The Canberran

A snobby (though tongue-in-cheek) look at the finer sides of the National Capital. Got a tip? Email editor@thecanberran.com

Category: Design

Great. There’s a hotel at the airport.

by The Editor

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It’s been a long time coming, but last Thursday a collection Canberrans were wined-and-dined the Grand Opening of the Canberra Vibe Hotel at the airport.

So, should Canberrans get excited about a hotel at the airport?

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Ikea Opening Temporarily Places Canberra ‘On the Map’

by The Editor

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It’s really big, it’s blue, and those from the Southside can drive over a new bridge to get there. Its Canberra’s Ikea Store.

Let’s be clear about this, there is almost nothing in this Ikea that separates it from other Ikea stores. Sure, there are some cool facts (the store is 25,000sqm in size, the dining room seats 380 people, there is over 1900 solar panels to run the entire operation during summer), but that’s kind of a footnote as to what is really going on here.

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Design Canberra – The subtle propaganda that makes our city great.

by The Editor

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At The Canberran we celebrate great design. We love the new Vibe hotel at the airport, and the gorgeous sweep of the Bowen Place Underpass. But sometimes we meander through life aimlessly, almost unconsciously … without even thinking about how our world is so enriched by others. So who are these people?

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The Spring Food and Booze Round-up!

by The Editor

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Spring has certainly sprung in Canberra, and as we stow away our gloves and scarves in exchange for dresses and shorts, it’s time to celebrate the best season of the year.

Warmer weather means its time to get out and about to explore some of Canberra’s new food and drink offerings. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s caught our eye in the bright

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White Rabbit Cocktail Room
(now open)
Jolimont Centre, Northbourne Avenue
Canberra City

This is bar designed for a ‘what’ and not a ‘who’. That ‘what’ is Instagram. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, everything from the cakes to the cocktails to the fitout is pretty and perfect for phone photography. Nick Tuckwell has done a great job of refurbing the tired-but-well-oved Kremlin Bar into a new space that takes the city’s bars in a brand new direction.

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What they’re saying:

Curiouser and curiouser…

What we’re thinking:

A welcome break from the previously blokey trend in Canberra bar design. Thank God there’s finally a new place to party in a frock and heels since Hippo went all ‘Baxter’s Inn’. It’s been a long two years…

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(open 22 October)
16 Iluka Street
Narrabundah

The owners of this new Asian experience speak of it as a vision. Given the months of planning and extensive refurbishment that has gone into the Narrabundah venue, we’re pretty pumped to see how the dream has become a reality.

XO-Interior-BWWhat they’re saying:

XO delivers an innovative, modern approach to traditional South East Asian cuisine that is grounded by a commitment to unpretentious, honest food.

What we’re thinking

This site in grungy Narrabundah has a proud history (Das Kapital, The Artisan). It would be great to see another venue re-invent the dynamic flavours of the region to our north. The big question is this: Can the outer-Inner South dish up another restaurant that is worth travelling to?

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Highball-Express-Logo-BWHighball Express
(open late October – maybe?)
Melbourne Building, Alinga Street
Canberra City

First there was Molly. Now, Highball Express looks to introduce a brand new experience of a Cuban hacienda with big balconies and a light and breezy feel.

Highball-Interior-BWWhat they’re saying:

Cocktail bar in the heart of Canberra’s CBD with over 500 rums and a dedicated function space.

What we’re thinking:

The small and dark (Molly) is going big and bright (Highball) on the ‘difficult’ side of Northbourne Avenue. Last time, the boys put together a beautiful whiskey vault. This time we dream of a cigar section to match all of those rums.

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Other rumours? How about a sports bar in Kingston? Mombassa seems to be getting a long-overdue makeover, and we hear that one of Canberra’s most experienced bar owners is heading to Lonsdale Street.

Stay tuned!

In a Word: Traffic

by obalint

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“Canberra doesn’t have traffic.”

Bold statement. But one that gets more promotion than Pippa Middleton’s derriere. The city’s architect designed grand boulevards and ample space, low population and rambunctious roundabouts certainly afford Canberrans the unique luxury of having minimal traffic. But I wouldn’t say there’s no traffic. And there’s been a steady increase in recent years…

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How’s the Serenity? Checking out Muse Canberra

by The Editor

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While we really can’t imagine Darrel Kerrigan sitting back with a copy of Greg Sheridan’s biography, Muse Canberra may just be the bookstore-cum-restaurant that we’ve been looking for.

So, what is it?

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Provini – Do we really need another Italian restaurant?

by The Editor

Provini-600x400-8While Italy possess a rich culture of food and wine, you could be easily forgiven for thinking the cuisine has been done to death. In Australia, Italian food has become so homogenised we can barely get past a ‘spag bol’ or soggy garlic bread while searching for a true understanding of its traditions. Where do we go from here?

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Canberra bands are killing it

by The Editor

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Over the last couple of weeks, the increasingly talented Canberra music scene has released some great singles and a couple of cool clips to go with their latest singles. There’s been so much goodness to wrap our ears around!

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A Quick Look at Joe’s Bar

by The Editor

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For a long time, the Southside has been lacking a great little wine bar to hide away and enjoy a tipple or two. As of this Friday, it looks as though that situation will be amended thanks to Joe’s Bar at East Hotel.

Bravo!

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The Final Night of Fashfest – Welcome The Engineer!

by The Editor

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If you can imagine a gathering that has taken place for many years, that has a sense of familiarity, belonging and yet everyone is in a place of expectancy and excitement for the unknown… Then you have accurately imagined the atmosphere that was present at the final night of Fashfest 2015.

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