For night owls, Canberra’s diverse collection of bars, pubs and clubs offer partygoers the full gamut of nightlife experiences. From cosy and intimate watering holes and bars to dance-music-pumping super clubs, Canberra has it all.
Lucky’s Speakeasy (above) at the QT Canberra hotel is an iconic Canberra establishment that offers a well-stocked bar, with some fantastic signature drinks on the menu. If a more laid-back drinking venue is up your alley, then look no further than King O’Malley’s, easily considered the capital’s best Irish pub. Boasting an impressive beer and whisky collection (with more than 80 premium whiskies on offer), the famous Canberra pub has something for everyone.
And finally, if dancing the night away is what you’re after, Canberra’s renowned Academy dance club is an absolute must. Able to accommodate up to 600 people and with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a night out at Academy is one way to have an unforgettable Canberra experience.
Whether you’re looking for a dazzling cocktail affair, a cool spot to sip on some of New Zealand’s best craft beer, an evening of side-slapping comedy or just somewhere to dance through the night, there’s something for everyone in the Kiwi capital.
The centrally located street of Courtenay Place is considered the hub of Wellington nightlife and entertainment. With a formidable lineup of bars, nightclubs, pubs and theatres, there’s no end to the amount of fun you’ll have while exploring this lively part of the city.
For lovers of all things beer, the Malthouse on Courtenay Place is an essential inclusion on any Wellington itinerary. Purveyor of over 150 beers from around the world, the Malthouse is a brewing wonderland and one you definitely won’t regret visiting.
Also on Courtenay Place, the Library (above) is an intimate lounge bar set among a library’s worth of books. Away from the Courtenay Place hub, Foxglove on Queens Wharf is a prime spot for waterfront cocktails with stunning harbour views.
Stand-up comedy enthusiasts can catch some of New Zealand’s best comedic acts at The Fringe Bar on Allen Street, which also offers burlesque performances, karaoke nights as well as live music. And finally for the best spots to jive through a New Zealand night, there’s Public (above) and the famous Electric Avenue, both of which are on Courtenay Place; as well as Red Square, which is on Blair Street and provides partygoers with an elegant and glittering atmosphere by which to break out those dancing shoes.
– TEXT BY SAUL LIPCHIK
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.