As is the case in any university town or city, and Canberra has two, the student population adds a unique vibrancy to the nightlife in the capital. Add to this the host of twenty-four hour bars found in the city centre and suburbs and the fact that all Canberra’s hotels have unlimited opening hours and you can see that there’s certainly nothing to worry about when it comes to the social scene in the city.
Hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs scattered throughout the city attract people in their droves, particularly on a Friday night when they end their week in style. If you’re not partial to queuing or ‘standing room only’ establishments, however, try partying on an alternate night or getting out a little earlier to beat the crowds – we can strongly recommend either.
Finally, for a slightly more relaxing evening check out the Canberra Theatre Centre on Civic Square. As well as featuring an excellent range of plays, it also hosts concerts, dance performances, stand-up and the like providing a pleasant alternative for those of you who are tiring slightly of the pub and club scene – shame on you!
For up to date information on exactly what’s going on about the city try to get your hands on a copy of Good Times, the entertainment supplement which you will find in the Thursday edition of the Canberra Times. Other alternatives are BMA, the free monthly magazine with the low down on bands and clubs in the city and the quarterly Canberra What’s On which you will find in the visitor information centre and in most hotels.
21 East Row Civic, Canberra, Australia
Relaxed and friendly establishment which attracts a young crowd thanks to the host of live bands which feature on a regular basis. Its location in the heart of the city centre also adds to its appeal.
Mort Street, Corner of Alinga Street, Canberra, Australia
One of the most popular bars and nightclubs in Canberra, Pandora’s offers some excellent discount nights with free entry before 9.00pm, cheap cocktails until midnight and much more besides. Also does an excellent range of reasonably priced food.
Canberra House, Alinga Street, Canberra, Australia
A typical English tavern serving up an excellent selection of British ale as well as numerous forms of entertainment on alternate nights. Try to make it for the pub quiz which takes place on Mondays and guarantees a good night out.
8 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, Canberra, Australia
The venue with something for everyone, an indoor barbecue, half a dozen pool tables, two televisions which show sport pretty much all the time and a jukebox so that those of you who aren't partial to sport can make your own entertainment.
131 City Walk, Canberra, Australia
One of the most popular live music venues in Canberra, the G-Bar plays host to some of the country’s biggest stars. But, as well as the music scene, there is a variety of live entertainment on nightly from poetry readings to film nights ensuring an interesting night whatever you decide.
131 City Walk, Canberra, Australia
The superpub of superpubs, this establishment only opened last year and has already won the acclaim of both tourists and locals alike. Serving an authentic collection of Irish food and drink with live music every weekend, the Sunday afternoon sessions in the beer garden prove particularly popular.
62 Jardine Street, Green Square, Canberra, Australia
With ten different beers on tap and one hundred and thirty different types of whiskey, you just know that this place takes what it does rather seriously. Try to make it for the much loved Sunday breakfast which is served up about noon and afterwards relax at the outdoor tables where the band set up for the evening.
1 London Cirt, Canberra, Australia
The ultimate party venue, there are promotions and theme nights taking place every night in Bobby’s ensuring that not only will have an excellent night out, it won’t cost the earth either thanks to bargains like $2 beers, two drinks for the price of one, half price cocktails and other such gems.
128 Bunda Street, Canberra, Australia
A unique venue which treats its clientele to the sounds of Africa until the early hours of the morning. Provides a relaxing alternative for those of you who want a more laid back night out. Also runs a happy hour from 8.00pm until 10.30pm nightly.
50 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, Australia
Two venues in one, the DJ’s in this establishment cater for those who like nothing better than hard core dance on the first floor while downstairs, revellers are treated to the best of current chart music. The perfect location for those of you who may differ in opinion about certain music types with other members of your social circle.