Planning a night out in Australia’s capital? Great news – Canberra is home to a ton of fabulous venues.
Whether you’re looking to hit the dance floor and boogie the night away, rock out to live music, or sip an innovative cocktail or two, there’s a nightclub or bar for you.
Below is a list of eight of our top picks. Have a read and get ready for a night to remember.
What Makes a Great Nightclub or Bar?
Here’s what we look for in a fantastic nightclub:
- Good vibes. Nightclubs and bars are for having a good time. Everyone should be happy, chatty, excited, and most importantly, safe.
- An exciting drinks menu. Standard drinks are fine in some situations but if you like to try the latest and greatest, look for a venue with an exciting drinks menu.
- Excellent tunes. From live jazz to 90s pop classics, the best nightclubs and bars in Canberra deliver killer tunes all night long.
- A vibrant calendar of events. Look for regularly organised parties, performances, DJs, and more.
- Tasty treats. It’s not all about the drinks! If you’re feeling peckish, look for a venue that serves up a fun menu of tasty treats.
What else do you look for in a great nightclub or bar?
Canberra’s Best Nightclubs and Bars
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Here’s a handful of fantastic bars and nightclubs in Canberra. All promise an excellent night out.
Mooseheads Pub and Nightclub is enormous – spread across four floors, you will surely find a party atmosphere that ticks all your boxes. The Basement, Nightclub, Top Level, and Pub all have their own bar deliver a top quality service and delicious drinks. So whether you are out for a good dance, a good feed and drink or two, or a catch-up, give Mooseheads a try.
This sleek, hip nightclub is home to a talented group of resident DJs, each adding their own personality to the night. Complete with a stellar bar, Mr Wolf is a must-try.
Cube is so much more than a nightclub. As Canberra’s premier gay venue, it’s a home-away-from-home. Complete with ARIA accredited DJs, this vivacious club brings together people from all walks of life with one goal in mind: to have an incredible time. Cube’s décor includes beds, two-way mirrors, mosaics, and more.
Situated in the heart of Canberra, Hippo Co is a cool, low-lit bar featuring an extensive whiskey and cocktail menu and exposed brick, industrial chic décor. Drop in on a Wednesday for live jazz.
Treehouse is a bar, nightclub, and restaurant positioned in Canberra’s city centre. With live music and a lively calendar of events, Treehouse is the perfect venue for a dance, drink, or chilled night out.
Hang out with the friendly Canberra locals at Polit Bar. This Canberra staple offers a tasty selection of pizzas and bar nibbles, plus a popular range of favourite drinks. With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Polit Bar is the perfect place to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
For more than three decades, The Basement has been one of Canberra’s premier live music venues. Located in Belconnen, this institution brings a wide variety of musical styles and local, national, and international artists to Canberra residents. With a focus on creativity and self-expression, you can enjoy top-quality performances with your favourite drink in hand.
Looking for a late-night lounge or disco-driven adventure? Explore the classic drinks menu, quirky weekend parties, and relaxed atmosphere of Knightsbridge Penthouse. The team behind ‘Knightly’ are connoisseurs of funk and hip-hop, so this bar is ideal for a good old-fashioned boogie.
Your Favourite Nightclub or Bar in Canberra
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What’s your go-to venue in Canberra? Where do you head for a night out with friends, or a quiet drink with your partner? Share your top picks for late-night venues in the comments area below.