A community style gastro pub located at “5 Lonsdale St” – the Hopscoth Bar the space is spacious, inviting and the menu affordable. Live music is provided every weekend, with local Canberra bands and djs taking the stage/decks every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for details.
The name comes from the melding of “hops” (beer) and “scotch”, both of which are on display in the bar. The bartender advised they had over 50 varieties of whiskies and this article highlights that they stock 3 beers not in any other Canberra bar – including Pikes Clare Valley, Endeavour Brewers Reserve and Illawarra Brewing Company.
The bar is playful and trendy with colourful furniture and a giant sign that you can’t miss.
There is a large outdoor area with a gorgeous mural, the work of 16 year old street artist Solomon Grainger. His mother, Kacy, producing stencilled art around the bar.
Their Facebook page promises a whole pig on the spit on Sundays, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.
Venturing inside you’ll find a retro-esque vibe – I particuarly loved the outside of the kitchen, which has wallpaper made from newspaper clippings featuring “5 Lonsdale Street”.
After having a snoop around the venue, we got to work on ordering (all orders are done at the bar). The menu is a fresh take on pub food, and several menu items are barbecue inspired. Many meat dishes being cooked on the parilla grill (Argentinian grill) which seems to cater to people without backyards or barbecues.
After ordering we plonked ourselves in the courtyard and chatted intensely, we had 18 months of catching up to do! We stopped briefly to admire each other’s outfits – I am loving having an actual closet of clothes again. What do you think of my new bow tie? Emma was enamoured with it.
As was I with her simple yet chic style.
After our happy snaps, we got straight back into catching up – taking a breathe only to sip our wines. The Malbec for Emma and the Pinot Noir for me – both were very good. The food arrived just in time to meet our rumbling tummys.
The felafel pita for me (the only vaguely vegan item on the menu).
And the delicious jerk chicken burger for Emma.
I have to admit I did have a bite and I almost threw my attempted animal free lifestyle to the wind and ordered one for myself. It was so tender, had that delicious jerk sauce and was slightly smoky.
After lunch I had a very special question to ask Emma.
She said YES!
We whittled the day away with red wine and not stop chatting.
The lunch turned into a rather big day, us only leaving when the sky was well and truly dark and the neon sign was in full bloom.
Emma’s boyfriend met us for a drink but coaxed us home with the promise of pizza and The Bachelor.
All in all I found Hopscoth to be a relaxed bar with a great social vibe and tasty pub food – perfect for whittling away a sunny Sunday or for a quick after work drink. Let me know what you think in the comments.
The perfect place for: Anyone looking for a community style gastro pub that serve unique beers, loads of whiskey and tasty pub/bbq food.
Address: 5 Lonsdale St Braddon, ACT
Open: 7 days from 11am to late
Phone: 02 6107 3030
Bookings: For groups of 6 or more
Get them on: Facebook
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx