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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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The Weekend Cometh: 12-14 April 2013

by The Editor

Glasses

Time once more to charge headlong in to another glorious weekend.  The Bureau (with their spanky new website) says we’re in for a sunny weekend with temperatures in the mid-20s tending towards showers on Sunday – perfect for taking advantage of Canberra in Autumn.

We’ve prodded through the inbox to check out what’s on offer…

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Dress Circle – Jess

by The Editor

Jess Close-up

Well, welcome to the latest edition of Dress/Jess Circle!

Jess was wondering the streets of Manuka after having coffee with a friend, when her beautiful silk floral pants made us stop her to talk to her about her stylish outfit!

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Urban Pantry: All I want for Christmas is coffee?

by Barrister Barista

Urban Pantry 3‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. They’d all gone for breakfast, or coffee, or both – and at least half of them had gone to Urban Pantry in Manuka.

Urban Pantry is about The Food, first and foremost – we feel that this can be said without controversy.  The Coffee is made by baristas with care, in the hope that large food orders soon will be there.  The important thing is that The Welcome comes with coffee, and this happens three times out of four on our yuletide visit.  We wait patiently for a motley crew of skim latte, regular latte, short black and soy cappucino, and line up our could-you-please-add-or-subtract-this-and-make-that-gluten-free food order, with only a minimum of attitude from our all suff’rin’ waiter.

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Dining at Ox Eatery

by The Editor

It was one of those cooler Canberra evenings – the ones where glorious afternoon sun makes way for a suddenly chilly gloom. We made our way towards East Hotel on Giles Street in Griffith (well, technically – otherwise it’s between Kingston and Manuka).

For those who read our lightening review last week, you’ll have a general overview of the decor and initial experience of Ox Eatery. But what of the wining and dining experience of Ox Eatery? The reason one might venture Eastwards in the first place? Well, let’s just say it’s a pleasing one, if certainly a work in progress.

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On the honey: life’s sweet at ONA Manuka

by TheEA

North side or South side?  Daily, Canberrans wrestle with some difficult choices.  The lake-shaped mental block shapes where one lives, eats,  shops and drinks coffee.  Luckily, The Canberran is not partisan, and Barrister Barista accepts all briefs.  This week, we followed the bean train back South, disembarking in the first home of Canberra’s ONA Coffee, on the Lawns in Manuka.

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Grill’d Burger – Manuka

by The Editor

Grill’d opened its first ACT franchise in Belconnen at the end of March.  Unfortunately that is well and truly out of our jurisdiction, so, while feasting on Brodburgers and The London‘s offerings, we waited patiently for a more centrally located version to open.

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Public Bar – Revisited

by The Editor

Back in November, we were excited by the removal of the large hoardings that kept the new Public Bar obscured from prying eyes.  On one of the most prominent sites on the Southside, it was always going to set hopes high.  We liked it, but felt overcharged by a venue effetively facing a service station.

Having been informed prices had been lowered and the menu revised, it was certainly worth another visit.  On a cloudy mid-April day we returned, tempted by the idea of a pie.

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