Woden’s new watering hole, The Alby is fully decked out. Utilising close to 1,000 square metres, its spaces include a chefs table for private dining, beer garden, games basement, duckpin bowling, pinballs, pool tables and more! For food, enjoy a pub style menu with all your favourites, or if you book in their basement room, dine on a fiery Mexican menu.


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Opening just in time for end-of-year celebrations, progressive Asian restaurant WILMA focuses on barbequing using primitive methods. Combining the punchy flavours of Southern Asian cuisine with locally sourced Australian produce, the restaurant’s crowd-pleasing menu will feature classics such as san choy bow, prawn toast and duck pancakes, as well as other thoughtful dishes like egg noodles with Balmain bug, steamed toothfish and scallop hot pot and a half roast duck.


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Specialising in tequila and mezcal, Loquita is the place to be for a spicy margarita and a few tacos. Located in Garema Place, join them for house made tacos with toppings like tempura fish with white cabbage and salsa, slow cooked beef rib with fried onion and horseradish yoghurt, and fried cauliflower with feta and mint yoghurt.


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Celebrating small plates and cheerful wines, join Onzieme in Kingston if you’re keen to experience seasonal foods and flavours, with no two visits ever the same. Keeping it fresh, for wines the team are all about minimal intervention ‘natural wines’, that are hand-picked with native yeast fermentation, that too will see an ever-changing menu.


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Finding a permanent home, the previous food van Miss Van’s has set up shop on Marcus Clarke Street in the city. Owned by Andrew Duong of Lazy Su and Baby Su, the restaurant promises Vietnamese food from the heart. For lunch you can expect delicious banh mi’s and other street foods, while for dinner, dine on a six-course degustation set menu with nostalgic flavours defined by Andrew’s family history.


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Turning heads with their new approach to wine tastings, Brunello premium wine bar and restaurant is a European style bistro with 400 wines around the globe to sample. Offering a Enomatic Wine Cabinet where customers can sample exclusive wines in smaller pouring volumes with 40 on rotation, come in for a wine, local and seasonal produce and even a walk-in cheese room.  


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SUNY Cereal Bar

Giving the old breakfast classic some love, SUNY Cereal Bar is making the cereal of your dreams. With a menu filled of international and Australian brands, think Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms, Crunchy Nut and Coco Pops paired with milk or soft serve of your choice.


In over 1,000 locations worldwide, 85ºC has now made the journey to Australia’s capital, serving delicious breads, cakes and drinks at affordable prices. Not only has it got Canberran’s going for the incredible sweet treats, but its perfectly pink seating area and floral backdrop has Instagram hungry customers fleeing to get the perfect shot.


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As Canberra welcomes our first Coco Republic store, so too do we welcome their signature café and restaurant L’Americano Espresso Bar. Transporting guests to the Italian Riverina, join them for exceptional artisanal coffee and a modern Italian menu. Open for lunch and dinner, on the menu find dishes like tuna crudo, lamb ragu rigatoni, wood-fired pizza and of course, tiramisu.


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Reopening its doors this month, the new Bar Beirut is open for their usual late-night drinks in Garema Place, plus a new Middle Eastern dinner offering. With a whole new look and feel, the bar now offers Lebanese focused shared mezze plates that champion big, bold and punch flavours. A new range of cocktails will also be shaken up behind the bar, including a list of signatures and changing specials.


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Louie Louie Gin Bar

Taking over the second floor of Verity Lane, Louie Louie Gin Bar is now open. Revealing little snippets of what’s in store on Instagram, expect fancy gin, rock n roll vibes and live music.


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Grease Monkey Woden

Canberra’s favourite burger joint, Grease Monkey has found a permanent home Southside at Westfield Woden. Flipping some of the best beef patties, cheesing delicious Detroit-style pizza, coating hot wings and seasoning fries, these guys know a thing or two about getting greasy (but in the best way).


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Bringing a new nightlife scene to the city, 5th Avenue is whisking us away to New York City for the night. Serving great cocktails as well as some tasty deli sandwiches and burgers, plus live music, the team are trying to change things up


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Helping Canberran’s break their diets but not the bank, Burger Villains in Woden is certainly villainous, but in the best way. Inspired by the humble local takeaway, but one step up, from smash patties, fried chicken and grilled halloumi, their burgers are indeed delicious.


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