In Canberra, bar hopping is typically done in the hipster, bustling Braddon area, or along the Kingston Foreshore. However, if you’re in the Gungahlin or outer north, there are quite a few options you could spend a night checking out.
The area is up-and-coming and mainly residential; but is becoming more focussed on entertainment as time goes on. This region is one to keep an eye on, so here are OutInCanberra’s picks.
George Harcourt Inn
3 Gold Creek Road
Start your night with a relaxing drink at George Harcourt Inn. Known for its musical events, such as Sing for Your Supper and hosting a bunch of live acts, ‘The George’ finds itself catering to a wide demographic.
The tap beers reflect this diversity, and includes a fantastic range of local and craft beers as well as pub classics. The food is not outrageous, but is done well, and is sure to satisfy. George Harcourt closes at midnight Thursday–Sunday (and 10.00pm all other weeknights).
56 Abena Avenue
The District is a great local pub with a pleasant, busy atmosphere and, although it’s a small bar, there’s plenty of seating space outside. The cute, exposed-brick interior accompanied by great lighting tops off the cool vibes.
Their food is generous and tasty, and the drinks selection includes plenty of beer, wine and spirits. Although technically in Crace, this is must-stop if you are in the Gungahlin area.
Cnr Anthony Rolfe Ave & Gozzard St
Dive right into your evening at this busy bar and restaurant. While you’re at Siren, make the most of their extensive selection of tapas, pick from the reasonably priced (but quality) wine list, or try one of their signature – and suggestively named -cocktails.
The menu has some showier options, but the pizza is always a solid choice here too.
Cnr Gundaroo & Gungahlin Drives
This club has friendly staff and a classic spacious club environment with plenty of booze, music and sport. This is good spot for listening to live music in Gungahlin, and its bound to offer something classic and fun.
It’s not exactly a trendy or intimate environment, but if you’re hanging in a pack and/or want to have a good time, the Lakes can definitely facilitate that. Open til late.