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We’ve had a lot of community questions lately from people wanting to find venues suitable for groups where they can go for a special occasion – maybe a birthday, or engagement, or hen’s night – or anything celebratory, really! So we’ve made it our mission to check out what’s on offer…and we thought we’d start with the new kid on the block, Lucky’s at QT Canberra in New Acton.
First up, what is this ‘speakeasy’ business? Well, in the early part of the 20th century, speakeasies were hidden sections of an establishment that were used to illegally sell alcoholic beverages during the Prohibition era, when there was a ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcohol. Did you know, for example, that alcohol sales were prohibited in the Australian Capital Territory between 1910 and 1928?
Many think a speakeasy should be underground, but the emphasis is on ‘hidden’ – in this case, Lucky’s is at street level, but you do have to find it via a secret entrance at the back of the hotel’s Barber Shop or a discreetly lit entrance from outside. Those readers of a certain ‘vintage’ may remember the space as its previous incarnation as ‘Bobby McGee’s’ but let me tell you, there’s no ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ being played here – it’s all class with a curated DJ set adding atmosphere.
While sizeable, the space feels sophisticated and intimate – large comfortable chesterfields line the walls, and a moody glow is created by bare bulbs suspended from the ceiling set within gorgeous glass decanters. The Prohibition theme is played upon with posters from the era displayed on rotation on the screens around the room, and the staff could have stepped off the set of a 20s movie, lending some playfulness to the venue.
If you’re with a group, you can have your own little space, as the large rooms is able to be roped off into different sections and curtains drawn around tables for privacy. Want to have a quiet evening with the girls where you can just relax, enjoy a few drinks and food without having to roam all over town? All good – Lucky’s has designed a range of beverage and menu packages so you can stay put and just concentrate on having fun. Or maybe you’re looking for a private space for a hen’s night and want to give your phallic lollipops the respect they deserve? No problem…the staff will even source them for you!
The beverage packages are great value, ranging from Standard ($25pp for one hour to $65pp for five hours) to Deluxe ($42pp for one hour to $85pp for five hours), and including sparkling, white and red wines, beers, juice and soft drinks.
There’s also a great food offering, from the Classic Lucky’s Package ($20pp) which includes Pulled baby back rib slider, Crumbed Fish Fingers slider, Mini “Arancini” Meat Rice Balls Bologna Style and Vol au Vents; to the Deluxe ($40pp) with Pulled baby back rib slider, Crumbed Fish Fingers slider, Pulled BBQ Chicken Wing slider, Sweet Corn and Spring Onion Fritters, Get Me the Greek Salad, Mini “Arancini” Meat Rice Balls Bologna Style, Vol au Vents and Mixed Mini Surprise Gelato Waffle Cones.
Perhaps the best thing about Lucky’s is the QT’s location. While it’s only a 10 minute stroll from the city centre, you won’t be standing shoulder to shoulder with every other punter in Canberra, struggling to get the bartender’s attention. Nope, instead, you’ll be sitting pretty in your private booth, with your personal host seeing to your every need. Do you need any more persuading?
Where: 1 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT (inside QT Canberra)
When: Wednesday to Saturday 6pm til late
Bookings: 02 6267 1270
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