Isn’t it great when you find a lovely bar where you can catch up with friends for a glass of wine, a cocktail, a spirit or a cup of tea and some delicious snacks then also enjoy the ambiance! Well I have found one such bar in Canberra and over the past few years have frequented often. A few months ago I chose the White Rabbit Cocktail Bar to meet up with a couple of friends for a quiet drink. It’s in the middle of Canberra city and everything is quite heavily themed to Alice in Wonderland and even the movie (soundless) is played on a large screen; it’s pretty fabulous! Beautiful orchids (real) adorn the individual seating areas as well as a white picket fence lining the walls and a floral archway leading to the bathrooms. And..velour comfy couches to relax in enabling you to enjoy your wine and your company.
White Rabbit also hosts regular events, in particular Tipsy Tea which really is pretty much a boozy high tea available every weekend with an assortment of savoury and sweet treats paired with cocktails or sparkling wine. How can that not be great! It’s pretty cool when cocktails such as Alice Be Curious arrive in a teapot along with a cucumber finger sandwich. Every drink has something delicious served with it, for example the Mad Hatter – 12yr old rum, bourbon and cognac with cream and egg comes with a side of cognac-soaked flaming black cherries or even the Tweedle-Rum.
My friends and I only enjoyed a glass of wine on our occasion of catching up but I have eaten here before and the food is very good – charcuterie boards and the most amazing desserts.
As soon as you walk in there is something pretty spectacular that catches your eye…a collection of glass-fronted cabinets along one wall. Each cabinet contains bottles of alcohol which is actually a locked vault for personal drinks – you can own a cabinet to store a special (I guess expensive) bottle or your favourite wine, which will be brought out for you whenever you visit. How cool is this!
This really is a lovely place for a relaxed drink and something to eat. I like it too because it’s dimly lit adding to the ambience but really why would you not enjoy a place that serves great wine/delicious food and most importantly you can relax in a comfy lounge!