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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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Casting our vote at Polit Bar

by The Editor

Polit Logo

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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Polit Bar – Established 1927

by The Editor

Polit Logo

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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All that Glitters: The Alchemy Bar

by The Editor

Alchemy Bar Logo
Like a phoenix rising (no, not that one) one of Canberra’s longest running bar venues has debuted with the aim of returning to the glory days of Franklin Street. We popped in to the grand opening on a dreary Wednesday night to see what was offer at the new kid on Canberra’s glitziest block.
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Playing in the Knightsbridge Zoo

by The Editor

Knightsbridge Zoo logo

Winter is here. Scarves, jackets and gloves abound. Why hibernate on the couch for the colder months when the crazy cats at Knightsbridge Penthouse have you covered?

It’s time to let out your inner-animal for Knightsbridge’s ninth birthday party.

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New Roots: The Treehouse Bar Launch

by The Editor

Treehouse Logo

A Hippo, a Playground and now a Treehouse. The finer bars in Canberra seem to be adopting a playfully titular trend. This weekend sees the opening of Treehouse Bar in the Sydney Building. Who is this, what is it all about and why is this occurring?

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Ox Eatery at East Hotel – Lightning Review

by The Editor

There’s a lot to like about East Hotel and restaurant Ox. It’s feels similar to the Realm Precinct in Barton in that it strikes a balance between sophisticated and safe, and presents neat little ideas that capture the eye, as opposed to a strident attempt for individualism. In that sense East Hotel probably nails the Canberra market.  We popped along to see what was on offer.

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Knightsbridge Penthouse Cocktail Launch: Spring!

by The Editor

A true stayer n the Canberra cocktail circuit, Knightsbridge Penthouse refuses to rest on its laurels.  Come tonight (Friday) this bastion of beautiful beverages gives itself an airing with the launch of a Spring cocktail menu.

We could go on in detail about what the gang has on offer but, given we are essentially lazy in our journalistic pursuits, follow the jump for all the goss lifted directly from their Facebook page…

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Digress Restaurant and Lounge

by The Editor

Let’s get one thing straight. Wandering the streets of Old Delhi we don’t expect to come across an espresso machine. While relaxing in a piazza with a lovely glass of chianti, we’d be equally surprised to see cows wandering in to snack their way through the bins. Therefore, in keeping with such cross-cultural collisions, we never expected Digress.

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