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High Jinks, Canberra, AU-ACT

High Jinks

4.7
4.7
91 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Home Style
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • 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 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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91 Reviews
  1. DanE

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out celebrating a 21st. Staff were amazing. The menu though limited had some very delicious options. Have been numerous times and it never disappoints.

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  2. Deefer

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've chosen Fair for food as I didn't order any, and I need to choose something for the review. Everything else was wonderful

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  3. Taylah

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Loved the atmosphere and service was incredible

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  4. LauraT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice overall but I was disappointed that the staff wouldn't turn the music down a little. We were virtually the only customers in the bar and we had trouble hearing each other. When I asked if the music could be turned down, the waiter said no.

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  5. Daniel

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy atmosphere and great service

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  6. Heather

    Canberra

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This is a fabulous little venue and the cocktail list is stellar. Unfortunately, we only stayed for one drink (had planned the whole evening there) because the music volume was so loud we were shouting at each other to be heard. Such a shame because the cocktail I had was amazing and the list was so tempting … might try again in the afternoon.

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  7. Nikolaas

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best cocktails in Canberra. Beat service in Canberra. Best night out with friends! Always enjoy my time at High Jinks!

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  8. Tran

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome vibes and music without being too in your face. Very homey and comfortable, easy to have a chat in. The bartenders were very knowledgeable with great recommendations

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  9. I777

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, bar staff were attentive and friendly!

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  10. AmyJ

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, fantastic drinks and wonderful service. Music was a bit too loud to be a speakeasy, did have to almost yell.
    High JinksResponded on 19 July 2023
    Hi Amy, We're chuffed by your feedback and hope have you visit again...although we are located in a basement we don't promote ourselves as a 'speakeasy'. We aim for our guests to have "Silly goose times" hence the decision to play rock-a-billy tunes but perhaps the music was played too loud - we will revise the volume at which it may be played. Kind regards,

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  11. DouglasP

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly attentive staff, great service, delicious drinks

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  12. J00ls

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely place, cozy and intimate, but the noise level due to the music was way too loud for catching up with friends, my partner has some hearing problems and found it particularly difficult to hear conversations within our party of 5. Twice we asked if the music could be turned down slightly, and twice were told no. Such a shame because otherwise it would have been a perfect night.

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  13. DouglasP

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience, great drinks and food. Amazingly friendly and attentive staff

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  14. LaurenG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfection!! Delicious cocktails served by the most engaging and friendly staff in a beautiful, intimate space. Can’t wait to visit again!
    High JinksResponded on 6 April 2023
    Love that you love us, thanks so much!

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  15. RenataD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything fantastic although music was just a bit too loud making it hard to have a conversation with my friends.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were cheerful and friendly, and both the cocktails and food were delicious!
    High JinksResponded on 13 February 2023
    You're going to make us blush, thanks for your kind words and we'll see you again soon hopefully!

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  17. MattC

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hi Jinks was great. Nice cocktails, nice atmosphere, excellent service and delicious cheese platter. We could have stayed for longer!
    High JinksResponded on 13 February 2023
    So glad you enjoyed everything Matt! We'll see you in the basement again soon.

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  18. AlexR

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very cute spot! The staff were fabulous, very attentive, helpful & fun! The cheese platter & cocktails were delicious. We are very excited to head back next chance!
    High JinksResponded on 13 February 2023
    Thanks so much Alex! The team appreciates your kind words and we look forward to your next visit

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  19. Rudi

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful vibe, intimate and great service! Perfect for dates nights.
    High JinksResponded on 23 January 2023
    Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some feedback Rudi! We look forward to seeing you again.

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  20. ZanHart

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue for a catch up with friends. Staff friendly and engaging. Interesting range of cocktails, and fun customised mocktails
    High JinksResponded on 21 November 2022
    Hi Zan, Thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback, we look forward to serving you again!

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  21. RichardJ

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, really friendly service and great attention to customers. Funky space and open on a Monday!
    High JinksResponded on 21 November 2022
    Thanks so much Richard, We'll see you for another drink soon!

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  22. TristanD

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting cocktails, small but good menu of light meals, entre-type food. Highly recommend the prawn buns. Great service from friendly staff.

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  23. TimJ

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and friendly service. Highly recommended for a great night out
    High JinksResponded on 21 November 2022
    Hi Tim, Thanks for much for the great review, we look forward to seeing you next time!

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  24. Oscar

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High Jinks is easily one of my favourite cocktail bars in the city. All drinks are good, I've never been disappointed with an order and the staff is very friendly and helpful, specially if I'm undecided. Great music and just the right volume to chat with my friends
    High JinksResponded on 1 November 2022
    Thanks so much for your kind words Oscar! We look forward to having you back.

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  25. JackB

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time my wife and I have been to high jinks and yet again incredible night, the staff are absolutely amazing very helpful with drink selection. It’s such a beautiful and intimate atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back in the near future
    High JinksResponded on 18 October 2022
    We're so happy that you enjoyed your time with us Jack, We look forward to your next visit!

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  26. PaulK

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bar itself and the guys behind it made our night. It happened to the the Queen's memorial day off - so no food available. But the cocktails and the funky space made it well worth our visit. We will certainly go back next tome we're in the Nation's Capital. If you're looking for cool cocktails, great music selection, a chat and fun High Jinks has it all - cheers!

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  27. PeterC

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and great advice on cocktails. Great service well worth a visit
    High JinksResponded on 12 September 2022
    Thanks so much for your feedback Peter, we look forward to serving you again!

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  28. Sergio

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice and cossy place. Great service, food was coming at the right time and the price was just right. Definitely, coming back
    High JinksResponded on 12 September 2022
    Hi Sergio, The Jinks team is so happy you loved us, we’ll be seeing you around for sure!

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  29. TraceyW

    New South Wales

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday drinks

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  30. LeeM

    Canberra

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Highjinks was popping for a Friday early evening. The staff are always friendly and accomodating. A little disappointed with the food (was a little cool). But overall still enjoy coming here.

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  31. Kirsty

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous (& secretive) little spot to spend time with close friends.
    High JinksResponded on 9 August 2022
    Hi Kirsty, Thanks for the review! It is nice and secretive, but you must tell all your friends about us ;)

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  32. Sneakeasy

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good atmosphere and nice choices. Thanks team
    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022
    Thanks for the review! Catch you down in the basement next time!

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  33. MelT

    Canberra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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 2022
    Hi 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.

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  34. LibbyW

    Canberra

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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 :).

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  35. JackB

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 2022
    Hi 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 ;)

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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 2022
    Thanks for your review! Can't wait to have you down in the basement again

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  37. Monica

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect experience ,will come again! There was a girl Issy or.Lizzy ,super nice, best service ever
    High JinksResponded on 14 July 2022
    Wow, thanks for such a glowing review! And we couldn't agree more, Issey is a superstar

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  38. Grande

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 2022
    Hey 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 :)

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  39. PrueK

    New South Wales

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    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 2022
    Hi 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,

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  40. OliviaC

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, accomodating & friendly staff, delicious pizza & amazing drinks. Thank you. My friends & I had a fab time.
    High JinksResponded on 26 May 2022
    Hi Olivia, Thanks for the review. It's very encouraging - we're excited to see you in the future!

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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
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • 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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