The Canberran

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Category: Weekend

X(O) Rated. We try Narrabundah’s Newest

by The Editor

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The searing heat of January is evident through the haze rising from the bitumen of the Narrabundah shops carpark. It’s a Saturday, and time for lunch. However, the temperature – which is rapidly climbing into the high-30s – suggests the day would be better spent with cocktails by the pool.

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Settling in at Parlour Bar

by The Editor

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It seems all the action is occurring over on the western side of Canberra City. With the recent arrival of Molly and QT Hotel, as well as the completion last year of the last bits and pieces of NewActon, there’s a lot going on once you cross Northbourne Avenue.

We decided to spend an evening at one of NewActon’s newest (and oldest) venues – Parlour Wine Room. You may have been there during the three years it was open prior to the tragic fire that started in Flint Restaurant and took Parlour with it, however, rest assured the new Parlour Wine Room is something far beyond what previously existed.

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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
management@hippobar.com.au
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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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Slipper Gate – A Vinsiders Investigation

by The Vinsiders

Recently, there has been some well-publicised controversy surrounding Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper. It’s been alleged that Mr Slipper used a Cabcharge to visit a number of wineries within the Canberra region.

With so many competing stories, it’s difficult to establish the facts and make sense of Mr Slipper’s actions. So, while the police, courts and public opinion do their best to ascertain the innocence or guilt of Mr Slipper’s alleged taxpayer-funded jaunt, the Vinsiders decided to undertake their own investigation and follow the trail of the Golden Slipper!

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More than a Trifle of Truffle at Artisan

by The Editor

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Deep in to Canberra’s annual truffle season, it’s not all about digging around far-flung paddocks in the hope of retrieving a nugget of pungent deliciousness. Many of Canberra’s finer restaurants – including Sage, Italian and Sons and Grazing – are putting on a show of what the funky fungus can do for a dish.

In the spirit of adventure and service to our audience, we settled in at The Artisan for their 5-course Truffle Celebration with matching wines. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

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Casting our vote at Polit Bar

by The Editor

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We discussed it briefly yesterday, and were quite excited by the prospect of a tongue-in-cheek venue opening up in Manuka. Much like our illustrious leaders who are very much in campaign mode, the brash new independent, Polit Bar, is on the charm offensive.

So, what did we find at a soft launch for a bar that has fixed their opening night soiree an a yet-to-be-called election night? Was this the equivalent of a ‘hung opening’?

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Pop! goes Palace Electric’s party!

by The Editor

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It’s been hilariously billed as the party even Brad wouldn’t want to miss. On Friday night Palace Electric plays host to the after-party for the launch of the NGA’s latest exhibition: Roy Lichtenstein.

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Polit Bar – Established 1927

by The Editor

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In the last six or seven years we’ve seen four different bars occupy the space upstairs from the Westpac on Franklin Street in Manuka. The Julep Lounge, Tulip Lounge and The Vinyl Room have all had a presence in the cosy little spot looking over the street.

Now we have Polit Bar (established 1927). Is this a sign of cheeky things to come?

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The Canberra Truffle Festival

by The Editor

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Apparently truffles grow in France because the soil contains a lot of limestone, the summer gets up to around 35 degrees, they have sub-zero weather in the winter and there is very little rain. Sound familiar?

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