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Seven ways to ring in the election this Saturday

Chloe Lester

It’s hard to avoid talk of the 2016 Federal Election, with the Australian public going to the voting booths this Saturday 2 July.

For those with a keen interest in politics it’s a bit of a spectator sport and there are plenty of places in Canberra to watch the results roll in. Here are seven ways to ring in the election of the 45th Parliament of Australia:


The Forage at Little National Hotel. Take a break before or after voting and indulge in Canberra’s best street food, wine and produce, followed by an afternoon of entertainment between 2pm – 7pm.

Bombolini Doughnuts, Marshpillows Marshmallows, Loose Gourmet Churros, Sweet Bones Cakes and Burra Berkshires are just some of the ‘sweet things‘ featuring on the impressive lineup of vendors. Stay tuned for our top five savoury picks for The Forage.

Little National Carpark, 21 National Circuit, Barton |


As well as being an official polling place to cast your vote for the 2016 Federal Election, Old Parliament House will be running some family-friendly activities, including badge making and a mini-election in the ‘PLAY UP’ exhibition space. There will also be a sausage sizzle and a chance for you to learn some quirky facts about the election.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace |


Braddon’s Hopscotch have come up with an ingenious way to get even the most jaded Canberrans voting early. Through beer and cocktails, of course. They’ve been running their highly unofficial but highly entertaining ‘Beer Democracy Poll’ for a few weeks now through drink choices aligned with political parties.

They’ll cap it off with an election party this Saturday night and see who will get to ‘govern the bar’ so get along and enjoy a ‘Liberal Lagoon’, ‘Labor Cosmo’ or ‘Greens Slipper’ cocktail and cast your vote!

Hopscotch, 11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |


The National Press Club is hosting Election Night coverage in the Club Lounge from 5.30 pm. A special Election Night menu will be on offer, with coverage on the screens. NPC Membership is required, with social memberships available to purchase.

National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton |


Lucky’s Speakeasy at QT Canberra will be hosting a gathering, kicking off from 5pm. Happy Hour begins at six until eight pm, with $5 spirits, wine and select beers and several $10 cocktails. There’s also the possibility of “a selfie with the future leader of our nation”. Sounds interesting!

Lucky’s Speakeasy, QT Canberra. 1 London Circuit |


Polit Bar, in Manuka, will celebrate their 3rd anniversary AND Election Night on Saturday with their own “National Tally Room” from 5pm. Special guest “K. Rudd” will be hosting the night, with promises of other special guests! Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Polit Bar, upstairs 8 Franklin St, Manuka |


For those who prefer to watch the coverage at home, why not indulge your inner political nerd with your own election party and some election-themed games?

Political trivia, bets on who wins each electorate, or possibly a political catch phrase drinking game?

Have we missed an election party? Email us at [email protected] to add your event to the list.


Chloe Lester

Chloe has joined the HerCanberra team as a writing intern and has recently completed her double-degree in Graphic Design and Advertising Communications. She works as a freelance Graphic Designer and is passionate about Canberra’s growing arts culture and all things creative. She is a lover of travel and chai tea, and when she’s not by her laptop creating eclectic designs, you will find her perusing the sweets section at cafes, stalking minimalist interiors on Pinterest and exploring one of Canberra’s beautiful nature walks. More about the Author

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