One of our favourite weekend activities is discovering Canberra’s coolest venues decked out with the cutest interiors. Whether you’re on the hunt for a warm, cosy wine bar to spend a romantic date night, or somewhere vibrant and playful to catch up with the girls, we’ve curated a list of Canberra’s most loved spots, which have nailed the art of aesthetics and ambience.

Such and Such

Striking the perfect balance between quirky and cool, Such and Such is at the top of our list for beautiful interiors. With an impressive art collection, funky design details and a showstopping glassware wall, they are not afraid to embrace colour. So, it comes as no surprise that they made it on the shortlist for the 2023 Eat Drink Design Awards for Best Restaurant Design!


Step into Cabo and be transported to the breezy beach-side haven off the coast of Mexico. With seamlessly arched hallways, leafy cactus plants and muted oak wood furniture, you’ll feel a world away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Unwind and share a mouth-watering taco platter with your table, coupled with a cheeky round of spicy margaritas or sangrias.

Cicada Bar

Spend the night sipping on quality wines and Japanese cocktails at Cicada Bar. Lounge by candlelight with moody decor and romantic ambience, making you feel at home in their effortlessly elegant interiors. Add it to your go-to list for post-work drinks and be guided through a tasting journey of unique drops and creations.

Monster Kitchen and Bar

 Venture up the grand wooden staircase and step into the renowned Monster Kitchen and Bar. Elevate your dining experience with breathtaking interiors at Canberra’s favourite vegetarian restaurant. Don’t rush off after dinner! Wander to the bar, relax on the velvet couch and make your way through their delicious cocktail menu to wrap up the night.

Leyla Bar

Soak up the stunning cityscape views at Barton’s rooftop spot, Leyla Bar. The stylish venue is decorated with contemporary furniture and vibrant pieces. The vibe is sophisticated yet laidback, making it the ideal location for golden hour drinks and nibbles!

Wakefield’s Bar and Wine

Cosy up in the intimate, warm-lit space at Wakefield’s Bar and Wine. With plenty of spaces to lounge, you can share a delectable spread of bar snacks and sip on premium cocktails late into the night. Or if you’re looking to switch it up, catch one of their comedy nights, burlesque dancers, or live music acts!

Bar Rochford

Immerse yourself in a nostalgic, refined atmosphere at Bar Rochford. Hidden away in the Melbourne Building, they’ve got a queue of records on rotation, an ever-evolving list of wine producers and a food menu crafted with seasonal ingredients. Watch the world go by through the iconic arched window or get intimate in one of the candle-lit booths…

Gang Gang

Nestled in Downer suburbia, Gang Gang is a fan-favourite local treasure. Its homey and youthful interiors make it the perfect spot for a casual Friday night wine with your favourite people. And don’t miss their diverse line-up of live music on offer, proudly shining the spotlight on our local talent.

Corella Restaurant & Bar

Sitting in the heart of Lonsdale Street’s food scene, Corella is a must-try. Their timeless interiors paired with the classic curved windows make it the ideal cosy hideaway for a dinner date. Relish in modern Australian dishes, explore the thoughtfully curated wine list and enjoy bespoke cocktails at this local gem.

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