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Alfresco Ways to Enjoy the Weekend Ahead

Eilish Rehwinkel

With the weather finally heating up, why not spend your weekend outdoors?

From tapas on the terrace to a sparkling garden bar, there are plenty of things happening to help you unwind and relax in the Nation’s capital.



Indulge in aperitifs and antipasto on the shady terrace at Buvette every Friday afternoon during summer from 4-6pm.

Set outdoors in the Parisian-style Buvette Terrace, enjoy the spring weather with $8 basics, $12 cocktails, complimentary nibbles and food specials including charcuterie, parfaits and cheese platters. Their all day dining menu is also available so you can slide from nibbles into dinner if you so please.

Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House


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Celebrate the end of the working week, and say hello to the weekend with Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House. Situated in the sunny courtyard, enjoy some food and drinks with friends while listening to the live music on offer – from DJ sets to acoustic acts.

Pop-Up bars will offer Fat Yak, Pimms and Tanqueray Gin for you to sip as you relax on deck chairs, or get involved with lawn games. There will be a new theme every session, so make sure to like the Museum of Australian Democracy on Facebook, to receive updates and find out what’s in store for this Friday night.

Mint Garden Bar at Gorman House

Mint Garden Bat

Mint Garden Bar

Bring in the weekend with some relaxed cocktails and canapés at the Mint Garden Bar at Gorman House this Friday night. Set amidst beautiful heritage gardens, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a classic European terrace bar, without even leaving the city. Treat yourself with a cocktail or two – made with premium ingredients, and fresh picked herbs from the garden.

If that’s not your thing, don’t worry, as there are plenty of local wines and boutique beers to quench you thirst. Mint Garden Bar is the perfect place to unwind with friends – the epitome of tranquillity.

Summer on the Terrace at Parlour


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New Acton’s Parlour hosts Summer on the Terrace all Summer long. This weekend, why not bathe in the sun and try the delicious tapas, or watch the sun go down as you try an authentic house cocktail.

For only $15 you can quench your thirst with a tasty G&T and two freshly shucked, scrumptious Tuross Heads Sydney Rock Oysters!


Eilish Rehwinkel

Eilish is a home body who loves tea, art, pot plants, DIY projects, spontaneous singing, her rascally dog Tai and her football fanatic partner. She’ll never pass up the opportunity to go for a road trip and enjoys discovering cute cafes and boutique shops with her besties. Having grown up on the outskirts of Canberra, she has a deep appreciation for the natural world around her. She has also lived in the beautiful city of Wellington, and a piece of her heart still lives across the Tasman Sea. More about the Author

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