The Martini Whisperer’s Favorite Canberra Cocktail Bars


In partnership with VisitCanberra, we present Phillip Jones’ AKA The Martini Whisperer’s favorite spots for a drink in Canberra.

Not only are we living in the golden age of quality drink made with innovation and cleverness, but there has never been a better time to enjoy a delicious cocktail in Canberra.

Inspired by great produce and embracing seasonality and ingredients, the city’s bar teams offer creative passion and fine inspiration in a glass.

A good cocktail is always more than the sum of its parts, but the location and atmosphere are just as important.


in Braddon, Zaab Street Food has led the way with an integrated cocktail and food program of cocktail creations to accompany contemporary Laos and Thai cuisine.

Last time I was there I loved their take on the ? South of the border-Esplon Blanco Tequila, mezcal, their own secret liqueur, lemon, lime, agave.

5 p.m. to late, seven days | 2/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |


Hippo Bar upstairs in Garema Place has been the market leader in the city for years and the cocktails are always excellent.

Ask for the old smoke which contains a harmonious blend of smoked spiced rum, honey, lime and their house-made ginger soda.

5pm to late Monday to Saturday | 1/17 Garema Place, Canberra City |


Just below you will find Bar Beirut, where Soumi and the team have a fresh and fun take on cocktails. Ask for the Wasabi Martinic– wasabi infused vodka, muddled Lebanese cucumber, vanilla gum to get your evening going.

17:00 to late Tuesday to Saturday | 25 Garema Place, Canberra City |


On Northbourne Avenue, comfortable? white rabbit offers high tea and some playful and delicious concoctions, such as the Wonderlandcomplete with fresh strawberries, Frangelico, white chocolate liqueur, lemon and cranberry juice, and a chase of mini cupcakes!

Open from Wednesday to Sunday – see website for opening times | 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City |


A little further down the Sydney Building, Dear Prudence offers a Euro vibe and is the place to have a ?? Negroni and dream of faraway places.

6 p.m. to late, Thursday to Saturday | Sydney Building, 100 Alinga Street, Canberra City |


Atop London Circuit, the award-winning Bar Rocheford is always on point with cocktails and dishes to match served with unpretentious intelligence.

Ask for one of the team’s favorites: a delicious blend called de Lucien Gaudinwith Ironbark Cascara Gin, Marionette Curacao, Okar Tropical Bitter and Dry Vermouth.

17:00 to late, Tuesday to Saturday | First Floor, 65 London Circuit, Canberra City |


Finally, always stylish Molly makes for a very nice Martini experience – let their expert team guide you into the mysteries of my personal favorite.

Just look for the wooden door to access this moody speakeasy.

4 p.m. to late, Monday to Sunday from | Wooden Door, Odgers Lane, Canberra City |

Feature Image: Thorson Photography

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