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10+ places for a ‘Summer Session’

Belinda Neame

“Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move your dancing feet.”

Canberra comes to life in Summer. The balmy weather is made for al fresco dining, drinks and music. Here are 10+ of our favourite places to indulge in a summer session. Grab your friends and settle in.


Every Friday until 18 March, pop-up bar picnic at the National Library of Australia will be offering classic drinks like gin and tonics, wine, spirits and craft beers from the outdoor bar; as well as live cooking demonstrations and a live DJ. In addition to the demonstrations, the outdoor kitchen will be serving Asian food inspired by the Celestial Empire exhibition: freshly made fried rice or noodle with a choice of beef, chicken, tofu or prawn skewers or a steamer basket of Yum Cha favourites.

The Terrace, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes | Facebook @bookplatecafe 

Old Parliament House

Unwind from the week and kick-start the weekend with your colleagues and friends in the historic courtyard of Old Parliament House. From 4pm each Friday, you can enjoy live DJs, delicious snacks and chilled cocktails all the way through until March.

18 King George Terrace, Parkes |

National Portrait Gallery

Put some culture in your Friday nights at the National Portrait Gallery’s summer late night openings, running until 26 February. Every Friday until 8pm there’ll be special Sex, murder and mayhem tours through the spooky exhibition Sideshow Alley: infamy, the macabre and the portrait, as well as a variety of performances.

King Edward Terrace, Parkes |


Honkytonks will play host to live bands every Saturday this summer. Open from 12pm for lunch, live acts kick off at 6pm followed by DJ’s at 8pm.  No cover charge just live tunes, cold beverages and awesome vibes.

5 Garema Place, Canberra City |


Friday nights at A.BAKER are set in the Old Oak Tree Courtyard. Grab a deck chair and chill out with a pop-up bar, street food, boutique beers and live performers.  It all starts at 6pm and entry is free.

15 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon |

Mint Garden Bar

Running through to the end of March, Friday nights at Mint Garden Bar will be about live music by local artists, happy hour from 5pm – 7pm and beer and pizza combos from $15.  On a beautiful summer evening, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Batman Street, Braddon |


With a new, fresh summer menu, get along to Edgar’s at the Ainslie shops to enjoy summer sessions every Sunday. Live music starts at 4pm and goes through to 7pm featuring local talent.

1 Edgar St, Ainslie |

Sub Urban

Sub Urban will play host to live music performances from 3pm – 6pm throughout summer with their ‘Sounds on Sunday’ series. Enjoy live tunes with $10 Mojitos and $15 Canadian club jugs.

Cnr Cape & Woolley Sts, Dickson |


Sunday summer sessions at Hopscotch will include ‘Poptails’ and kegged cocktails  from ‘Popscotch’ (the outdoor bar), as well as an array of spirits, beers and wines. Grab a bite to eat from the outdoor spit and enjoy live acoustic sessions and DJs.

5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |

54 Benjamin

Everyone knows nothing goes better with a Saturday afternoon than a few cold bevs and some live music. Every Saturday from 5pm, 54 Benjamin is putting on some sweet sweet tunes and good times from some of their favourite local acts.

54 Benjamin Way, Belconnen |

Aviary Rooftop Container Bar

It has one of the best views in town and now Aviary Rooftop Container Bar at Westside Acton Park is celebrating the weekend with ‘FRIDAYS from FIVE’. Each Friday, DJs spin R&B tunes, food from The One, $10 cocktails and a beer of the week.

On 17 February, Aviary also kicks off The Thursdays Games, and there’ll be Somersby Cider Sunset Sessions on Sundays. 

3 Barrine Drive, Acton |


Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author

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