Are you heading to TEDxCanberra’s flagship event Momentum this weekend? Whether you are or not, we’ve put together a list of places where you can grab a bite to eat, and have a drink or two near the Canberra Theatre Centre. Check out some of our recommendations in New Acton, the CBD and Braddon.
Parlour Wine Room has been an institution in Canberra for many years. Based in New Acton, they have become a staple cocktail location for locals and interstate travellers alike. The vibe is sophisticated and elegant – large plush armchairs tucked into corners with paintings; service staff offering classic cocktails with a twist matched with an extensive bar and dining menu. Eat Canberra’s contributor Lou recommends the Emma Stone, a refreshing cocktail with sweet ginger, strawberries and lemon served with a dry Australian prosecco.
This gorgeous wine and cocktail bar is hidden away in the iconic Melbourne Building. It can get pretty noisy later in the night so I would recommend to go there early, grab a seat at the bar or get a booth, select a few good eats and drinks from their menu and just soak up the atmosphere. Their menu features a selection of dishes including Red Snapper with Black Eyed Peas, Chorizo Oil, Coriander Yoghurt, fresh oysters and a range of cheeses. Need another reason to check it out? Bar Rochford have recently been named as Bar of the Year in Australia by Gourmet Traveller.
This funky little Beijing tapas bar in Braddon offers a selection of drinks including unique cocktails at a great price. The owner JJ is so friendly and will definitely make you feel at home! Grab a drink (I recommend the revolution) and choose from a selection of their Beijing-inspired tapas – the banana chicken wings are a ‘must try’.
Situated on Lonsdale St in Braddon, you’ll find a range of tasty Korean/Japanese/American fusions eats at Lazy Su. Think wagyu cheesesteak spring rolls, ramen, bao-gers and Korean fried buffalo wings. They also have lots of Japanese drinks on the menu and the interior is like nothing I’ve seen in Canberra (make sure you go to the toilet)!
Visit the TEDxCanberra website to see the full list.