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If you fancy a lazy beer this
summer, take a trip to one of the
city's many and varied pubs.
Probably the most iconic of Canberra's
pubs, King O'Malley's offers great pub
grub and a large beer garden to relax
in. Named after Canberra's most famous
non-drinker, a cold Guinness at O'Malley's
makes a summer day that little bit better.
A: 131 City Walk, Canberra City P: 6257 0111
Combining traditional pub fayre with a
stylish interior, a swift beer or two at PJ
O'Reilly's can be a great place to meet
and relax. There's an Irish feel about
PJ's but it's a pub that is more than the
A: 52 Alinga Street, Canberra City P: 6230 4752
THE UNI PUB
Ever popular with the city's young crowd,
the multi-layered Uni Pub boasts good
food, great drinks, pool and a place to
dance the night away. Cheap student-
inspired drinks lure in crowds during the
week days but The Uni Pub is also a good
place for a swift pint in the evenings.
A: 17 London Circuit, Canberra City P: 6247 5576
Whatever you may have heard about
Mooseheads, the London Circuit
establishment still manages to pull in the
crowds week in, week out. Our tip, check
out the steaks and pizzas and have a quiet
beer or two on Monday and Tuesday
A: 105 London Circuit, Canberra City P: 6257 6496
The perfect place for a lazy afternoon,
Civic Pub aims to offer a straight forward
true blue Aussie pub experience. Hidden
behind large trees in the heart of Lonsdale
Street, Civic Pub is unpretentious and a
long term favourite.
A: 8 Lonsdale Street, Braddon P: 6248 6488
WIG AND PEN
With home-brewed ales and ciders and
a bustling little beer garden, the Wig and
Pen is a favourite among office workers
and ale enthusiasts alike. A traditional pub
in an English way.
A: Canberra House Arcade, Alinga Street, Canberra City
P: 6248 0171 W: wigandpen.com.au When it comes to good
entertainment, The Phoenix
has it all.
Tucked away next to the
bus interchange on East Row
for the past 19 years, The Phoenix is home
to everything from poetry readings to film
nights, just the way owners Sean Hannigan
and Kieron Cloheffy like it.
"These are the things that motivate us. A
lot of bars are so money driven. We need to
make a dollar but I think it's important to do
something you love," Sean said.
Among the events that have struck a chord
with City drinkers is the Bootleg Sessions, a
weekly local music showcase night that brings
the best Canberra has to offer out into town on
a Monday evening.
Events like the Bootleg Sessions draw a
mixed crowd to The Phoenix, a pub which
resembles a traditional English watering hole.
"This place wouldn't look out of place in
England or in Ireland," Sean said.
"I think the popularity is down to the fact
that it's a pub for everyone. We don't focus
on only one group. We get public servants on
$250,000 a year drinking next to first-year uni
students and musos.
"The pub is well embedded in the artistic
community and that's the way we want it to
The return of The Phoenix's own charmingly
titled music festival -- Hey dad, can you pick me
up from Josh's, otherwise it's like two buses --
in February will continue the festivities, while
Sean and Kieron have just secured a new 10-
"Canberra has changed a lot since we've
been here, I'd like to see it open up a bit more
but things are progressing well," Sean said.
A: 23 East Row, Canberra City P: 6162 1581
After eight years at the top of
the Canberra bar scene, Mark
Ramsay is reflective of how
Muddle Bar has performed.
"I think we offer a high quality
experience with an emphasis on
consistency," Mark said.
"We describe ourselves as a cocktail wine
bar and that idea is still something that we
stick to. Eight years is a long time and things
have changed around here in that time.
"In the last three years, there's been a lot
of bars open and not too many close so it's
become a competitive market, which is good
for the drinking public."
Muddle Bar's place in that market has been
cemented, in Mark's view, by two distinct
crowds. There's the after-work crowd --
Muddle is located in the law precinct on West
Row -- that descend on the bar for cocktails
and beers after a tough day at work, while
there's a late night throng that heads to the
venue for a place to socialise.
"Most of our customers are at least mid-
20s, so we don't get the really young crowd in
here, which suits our clientele perfectly fine,"
"Our clientele are after a quieter
atmosphere with background music and a
really nice place to drink and that's what we
Mark jointly owns Muddle Bar with Joel
Scott, and both are happy with a hands-on
role in the venue.
"I think the
down to the fact
that it's a pub
for everyone. We
don't focus on only
PHOTO: DANIEL SPELLMAN
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