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High Jinks, Canberra, AU-ACT

High Jinks

4.7
4.7
61 Reviews
$40 and under
Cocktail Bar
Discover High Jinks, your friendly neighbourhood bar. Stroll through the garden opposite the Nishi building or up Kendall Ln to find us in the basement. Take the elevator, or the stairs between Ily and Parlour. Feel a true neighbourhood vibe with a warm atmosphere, rockabilly tunes and good old fashioned hospitality from a passionate and creative team. Select from a range of tap beers, local wines, choice spirits and signature cocktails. And nibble on tasty bar fare and antipasto platters to nourish the soul. Whether you live, work, visit or dine in the area, High Jinks is your local.

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2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Speakeasy

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 6152 0718

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 61 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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Loved For

  • Canberra

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Canberra

    Romance

  • Canberra

    Special Occasions

  • Canberra

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Inner North

    Best Overall

  • Inner North

    Best Food

  • Inner North

    Best Service

  • Inner North

    Best Ambience

  • Inner North

    Best Value

  • Inner North

    Fit for Foodies

  • Inner North

    Romance

  • Inner North

    Special Occasions

  • Inner North

    Most Booked

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  1. K

    Kirsty

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous (& secretive) little spot to spend time with close friends.

    High JinksResponded 4 days agoHi Kirsty, Thanks for the review! It is nice and secretive, but you must tell all your friends about us ;)

  2. S

    Sneakeasy

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Always good atmosphere and nice choices. Thanks team

    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022Thanks for the review! Catch you down in the basement next time!

  3. MT

    MelT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    After 9 the noise levels resulted in feeling like you were in a night club, which significantly impacted the ambiance of a traditional speak easy. In addition the second gin and tonic was in a tall glass which I did not ask for and i would have expected in a short glass. There was no ice added to the first drink while ice added to the second. So perhaps waiting staff could be trained to ask the customer for their preferences when asking for a gin and tonic and bar staff not provide mixed drinks in tall glasses unless requested by the customer.

    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Mel, It looks like the expectations for you visit may have been skewed a little. To clarify, we do market ourselves as a venue with an energetic atmosphere, and one of our main points of service is having rambunctious fun. We tend to be a little quieter during the week, so if you were after more of a speakeasy vibe this will be perfect for you! Apologies about the situation with the g+t, that is not usually how we run things here and our service standards will be reviewed.

  4. LW

    LibbyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a fantastic little bar with great ambience and a mixed crowd. Really creative cocktails with a seasonal menu, so it's always interesting. Menu not extensive, but this IS a cocktail bar, so what they have on offer is actually quite generous, with good variety. Well priced, especially for the quality you get. Only thing was the music was waaaay too loud for such a small place. I was having difficulty hearing my friend who was sitting right next to me. The staff turned it down just little when I asked them to, but it was still at a level where conversation wasn't easy, and I still couldn't get the staff's attention over the music, so had to rely on catching their eye. Will definitely be back though - love it :).
  5. JB

    JackB

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time being to high jinks, took my wife there for our anniversary. First thoughts upon entering was a small bar, but as we got sat it was just perfect! The staff were amazing, the drinks and food tasted perfect, the atmosphere was incredible. A perfect and romantic cocktail bar for any situation, will definitely be coming back in the future will definitely be recommending to my friends!

    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022Hi Jack, thanks for your review! I'm so glad you and your wife had such a good experience with us. Happy anniversary - catch you again next year ;)

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little bar, hidden away (which makes it a challenge to find - but well worth it when you do!) with a spectacular ambiance and drink selection. Will most definitely be back.

    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022Thanks for your review! Can't wait to have you down in the basement again

  7. M

    Monica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience ,will come again! There was a girl Issy or.Lizzy ,super nice, best service ever

    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022Wow, thanks for such a glowing review! And we couldn't agree more, Issey is a superstar

  8. G

    Grande

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I organised a table for 15 people after the launch night of a digital art experience in Canberra. The team were quick to respond and even letting us pre-order pizzas for our hungry group for when they arrived. The team loved the venue, staff and food! Thanks for a great night.

    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022Hey there! It was an absolute pleasure to have you guys in the other night, I'm so pleased you had a good time. We'll catch you all down again next time you swing past :)

  9. PK

    PrueK

    New South Wales

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Disappointed. Ambience and decor very average, not what I expected form my research. Small area with seating facing each other. Only 12 cocktails on the list, limited wine.

    High JinksResponded on 26 May 2022Hi PrueK, Guess we're not your cup of tea or the expectation was skewed. To be honest, this is not our regular review but we understand as a team we have to be open minded. To clarify, we're licensed as a small bar which limits our operational capacity, while we market ourselves as the precincts neighbourhood bar/local. Perhaps the photos don't do justice for the venue or maybe we update the comms so when people search for High Jinks the venue's capacity is clear. Kind regards,

  10. OC

    OliviaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, accomodating & friendly staff, delicious pizza & amazing drinks. Thank you. My friends & I had a fab time.

    High JinksResponded on 26 May 2022Hi Olivia, Thanks for the review. It's very encouraging - we're excited to see you in the future!

  11. A

    Akdennis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lady who greeted and served us from 7-9 pm on Thursday 5 May has done an amazing job overall. Her multitasking and serving skills were outstanding.

