We are well and truly in the midst of the silly season and what better way to celebrate than lounging in the summer sun with a refreshing cocktail in hand? Whether you’ve been itching for that spicy margarita, or you and the girls simply need that Aperol Spritz, Canberra has no shortage of cocktail bars waiting for you to try!


Discover Canberra’s little slice of a tropical holiday escape at Cabo. This Mexican-inspired cocktail bar lets freedom reign with their ‘Build Your Own Margarita’, ensuring a perfect sip every time. Or leave it to the experts and make your way through their impressive cocktail menu filled with unique blends, plus unbeatable tequila slushies to beat the heat!

Leyla Bar

Nothing says summer like panoramic views from a stunning rooftop bar. Fitted with vibrant decor and a heavenly cocktail menu, Leyla Bar is the ideal girls’ night location. Think fruity egg white concoctions, bold citrus flavours and premium spirits. When you get peckish, indulge in a round of delicious sharing plates, making it almost too easy to stay late into the night.

Wakefield’s Bar & Wine

Perched atop the Ainslie Shops you’ll find the stylish, intimate and laidback spot, Wakefield’s Bar & Wine. Settle in for golden hour on the terrace, showered in greenery and peaceful horizon views. Pair it seamlessly with a crisp summer spritz, tangy jalapeno margarita or lip-smacking gin and fresh lime. Once it gets dark, venture inside and stick around for some raunchy Burlesque performances and local live music acts, or simply kick back on the velvet couch and enjoy the cosy interiors.


If you’re searching for a fun and upbeat night out that doesn’t take itself too seriously, meet Loquita. This mezcal bar and eatery is loved for its lively atmosphere and adored for its masterfully crafted cocktails and tacos. We’re talking eight different margarita variations, three sangrias and even more fruity summer cocktails to choose from! Top it off with a dozen tacos to share and you’re guaranteed to be satisfied.


Nestled in the corner of the historic Sydney Building, find your new favourite cocktail bar, Luna. Wrapped in magnificent arched windows, rustic brick walls and sweeping indoor-outdoor seating, the vibe is effortlessly trendy. You can stick to your signature with their no-sweat classics cocktail list, spice it up with an exclusive pick off the Luna cocktail menu, or spoil yourselves and indulge in a well-deserved cocktail jug!

The Alby

What better way to dust off a stressful week than with a sunny afternoon catch-up and cocktails at The Alby? Relax in the beer garden and instantly quench your thirst with an ice-cold bevvy. With everything to the likes of Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz spritz, spiced apple mojitos and passionfruit margaritas on offer, stop by and discover summer in a glass.


Find everything you need for a dreamy afternoon of drinks at Louis. Expect timeless elegance at the Barton restaurant and bar, serving up delectable twists on your favourite classic cocktails. Unwind in the expansive outdoor terrace surrounded by lush greens or get intimate in the European bistro’s blissfully ambient interiors. Either way, you’ll leave feeling renewed and at ease.


Next time you’re craving a unique cocktail in a stellar rooftop location, Highball has got you covered. This vibrant, Instagram-worthy cocktail bar sits atop the Melbourne Building and it does not disappoint! With an endless list of tropical drinks to choose from, try their sunset mimosa, boozy cocktail slushies and signature punch bowls, or go all out with their iconic daiquiris tree.

The Jetty

If you’re in the mood for Aperol Spritz, local live music and serene water-front views, make your way to The Jetty. Park up under the beer garden marquee, draped in plants and fairy lights, or take advantage of the scenery and soak up the sun in the outdoor seating. With a pink grapefruit margarita, Four Pillars Gin mule and Bloody Shiraz spritz on the menu, you simply can’t go wrong!


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