at Monster may be a “visual gimmick” but you can’t deny the heat they put out. It’s great if you can score a nearby seat.

I haven’t been yet – the hipster beard and fawn stovepipe duds is compulsory uniform to enter, right?

HenryBG 11:17 am 04 Jun 16

Some people may look back fondly on when Mooseheads (very briefly) had a fireplace back in 2002 😉

Cotter Pub had fireplaces – great place to have a beer and a game of pool in the middle of winter after a hike…

dungfungus 5:01 pm 03 Jun 16

Who can remember the fireplace at Cotter Pub?

jason_marsh 3:51 pm 03 Jun 16

Old Canberra Inn looks really warm and cosy ! I was looking for a place to go on my birthday. Thanks for sharing.

MERC600 2:01 pm 03 Jun 16

The Henry Gratten tavern which used to be in Phillip, had a great fire. It was a race between the fire or the Guinness to warm you up. R.I.P.

MonarchRepublic 11:15 am 03 Jun 16

Some people may look back fondly on when Mooseheads (very briefly) had a fireplace back in 2002 😉

Holden Caulfield 11:06 am 03 Jun 16

gazket said :

The Services club in Manuka had a great fireplace.
3 of the above are visual gimmicks, not fireplaces.

The fireplaces at Monster may be a “visual gimmick” but you can’t deny the heat they put out. It’s great if you can score a nearby seat.

blandone 8:24 am 03 Jun 16

Rose Cottage has a few fireplaces, inside & out.

Alexandra Craig 7:43 am 03 Jun 16

I think Civic Pub has a couple of real fireplaces 🙂 They have at least one, anyway.

HenryBG 6:58 am 03 Jun 16

The Services club in Manuka had a great fireplace.
3 of the above are visual gimmicks, not fireplaces.

Mordd 12:43 am 03 Jun 16

Great article, i’ll have to check some of these out. The circular firepit with the seating around it looks neat!

molongloid 4:49 pm 02 Jun 16

And to the West there’s the Pot Belly Bar, in Belco. http://www.potbellybar.com.au/

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