First look & menu: Hopscotch bar, Braddon, Canberra

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The newest bar in Canberra has a playful and funky name and a cool neon sign near the street (presumably so you don't miss it). Located on Lonsdale st, where a car dealership, a hair salon and a fishing tackle store used to be, Hopscotch bar serves beer (hops), scotch, and wood-fired food. The_Food_Avenue_Hopscotch

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So, it seems more like a gastropub than just a bar, which is perfectly fine by me!

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According to the Canberra Times interview with the owners, Hopscotch has three beers on tap that no other Canberra establishment has – a Pikes Clare Valley, Illawarra Brewing Company pale ale and an Endeavour Brewers Reserve.

But after a long day, I was in the mood for something a bit stronger. The knowledgeable bartender had a bit of a chat to me about my preferences and poured me some of this wondrous liquid - the Glenkinchie 12 year old single malt. It was just perfect.

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It came from an impressive line up of whisky bottles on a laden shelf, which I'm sure could have easily lead to a very enjoyable evening of whisky tasting were it not a week night!

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We then decided to test out some of the bar snacks (all food is ordered at the bar).

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The well-seasoned strips of Tajin spiced calamari ($15) were crisp and deliciously tender. And it came with a side of the most amazing kimchi slaw. Can't recommend this dish enough. I haven't had calamari this memorable since the famous "marshmallow calamari" from the Narooma Oyster Festival!

On this particular night, the Crispy buffalo wings with hot sauce and blue cheese ranch dressing ($14), unfortunately, were a bit of a soggy disappointment after the delightful calamari dish. The wings weren't at all crispy, seemed a bit lukewarm and under-seasoned. I would have liked a bit more spice and complexity to the marinade. The blue cheese part of the blue cheese ranch dressing was not very prominent either.

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The parilla grill looked very impressive from where I was sitting and there were some exciting-looking menu items that I'll definitely be trying out at my next visit (photos of the menu below).

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Also, Hopscotch's Facebook page promises a delicious Pig on the Spit in the beer garden on Sundays, so that's a definite drawcard!

Live music by local Canberra talent will play every weekend. Here is the lineup this coming weekend: Friday - Josh Veneris / DJ Liam Ryan Saturday - The Advocates / DJ Dylan Thomas Sunday - Sorrel Nation

Have you checked out Canberra's newest bar/pub/gastropub yet? What did you think? Leave a comment below!

The Low Down Address: 5 Lonsdale st, Braddon, Canberra Email: info@hopscotchbar.com.au Phone: 02 6107 3030 Website: http://www.hopscotchbar.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopscotchbraddon Hopscotch takes bookings for parties of 6 or more people. They serve lunch from 11.30am and dinner from 5pm.

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