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Where do you go when you live in Canberra’s southern suburbs and you feel like a night out with friends with some quality food and drinks, but you can’t face the trek into the city or even Kingston?
That was the motivation for the owners behind Woden watering hole Fenway Public House when it opened back in early 2019. And almost exactly two years later, it remains one of the only venues of its kind in the area.
When it opened, Fenway Public House helped kick off the transformation of Bradley Street at Westfield Woden from a car park to a pedestrian and dining precinct, with even more eateries still to come on the strip.
The new watering hole was all about giving southsiders their long-awaited local, and proudly declared, “We were made for each other” via a neon sign at the front door.
The venue’s name is inspired by beloved Boston baseball stadium, Fenway Park, and inside you’ll find plenty of lush foliage and greenery, a nod to the nickname of the left field wall at Fenway Park—the Green Monster.
Despite a sporty name, Fenway isn’t actually a sports bar. It is a great spot to watch a game, and they will be showing all of the Brumbies and Raiders games live, along with a whole host of other matches. But Fenway’s main focus is on creating a great spot to eat, drink and relax with friends and family.
On the all-day, seasonal menu you’ll find plenty of pub classics as well as more sophisticated fare, and they’re always trying to push the boundaries between pub food and fine dining. Parmiagianas, burgers and pizzas sit on the menu alongside pasta, fresh seafood specials, and a 1.5-kilogram wagyu Tomahawk steak.
There are 20 beers on tap, plus an ever-changing and inventive cocktail list, and they’ve become well-known for their ‘Mini Beer’ shots. They were the first place in Canberra to offer the shots, served in a miniature schooner glass, and while there’s no actual beer in there, the mix of Licor 43 and heavy cream ends up looking like a tiny pint.
Fenway has also become well-known for their live music on the weekend, attracting a regular crowd for their rotating calendar of local artists and new Sunday DJ sessions. And it has become a popular spot for functions, from intimate events for up to 30 people upstairs in the dedicated mezzanine function space, right through to booking out the whole venue to cater for up to 200 people.
If you’re yet to visit Fenway and you work in the area, keep an eye out for their new mid-week lunch specials being launched soon.
Or looking for a cosy weeknight date idea? As the days get cooler, they’re set to re-launch their popular Tuesday jazz nights.
What: Fenway Public House
Where: Woden Dining, Bradley Street, Westfield Woden
When: Open Wednesday to Sunday from midday to late
Phone: (02) 6281 6333