TedxCanberra Momemtum will be a day filled with talks from incredible, inspiring people where you will meet new friends, learn about new technologies and initiatives, and so much more…. If you want to keep the ‘momentum’ going, check out our recommendations in New Acton, the CBD and Braddon about where to go for a drink or a bite to eat after the event.

Parlour Wine Room

Parlour Wine Room has been an institution in Canberra for many years. Based in New Acton, they have become a staple cocktail location for locals and interstate travellers alike. The vibe is sophisticated and elegant – large plush armchairs tucked into corners with paintings; service staff offering classic cocktails with a twist matched with an extensive bar and dining menu.  My recommendation is the Emma Stone, a refreshing cocktail with sweet ginger, strawberries and lemon served with a dry Australian prosecco.

Bar Rochford

This gorgeous wine and cocktail bar is hidden away in the iconic Melbourne Building. It can get pretty noisy later in the night so I would recommend going there early and select a few good eats and drinks from their menu. Their menu features a selection of dishes including Red Snapper with Black Eyed Peas, Chorizo Oil, Coriander Yoghurt, fresh oysters and a range of cheeses. Gourmet Traveller has also nominated them for Bar of the Year in Australia!


Lazy Su

Situated on Lonsdale St in Braddon, you’ll find a range of tasty Korean/Japanese/American fusions eats at Lazy Su. Think wagyu cheesesteak spring rolls, ramen, bao-gers and Korean fried buffalo wings. They also have lots of Japanese drinks on the menu and the interior is like nothing I’ve seen in Canberra (make sure you go to the toilet)!


Sanya Bar

This funky little Beijing tapas bar in Braddon offers a selection of drinks including unique cocktails at a great price. Grab a drink and choose from a selection of their Beijing-inspired tapas – the banana chicken wings are a ‘must try’.



Akiba is one of our favourite spots in Canberra to grab a drink and a bite to eat. They really tick all the boxes for us in terms of food, atmosphere, drinks and service. They offer a good Asian fusion menu with eats like baos, dumplings, sashimi and more. If you’re feeling really hungry you can go with the ‘Just feed me’ option. For $49 you get 8 of their favourite dishes.


Capitol Bar and Grill at QT Canberra

There are so many options on the menu at Capitol Bar and Grill, you will be spoilt for choice. They were recently awarded the best steak in Canberra and their range of sides are incredible – do yourself a favour and try the Paris Mash Potatoes and the Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese (if it’s still one the menu)! The bar and dining space is really quirky, they have a fireplace near the bar and it has a great atmosphere.



Kokomo’s is a new bar in Canberra, only opening in June 2017.  The theme is tropical and casual – with fresh, light cocktails served in the downstairs bar, or in the upstairs dining booths.  We went on a Sunday evening, and the vibe was really cool – music pumping while groups and couples enjoyed cocktails and light snacks.  It may be the new kid on the block, but Kokomo’s is certainly making waves in Canberra city.


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