MEJ Masthead

Where to warm up this winter

Kristen Kipouropoulos

On days when you’re hit with the full force of Canberra’s winter, the temptation to stay inside with a blanket and cup of tea can be overwhelming.

However, there’s no need hibernate once you’ve discovered the warm and wonderful corners of our frostbitten city.

KING O’MALLEY’S

This iconic Canberra pub is ready to keep you nice and warm as the temperature drops and the Canberra cold kicks in. Wrap your hands around a cup of mulled wine, and settle in by the fire or in one of their other intimate indoor spaces.

Prefer the great outdoors? The beer garden is equipped with heating so the drinks can keep flowing without any chills involved.

If you’re looking to parade your intellectual prowess and enjoy an indoor activity this winter, Thursday night is trivia night O’Malleys, and it’s always a hoot.

131 City Walk, Canberra | kingomalleys.com.au | facebook.com/kingomalleys

MOLLY

Be transported to the Prohibition age, with old-fashioned service and skilfully-prepared drinks in an intimate, moody setting. This iconic Canberra bar reopened her doors in the Melbourne Building in March and you’ll find that the drinks are flowing and the jazz is as smooth as ever. This speakeasy will help you escape cold winter nights and guide you back in time.

35°16’44.5″S 149°07’42.0″E | molly.bar | instagram.com/mollybarcanberra

BARRIO COLLECTIVE

A post shared by Barrio (@barriocc) on

A small and personal space, this Lonsdale Street café is always full of loyal local customers pining for their morning coffee fix. If coffee is not your thing, they have a delicious array of carefully curated teas on offer, as well as a seasonal and dynamic food menu. Barrio’s open glass front means you can pull up a stool and watch the winter rainfall whilst being perfectly cosy inside—is there any better feeling?

ORI Building, 59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | barriocollective.com | instagram.com/barriocc

HIPPO CO

Whiskey, cocktails and live music are what Hippo Co have on offer for Canberrans this winter. Relax midweek and sip on a beverage whilst you warm up to the sounds of live local acts—Blues music plays on Monday nights, with jazz on Wednesdays. Wind down, enjoy the dimly lit atmosphere and sip on a glass (or two) of some of the best whiskey the city has to offer.

1/17 Garema Place, Canberra | hippoco.com.au | instagram.com/hippoco_cbr

COFFEE LAB

The wood-panelled interiors and hanging pot plant fixtures of Coffee Lab make for an organic and homely café environment. Always busy with brunch-goers and coffee aficionados, this modern city institution has a delightful and creative menu that can be paired with any one of their excellent caffeine options. For those who choose to sit outside and brave the winter cold, blankets are on offer, so you can snuggle up and simply enjoy.

26 Narellan Place, Canberra | facebook.com/pg/coffeelabcanberra

OVOLO NISHI

The modern stacked concrete fireplace sits adjacent to the reception at Ovolo Nishi and is a magical place to slow down, read a magazine, enjoy a coffee, and simply just be. Accessible to anyone wandering through the hotel, this communal space is lined with plush cushions and acts as the centrepiece for the quietly atmospheric lobby.

25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra | ovolohotels.com.au/ovolonishi | instagram.com/ovolonishicanberra

MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR

The circular gas fireplace in the Salon at Monster Kitchen and Bar is the perfect spot to cosy up with a drink. For an extra special experience, book a ticket to Strings in the Salon: a collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra that includes a two-course lunch, a glass of sparkling and an intimate performance from members of the Orchestra. Find out more here.

25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra | monsterkitchen.com.au | instagram.com/monsterkitchenbar

CAPITAL BREWING CO

Capital Brewing Co is balancing out your cold beer this winter, as they have reinstalled their warm fireplace. Your beer may be refreshing, but you’re sure to stay warm as you sit around the fire and chat with friends and strangers alike in this relaxed community-oriented brewery.

Building 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick | capitalbrewing.co |  instagram.com/capitalbrewing

user

Kristen Kipouropoulos

Kristen is a student at ANU, studying Commerce and International Relations. Born and raised in Melbourne, she's a passionate Canberra-convert, who takes any chance to boast to her friends back home about the capital. When she's not cramming for exams you can catch her rock climbing, playing double bass, and perfecting her winged liner. More about the Author