EDITOR’S NOTE: Four months after the following post we returned to investigate Public Bar’s revised menu and drinks list. Best you read the update here.
A couple of months ago, signage appeared at the corner of Franklin Street and Flinders Way in the area of town we’ve all come to know as Manuka. The words writ high on the green hoardings was nothing short of brave:
DOUBLE BAY HAS THE GOLDEN SHEAF…. SOUTH YARRA HAS THE BOTANICAL….SOON CANBERRA WILL HAVE PUBLIC BAR.
As one who has spent a number of sunny weekends at both established, sprawling venues, this was a mighty statement on which to stake a new bar’s reputation. Given partners of Public include Soc Kochinos (Belluci’s, Suburban Dickson) and Pawl Cubbin (Zoo Advertising), there was evidence of the necessary resources to pull off such a claim.
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