Canberra is blessed with a diverse nightlife that pulls together bars and clubs for practically every taste.
It is also known for being a friendly city.
Tourists who come here straight from Sydney often remark on how much friendlier the people are — and that includes the women. In our guide below, we will take a look at some of the best pick up bars for enjoying a casual encounter with a Canberra lady.
First of all, it helps to know which of our establishments will attract the type of crowd that you are seeking.
This is particularly the case if you are not a very good pick up artist.
In which case… head straight to the dying embers of a student night at Academy. Desperate times for desperate measures!
For anybody else interested, here’s out guide to the best Canberra pick up bars.
Old Parliament House
Wedged in the heart of one of Australia’s most historical and important buildings, the Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House pull in between 500-700 guests every week.
If you fancy busting out your lines on a young public servant after work, this is the place to come. Friday evenings here can get particularly debaucherous, but it’s a great atmosphere and the food options at nearby Hoi Polloi restaurant are first class.
What sort of ladies can you expect to meet at OHP? Ambitious ladies; the type of woman who’ll appreciate some good conversation and intellect, not a mere rehashing of your “Did the stars fall…” lines.
Dolce Lounge & Bar
1/27-29 E Row, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
Looking for somewhere a little livelier than your typical parliament square?
Check out Canberra City’s Dolce Lounge & Bar. It’s often packed to the rafters with live music performances and renowned DJs working the crowd in to a frenzy.
You’re not going to seduce a Canberra girl with conversation in this place. But if you’re packing some dance moves, or let’s face it — if you’re an attractive bastard — then you can probably pull something bigger than a muscle in Dolce.
131 City Walk, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
King O’Malleys is one of the most recognisable pubs in Canberra, and you know exactly what that means. It’s going to get busy, packed with tourists, and full of girls passing through from out of town.
This place draws a healthy mix of locals and visitors alike. It has a light-hearted atmosphere that is conducive to approaching women and not getting slapped back from whence you came. There’s plenty of live music to broker some rowdy table hopping, too.
Best time to come to O’Malleys is Friday or Saturday in the early evening. It can still get pretty busy in the week though with live music spread across five nights.
105 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
You either love it or you hate it.
If you come here looking to pick up women, chances are you will succeed. But the calibre of lady is by no means a guarantee.
Mooseheads is a lively pub and nightclub hybrid set across four levels in Canberra City’s London Circuit. It has an upstairs club called TopLevel which is open three nights per week and can often be found hopping with young twenty-somethings.
Once this place gets going, we wouldn’t exactly call it a bar. It turns in to a zoo of dancing, shape shifting and pick up attempts ranging from the good, to the bad, to the “Jesus Lucifer Christ, how was that successful?”.
Well worth a visit if you are comfortable on a dance floor, but don’t expect to meet your future wife here.
What do you reckon, guys? Any recommendations for good bars, pubs and clubs for picking up the ladies?
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