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Keep the booze flowing for better tourism reviews

By johnboy 16 June 2009 19

Visit Canberra’s had a little coup bringing an AAP journo here for a junket tour of the cocktail bars after which the journo appears to have gone away very impressed, albeit dropping around 300,000 people off the population of the city.

It’s had a run in the major league travel section under the headline: “Sexy little city Canberra comes of age”

Aside from saying Canberra is a city of 40,000 people the author also lists “some of the hippest establishments Canberra has to offer” as: Parlour Wine Room, Hippo Bar, Knightsbridge Penthouse, and The Julip Lounge.

I’ll agree they’re all very nice (more so if someone else is buying the drinks), but are there any names you’d add to that list?

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Fiveby5 9:00 pm 16 Jun 09

HaHa Bar and Pot Belly in Belconnen are cool little venues.

And the Fighthouse, the journo should’ve gone on ladies night, it’s a sight to behold!

Whatsup 8:09 pm 16 Jun 09

Zierholtz !

GardeningGirl 7:45 pm 16 Jun 09

I always find outsiders views of Canberra interesting so thanks for the link.
A small aside if I may, I hope some more articles will be forthcoming as a result of the visit. I don’t think Canberra’s nightlife alone would bring a rush of tourists.

Thumper 6:42 pm 16 Jun 09

Yeah I like the Phoenix as well. Comfortable place.

astrojax 6:32 pm 16 Jun 09

i hesitate to add it after the tweed affair, but i’d also add wig and pen as nowhere else, sydney and melbourne included, do you get these brews.

and think he drunkenly left a ‘0’ off the population, having seen it bigger than it really is first…

peterh 5:37 pm 16 Jun 09

considering that i don’t go to bars or pubs for the booze these days, but rather the atmosphere, I really like the phoenix. The band nights are great. I enjoy interaction between the patrons and the non drinkers like me. I really like the level of customer service that you receive by the bar staff.

johnboy 5:13 pm 16 Jun 09

Last warning on topicality Al.

Email me if you want to discuss it.

Gungahlin Al 5:11 pm 16 Jun 09

johnboy said :

We’ll organise get togethers when we want to thanks Al.

Back on topic please. And if we can keep suggestions serious that would be nice.

As I recall JB, it wasn’t an RA-sponsored event then, but that didn’t stop it from being a good evening for those who attended, and made for better relationships between some contributors (Danman, Thumper, Aeek, others I can’t remember). What’s with the “our way or the highway” business?

AngryHenry 4:29 pm 16 Jun 09

peterh said :

jim, so does the Kambah inn. But you wouldn’t take tourists there…

No but an anthropologist would find it an absolute hoot…

On the srious side of the fence now I think Trinity definitely should get a mention.

Although there is a cocktail they used to make there called ‘Absinthe Minded’ that is sadly no longer on the menu… That drink used to knock me on my date many times!!! It was GREAT!

peterh 4:17 pm 16 Jun 09

jim, so does the Kambah inn. But you wouldn’t take tourists there…

Jim Jones 4:14 pm 16 Jun 09

Wanniassa Tavern has got a certain charm to it.

peterh 4:13 pm 16 Jun 09

does All Bar fall into the right category? definitely a winner with visitors.

johnboy 4:08 pm 16 Jun 09

We’ll organise get togethers when we want to thanks Al.

Back on topic please. And if we can keep suggestions serious that would be nice.

Gungahlin Al 4:05 pm 16 Jun 09

Speaking of the Harcourt, it’s been a year since we had a little RA get-together out there. (I remember because it was bloody cold outside…) Anyone interested?

S4anta 3:59 pm 16 Jun 09


Thumper 3:45 pm 16 Jun 09

George Harcourt. Okay, it’s hardly hip but it’s warm and inviting and quite comfortable in an old English sort of way.

AngryHenry 3:40 pm 16 Jun 09

The Old Canberra Inn and the Mitchell Tavern.

toriness 12:39 pm 16 Jun 09

i just came across the same article in SMH….

i would add trinity.

caf 12:03 pm 16 Jun 09

Muddle Bar

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