    High JinksResponded on 11 May 2022Wow, thanks for such a glowing review! We couldn't agree more, Issey is an absolute gem, isn't she! It's so wonderful to receive a review like this. We can't wait to have you back down again soon :))

  12. d

    debrah

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Thank you, very nice and helpful staff , and good choice of drinks

    High JinksResponded on 11 May 2022Thanks for your review Debrah! We're glad you had such a good time!

  13. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great little restaurant / bar highly recommended!

    High JinksResponded on 22 April 2022Cheers, Nick! Thanks for your kind words. Can't wait to see you back again soon!

  14. HC

    HalC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great atmosphere. Special thanks to the bartender that night who was very friendly, helpful, and made our experience extra enjoyable.

    High JinksResponded on 22 April 2022Thanks for such a glowing review, we'll definitely pass on your kind words to the bartender! We're glad you had a good time and can't wait to see you down again soon!

  15. S

    Sassy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and was surprised what a cool place. Excellent music, food etc

    High JinksResponded on 11 April 2022Hey Sassy, thanks so much for stopping by! We'll see you next time for some sweet tunes

  16. D

    Dish

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, wonderful staff, wonderful food and drinks! Definitely coming back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bar tender was amazing. Person and knew his stuff.
  18. J

    Jezza

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great customer service by the young gentleman and a lovely place.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As always a class experience. Thanks guys!
  20. JM

    JessyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were so delicious and so amazing. Almost as good as the service and the staff there. It was so cool being able to sit there and watch them make the most amazing cocktails.
  21. LM

    LeeM

    Canberra

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has become a favourite place of mine. The staff are engaging, helpful, you know they enjoy what they do from how they treat customers. The food is deliciousness and delightful. Keep doing what you are doing. It’s a great little hidden gem in Canberra for a cheeky drink and nibbles.
  22. f

    funnyfish

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably delicious cocktails and always excellent service.
  23. N

    Natalie

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High Jinks was outstanding, the bar tender we had was incredibly knowledgeable and fantastic! Couldn’t recommend going here enough!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chill vibes and sweet service, highly recommend for a nice night out 💕
  25. M

    Mish

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Visited on New Year's Eve and the team on the night were so lovely! We were well looked after. Loved the fun vibe and great cocktails!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Spent a couple of hours at High Jinx on NYE before heading to another event. Cocktails and food were fantastic, staff friendly and accomodating, atmosphere was laidback and cool. Very nice start to the night!
  27. DE

    DanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable and the staff are the best , the food and drinks were great ,couldn’t have spent Christmas Eve in a better place 👍🏼
  28. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience, great service, food and drinks.
  29. S

    Sneakeasy

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar to relax in for a cosy drink. Amazing selection of spirits and the staff are great. Big shout out to Ella for going above and beyond with here customer service. Thanks team will definitely be back soon.
  30. B

    Bree

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would highly recommend! One of Canberra' hidden gems! Great service, cocktails, food and atmosphere! We will be back!
  31. LM

    LeeM

    Canberra

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, a hidden gem! Delicious food with delightful staff and service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    A friend and I went to High Jinks for the first time and had a great evening. The staff were attentive without hovering, the space was beautifully decorated, and the drinks were outstanding. We didn't eat, but the review didn't allow an NA option!
  33. MJ

    MelissaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    High Jinks is one of the best bars I’ve been to. The cocktails were delicious and beautifully presented. Watching the bar staff was like watching artists at work, and the wait staff were absolutely lovely. The bar has amazing ambience, with fantastic jazz music. They outsource the food, and whilst the food was not the best I’ve ever had, this would not stop me coming back. Highly recommend.
  34. BB

    BernadetteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous place to meet friends. Music a little loud for conversation but food drinks and service were all excellent.
  35. J

    Jales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A cute little speakeasy with delicious cocktails and food to match! The staff were lovely and had exellent drink reccomendations. The music was delightful too!
  36. H

    Hayley

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The room was fantastic, hard to find to begin with. The mood was good across the board. Food was a bit mediocre but the drinks were great! Good recommendations from the team, they knew their product well. The volume was a bit loud so sometimes hard to hear people at my table without getting loud ourselves but not deafening.
  37. BS

    BrittanyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team are all very attentive to their guests. Have an incredible knowledge of cocktails. Will happily whip something up off menu. Always a good time.

    High JinksResponded on 17 November 2021Hi BrittanyS, Thank you! The team will be stoked by this review - It's really encouraging as the team aim to deliver a great experience all the time. Drop in again soon.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place!
  39. SD

    SophieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious, the fungi pizza is amazing as are the cocktails. Staff are wonderful and friendly. A great night out!

    High JinksResponded on 17 November 2021Hi SophieD, Thank you, you're too kind! This means a lot to the team as they just want everyone to have the best time. Drop in again soon.

  40. RK

    RebbeccaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the atmosphere, friendly vibe and wonderful service.

    High JinksResponded on 17 November 2021Hi RebbeccaK, We love that you love the place! The team will be stoked by your feedback. We hope you drop in again soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

High Jinks is rated 4.7 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 pm


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for High Jinks

B 2 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, AU-ACT 2601

Additional information

  • Area

    Canberra City

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Speakeasy

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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