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No Bull: fancy eats get casual at Tipsy Bull

Beatrice Smith

Lonsdale Street isn’t your typical eat street.

But a cheeky Instagram and a packed first weekend tip me off that something might be a bit different at Tipsy Bull, which opened next to Hopscotch late last week. Similar in layout to its next door neighbour, Tipsy Bull sprawls across the entirety of its impressive floorspace with a chic beer garden and cool, wood panelled interior.


Image: Martin Ollman.

“We want Tipsy Bull to be somewhere that you can choose your own adventure – settle into a cosy corner, lounge in the sun soaking up a delicious cocktail or grab a quick bite,” explains owner Joe.

“You’ll see that our menu is eclectically inspired by Spanish, European, and Asian flavours. It’s all designed for sharing and is constantly changing to feature local and seasonal produce or to showcase quirky combos dreamed up by our chef.”

Joe isn’t kidding, the menu is diverse – but with a space this big, it’s understandable that ‘broader is better’. From their cheeky online persona, it’s obvious that Tipsy Bull want to appeal to those who like it fancy, but not pretentious. Those who appreciate a decent ceviche, without the accompanying white table cloth.

“Don’t expect anything too posh, that’s not how we roll,” says Joe. “We call it ‘friendly fine-ish dining’. What Braddon needed was a really cool, relaxed venue.”

Image: Anisa Sabet.

Image: Anisa Sabet.

While the menu will rotate seasonally, what stands out at first glance is the Sweet and sour pork belly with fried shallots and the Ricotta gnocchi with wild mushroom, peas, duck broth and truffle oil, although Joe says that the Yakitori Fried Chicken has been the most popular menu item so far.

With sharing in mind, the menu is very reasonably priced for the city and all dishes are surprisingly affordable when split between two. Joe even tells me they’re planning a really special brunch menu for the weekends, topped off with a “super” Bloody Mary.

What’s more – they’re hoping to be the solution to an issue that has pained many a city worker—a lack of food service between lunch and dinner hours in the CBD—with their full menu available from 12pm onwards with no break.

Image: Martin Ollman.

Image: Martin Ollman.

Lonsdale Street may be an eat street, but when you actually think about it, there aren’t too many places that will serve you a decent cocktail. This is a fact Tipsy Bull is hoping to exploit. Their motto “fine cocktails, served fancy” might sound laissez faire but it’s obvious that they’ve gone above and beyond to make their drinks offerings stand out – just wait until you see their G&Ts.

Cocktails range from summer favourites like Aperol Spritzes served in hefty highballs to delicate rose petal garnished offerings in a coupe. Similar to their food menu – there’s something for everyone’s ideal summer afternoon.

“The cocktail menu is full of the good old fashioned classics (with our tipsy touch) and a few fresh twists for those looking to try something new,” explains Joe.

Could this be the casual yet chic, diverse yet delicious all day, all night venue the city needs? We certainly hope so.

the essentials

What: Tipsy Bull
Where: ⅖ Lonsdale Street, Braddon
When: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm until late
Instagram: @tipsybullcbr


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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