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Sick of the same old? We’ve got you covered with these four new places to drink in Canberra.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to catch up with friends or to ring in the weekend, these bars should be at the top of your list.

Negozio by Amelia

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Just like walking through Nonna’s pantry, Negozio by Amelia at Canberra Centre promises sensory overload.

And while it operates seven days a week as a café, providing fresh-made real panini, piadine (Italian street food—flat bread with two-three fillings), coffee, savoury pastries and more, the store is also licensed to sell a range of Italian wines, liquors and spirits.

Available to both enjoy in store and for purchase, Fridays mean late night shopping—antipasto with a glass of wine or an Aperol Spritz anyone?

Canberra Centre Beauty Garden (behind Raku) | Open seven days a week, 9 am-5 pm and Fridays until 9pm |


Credit: Pew Pew Studio.

Okay…so Highball isn’t technically new. But after months of being closed it’s now bigger, better and a little more boujee.

The cocktail list is as tropical and fresh as it ever was while the menu will include a larger array of South American-inspired share plates—think Canadian scallop ceviche, with mezcal compressed watermelon, pickled cucumber, avocado, and corn chips, or an ‘El Jefe’ Cubano of Mojo roasted pork shoulder, leg ham, mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese on Cuban bread.

Highball, welcome back! We have missed you so.

Melbourne Building, 77 London Circuit, Civic | Open seven days a week, 4 pm until late |

Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes. Credit: Adam McGrath, @hcreations72

Say hello to classic cocktails and glamour. Inspired by the soulful songs of Frank Sinatra and the bars he would have frequented, Blue Eyes Bar & Lounge is open in to Garema Place to bring a touch of indulgence and opulence.

And with a curated menu of oysters, charcuterie, caviar and expertly crafted signature cocktails as well as plush velvet curtains, glittering chandeliers, intimate booths as well as a mini stage for live music, it sounds like the perfect taste of old Hollywood magic.

Level 1/5, Garema Place | Open Wednesday, 4 pm – 11 pm, Thursday, 4 pm – 12 am, Friday, 4 pm – 1 am and Saturday 4 pm – 1 am |

Snapper and Co

Canberra’s best fish and chips just got better. While we know it’s not technically ‘new’, when Canberra’s much-loved lakeside destination Snapper & Co. closed in May for redevelopment, it promised to return bigger and better. Well, it’s now open, and we can confirm it has ticked all the boxes.

Think new additions like The Deck—boasting glorious lake views, this new indoor dining space is also La Niña-friendly—the Container Bar, a gelato bar, loads of seating, a casual dining menu and unrivalled views. As well as Snapper & Co’s famed fresh fish and chips, an expanded menu also boasts burgers, salads, tasting platters and more.

Want to know the best part? On weekends, Snapper & Co. will also be offering a breakfast service (including Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s).

Mariner Place, Yarralumla |  Open seven days a week, 11 am-8 pm with weekend breakfast available from 8 am-11a m on Saturday and Sunday |

Feature image: Adam McGrath, @hcreations72

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