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Canberra CBD, Canberra

Tongue and Groove Bar

Cnr Genge and Bunda St
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Tongue & Groove is Canberra’s newest meeting place. With its roots firmly in the traditional, Sydney style pub genre, Tongue & Groove pushes the concept into a new realm, with a visibly refined elegance and slick menu to boot.

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Tongue and Groove Review

Review by Amy Stevenson

If you’re looking for something new in Canberra, Tongue & Groove in the city (across the road from Academy nightclub) is a great choice.

There’s no cover charge, so it’s perfect for a few drinks to get the night started before heading off to the clubs, but also great for those after work drinks. Expect to see a young professional crowd. This of course, can change depending on whatever day of the week it is.

Tongue & Groove also offer a range of meals which means you may also see an older professional age bracket. Be prepared to wear your best heels and smart casual attire – while they’re not expecting you to wear your year 10 formal dress, you’ll stand out from the public servants in suits when you’re in short shorts and thongs.

The bar itself is different to others in Canberra and a sneak peak on their website reveals that the décor is the work of Paul Kelly Designs of Sydney. Depending on your mood and what you’re after, you can decide on how you’ll spend your night there.

Tables and chairs on one side of the bar create the feeling of a casual restaurant, while big timber benches and stools on the other make it easy to sit and chat with friends. Tongue and Groove also has a great outdoor seating area. but be warned: bring an extra jacket in winter. The big glass windows allow you to see whatever is happening in the outside and for people walking past to see how good you have it sipping on your drinks inside. While the world may be able to watch, they’ve managed to create a sense of intimacy and the giant lights above are dimmed to create an easy, after dark feel

. Tongue & Groove whip up a great cocktail – especially when it comes to mojitos – with all the ingredients fresh and the size of the drink well worth the $15. For a glass of house wine, you’re looking to pay around $7. The price list may seem a little more than some of the other places around, but Tongue & Groove have excellent quality wine and beer, which most people seem happy to pay for. It’s good to keep an eye on the weekly food and beverage deals they do as well, with Mondays offering $5 tapas, wines, house spirits and ale. Thursdays are great for cheaper cocktails too.

On a busy Saturday night, it can be hard to get inside – not only because there’s a line-up, but because there isn’t a lot of room to move once your inside. The line for the bar and the dance floor can become slightly blurred, but with DJ sets going throughout the night, the atmosphere is far from lacking. One of the best things about Tongue & Groove is the atmosphere is constantly changing, but is still always relaxed whether it be a weekday drink or weekend afternoon beers.

No matter what you’re after, you’re likely to find it at Tongue and Groove.

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