Petition Wine Bar and Merchant


The wonderfully restored State Buildings at the corner of Barrack and St Georges Terrace is home to Petition, three individual venues each with a slight differentiation – Petition Kitchen, Petition Wine Bar and Merchant and Petition Beer ...

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Back in Canberra for a couple of days, I did what I always try to do - visit Benchmark the first true wine bar in the capital, set up back in 2003 – it has a large and very eclectic wine list that is ever changing and evolving. The list covers almost ...

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Rice Tapas Bar and Restaurant


  I found this up a steep set of stairs off Garema Place on my recent stopover in Canberra. A Thai restaurant but advertises itself as tapas style – and there are certainly a number of small dishes that together can make up a pretty ...

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Five Bar


We dropped by Five Bar in Beaufort Street briefly earlier this week, a quick meeting, followed by a not so quick drink and snack before heading on. This is one of the more laid back and friendly bars in the Highgate/Mt Lawley strip and we have always ...

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Vamos is a Latin American themed cocktail bar, wine bar, restaurant near the Spring Street end of Little Bourke, but upstairs so it doesn’t immediately catch your eye. What did catch my eye was a young lass handing out free drink vouchers on ...

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Gingerboy in Crossley Street, a laneway off Little Bourke was a highlight of a recent trip to Melbourne. From the moment you spy the red neon glow of the sign, entering into a dimly lit, moody world of glossy bamboo, hanging red light fittings and ...

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Punch Lane


Wine bar Punch Lane on the corner of Little Bourke and Punch Lane always seems to be on my agenda when I get the chance to visit Melbourne – and last night was no different. From the moment you walk into the dimly lit rooms with exposed bricks, wine ...

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Bob’s Bar


With Lady FWO I visited Bob’s Bar for the first time in some months, and as always it did not disappoint. Even the famous breeze that has on occasion seen money clawed from clutching hands and soaring into the wide blue yonder was ...

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The Bird


Another of the many small bars in and around William Street, the Bird is decorated in a down at the heels, shabby chic style – church pews are reinvented as drinking booths, mismatched and worn couches and chairs in the window seat, a chair hanging ...

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We dropped along to the PICA bar earlier in the week and taking advantage of the glorious weather sat outside under the spreading tree towards the back of the bar – sitting at one of the bench tables listening to the music piped through the speakers ...

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