Welcome to summer baby! Long days, balmy evenings, icecream that melts before you can eat it and of course, drinking by the water. To celebrate the change of season, read on for all the places in Canberra serving long islands by the lake.

Walt & Burley

70/17 Eastlake Parade Kingston


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Summer mode: activated . Walt and Burley has got one of the best views of Lake Burley Griffin – watch as day drifts to night with a glass of bubbles in hand. Plus, Walt & Burley has a range of great drink specials with their Wine down Wednesdays and $9 after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out their website for more information.

Lighthouse Bar

80 Emu Bank, Belconnen


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Just like you, Lighthouse has done a bit of growing up since its uni days. The bar now places the spotlight on good honest feeds, a rotating schedule of local musicians and of course, drinks overlooking Lake Gininderra.

House of Bubbles Champagne by the Lake

Cnr of Wentworth Avenue and Eastlake Parade, Kingston in Bowen Park


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Unlike the other places on this list, this is more of a pop up event series. Catch their adorable van, complete with instagrammable fairy lights and seating by the lake. Enjoy the sunset over Champagnes, great local sparklings, Proseccos, beers, cider or soft drink along with snacks with your family and friends. Check out their Facebook page for dates. Please note this is card only.

Bad Bettis

6/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston


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Grab ya best gal pal, slide on those people-watching sunnies and get ready to seriously judge the couples walking up and down the Foreshore. Romance? No way, I’d rather have Rose.

Snapper on the Lake

Southern Cross Yacht Club, Mariner Pl, Yarralumla

Sunny summer day essentials include a picnic rug + fish n’ chips from Snapper on the Lake + a drink (or two!). Enjoy the pop-up bar at Snapper this weekend!