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Elderton Comes to Canberra

by The Vinsiders


Elderton is an iconic winery from the Barossa. It has been owned by the Ashmead Family since 1979, with the first Elderton wines produced in 1982. The original grapevines were planted in 1894 (yep, that’s right).

The aim of the Ashmeads is to “produce world class wines from entrenched varieties, grown in the Barossa from our own vineyard holdings”, to “celebrate the individual terroirs of each of our sites and … to produce wines that show true regional history and character, varietal definition and a healthy slice of our own personalities”.

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A.Baker at New Acton – Lightning Review

by The Editor


It seems like forever since our beloved Parlour and wine room suffered at the hands of an unruly pizza oven and burnt to the ground.  Not that it was in any way Parlour’s fault (the oven belonged to the restaurant next door), however since then, epicurean Canberrans have mourned their loss from the heart of the New Acton precinct.

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Biretta & Busby – Magnificient Millinery

by The Editor


Recently, we came across yet another great Canberra milliner, Rebecca O’Reilly, who is preparing for a big Spring season.  We were intrigued to know the inspiration of the Biretta & Busby designer, so asked a few questions to learn where she started, what inspires and where to from here.

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Dress Circle – Ben

by The Editor


When we spotted Ben grabbing a coffee at Harvest, the first thing we noticed about his outfit were his dark grey suede brogues with brown detailing. They completed his look which had an overall preppy – yet effortlessly cool – charm about it. Friday was casual day in the office for Ben so he wore a pair of cuffed denim jeans, a smart-yet-casual shirt and a buttoned cardigan.

Ben also loved his brogues. He picked them up in Paris on his travels through Europe. Amaze! Luckily for us the busy lawyer seemed very laid back about this outfit, with a kind of I-just-threw-this-on, what’s-the-fuss?’ attitude, and was more than happy to pose for the camera.

Thanks Ben.


We’re always keeping my eyes peeled for fashion forward guys and gals. So, for your chance to get snapped by The Canberran get out and about in style!

Dry Bars – The Pubs with no Beer

by The Editor

ProhibitionYesterday we read of an interesting mini-movement of sorts that is attracting some attention in London. For reasons we fail to understand, there is a slow-growing movement for bars to be established… without alcohol.

Huh? Whut?

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Hippo Co – A Lightning Review

by The Editor

Hippo Co

Last week we briefly previewed a refurbished and relaunched Hippo Co (formerly called Hippo Bar). We’d seen the interior during the build stage, but it was always going to be interesting to see what it all looked like once the finishing touches had been applied.

Anyway, last Friday night was the time to get frocked up and make our way back up the stairs from Garema Place to see what had become of the previously soft and sultry surrounds of the Hippo Bar.

Hippo Bar Shot

The firs thing you notice, particularly when the bar is not particularly full, is how sparse the bar now feels. Thanks to the removal of the heavy, vinyl ottomans and square low tables that previously dotted the bar, Hippo Co feels a lot bigger. Prohibition-era tables with fine wooden chairs dot the room, and the bench along the back wall is now covered in green leather that looks as though it was pulled from the Lower House of our old parliament.

And it is at this point that the old world Gentleman’s club feel kicks in. The ornamental trophies (not the kind you won playing netball, rather those that might return from a hunting trip) line the upper walls with vacant expressions.

The brickwork and wooden wall feature enforce the austere feel of the bar. When the lights go down the new lighting does well to soften the room, and it is then one notices the glittering, gold lettering of the extensive whiskey list. Made from an old notice-board style, with individual metallic letters pressed in the grid, the ad-hoc alignment of the names and prices add a more human feel.

The cocktail list has been updated and streamlined, now offering a more limited selection of tipples served in small, elegant stemware. Even Lonsdale Street Roasters is involved, supplying fresh coffee on a daily basis for the espresso drinks.

All in all, it’s a lovely experience. The biggest question will be whether Hippo Co will (or even wants to) be as attractive to groups of ladies who have for so long perched themselves elegantly around the bar. Hippo Mark II is indeed a different beast, and we’re fascinated to see how Canberra responds to Canberra’s latest addition.

Hippo Co
Upstairs, Garema Place
02 6257 9090

Frieda Rome – Online Store Launch

by The Editor

Freida Rome Logo

It’s been a big year for Canberra fashion.  After Fashfest did so well to spread the word of local designers, a slew of collections have appeared in-store and online, and more!

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Hippo Relaunch as… Hippo Co

by The Editor

Hippo Co

Attention hipsters! Leave your bicycles at the bottom of the stairs!

After thrilling Canberrans with the appearance of a beautiful, glass-walled balcony looking over Garema Place, it felt like only three minutes later the doors of Hippo were closed and a suprise refurbishment was underway. Now it’s back with a stripped-back look and a ‘Co’.

What gives?

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Truffles and Wine At Pod Food in Pialligo

by The Vinsiders

Pod Food Logo

On Thursday, the Vinsiders wandered over to Podfood in Pialligo to partake in a 6-course ‘truffle degustation’ with matching wine. Having only explored truffles superficially, and having never explored the matching of truffles and wine, we were very much looking forward to a new sensory experience.

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by The Vinsiders

Truffle BW-7

On Thursday, the Vinsiders wandered over to Podfood in Pialligo to partake in a  6-course ‘truffle degustation’ with matching wine. Having only explored truffles superficially, and having never explored the matching of truffles and wine, we were very much looking forward to a new sensory experience.


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