When Canberrans get a whiff of warmer weather we are out, in force, strolling around Lake Burley Griffin, hiking up Mount Ainslie or taking to the lake for various water sports. But while action and adventure might be some people’s cup of tea, others might prefer a more leisurely experience of the great outdoors. If your idea of getting back to nature is taking a seat in the beer garden, read on for some tried and tested local spots.
Here are a seven of the best Canberra beer gardens to enjoy a G&T or a beer in the great outdoors. With some reduced capacities due to COVID-19, let’s show our favourite venues some love – just remember to make a booking or call ahead!
Take a seat in one of two (dog-friendly) beer gardens and try a range of local beers fresh from the taproom.
1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
2. Rose Cottage
With a shiny new beer garden, Rose Cottage is the perfect place to enjoy a summer drink and a meal under the stars.
Corner of Isabella Drive and Monaro Highway, Gilmore
From the front, you wouldn’t know this Lonsdale Street pub has a sizeable beer garden out the back, with its own ‘tinnie bar’ and the atmosphere to match.
11 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
The Lighthouse Pub, or the ‘Lighty’ as its affectionately known by many-a UC alumni, is a beloved Belconnen local with water views.
78-80 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Business at the front, party at the back? Not at Hopscotch! This Braddon bar’s outdoor area is front and centre.
5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
An old English pub with an Australian-level beer garden – we love to see it!
3 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls
Less of a beer garden and more of a chic, outdoor seating area, Parlour feels a million miles away from the City, like you’re on holiday.
16 Kendall Lane, New Acton
Bonus addition: The Pop Inn
While not technically a venue that’s home to a beer garden, the Pop Inn can turn any of Canberra’s stunning natural areas into one just by driving in and opening up its doors. The pop up wine bar heads to different locations around Canberra every weekend.
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