I hear you. Round these parts, it's basically still winter. In September, the final frigid days in our capital hang round like the boozehound neighbour who won't go on home, or the telemarketer who won't unsubscribe you from their call lists. But I implore you, fine and intrepid Canberran, you must not, under any circumstances, let winter win.
Crawl out from the cozy pubs, the dim bars you've holed up in this winter, and experience a tipple in the open Canberra air. Brace for colourful skyline vistas, fruit-filled cocktails, frothy beers, and not-beachy-but-it'll-do water views. Raise a toast to the longer days hiding round the corner and drink yourself into a fine spring.
Rex Hotel's newest bar has been a favourite for sunset-lovers ever since it officially opened earlier this year. With one of the best views in the city, the rooftop venue is fully enclosed, being the ideal place to enjoy sunshine even on those cooler spring days.
Warmer days means the Highball party won't just be contained to the salsa-filled dance floor.
It's now the season to hit the bar's light-filled balcony area and sit amongst the greenery during a lazy Sunday session.
For spring, the Cuban-themed bar is also serving up a new menu, with fruity concoctions and three new signature Highball spritzers.
Capital Brewing Co
While Capital might have been your go-to hangout during winter, the brewery will take on a new life this spring. With a packed calendar of events including their first birthday celebrations, street basketball competition and a guided birdwatching walk, the brewery is also set to introduce fresh new brews.
Having an open-air courtyard within the brewery and plenty of seating out front provides a relaxed yet social atmosphere for the sunnier season, even if it's in Fyshwick.
The Pop Inn
The Pop Inn is an artfully designed pop-up wine bar, the first of its kind in Canberra. You've probably seen them around town, resplendent in fairy lights and sometimes accompanied by live jazz.
This spring, they'll paint the town red with appearances at TEDx, Bowen Park and Telopea Park. For more locations and events, visit thepopinn.com.
Lenton Mobile Bar
If mobile bars are your style, get it to come to you. Lenton is one of the newest additions to Canberra's catering scene, serving up customised beverages, canapes and games at parties, weddings and any other odd shindig you're set to host this season.
George Harcourt Inn
An oldie but a goodie, George Harcourt Inn is the ultimate place to catch up with all the friends you know have been in hibernation. The inn's busy live music schedule, pub feeds and spacious and sunny outdoor courtyards will go over nicely with grown-ups and kids alike.
Mint Garden Bar
Within the historic grounds of Gorman House is the tree-filled courtyard of Mint Garden Bar. So if you're seeking a beer garden atmosphere with unique cocktail creations, kick back at Mint.