No matter the weather, you’ll always find Canberra’s flocking to drink, dine and unwind outdoors. With so many renowned destinations supplying unique experiences, it comes as no surprise that they can’t keep the locals inside. Whether the day calls for umbrellas, marquees or outdoor heaters, there will always be a spot for you to dine alfresco.

Margot Bar

Set on the stunning waterfronts of Lake Burley Griffin, espresso and wine bar, Margot Bar is promising the ultimate summer aesthetic. Serving quality coffee in the AM, gourmet toasties and pastries throughout the day and (most importantly) delectable wines, cocktails, and cheese platters in the PM, they will be there to help satisfy your cravings. We’ve also heard word that they’ll be pouring frozés and pizzas this summer. 

The Alby

Escape the city and relax at The Alby’s lush open-air beer garden. Settle in on a clear sunny afternoon and warm summer nights, while enjoying an antipasto grazing board, fresh wood-fired pizza, or some classic quality pub food. Pair it with a regional wine or refreshing summer cocktail and you’re set!


Be transported from a bustling Parliamentary Triangle to a warm yet elevated European bistro. Louis, the thriving new addition to Barton’s Hotel Realm, is the place to be this summer. With an enclosed outdoor seating area, decorated in greenery and a central fireplace, coupled with a simple sun-kissed menu, you could easily stay all night!


Nestled in the NewActon precinct, Parlour is fitted with a blissfully secluded outdoor area to suit any occasion. Make your way through their beautiful selection of contemporary dishes, quality wines and sweet summer cocktails and elevate your summer afternoons and nights.


If you’re looking for exceptional beer garden vibes, perfect for a big group, Assembly is the place to be. Their outdoor area is fitted with long tables, a huge deck, live music and a tinnie bar to provide your arvo drinks spot daily, with great pub food to match. Be a part of the ultimate Canberra summer at the beloved People’s Pub!


Nestled in the Ainslie suburbs, Edgar’s is well-loved by locals and visitors alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the courtyard is bustling all day long. Get amongst the homey and intimate atmosphere, soak up the sunshine and feel instantly at ease.

Senn Noods

A newcomer to the Braddon food scene, Senn Noods has quickly made waves as an adored Thai and Laos culinary destination. With indoor and outdoor seating seamlessly panning the space, the casual and fast-paced atmosphere is ideal for an impromptu date night or laidback get-together.


Offering expansive open spaces for a casual dining experience, Ostani Bar invites you to lounge in their covered beer garden, while enjoying their contemporary European menu and tempting drink selection.


Boasting one of the biggest beer gardens in Canberra, Hopscotch is known for its late-night vibes and Sunday seshs. Serving quality pub food, wood-fired pizzas and a long list of cocktails, come for a quick drink or stay a while chatting to friends in the great outdoors.

The Duxton

Grab a summer cocktail jug, head to The Duxton’s outdoor spaces and soak up the peaceful suburbia of O’Connor. With long tables wrapped around the front entrance, it’s ideal for a casual lunch feed. Or make your way to the hidden rooftop terrace, where you can escape from the chaos and simply relax.

Snapper & Co.

Located on the lawns of the Yacht Club in Yarralumla, you’ll find the best fish and chips at Canberra’s lakeside Snapper & Co. Whether you want to set up a picnic on the lawns, use the courtyard or the deck, it’s a top-tier relaxing weekend destination.

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