Nightspots for grown-ups?

jackofall 7 September 2009 50

Hi – we’re new to Canberra and would like to know the best nightclubs/bars etc for grown-ups – ie: we’re over 30.

Looking for a good atmosphere, live music, but where you can still have a conversation – if such a place exists.

Thanks in advance for any practical advice.


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peterh peterh 4:20 pm 21 Sep 09

well, I ventured up to the galaxy nightclub on saturday night, just to see what it was like. it was essentially like a school dance, except you could buy booze. The songs were all known to me, and I had a cracker of a night. Caught up with people I went to school with, both from charnwood high and copland college, and didn’t have to worry about what others thought while we were dancing. I think I will go back, it is a great night out, and $10 is far, far cheaper than the cover was at the labor club all those years ago…

Thumper Thumper 1:06 pm 11 Sep 09

Dinky yes. But I love it 😉

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:15 am 11 Sep 09

The George Harcourt? I damn near peed myself when I saw that “Odle English Pub,” for the first time.

peterh peterh 9:31 am 11 Sep 09

Thumper said :

The pubs I haunted in England were dark, low ceiling places like the George harcourt. I loved them.

Cornwall is great. Best pubs in the world. Ms Thumper and I spent much time in said pubs in places like Tintagel, St Austel, Boscastle, etc… 😉

And for you travellers, there is a massive Irish pub in the terminal of Dubai airport. I got pissed there with a variety of Irish, English, Kiwis at 4.00am waiting for a flight to London 😉

The george harcourt went off the boil for me after they stopped thursday nights with maggie and foxy – it was a good old covers night, and topped off with a pickled egg (which I note have disappeared from the harcourt) it really was the best local at the time. I still go there, but it really isn’t the same. Wonder if they get bands like the feldons to play there, ever?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:53 pm 10 Sep 09

Thumper said :

The pubs I haunted in England were dark, low ceiling places like the George harcourt. I loved them.

Cornwall is great. Best pubs in the world. Ms Thumper and I spent much time in said pubs in places like Tintagel, St Austel, Boscastle, etc… 😉

“Betty Stogs”, from Skinners Ales (Cornwall) was voted best beer in the UK by CAMRA last year.

And for you travellers, there is a massive Irish pub in the terminal of Dubai airport. I got pissed there with a variety of Irish, English, Kiwis at 4.00am waiting for a flight to London 😉

One in Heathrow too. Bloody corporate crap gets everywhere.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:58 pm 10 Sep 09

MartyMcFly said :

Edit: although sometimes the music can be pretty average to be honest.

And they don’t have full sized pool tables either. Last time I was there everyone had resorted to playing pocket-billiards.

MartyMcFly MartyMcFly 3:18 pm 10 Sep 09

Edit: although sometimes the music can be pretty average to be honest.

MartyMcFly MartyMcFly 3:17 pm 10 Sep 09

ClubX isnt too bad… i’ve been there and find it a nice atmosphere… and im over 30 too!

Thumper Thumper 10:25 am 10 Sep 09

The pubs I haunted in England were dark, low ceiling places like the George harcourt. I loved them.

Cornwall is great. Best pubs in the world. Ms Thumper and I spent much time in said pubs in places like Tintagel, St Austel, Boscastle, etc… 😉

And for you travellers, there is a massive Irish pub in the terminal of Dubai airport. I got pissed there with a variety of Irish, English, Kiwis at 4.00am waiting for a flight to London 😉

Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:22 am 10 Sep 09

Graham Cooke said :

If you’re prepared to pay the joining fee the National Press Club has music on Thursdays and Fridays. Fridays is jazz supplied by the School of Music and is strictly background.

Given the caliber of the regular players at the NPC, it’s ludicrous that they’re limited to playing aural wallpaper.

Thumper Thumper 10:18 am 10 Sep 09

Ginger room at OPH on Fridays…

Graham Cooke Graham Cooke 9:26 am 10 Sep 09

If you’re prepared to pay the joining fee the National Press Club has music on Thursdays and Fridays. Fridays is jazz supplied by the School of Music and is strictly background.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 9:24 am 10 Sep 09

I fully agree PB. My experience of pubs in rural Ireland bears no resemblance to the ersatz low ceilinged, wood panelled, dimly lit establishments we have over here. The majority of country pubs I came across in Ireland seemed to be made of besa-brick, with concrete floors. They were furnished with cheap plastic outdoor furniture and lit by a barrage of fluro tubes. It was the characters in the pubs that made you forget the eastern-bloc decor. The beer, the laughter, the singing is what made these places special.

busgirl busgirl 8:41 am 10 Sep 09

Have to agree Pommy bastard. Many moons ago I remember going to Corny’s Pub in Tipperary…I will never forget the ‘music corner’. They try here…but you can never beat the real deal.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:21 am 10 Sep 09

Lets face it people, the only real Irish pubs are in Ireland (and the pubs in Wales and Cornwall are better in any case.)

Anyone thinking they are getting an “Irish pub experience” in Aus, NZ the USA or anywhere outside of Ireland is either delusional or happy with fifth rate watered down cack.

farnarkler farnarkler 9:19 pm 09 Sep 09

It must be said there are a few whales at Galaxy but as for cougars, they’re pretty rare unless women aged in their mid to late 30’s could be classed as cougars. Anyway, the reason why management doubled the price to get in is to keep the young ones away.

peterh peterh 5:21 pm 09 Sep 09

j from the block said :

peterh said :

busgirl said :

As for a good irish pub, it helps to have some irish people working the bar.
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Ah, we lost our boy with Irish accent last week, there goes our Irishness!

just wait for the influx in late spring / early summer. australia is a magnet for the irish, it is just like home, only warmer.

j from the block j from the block 1:38 pm 09 Sep 09

peterh said :

busgirl said :

As for a good irish pub, it helps to have some irish people working the bar.
.

Ah, we lost our boy with Irish accent last week, there goes our Irishness!

chewy14 chewy14 12:31 pm 09 Sep 09

busgirl said :

Puhleeease…let’s face it…those males who embark on so-called ‘whaling expeditions’ only do so because they know they are in for a ‘sure thing’ and it is the only way they’re ever likely to get a leg over that night. ‘Expeditions’ are intentional not accidental…

Or they are taking one for the team with the whale, so their mate can get in with the “hot friend”, without being interrupted by said whale.

peterh peterh 10:12 am 09 Sep 09

busgirl said :

Puhleeease…let’s face it…those males who embark on so-called ‘whaling expeditions’ only do so because they know they are in for a ‘sure thing’ and it is the only way they’re ever likely to get a leg over that night. ‘Expeditions’ are intentional not accidental…

some of us go out to these venues in the dim hope of making a new friend. I have been to galaxy, i have seen the crowd in there, and if you added naked dancers, it would be knights all over again.

As for a good irish pub, it helps to have some irish people working the bar.

I live near the chisholm tavern, and used to live near the kambah tavern. these places can get rough, but there is always music at these venues, sure, it is mostly covers, but it is still an enjoyable night out.

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